Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 24: Vincent

| October 24, 2015

Vincent is a short film employing stop motion animation made in 1982, the same year my Wife was born. The years notwithstanding, both she and I are dyed in the wool Tim Burton fans, this delightful item being designed and directed by Tim Burton, and produced by Rick Heinrichs. At approximately six minutes in length, […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 23: But it Does Rhyme – Part 2 of 2

| October 23, 2015

Welcome back Goode Reader. While last night’s Dark Sentiment proferred no small amount of snicker fodder, the concerns it conveyed dovetail into tonight’s offering, which is a whole lot more serious. Clarke’s Third Law states that, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”. From long study and observation on my own part; otherwise known […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 22: But it Does Rhyme – Part 1 of 2

| October 22, 2015

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” ~ Mark Twain Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is a terribly rendered documentary that apparently, though not surprisingly, only aired once in 1971. I ask you though, Goode Reader, to suffer through it, if only for its startling resemblance at times to out-takes from an episode of Monty Python’s […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 21: The Alchemist’s Letter

| October 21, 2015

Directed by former Student Academy Award finalist Carlos Andre Stevens, voiced by the incomparable John Hurt and Eloise Webb, The Alchemist’s Letter is just what the chirurgeon ordered. The Alchemist’s Letter is a 2015 animated short film that tells a story likely to echo in the darkest and most personal catacombs of what those who […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 20: The Year in Zealotry – Part 2 of 2

| October 20, 2015

Darkness, as it inspires me, isn’t limited to expressions of evil, mayhem, and bad outcomes. Something can also be considered “dark” if it is unknown, misunderstood, or incorrectly interpreted. ~ Dark Sentiments 2012 – Day 1: Another Harvest 2015 has so far been a year characterized by action, reaction, inadequate and inappropriate action, attacks on […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 19: The Year in Zealotry – Part 1 of 2

| October 19, 2015

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions Meaning: One meaning of the phrase is that individuals may have the intention to undertake good actions but nevertheless fail to take action. This inaction may be due to procrastination, laziness or other subversive vice. As such, the saying is an admonishment that a good intention […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 18: A Little Courage

| October 18, 2015

During my six year stint as Emergency Measures Coordinator for the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, one of my areas of responsibility was overseeing creation and exercising of realistic emergency preparedness plans for two County hospitals, and five nursing homes. Up until then, the writing of emergency plans was always tasked internally to some […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 17: Sharing

| October 17, 2015

My Boxing Day 2013 article, A Long Winter’s Night 2013 – Day 6: A Winter Lesson in Community, told the tale of a blizzard that buried my home town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia when I was about 3 years old, and how the citizenry had no choice but to suspend all matters of commerce and […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 16: The Stranger at the Door

| October 16, 2015

I’ve spoken before of the Hávamál (sayings of the high one), that being one of the poems in The Elder or Poetric Edda, also known as Sæmund’s Edda. For those of us with eyes to see, ears to hear, minds to think, and hearts to feel, the world of now is every bit as dangerous […]

Dark Sentiments 2015 – Day 15: Fifty Shades of Grey – I Can’t Masturbate to This

| October 15, 2015

The sudden upswing in popularity of such books as Fifty Shades of Grey is at once unsurprising and inexplicable to me. Unsurprising because the dark side of desire has always had, and always will have its allure, and only leads to a bad end when unstable personalities or Hollywood movie producers become involved. Inexplicable because […]