Dark Sentiments Season 13 — Day 26: Musings on Shit Storms

| October 26, 2022

I long ago adopted the policy of placing gravity on outcomes and not on what people say about their involvement in them. I recommend you start doing that too. Another thing I adopted long ago was a sensitivity to how often I’m provoked to say, “Welcome to Canada — The country where nothing is ever […]

Dark Sentiments Season 13 — Day 25: Life and Death

| October 25, 2022

“I attended elementary school at Lunenburg Academy, a massive, brooding, castlesque pile completed in 1895 on a windswept hilltop in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The school grounds are bordered on two sides by the Hillcrest Cemetery, and my walk to and from school passed first in front of the local funeral home before following another two […]

Dark Sentiments Season 13 — Day 24: A Sort of Duel

| October 24, 2022

The concept of Armageddon isn’t an invention of nuclear armed modernity. For those of us whose formative years were incubated in the warmest parts of the Cold War, Armageddon in those days looked like a short, sharp, war not unlike the one so recently ended back then, but that played out not in the span […]

Dark Sentiments Season 13 — Day 23: Who’s Hungry?

| October 23, 2022

Cultures the world over have funeral customs involving food. Food for the dearly departed to take on his or her journey into “the afterlife’, and of course food for those left behind. Relevant recipes abound and some funeral services will even provide suggestions for the menu. In these parts, and setting aside the still uncommon […]

Dark Sentiments Season 13 — Day 22: Der lästige Kavalier

| October 22, 2022

It was long enough ago that I can’t remember when I started referring  to them as “Fruit Flies”, but it’s become part of the LFM family lexicon. They’re males, generally older but on those occasions when not, youth is mixed with social ineptitude yet no lesser amount of self-entitlement, and I commonly find them buzzing […]

Dark Sentiments Season 13 — Day 21: Of Thorns and Roses

| October 21, 2022

“The thorn defends the rose, yet it is peaceful and does not seek conflict.” As you will surely know Goode Reader, I make little attempt to keep my appreciation for cold steel and those who deftly wield it any kind of a secret around here. Tonight, please join me in revisiting a representative rhyme from […]

Dark Sentiments Season 13 — Day 20: The Watchstone

| October 20, 2022

In the spirit of Stonefall, tonight’s Dark Sentiment reflects on another case involving rocks moving around with outside assistance, mixed with a little imaginative historical interpretation. The actual stone on which this is based, pictured above, is the largest of a small cluster of “glacial erratics” — stones picked up by advancing glaciers in the […]

Dark Sentiments Season 13 — Day 19: … and then we’ll be okay ….

| October 19, 2022

About Exurb1a Exurb1a likes fiction with a metaphysical backbone. He enjoys trying to write that kind of stuff himself. He also runs a subpar YouTube channel of the same name. His words, not mine. We’ve previously met our feature artist only yesterday in Thoughts From Your Deathbed. Tonight we’re going back.

Dark Sentiments Season 13 — Day 18: Melancholia

| October 18, 2022

Money’s like a crop that can Be sown and reaped anon. Time is as a bottled dram, That, once it’s drunk, is gone. ~ Waste Not Your Dram ~ (Excerpt) Pissing your life away and regretting it in your dotage is a recurring theme in both art and life.

Dark Sentiments Season 13 — Day 17: Fathercraft

| October 17, 2022

In past seasons I have written here of such Dark Sentiments as True Love, how to tell when it is, and its perils when unrequited. You can roll around in some samples from this list of links: Dark Sentiments – Day 28 (True Love) Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 21: When is Love “True”? […]