Pro Tip: A New Year is Not a Chance for a Fresh Start

| January 1, 2021

If I were to sum up application of my billable skills in one easy to digest term, it would be “professional troubleshooter”. In general, this means Mrs. LFM and I solve the problems of other people for a living. What typically motivates someone to pick up their phone and dial us, or equally as common […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 3: Comparisons

| December 23, 2020

On our last Long Winter’s Night I spoke of the role “position” can play in meeting the onset of hardship, and staying functional as its challenges unfold. Today we’ll expand on that and look at a 20th century historical comparison. One of two we’ll be talking about this season. History is rife with massive social […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 2: Position

| December 22, 2020

Position (Oxford Languages) verb gerund or present participle: positioning put or arrange (someone or something) in a particular place or way. promote (a product, service, or business) within a particular sector of a market, or as the fulfillment of that sector’s specific requirements. portray or regard (someone) as a particular type of person. You may […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 1: Another Fine Log

| December 21, 2020

Welcome back thou Goode and Weary Traveller, and well met at our Homely Hearth as we’ve only just thrown on another fine log just for you! Here in Nova Scotia, the Winter Solstice of 2020 stole in on rain sodden moccasins at 06:02 Atlantic Standard Time this morning, marking the official “first day of winter” […]

Loyalty, Honour, and the Swearing of Oaths

| December 5, 2020

Mind ye now the river’s flowing, Sift ye out what’s wished from knowing, Master thee thy come and going, Trim thy sails, the wind is blowing. So here’s the lesson you must learn, To prep thy vessel, stem to stern. You choose alone what bridges burn, Then steer her hence, there’s no return. ~ Commitment […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 31: It’s Come Again to This

| October 31, 2020

“It is a pity that there are no big creatures to prey on humanity. If there were enough dragons and rocs, perhaps mankind would turn its might against them. Unfortunately man is preyed upon by microbes, which are too small to be appreciated.” ~ T.H. White, The Book of Merlyn: The Unpublished Conclusion to The […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 30: Immortality

| October 30, 2020

“These are fraught times strewn with fears; both the named and nameless. This is nothing new. As in other times past when the barbarians weren’t merely at the gates but dwelt among us, the thinness of the veneer called civilization offers little contest to genesis of a mindless rabble bent on the taking of advantage […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 25: Tick Tock

| October 25, 2020

“Ticks are not new news, nor are they vaguely understood supernatural beings, and why what gets put out there for public education, even from “official” sources, veers more toward being lore than fact has always been a mystery to me. “Here in Nova Scotia, the predominant Tick species are the Dog Tick, and the Black […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 21: Worse End of the World Than Thou — Part the Second

| October 21, 2020

When last we met it was to look at a world in panic at a steadily building sense of dreadful certainty that all would be snuffed out by something that had been noticed to occur at 75 year intervals and that at no point in recorded history had done anything but come and go with […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 20: Worse End of the World Than Thou — Part the First

| October 20, 2020

The longer I live and write about the experience, the more I find that without prior knowledge of what I was referring to or clues provided in the content, it’s possible for someone to read something I’ve written in the past and believe it’s about what was in the news this morning. For example, there’s […]