Linear Thinking

| April 20, 2024

“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” ~ C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters The road in this poem is certainly not the safest one described above. It’s rather steep, hard and potholed, all turnings sudden or otherwise are denied as […]

Weihnachtsjäger School of Charm — Getting Your Head Right

| January 7, 2024

Previously from Weihnachtsjäger Charm School: Introductory Pontification Today’s Lesson “Think of your death now. It is at arm’s length. It may tap you any moment, so really you have no time for crappy thoughts and moods. None of us have time for that. The only thing that counts is action, acting instead of talking. “Our […]

Weihnachtsjäger School of Charm — Introductory Pontification

| January 1, 2024

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu Within the framework of First Principles, Tools are born of Competence. For just as it is rightly said that, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” so must Competence first exist to recognize Necessity so the inventing can begin. Competence further enables evaluation of problems […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2023 Edition, Day 2

| December 22, 2023

Having left you last night with a cautionary carol, I feel it only proper you be greeted this evening with an equally and more Hobbesian one. The Golden Rule By LFM Advice comes down from years agone to suit each come what may, Some is tried and tested, but the rest more nay than yea. […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2023 Edition: Day 1

| December 21, 2023

As I write to you this evening Goode Reader, it is to the clamorous accompaniment of the Wild Hunt shredding the very tops of the Hemlocks. Most appropriately timed, for 23:27 Atlantic Time this Midwinter Night marks the moment of our embarkation on yet another pilgrimage upon the steep and slippery slope leading up to […]

Dark Sentiments Season 14 — Day 23: Prattle

| October 23, 2023

Letting your mouth run on autopilot is as fraught with peril as disengaging what sentience you may possess from the interaction at hand. Notwithstanding that, today’s world abounds with meaningless utterances — prattle — that are offered as an introductory course to the drivel du jour before someone either takes the money for your purchase […]

Dark Sentiments Season 14 — Day 11: A Little Eloquence

| October 11, 2023

“Communication is at its most powerful when all extraneous noise is stripped away. Think on this.” ~ Worldly Wisdom Wednesday – The Way of Communication I have written here extensively of Communication in such lofty treatises as the above quoted The Way of Communication, LFM on Teaching the Child to Swear Well, Education, The True […]

Dark Sentiments Season 14— Day 10: Asking Permission

| October 10, 2023

With so much of the world pervaded by assorted iterations of Abrahamic religious influence, it gets forgotten that parts of it aren’t — and by that I don’t mean geographic places but fragments as small as individual people. Of those, some pursue non-Abrahamic but nonetheless still recognized paths — Buddhism for example — a disconcerting […]

Dark Sentiments Season 14 — Day 8: Bad Behaviour is Known By Its Outcomes, Even If Not Its Perpetrator (Part 2 of 2)

| October 8, 2023

“There’s an old saying — ‘Safe as houses’ — usually spoken in reference to situations that were anything but safe, but not always. There have forever been people who lived their lives in a wide eyed and blissful belief there can be some place where pain and death won’t find you. “Enter the ‘safe space’ […]

Dark Sentiments Season 14 — Day 7: Bad Behaviour is Known By Its Outcomes, Even If Not Its Perpetrator (Part 1 of 2)

| October 7, 2023

“To be Truly prepared to Live in the world is to understand and accept complete exposure to it in all its manifestations. No species in Nature, and you may be surprised to learn this includes our own, is naturally predisposed to ‘master’ the elements, nor holds entitlement to live apart from them. Rather, to Thrive […]