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 […]

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 […]

Pro Tip: A New Year is Not a Chance for a Fresh Start

| January 1, 2021

If I were to sum up application of my billable skills in one easy to digest term, it would be “professional troubleshooter”. In general, this means Mrs. LFM and I solve the problems of other people for a living. What typically motivates someone to pick up their phone and dial us, or equally as common […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 4: The Gift of Choice

| December 24, 2020

My message for this Christmas Eve comes from the perspective of my 17 years as a police and fire dispatcher, taking the reports and facilitating the arrests of belligerent half wits who can’t stand the sight of each other at any other time, but who annually, and if temporarily experiencing the convenience of being out […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 2: Position

| December 22, 2020

Position (Oxford Languages) verb gerund or present participle: positioning put or arrange (someone or something) in a particular place or way. promote (a product, service, or business) within a particular sector of a market, or as the fulfillment of that sector’s specific requirements. portray or regard (someone) as a particular type of person. You may […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 31: It’s Come Again to This

| October 31, 2020

“It is a pity that there are no big creatures to prey on humanity. If there were enough dragons and rocs, perhaps mankind would turn its might against them. Unfortunately man is preyed upon by microbes, which are too small to be appreciated.” ~ T.H. White, The Book of Merlyn: The Unpublished Conclusion to The […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 29: Accomplished Notwithstanding

| October 29, 2020

Welcome back Goode Reader! Having made it thus far in this season of Dark Sentiments, it will come as no surprise to you that the poems I’ve strewn here in the course of the past two days, The Evil That Men Do and Then, are closely related. The darkness encroaches, many a long Winter’s night […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 28: Then

| October 28, 2020

Rudyard Kipling’s If is among my favourite poems, and a distinct lack of familiarity with what it says is an unsurprisingly common thread among those I refer to as the GU (Great Unwashed). Even as I make no pretense of being equal to Kipling, as tonight’s Dark Sentiment I offer … Then By LFM If […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 26: Symbiosis

| October 26, 2020

“Symbiosis, any of several living arrangements between members of two different species, including mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. Both positive (beneficial) and negative (unfavourable to harmful) associations are therefore included, and the members are called symbionts.” ~ Encyclopaedia Britannica Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is an interesting treatment of symbiosis from the talented hive mind at DUST studios. […]