Friday Firesmith – My Top Ten Movies… At This Time

When someone asks me to name my favorite movie it’s hard to pin something like that down. It’s a question of mood, really, but there are some movies I just plain enjoy watching again and again. Not the same type of again and again as a five year old who has “Frozen” on a […]


Friday Firesmith – The Earth Is Flat

My feud with public education didn’t begin or end with a science teacher trying to convince me that the deepest parts of the ocean would be totally barren of life. However, her insistence that it would be so barren and desolate that dinosaurs, pirates, sailors, and even whole ships would be in near pristine […]


Friday Firesmith – Boogers and Embarrassments

Many years ago I worked at the Sears’ Service Desk and at that point in time Sears still had pretty good service. I understand it’s gone downhill in dramatic fashion since then but I doubt my departure had anything to do with it. This was a part time job for me and as such […]


Friday Firesmith – For the Love of Books

I don’t remember a life without books. My earliest childhood memories involve being read to and reading. My older sister learned to read at age four and as I was fifteen months younger than she, I fell in right behind her. The first book I read was a story about a little boy who […]


Friday Firesmith – Life’s A Beach

I’m not a beach person. That’s an odd statement for someone to make when that person is about to tell you what a great time can be had at the beach and why. But the reasons that most people like the beach versus why I like the beach are two totally different animals and […]


Live Long and Prosper

When Leonard Nimoy died on February the 27th, 2015, I lost one of my early childhood heroes; Spock was dead. I was seven or eight years old when “Star Trek” came out, brand new, raw and edgy for the sixties, and I knew, I just knew, by the time I was old enough to […]


Friday Firesmith – Merry Holidays

There are a lot of people with a lot of good memories of Christmas. To some, it’s a very important time of the year. It’s also make or break day for a lot of businesses who depend on people getting out there and putting as much on their credit cards as they think they […]


Friday Firesmith – “Chain”

It’s not what you might think if you are thinking of a chain, linked and iron and holding a battleship anchor. It’s what a rodman used to call out when doing land surveying when the metal tape used to measure distances began to reach its end as it was being pulled.

“Chain!” he […]


Friday Firesmith – Bitten

Last year, on December the 11th, 2014, I had just gotten home from work when my new foster dog, Tyger, a brindle Pitbull, was attacked by Sam, my elderly Lab/Greyhound Mix. Sam was becoming more and more aggressive as he aged but he was also getting slower and less agile. Tyger was a year […]


Friday Firesmith – The Islamification of the Republican Americans

I’m not sure when or where or how Islam became what it is in its current form. There’s a billion or so people who claim to be Islamic and, despite what you might hear, not all of them are terrorists or support terrorism. I’m fairly certain most of them wonder how on earth things […]

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