Ascension

| July 12, 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 […]

The Militarization of Mealtime

| May 9, 2020

“The first time I read Lord of the Rings, I’m sure I was personally responsible for skyrocketing values of stocks for companies involved in the production of bacon, mushrooms, and dark, full bodied beers. I absolutely enjoy any literature that confronts me with a description of food consumed by the characters that leaves me wanting […]

Staying Home in Style — A Historical Precedent

| March 30, 2020

“The pleasure you find in traveling around your room is safe from the restless jealousy of men; it is independent of the fickleness of fortune. After all, is there any person so unhappy, so abandoned, that he doesn’t have a little den into which he can withdraw and hide away from everyone? Nothing more elaborate […]

In a World Crying Out for Hand Sanitizer … (read in the voice of “that guy” from the Xena intro)

| March 22, 2020

Recent headlines reveal that distilleries all over are turning their facilities toward filling the gaps in the world supply of hand sanitizer. Not least of these hereabouts is Ironworks Distillery, which fine establishment is a client of ours, and located in the Town of Lunenburg, a mere 20 kilometers east of our base.

Blades of Lore, Legend, and Limitations

| February 23, 2020

Literature is effervescent with the weaponry of Heroism, binding the bearer to the facing of perils unimaginable to the mere mortal he or she subsisted as before the day of chosenness. With this endowment comes a sacred duty to right ancient wrongs and rid the world of the darkest evils in a fight unto death, […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 9: Curb Your Enthusiasm

| December 30, 2019

“You’re dying but you don’t have to cooperate so enthusiastically with the process.” ~ Leonard Cohen Back on Day 4, Season 10 of our annual Dark Sentiments series, I wrote,“If ever human flesh were formed to personify the Truth that only in darkness can one see the light, it’s Leonard Cohen.” I will forever stand […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 7: She’s Always a Woman

| December 28, 2019

A Long Winter’s Night is the perfect time for telling stories around the fire, and often those take a reflective bent on where things are, how they got here, and where they’re going in that handbasket. We’re doing that tonight to the chagrin of those younger members of the assemblage who suffer the stories of […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 5: The Shepherd

| December 26, 2019

The story you are about to hear was written by Frederick Forsyth as a Christmas gift for his Wife Carrie who wanted a ghost story. A former RAF pilot himself, the dutiful Husband veered wide of the usual terrestrial hauntings and delivered what you will hear tonight. The Shepherd is set on the Christmas Eve […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 4: A Seasonal Playlist for the Sake of the Day

| December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas Aulde Sotts one and all, Gods help us, every one! I pray you will all find some peace today, and in that spirit present you with this selection of seasonal offerings to punctuate your day.

A Long Winter’s Night — 2019 Edition Day 3: The Little Krampus

| December 24, 2019

I have written here a number of times of Krampus, the dark side of the good cop, bad cop equation that is the reality of the visit from St. Nicholas, predominantly blamed on Austrian Christmas tradition. Most particularly, on this day in 2015, I presented A Krampus Carol, in which I said in part — […]