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” […]

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 29: Accomplished Notwithstanding

| October 29, 2020

Welcome back Goode Reader! Having made it thus far in this season of Dark Sentiments, it will come as no surprise to you that the poems I’ve strewn here in the course of the past two days, The Evil That Men Do and Then, are closely related. The darkness encroaches, many a long Winter’s night […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 28: Then

| October 28, 2020

Rudyard Kipling’s If is among my favourite poems, and a distinct lack of familiarity with what it says is an unsurprisingly common thread among those I refer to as the GU (Great Unwashed). Even as I make no pretense of being equal to Kipling, as tonight’s Dark Sentiment I offer … Then By LFM If […]

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 22: What Gapes Invites to Enter In

| October 22, 2020

In this month of months, ancient and time honoured Faith, lore, and legend hold that the veil keeping separate the realms of the living and the dead grows thinner by the hour, its threadbare remnants strained to their utmost by the stentorian gusts that waxing, blow between worlds to crescendo upon the night called All […]

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 […]