Friday Firesmith – Home for the Holidays

When the wildfire that was devouring Georgia in 2007 began to creep closely to the little town of Fargo, the Feds told the mayor to issue a mandatory evacuation order. He told them that such an edict might not only be of questionable legal quality, but also there wasn’t anyone who lived in Fargo, […]

 

Friday Firesmith – Leftovers

In case you’re sitting at home right now, or a relative’s house, or anywhere there isn’t any predawn shopping being done, I’m right there with you. I think the idea of people trampling one another to buy stuff the day after Thanksgiving is overrated. I don’t own a television and I’m pretty sure […]

 

Friday Firesmith – Classical Music

Okay, let’s look a listen to what’s available these days and what it sounds like. Most commercial radio songs are built around a template, be it Country or Pop or Top Forty or Hip Hop, they all have very common themes, three chord riffs, at most, and lyrics that closely match the lyrics of […]

 

Friday Firesmith – Lost and Found

When my sister got divorced I got the dogs. Yes, that does sound strange but she wasn’t going to be able to keep the house, he didn’t want the dogs, and I have a big backyard. That was well over a year ago. The two large Black Labs, affectionately known as “The Cousins”, Marco […]

 

Friday Firesmith – The Election

I am a man who was born in a country segregated by race, legal and actual. I have seen what it takes to make a country exist as such, and I have seen what takes to deconstruct this sort of society. I have lived this. I was born into it and saw it […]

 

Friday Firesmith – The Origin of AIDS and Who Patient Zero Wasn’t

In 1984, an ominous year to begin with, stories began to filter through the fluff that makes up much of what is printed or was printed at that time, in newspapers. There was a new, incurable disease showing up in California, and it was killing gay men at a rate that was beginning to frighten […]

 

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 […]

 
 
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