Fried Chicken and Potato Salad — A Welcoming Word From Your Host

| March 12, 2022

The title of today’s offering refers to the signature dish common to meals served here when subjects of a certain gravity are up for discussion. Prepared as only Mrs. LFM can from exclusively dark meat, and set before the invited few in a spirit not unlike the peaches doled out at town meetings hosted by […]

The Illusion of Truth — Did You Fail Math or is Math Failing You?: Part 1 of 2

| February 3, 2022

“I will posit that after two years, anything Truly worthwhile to society should by now be sufficiently self-evident as to not require daily doses of contradictory news coverage, blatant falsehoods, shameless fear mongering, dutiful repetition of a narrative long since grown unsupported by observed evidence, and creation of a two-tier society to sell it, but […]

The Illusion of Truth — Introduction

| January 23, 2022

Of all the developments I have observed arising out of this noble experiment in “authoritarianism lite” currently in vogue, I find most onerous the politicization of science down to its very foundations. In this, it can daily be found subverting mathematics, medicine, epidemiology, microbiology, and every other field of study wherein an “expert” may be […]

A Long Winter’s Night — 2021 Edition, Day 1

| December 21, 2021

“… Winter will bring challenges at the end of which the result will lie on a spectrum ranging from the greatest of joys to the gravest of sorrows, and in this it stands as no different from any other aspect of life but for bearing a greater degree of urgency and inexorable deadliness in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 7: You Wouldn’t Know the End of the World if it Bit You in the Ass

| October 7, 2019

“In truth, most people really don’t understand the burden of responsibility they carry for their own safety and survival, and the commonalities that link every threat to life and limb. In truth, most people have accepted the idea that no matter what happens, all you need do is call “Them” and “They’ll” take care of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 4: A Little Leonard Cohen to Darken Your Day

| October 4, 2019

If ever human flesh were formed to personify the Truth that only in darkness can one see the light, it’s Leonard Cohen. Described as Cohen the Elder’s “first posthumous album“, announcement of the impending release of Thanks for the Dance, produced by Cohen the Younger, Adam, and scheduled for release on the 22nd day of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 10 — Day 1: A Season for Conversations

| October 1, 2019

“No organism can afford to be conscious of matters with which it could deal at unconscious levels.” ~ Gregory Bateson – Steps to an Ecology of Mind Welcome back thou frayed and fraught traveller. We’ve kept your seat by the fire warm and ask that you pay no attention to the vacant ones. We live […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 1: What Ho and Well Met!

| October 1, 2018

“… let not us that are squires of the night’s body be called thieves of the day’s beauty. Let us be Diana’s foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the moon, and let men say we be men of good government, being governed, as the sea is, by our noble and chaste mistress the moon, […]