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 […]

Same House, More Windows

| April 4, 2021

I once watched a standup comedian talking about some bad advice given to him while he was growing up. He said he was warned that you always have to watch “the quiet ones”, and even at a young age that didn’t sit well with him. He wondered, while you’re busy watching the quiet ones, what’s […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 6: Christmas at Sea

| December 26, 2020

On this date last year I treated you to a Christmas ghost story, The Shepherd,  written by Frederick Forsyth as a Christmas gift for his wife, Carrie. “‘The Shepherd’ is set on the Christmas Eve of 1957, at which time I would have been eight months plus a day upon the Earth, snug as a […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 3: Comparisons

| December 23, 2020

On our last Long Winter’s Night I spoke of the role “position” can play in meeting the onset of hardship, and staying functional as its challenges unfold. Today we’ll expand on that and look at a 20th century historical comparison. One of two we’ll be talking about this season. History is rife with massive social […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 24: Hammer Time

| October 24, 2020

It will come as no surprise to you, Goode Reader, that I grew up with a voracious taste for the horror genre. Something I inherited from my Mother as a personal taste, but as such, a seed planted upon fertile soil. The advent of Hammer Films on the screen of Lunenburg’s lofty and creaky Capitol […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 23: A Taste of Ichabod Crane’s Last Meal

| October 23, 2020

“An opening in the trees now cheered him with the hopes that the church bridge was at hand. The wavering reflection of a silver star in the bosom of the brook told him that he was not mistaken. He saw the walls of the church dimly glaring under the trees beyond. He recollected the place […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 19: A Little More Rusty Cage

| October 19, 2020

In the lead in to every Dark Sentiments season, I look around at the career path of some of the notables I’ve spoken of here to see what they’ve been up to, who did what to whom, living, dead, incarcerated, on the run. Those sorts of things. Tonight’s treat is a result of one of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 18: Autumn Delights

| October 18, 2020

Autumn Delights By LFM A timeless Autumn pleasure is a simple pile of leaves, To toss and roll and jump in, filling chilly sweatered eves. With nothing but a rake or two, construction is a cinch, The higher heap the better, made more joyful by the inch. A heap of leaves is pleasure pure to […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 12: Of Tastes Acquired

| October 12, 2020

“An acquired taste is an appreciation for something unlikely to be enjoyed by a person who has not had substantial exposure to it.” ~ Wikipedia Of this very subject, I once wrote: “I like fruitcake. I also like marinated herring, Danish blue cheese, scotch whisky, anchovies, the smell of a good cigar being smoked – […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 8: The Witches of Wakeup

| October 8, 2020

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is sung from the perspective of a previously unheard of Coven of Witches — The Witches of Wakeup — hidden for centuries but only now self-disclosing as the sheer unmitigated shitness of the 21st century has driven them beyond their bounds of tolerance. Short form: They’ve fucking had it.