Dark Sentiments Season 12 — Day 2: I’ll Burn That Bridge When I Come to It

| October 8, 2021

Today’s title is one of my favourite situational sentiments, whether spoken aloud or as part of my internal dialog, and I find it useful in one form or another on a semi-regular basis. People hearing it tend to fall into distinct categories, which is at once unsurprising and annoying, because that is something one should […]

Dark Sentiments Season 12 — Day 1: Another Gathering

| October 1, 2021

Welcome back Goode Survivor to this, our dozenth season of Dark Sentiments! As usual, we meet tonight under a cloud of existential uncertainty, and what of it? We all know the ultimate in packing light is to simply bring the best of yourself, and besides, isn’t this what we’ve been preparing and training ourselves for […]

A First of July Road Trip With Canada

| July 1, 2021

“Hydroplaning, or aquaplaning, is a dangerous driving condition that occurs when water causes your car’s tires to lose contact with the road surface. Whether it lasts for an instant or several seconds, hydroplaning is a jolting indication that you’ve lost all the available traction. In those moments, you are for all intents and purposes a […]

Cracks in the Foundation — The Grand Beta Test: Part the Second

| June 26, 2021

INTRODUCTION “Cracks in the Foundation” refers to those parts of the societal fabric so rickety that they have widened to the point where most can no longer be plugged even by something as magnificently huge as the ass of the elephant in the room. It is these that have attracted the investigative efforts of the […]

Cracks in the Foundation — The Grand Beta Test: Part the First

| June 1, 2021

INTRODUCTION “Cracks in the Foundation” refers to those parts of the societal fabric so rickety that they have widened to the point where most can no longer be plugged even by something as magnificently huge as the ass of the elephant in the room. It is these that have attracted the investigative efforts of the […]

Cracks in the Foundation — The Matter of a “Living Wage”: Part the Second

| May 28, 2021

INTRODUCTION “Cracks in the Foundation” refers to the rickety parts of the societal fabric that have been under scrutiny by the ongoing investigative efforts of the LFM Home Office Of Pestilential and Legal Affairs (HOOPLA). What you will read today is the second and final segment of a short series dealing with the value of […]

Cracks in the Foundation — The Matter of a “Living Wage”: Part the First

| May 9, 2021

INTRODUCTION “Cracks in the Foundation” refers to the rickety parts of the societal fabric that have been under scrutiny by the ongoing investigative efforts of the LFM Home Office Of Pestilential and Legal Affairs (HOOPLA). What you will read today is the introductory backgrounder for a short series dealing with the value of human time […]

A Slippery Slope

| May 8, 2021

“Modern society is not Nature so much as it is an intellectual construct loosely based on Nature with the sharp edges rounded off for a price. Its inhabitants, though, are demonstrably resistant to domestication, their brains and instincts, though slowed through disuse, little different from their cave dwelling ancestors for whom choice of response to […]

The Earwig Song

| April 12, 2021

The first song by a Canadian to sell more than one million copies was born out of a simple, beautiful moment in the life of an ailing child. (There’s a) Bluebird on Your Windowsill was written by Vancouver nurse (Carmen) Elizabeth Clarke in 1947, who worked at what was then called the Hospital for Sick […]

Hunter’s Truth

| April 7, 2021

Hunter’s Truth By LFM No sunset on a dirty gun, Nor blade that’s less than keen. See to your Horse and Dog my boy, Before your boots are clean. By night array your clothes and arms So dark won’t hide their place, Ere comes the call for girding up And joining in the chase! Strike […]