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 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 27: The Evil That Men Do

| October 27, 2020

The Evil That Men Do By LFM Everyone’s the villain in Another person’s tale. The hoarder of all happiness, The cause of every fail. The villain need not make a move By deed or word or thought, Than benefit from any good His midnight oil has wrought. The victim seeks to claim the prize Denying […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 17: The New Normal

| October 17, 2020

Every societal upheaval gives birth to period specific terms. This is most commonly brought to the fore when soldiers return from war, and every major conflict births a dictionary all its own. But it doesn’t take a war. for as we will discuss today, the current world wide pestilential unpleasantness is societal upheaval enough for […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 6: History

| October 6, 2020

Unless you’ve never been here, or otherwise lived your life ten feet up a Moose’s ass which is the Canadian equivalent still in use even after decades of metrification, you will have heard the adage that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. An irony arising from that is the regularity with which […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 4: Seek the Truth

| October 4, 2020

While tonight’s Dark Sentiment may appear to be inspired by the current state of unpleasantness, history shows that everything in it has played out innumerable times in the past. What makes it so special this time is that the travails have never before played out in such a time of simultaneous connection and division, global […]