Bush Skills Don’t Come Easy

| February 25, 2011

Growing up with a burning interest in living safely and well outside of the comforting arms of “civilization”, I spent a lot of time learning and mastering my skills one at time so I knew they wouldn’t fail me when I needed them to live. More than half a century worth of winters down the […]

Opportunity Knocks But Once (Arguably My Most Offensive Post Yet)

| February 23, 2011

Binary code is straight forward. 1 or 0. On or off. Black or white. Love Justin Bieber or hate Justin Beiber. There are no shades of grey. I don’t get a heart throb vibe from this kid at all, but then I was brought up on the premise that the true definition of a male […]

The Skrælingibók – Wendigo Lore

| February 17, 2011

What follows is a character development for the most important role in my present work in progress, Skrælingibók – A Skræling’s Saga. After all, without the Wendigo what would be the point? If you don’t yet know the concept of the story, click here for enlightenment. Lore holds that the Wendigo is a spirit. While, […]

Some Gritty Feel Good Music

| February 16, 2011

On those rare occasions when I find myself on the road alone, singing helps keep me alert. This first song has always been one of my favourites, probably because I’ve spent way too many years of my life being part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Anyway, settle back for a dose […]

Negative Reinforcement

| February 15, 2011

The Stanfields

| February 12, 2011

Until yesterday, when they found me serendipitously because of driving while listening to CBC Radio, I had never heard of these guys. The Stanfields are a band that plays out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, described by Q104 Radio as, “The bastard children of AC/DC and Stan Rogers”.

On This Date in 1982

| February 9, 2011

On the 9th day of February in the year 1982, a baby girl was born in the city of Wroclaw, Poland. She was one of many girls born that day, both in Poland and all over the world, but the birth of this one was special because the event marked kindling of a spark that […]

You Can Stick the Potty Dance Up Your Ass

| February 9, 2011

This has been annoying me for a while because the way it’s marketed has to be among the top 3 worst concepts in advertising. Your kid is old enough to be out of diapers but not yet clear of the need for absorptive body armor. He quietly and politely advises you that he needs to […]

Not Today

| February 8, 2011

H. L Mencken wrote, “Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” Every day I get exposed to what oozes into public view from under the rock that is Ottawa I revisit those words. I sporadically manage to sideline Stephen Harper for varying periods of time. Last summer’s painful foray into Canada’s […]

Toe Tapping Darkness

| February 6, 2011

Just yesterday I was found by this uplifting little ditty by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and played it today to Mrs. LFM who, like me, had never heard it before. We both agree, what’s not to love?