Friday Firesmith – One-Hit Wonders

To say my taste in music is eclectic is an understatement to be sure. On one USB you’d find Led Zeppelin, Lindsey Sterling, Constance Demby, and at least a gigabyte or two of classical. There might be music you’ve never heard of like Utopia’s “Ra” and National Lampoon’s “Lemmings”.

I’ve left a trail of […]


Friday Firesmith – Grab Them By Their Attention

One of the things I really love to do is get out on my own and explore new places. I walk around in towns I have never been in before and I love to look at how old brick buildings were built. I took a walk last December at the beach in Destin as […]


Friday Firesmith – Wild Life

If you watched the video of the guy who got attacked, twice, by the same bear, in the space of about ten minutes, and still lived to talk about it on YouTube, I really cannot match that sort of story. I can’t feel bad about it because not too many people can, and honestly, […]


Friday Firesmith – Five Years of Friday Firesmith

Five years ago I got an email from Jon asking me to write for “Bits and Pieces” and I gleefully accepted. After all, when I have the time, I can crank out a thousand-word essay in less than an hour, so once a week ought to be a breeze, right? The very worst thing […]


Friday Firesmith – Heroin

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The closest town to me of any size has about fifty thousand people living there. There’s also a University and an Air Force base nearby. I was here in the mid part of the 80’s and the drug of choice was cocaine and crack. I saw an awful lot of […]


Friday Firesmith – The Sins of Brock Turner

To begin with, if you think I’m going to use the next few hundred words to tee off on Brock Turner, I promise not to disappoint. He’s an easy target, even before recent events. But now, he has to worry about someone killing him. It won’t be me, of course, but I’m certain this […]


Friday Firesmith – The Sins of Colin Kaepernick (for John Wilson)

Colin Kaepernick isn’t black. He also isn’t white. But he was raised by two white people who adopted him shortly after he was born. He was a capable young man and he went on to excel in both baseball and football, and went on to play football in Nevada, and was drafted by the […]


Friday Firesmith – How To Get Bit By A Venomous Snake

When I was a younger man I was awfully stupid, but I was also incredibly fast. I was lucky, and I am the first to admit that luck is likely the best reason I’ve never been bitten by a venomous snake. About twenty years or so ago, the Illuminati or some other nefarious group […]


Friday Firesmith – What Happened and Why

When talk radio and FOX News took the Conservative Cause by storm the dialog in this country became much more loud and much less civil. It was if by sheer sound volume, and only this method, could the truth be discerned. Those who opposed the Second Gulf War, which in retrospect turned out to […]


Friday Firesmith – Hall of Shame

The state of Georgia has produced some wonderful citizens with wonderful stories. Yet, because meth is the Official State Mineral, Georgia has produced some people who are noteworthy for reasons that are, at best, embarrassing. I’m going to issue my Hall of Shame, Top Ten people from Georgia. I challenge you to top this […]

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