Friday Firesmith – The Sins Of Beverly Carter

Beverly Carter was murdered because she made the mistake many murdered woman make; she was alone. I would never survive as a woman because I’m alone more often than not. But I am not a woman. Because I’m a guy I get to walk around in the woods by myself, drive around late at […]


Friday Firesmith – Ebola

It seems odd that people would take the medical advice of a man who has only seen a few seasons of House and who had never actually played doctor as a child. Medically speaking, unless you are looking for an easy malpractice suit, don’t listen to anyone on the internet who is handing out free […]


Friday Firesmith – Oh Darwin! Where is thy sting?

There is, in the wild, a filter that eliminates stupidity. It is widely known and misunderstood as “Evolution” but for the sake of the subject at hand, and that would be stupidity, the popular version will have to serve. Most people I have met who “don’t believe we came from no damn monkey” cannot […]


Friday Firesmith – Great Truths About Women

When my friend Bill called me and told me a pine limb had fallen on his trailer and he needed help, fast, I knew what limb had fallen and what trailer it had landed on and I knew we had to do something fast. It’s a Guy Code thing; a friend calls with an […]


Friday Firesmith – Kennel Cough and Foster Dogs

My second foster dog is well on his way to his new home in Rhode Island. Save A Lab, a group that finds fosters and new homes for Labrador Retrievers, set me up with an energetic little boy dog who had been abandoned by his owner. The Puppy Burke had been found wandering the […]


Friday Firesmith – The Future: What do You Want To See?

I remember Skype-ing at a friend’s house and this was her first glimpse of her new grandson. She had her big screen television connected to her computer and so we were talking to the parents of the baby through the computer but looking at the images on a television with a surface area larger […]


Friday Firesmith – Joe Could Throw

As you lay sleeping in your bed at night there is another world that is up and jumping. I’m one of those night sleepers now but there for a very long time I spent most of my waking hours after midnight and saw many a sunrise as I was just winding down a bit. […]


Friday Firesmith – Multiple Dogs

In case you’ve never owned more than one dog you really should. Dogs like to be in the company of others dogs as much, and sometimes more, than they love to be around us humans. I didn’t want to have two dogs because I couldn’t afford the one I had, but that dog went […]


Friday Firesmith – The Death of Robin Williams

This is my third attempt at writing about the death of Robin Williams. This is more than just the admiration of an actor or a comic. This is more than some treatise on the perils of long term drug abuse. And there have been far too many, lately, streams of media who have listed […]


Friday Firesmith – Minimum Rage

As a teenager I worked in the field during the Summer. Local farmers would hire their neighbor’s kids to give them something to do before school started again and usually would work them like slaves for next to nothing in pay. When we weren’t working there was this tradition of kids being loaned out […]

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