A Long Winter’s Night — 2022 Edition, Day 5

| December 25, 2022

Here at the LFM household, Christmas Day 2022 has spiraled in a whirlwind of delights to a delicious and fragrant crescendo, leaving all concerned teetering on the brink of Glazed Ham fueled oblivion. The best of all this season has to offer to you and yours from the House of LFM, and please accept this […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2022 Edition, Day 4

| December 24, 2022

The picture that crowns today’s effort was done, as the caption states, by LFM Son #1, Viktor as a school art project to decorate a Christmas gift bag. It was when he explained to me that Santa and his departing reindeer are rendered in black due to their being silhouetted against a lighter starlit sky […]

Dark Sentiments Season 13 — Day 23: Who’s Hungry?

| October 23, 2022

Cultures the world over have funeral customs involving food. Food for the dearly departed to take on his or her journey into “the afterlife’, and of course food for those left behind. Relevant recipes abound and some funeral services will even provide suggestions for the menu. In these parts, and setting aside the still uncommon […]

Dark Sentiments Season 13 — Day 17: Fathercraft

| October 17, 2022

In past seasons I have written here of such Dark Sentiments as True Love, how to tell when it is, and its perils when unrequited. You can roll around in some samples from this list of links: Dark Sentiments – Day 28 (True Love) Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 21: When is Love “True”? […]

Milo — Last of the Old Pack

| August 31, 2022

Mrs. LFM and I first met Milo at the SHAID (Shelter for Helpless Animals In Distress) Animal Shelter in February 2007 where even before being taken in to see him I was specifically told straight away at index finger point that, “He won’t like you,” the implication being he harboured an ingrained dislike of men. […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2021 Edition Day 2: Festive AF

| December 22, 2021

A few days ago, Mrs. LFM was preparing the evening repast as she and I were simultaneously watching an episode of Tasting History with Max Miller. The particular episode was Victorian Mincemeat With Actual Meat which I have both linked in the title and embedded for your convenience at the end of tonight’s morsel. Mrs. […]

Dark Sentiments Season 12 — Day 1: Another Gathering

| October 1, 2021

Welcome back Goode Survivor to this, our dozenth season of Dark Sentiments! As usual, we meet tonight under a cloud of existential uncertainty, and what of it? We all know the ultimate in packing light is to simply bring the best of yourself, and besides, isn’t this what we’ve been preparing and training ourselves for […]

Winds of Change — Part the Sixth — Epilogue

| August 21, 2021

In this sixth and final breeze from the Winds of Change, we’re going to spool up the Irish pennants left dangling by what we’ve blown past you so far. You will recall that I opened the first episode of this series with a quote from the Esteemed Master At Arms James Albert (Jim) Keating that […]

Winds of Change — Part the Fifth — Special Delivery

| August 18, 2021

Welcome again oh thou band of disheveled desperadoes to this, our lectern in the Den of Desolation where to “break wind” holds an entirely different meaning. As you will no doubt recall from our last installment of this breezy ballyhoo, we are here today to examine the Other in its third form of manifestation, specifically, […]

Winds of Change — Part the Fourth — Shooting the Breeze

| August 15, 2021

Welcome back Goode Reader to our bald hilltop where the Winds of Change hold sway, and though we seek here for enlightenment, no lamp of knowledge, as most know the meaning of the term, can stay lit for long. Ah, well. No bother, for it’s still story time, and I can spin a yarn with […]