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 […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2023 Edition, Day 3

| December 23, 2023

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” ~ L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between The line quoted above simultaneously introduces L. P. Hartley’s tale relating hard-won lessons of youth, and offers a concise package of advice for all who feel a calling to redefine history in a “modern” context. The times, and most […]

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 22: A Little More Death I Think

| October 22, 2023

“There comes a time in the life of every child when the realization arrives that people and animals die, and nothing you feel, say, or do will change it. “Your Parents will die. “Every grownup who matters to you will die. “Your most beloved pets will die. “Everyone you know will die. “You will die. […]

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 […]

Dark Sentiments Season 14 — Day 5: A Certain Scent of Self-Importance

| October 5, 2023

hu·man noun A self-identified lesser god designed by a committee consisting of the feuding members of a large and dysfunctional extended family obsessed with entitlement to positions of inheritance from the estates of elders who not only aren’t dead yet, but certain to outlive them all. ~ Excerpt from Large Fierce Mammal’s Bigge Booke of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 14 — Day 4: Bicycle Face

| October 4, 2023

The title of tonight’s Dark Sentiment is not a reference to one of those personal expressions of passion referred to as “sex face” which should need no explanation among this crowd, nor is it an insult like “fuck face”. It’s not the facial expression one may get at the moment of perception that an accident […]