Friday Firesmith – Poke Mon NO!

First off, let me confess that I never thought eight track tapes would be extinct before I got out of High School. Then, I predicted no one would buy music CDs. As a child I thought the color of color televisions distracted from the art of acting and […]


Friday Firesmith – Chemical Holocaust

A friend of mine is married to a vet with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. To help deal with his illness, he’s under the influence of a covey of medications. To help her deal with her husband’s outbursts my friend decided to take a few meds herself. Whatever else might be said about the medications […]


Friday Firesmith – Boaty McBoatface For President

I think it all began in Iraq, actually, which is fitting because so much of civilization began in that part of the world. I don’t think we’re heading into a new era of civilization but rather in the opposite direction. Things are getting ugly out there, and the first sign that things were not […]


Friday Firesmith – The Sins of Gays

I had a friend who married a guy she had been dating for quite some time. The relationship was punctuated with breakups, shouting matches, slammed doors, and everyone was pretty much sick to death of it by the time they announced their wedding. No one thought the marriage would last much longer than the […]


Friday Firesmith – Leash Your Children

As someone who doesn’t have kids, never wanted kids, and by and large, doesn’t like the critters at all, I have some issues with people who allow their children to run free. I spend a lot of time leash training my dogs so they’ll behave in public. You’d get some truly freaked out people […]


Friday Firesmith – For Melinda: No License to Kill

Don’t be a jerk 

There’s a certain lack of civility in politics these days and most of it stems from the belief that there’s no difference between an opinion and an informed opinion. The two are not equal. The two do not deserve the same level of respect. You may have the right […]


Friday Firesmith – The Sins of the Wild

Somewhere we humans got the idea that seeing wild animals no longer living in the wild was a good idea. Basically, in the beginning we treated wild animals like we did those people who were criminally insane; we put them behind bars and charged people money to come look at them. That was once […]


Friday Firesmith – Geese are Evil

In the beginning, I liked the geese. The geese were tiny, fuzzy, fluffy little animals that made little peeping noises and they were cute. They belonged to a friend of mine who told me her aunt had geese when she was a little girl. She had inherited her aunt’s farm and now she wanted […]


Friday Firesmith – Divorce

“Where are you going?” she asked me as I stood up and honestly, where is it that I could be going? It’s a two bedroom, two bathroom house in the middle of nowhere. “I’m going to the bathroom” I replied and eventually I would add, “would you like to come with me?” but going […]


Friday Firesmith – Snakes

If you show an infant chimpanzee a live snake the chimp will react with terror. If you show an infant human being that same snake the baby will react with curiosity. Most people can’t believe, or won’t believe, that the fear of snakes in human beings is entirely learned behavior. Moreover, the fear of […]

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