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 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 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 2: When Words Hold No Meaning

| October 2, 2023

Discussion of any topic demands an agreed upon definition of terms, which is something that has, and seems hell bent on continuing to, become more fraught with every passing day. It’s easier to “win” you see, when you have claimed the right to redefine every word in the dictionary, obviously also including what “win” means. […]

Dark Sentiments Season 14 — Day 1: Welcome to the End of the World As We Know It

| October 1, 2023

Welcome back oh weary Pilgrim to another season of Dark Sentiments where everything dark is darker yet! As you’ve clearly passed alive, if not unscathed, through the travails that for brevity I will refer to as “since last time”, you have earned your place at the fire we’ve stoked yet again to warm you through […]

Understanding: The Only Shortcut to Understanding

| July 3, 2023

The fundamental flaw inherent in the clamorously contentious phenomenon of identity politics is that the ticket to entry to the Promised Land of its adherents is a label, proudly applied to the self and demanded of others. You may note that this looks a lot like forced conversion as historically practiced by the Catholic Church […]