The Fireside Post

Feature Article #1

When “Political Correctness” Inhibits Honesty

I have some friends, 300+ on facebook. They represent every aspect of American society. Rich and poor, old and young, educated and uneducated, wise and not-so-wise, liberal and conservative, black and white and gray, and some very opinionated. I have been reluctant to post dramatic political points of view for fear of alienating someone – […]

| June 16th, 2016 | Continued

Feature Article #2

Introduction from a Casual Observer

Hello everyone!  My name is Josh Clark and I’m the newest contributor to this most intriguing online magazine.  I feel compelled to give some backstory on myself as an introduction. Foremost, I see myself as a poet.  I say this unapologetically.  I have no true passions in life to speak of, save three–writing, love, and […]

| June 1st, 2016 | Continued

Feature Article #3

My Curiosity Defeats My Timidity

As the title eludes, I like to think I have a defense from fear. Many long years ago, my eldest son was about three. Our yard was fenced in and the best place for him and his sister to be in the summer. Our house was not air-conditioned.  This particular day I was visiting with […]

| May 28th, 2016 | Continued

Feature Article #4

A Vet on Jules Street

From a facebook post by my Brother’s son:  A Vet on Jules Street (A haibun) It seems like an odd duality really, in regards to time. Memory can do this. I’m taken back to when I was a boy sitting on my Grandparent’s front porch on Jules Street; so many years ago, but just yesterday. […]

| May 23rd, 2016 | Continued

Feature Article #5

Sadness, Depression, Grief, The Deep Struggles of Life

Let’s get personal about the issues of sadness, depression, and grief.  I can see these things playing out in my family – my parents, siblings, in-laws, my children, my nieces and nephews. These sensations are not all-or-nothing.  There seem to be degrees of sadness, a continum.  My personal life has covered the spectrum.  I believe […]

| May 17th, 2016 | Continued

Feature Article #6

Shouts of Despair Go Unheard

I work with others.  Mostly volunteer work – but I find my self in the horrid trenches of the front line battle against despair.  The Four Horsemen of Terror, Bewilderment, Frustration, and Despair march the earth seeking human souls.  What do I see?  What do I hear? Last week a man happened upon me – […]

| May 17th, 2016 | Continued

Feature Article #7

“…misogynistic narcissist or the underwhelming oligarch?”

My son, Bryan, used the title of this post in a sentence the other day.  He was referring to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  Well?  What do you think?  I looked up the words to be sure I understood what Bryan was suggesting – very interesting. Donald Trump is a misogynistic narcissist – among other […]

| May 4th, 2016 | Continued

Feature Article #8

“…an organized, nationwide system of care…”

Civilized industrial nations have searched for many years for an appropriate response to public health.  Individual health care financing in the United States was somehow attached to one’s job as a part of the benefit package.  A good job came with good health insurance.  By 2008 there were fifty (50) million individuals without health insurance. […]

| April 18th, 2016 | Continued

Feature Article #9

Karma and Life Lessons

Shorthand, I know what it is, but can’t read it. Many years ago at Lowy Enterprises. I received a promotion to work with Dave in Accounts Receivable. At high school I refused typing and shorthand because I didn’t plan on being any man’s secretary, Hah. So, one of my new jobs was to take dictation […]

| April 5th, 2016 | Continued

Feature Article #10

Anger Disguised As Political and Religious Reasoning

Most of the extremist people I know, left or right, have troubled backgrounds.  There is no other way to say it.  Today I am going to use a dear troubled friend as an example.  Of course, the name has been changed.  Some will argue that this is mere anecdotal reasoning and thus not comprehensive enough […]

| March 7th, 2016 | Continued

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About this Magazine

This magazine started as a conversation between a father and a son.  You will encounter some of that conversation as you look through the archives, but mostly you will find discourse about a great many subjects  that embracea  great many views about the world.  Take a look around, and see what happens when you dare […]

Other Recent Articles

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Refried Beans In My Chili

OK – right up front, I am an anomaly.  Just about every group of people that I run across eventually figures this out.  This reality struck me yesterday when I was thinking about supper.  Bored and not willing to invest the time in some cuisine of taste and health I rummaged around in my pantry, […]

22Jun2016 | | 2 comments | Continued
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White Suits

Mark Twain enters my mind, Takes a seat, and I become his front porch.   For a man with such great potential Of explosive wit and verbiage– He says nothing as he strikes A match…   …And lights a fine Cuban cigar.   The sun is shining brightly so That the white suit he so […]

21Jun2016 | | 0 comments | Continued
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My Practicality

  My practicality is a pesky little imp. Like a gremlin sabotaging my Creativity.   My creativity rests in the bosom Of Mystery; And this fair lady–she always beckons.   She pleads with me to embrace her, Ungrip the secure and chase her.   And I start to run–   But I find myself tethered. […]

9Jun2016 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Once Upon a Time in St. Joe

Once Upon a Time in St. Joe The dross falls away and she stands revealed. I have been talking at length with a dream. The coal train moves on; her rails course the fields. The nights fall, the conversations appeal, We meet for coffee, she takes hers with cream. The dross falls away and she […]

5Jun2016 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Josh Has Joined thefiresidepost.com

Josh was once a good boy.  He lost his way.  We find him today hanging out with the outlaw of his family – Ohg Tone. Seriously, Josh is my nephew, and a fine writer.  I have watched him over the years, watched him grow in to a young man, watched him explore religion, watched him […]

31May2016 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Where is Woody Guthrie

It was hot. And dry. The wind blew and a dust storm raged. People finally just started calling it a dust bowl. The Midwest was overwhelmed with drought, the country overwhelmed with depression. People got tired. They got hungry. They got desperate. They could not feed their children. But they heard a story, a story […]

15May2016 | | 4 comments | Continued
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More Notes On Political Correctness

We have insisted for a while now that ‘political’ correctness’ is simply about manners.  My standard line is simple:  political correctness was one thing in my fourth grade classroom with Mrs. Kingsborrow, another thing on the elementary school playground, and quite another in my mother’s kitchen.  The political right wing of America is embroiled in […]

13Apr2016 | | 0 comments | Continued
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The “Shoulds” of Life Have Me Down

I have been a responsible man for most of my life.  Some would challenge that point – because my failures have stood out like atomic bombs.  As a Senior Citizen I don’t face too many life changing events or decisions.  But I do have some responsibilities and those become the burrs under my saddle – […]

10Apr2016 | | 0 comments | Continued