Fried Chicken and Potato Salad — Chicken Worth a Song!

| March 27, 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 […]

Life Imitating Art in the Time of COVID

| February 5, 2022

Speaking for myself, the older I get, the more often I run into events and situations that get me thinking along the metaphorical lines of, “I’ve seen this movie before.” Unless you’ve since decided to dig the proverbial hole that’s to crawl into and pull in behind, you’ll know that the past days of building […]

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 […]

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 […]