Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 19: A Little More Rusty Cage

| October 19, 2020

In the lead in to every Dark Sentiments season, I look around at the career path of some of the notables I’ve spoken of here to see what they’ve been up to, who did what to whom, living, dead, incarcerated, on the run. Those sorts of things. Tonight’s treat is a result of one of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 16: Tender Bites

| October 16, 2020

Hard times bring some to self-justify the most heinous of acts. A few even pre-position themselves for it as I have chronicled in the matter of a young technician I was once called upon to mentor: “… in the midst of the long hot summer of 1981 the Halifax Police Department went on strike and […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 15: Truth Be Sewn

| October 15, 2020

Truth Be Sewn By LFM Should need arise to air your mind, Speak from the front and not behind. Be silent ’til to break your stillness Reflects the cure and not the illness. Don’t be as those whose mouths will close Only in their sweet repose. Let this stand as introduction to this item from […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 12: Of Tastes Acquired

| October 12, 2020

“An acquired taste is an appreciation for something unlikely to be enjoyed by a person who has not had substantial exposure to it.” ~ Wikipedia Of this very subject, I once wrote: “I like fruitcake. I also like marinated herring, Danish blue cheese, scotch whisky, anchovies, the smell of a good cigar being smoked – […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 11: LFM Will Not Be Launching Smellevision This Season

| October 11, 2020

“We all know what rotting meat smells like, and hence the term, “What died?” has entered the popular lexicon. Just words though, Goode Reader, for there is a quantum leap in the experience that lies between pulling the lid off something found forgotten at the back of the fridge, and the full flower of meaning […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 9: The Grave Digger’s Song Book

| October 9, 2020

If you’ve never dug a grave you should try it some time. No cheating with power equipment mind. Pick and shovel or it didn’t happen, no matter how much you cried in the process. Whether or not you’re a member of that singular group, tonight’s Dark Sentiment will present musical selections from a genre you […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 7: A Box Full of Chosenness

| October 7, 2020

“The matter, then, is not that we are different from one another. It springs from zealotry, and that, dear reader, is born of the idea of chosenness – that you and yours hold exclusivity of right as the beloved and preferred of your deity, or even political doctrine. Chosenness in spiritual terms goes far beyond […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 5: Fred Eaglesmith

| October 5, 2020

“Frederick John Elgersma (born July 9, 1957), known by the stage name Fred Eaglesmith, is a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter. He is known for writing songs about vehicles, rural life, down-and-out characters, lost love and quirky rural folk. His songwriting uses techniques of short story writing, including unreliable narrators, surprise endings, and plot twists.” ~ […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 3: Sons and Mothers, A Study in Two Films

| October 3, 2020

Of my own Mother, I once wrote: My Mother, Evelyn, taught me to read, sound out words I didn’t know, spell (including my own full name and those of both Parents, the names of all the major African animals, as well as those of what I considered the most interesting dinosaurs), count forward and backward […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — T Minus 5

| September 26, 2020

When people speak of “manners”, they commonly have in mind some superficial behaviours first impressed upon them as something to be sure to do at Grandma’s dining room table. Just as all things of True Importance become trivialized by common usage among the Great Unwashed, we have manners, and Manners. The Dark Sentiment uttered on […]