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 […]

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 ~ T.H. White, The Book of Merlyn: The Unpublished Conclusion to The […]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 22: What Gapes Invites to Enter In

| October 22, 2020

In this month of months, ancient and time honoured Faith, lore, and legend hold that the veil keeping separate the realms of the living and the dead grows thinner by the hour, its threadbare remnants strained to their utmost by the stentorian gusts that waxing, blow between worlds to crescendo upon the night called All […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 20: Worse End of the World Than Thou — Part the First

| October 20, 2020

The longer I live and write about the experience, the more I find that without prior knowledge of what I was referring to or clues provided in the content, it’s possible for someone to read something I’ve written in the past and believe it’s about what was in the news this morning. For example, there’s […]

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 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.

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — T Minus 4

| September 27, 2020

Tonight’s mind dropping is drawn from the Season 7 section of the Dark Sentiments archives. I have marvelled ever since at the restraint of the musically gifted among my Goode Readers as exhibited by none having expressed interest in recording this toe tapping ditty. Ah well, my door is still open. Dark Sentiments Season 7 […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — T Minus 6

| September 25, 2020

Tonight’s appetizer first got knees to being slapped far and wide on Day 16 of Season 5 and has become a fan favourite. Whatever you drink with this, it should be something bubbly. Dark Sentiments 2014 – Day 16: The Bum Puff Fairy Previously published on October 16, 2014 Today’s Dark Sentiment is about things […]

The Militarization of Mealtime

| May 9, 2020

“The first time I read Lord of the Rings, I’m sure I was personally responsible for skyrocketing values of stocks for companies involved in the production of bacon, mushrooms, and dark, full bodied beers. I absolutely enjoy any literature that confronts me with a description of food consumed by the characters that leaves me wanting […]