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Purge Monsters and Poets

I once told my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Utz, that I wanted to be a writer or perhaps a journalist when I grew up. She did something, that not many in my young life, most did not do. She didn’t laugh, she didn’t say “Oh really” in that skeptical, high-toned way, people will do with […]

24Feb2018 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Scapegoat Politics…

Just some things rattling in my head this morning…. Today I see headlines about Marco Rubio being booed at a gathering to discuss the recent school shooting. Booed and pinned down to say yay or nay to the NRA, pinned down to say guns were responsible for the recent and past shootings. This is disturbing. […]

22Feb2018 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Why? It’s More Than Guns

I don’t mean to disparage the intent of the Florida survivors who are now passionately pounding the anti-gun message. Yet, immediately after the shooting, I saw and heard several young people who claimed to know the shooter. They, with disdain in their voices, described a person who was off, didn’t fit in, was a juvenile […]

21Feb2018 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Kelly Ann Conway on Domestic Violence

Kelly Ann Conway, some sort of advisor to the President of the United States, was on CNN this morning.  She was present on the set of State of The Union with Jake Tapper.  A little back story – A Presidential aid, Rob Porter, has been accused by two ex-wives of domestic violence.  He denied the […]

11Feb2018 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Almost a Certainty

William Merritt Scotton, Sr. and Genevieve (Clark) Scotton, were married Wednesday, August 24, 1938 in St. Joseph, MO. She was a few months from 18 years and he was a couple of months into 21 years. They met by chance because he and Dorothy Castile were cousins and Genevieve and Dorothy were best friends. Merritt […]

23Jan2018 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Baseball Rebellion

I did not play baseball as a child.  I hardly knew such a thing existed.  One Spring day, long ago, I was wandering the St. Joseph, Missouri, streets with my brothers.  As we passed the Noyes Baseball Field I noticed several of my school mates dressed in uniform and playing baseball on the well manicured […]

26Nov2017 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Postcards From the RNC, Robo Calls That Is!

I keep getting robo calls from the RNC…. They desperately need $75 from me to fight the biased media and drain the swamp. What?? That is roughly 1/12th of my total monthly income. I have no problem telling them I am living on Social Security and not much of that, but I’m talking to deaf […]

21Nov2017 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Equality Is Not Tangible

I am all for equality between the sexes. Always have been, I guess. As a Baby Boomer, I have seen a whole lot of it not being that way. Equality is easily defined on paper and somehow in life it gets spread out, the lines get blurred and more difficult to find the easy divisions […]

16Nov2017 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Who Pulled Your Chain

Pardon my OCD a moment please. Sometimes I get intrigued (my chain gets pulled) by words and/or phrases I hear or read. The phrase in question “Shut your mouth your mind is hanging out” was spoken by one cowboy to another in a movie my husband was watching yesterday evening and I, by consequence, was […]

25Oct2017 | | 0 comments | Continued
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When The Emotionally Unbalanced Vote, They Always Vote For The Extreme

Lookout Friday! Here they come!  The emotionally unbalanced have found their candidate.  Donald Trump is someone who should never have happened in America – but he has – and it is because one political party began catering to the emotionally unbalanced about forty years ago, and the fall of economic prosperity by American citizens fed […]

20Oct2017 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Curiosity is Not Alone in Killing the Cat

A curiosity moment led me to wonder, “Just what are the most probable causes of the Apocalypse and if any, the percentages of certainty?” I found many articles and many opinions on the subject and very little speculation or mathematics on how to rate each catastrophe with a percentage of ‘Most Likely’ to happen. What […]

12Oct2017 | | 1 comment | Continued
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NFL, NASCAR and America

So the Divisionaries continue to divide… It’s true that NASCAR has only had 4 black drivers in its history, notably one being a black woman. Yet, the popularity of the sport fades in the light of Football. Where 64% of Americans claim to be fans. Break that down to 73% of men and 55% of […]

26Sep2017 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Is There Such a Thing as a Drug Free Life?

I wrote this post on social media a few days ago… mostly to vent my frustrations and anguish…. It has been taken as low blow, a blindside, a side swipe and a less than honorable way to disparage someone personally…. It was suggested that I say it to someone’s face, rather than on Facebook of […]

23Sep2017 | | 3 comments | Continued
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It’s a Cat’s Life

I have a barn/porch cat, her name is Skeeter aka Trouble, who would dearly love to be an indoor/outdoor cat. Especially on cold days, 60 degrees appears to be her cue to want in.  She is in this predicament, because after being in the house for several months, or a year, I forget, she became […]

10Sep2017 | | 0 comments | Continued
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A Few Thoughts On Tiger Woods Recent DUI

From a friend: A few thoughts on Tiger Woods. Regardless of whether you like him or not and for whatever reason you like him or not, I think the police dodged a bullet on this one. We’ve all seen the videos, some of you may see a drunk, some may see a drug addict, some […]

4Jun2017 | | 1 comment | Continued
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AARP Is A Communist Plot To Destroy America!

Allow me to first reveal my bias.  I am a member of AARP.  I am over sixty years old.  I am a male.  I am educated.  I know how to type.  There!  Now you know my background.  AARP is very obviously a communist plot to destroy America.  We need only look at the AARP Bulletin, […]

16Mar2017 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Single Payer – What Is It and How Is It Better Than What We Have?

The health care debate rages on.  Our system has been flawed from the beginning.  Powerful Unions negotiated with employers to provide health insurance.  Good for the Unions and unionized workers, not good for everybody.  Insurance companies liked the deal because they could negotiate big lucrative packages.  Actuaries ruled the day.  It is actually simple math […]

10Mar2017 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Trump – Nostalgia Is Not What It Used to Be

Donald Trump, the so-called President of the United States, is fundamentally ignorant of history, literature, philosophy, and the humanities in general.  Trump epitomizes the romantic ideal, completely unaware of his failure to understand reality.  This is a common trait of people who are intellectually lazy, and particularly the intellectually lazy who are born with the […]

5Mar2017 | | 0 comments | Continued
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The Homosexual Paradigm – Personal Experience

(Originally posted May 1, 2012.  Re-posted out of a sense of need for the current discussion). There is no universal homosexual paradigm – but there are strong paradigms that drive our society.   Previous generations of Americans often ignored the Gay community – you stay in your closet, I’ll stay in mine.  Today we find the […]

1Mar2017 | | 8 comments | Continued
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Denying Freedom Of Press is Impeachable Offense

It is being widely reported today that the White House has selectively denied access to  a news conference by the White House.  The first amendment is clear: Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or […]

24Feb2017 | | 2 comments | Continued
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The Pain of Awareness

Awareness is generally thought to be a good thing.  Certainly we advocate being aware of one’s personal budget, of politics, of education, of science (Climate Change), of job opportunities, of our health, and even an awareness of our ignorance on various topics.  I think it is useful to be aware of proper use of the […]

24Feb2017 | | 6 comments | Continued
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Fireside Issues | Gun Violence

We have to protect our society. It is a moral imperative. We have to stop arguing about which guns you can own and which guns I can own. That has mostly been settled. The real culprit here is an industry unchecked, riding the wave of public opinion to profits beyond your imagination.

22Feb2017 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Fireside Issues | Abortion

If you want to end the practice of abortion, as I do, you will have to do that in partnership with women and providers.

29Jan2017 | | 3 comments | Continued
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Electronic Medical Record – Great Idea, Problematic With Lazy Docs

Get out the cheese and crackers because I am getting ready to whine.  It was long, long ago, about 2005, that my primary care physician was an accomplished in Internal Medicine.  I had switched to his practice when I was fifty years old, reasoning that as I aged I would need someone with a more […]

16Jan2017 | | 1 comment | Continued
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A 1964 Christmas Story

It was 1964. Life hadn’t been great for the girl, but this particular year had been mostly a nightmare. Her Mother and Step-Father had separated. Finances were next to non existent. School for the girl became a burden on the mother. At only 15 she was resigned to possibly never finishing high school. She was […]

12Dec2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Big Stick Diplomacy

President T.R. Roosevelt is quoted as having said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick”.  Don’t you just love those easy clever witticisms?  Bumper sticker diplomacy at its finest.  Wit is not the same as wisdom.  Clever is not the same as wisdom.  Wisdom speaks softly and carries a big stick – and carries the […]

10Dec2016 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Page Displays In A Mobile World

thefiresidepost.com launched in 2007.  We had some success.  Success caused a ripple in our egos – my son’s and mine.  Some people liked our political commentary while others preferred our essays on recipes.  Where should we focus? was the question.  By 2008 we determined that we had an online magazine.  Our magazine knows no bounds […]

2Dec2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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thefiresidepost.com is Back On Line. Bluehost, SiteLock, and Malware

What a pain in the whazoo.  Sorry for the down time folks.  We are back on line.  Here is the deal as I understand it. I am not a good wordpress site administrator.  My son usually does that work but he actually has a real job so I have been taking care of updating our […]

1Dec2016 | | Comments Off on thefiresidepost.com is Back On Line. Bluehost, SiteLock, and Malware | Continued
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Artistic Interpretation of Trump Victory

Ben Franklin was a Founding Father who used political cartoons as a means of persuasion.  With biting with he would cause a person to reflect and reconsider.  And that was not his day job.  Some people are just naturally gifted at imagery and symbolism used a tools for thoughtful discourse.  I am no expert on […]

13Nov2016 | | Comments Off on Artistic Interpretation of Trump Victory | Continued
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USA 2016 is Analogous to Iran 1979

This is a bold commentary by someone with limited actual knowledge.  My recall of history says that the invention of the internal combustion engine, followed by Henry Ford’s assembly line and mass production – put the oil rich countries of the Middle East on the map.  My memory says the Saudi family took charge about […]

9Nov2016 | | Comments Off on USA 2016 is Analogous to Iran 1979 | Continued
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My Psychiatric Nerve

I have problems; always have had, likely always will.   One of the problems is in naming my problems.  Naming problems is categorically dependent.  When naming a problem, do I use the language of religion, psychiatry, layman, political party – or some variation of modern self-help-ism.  As with most spoken words it depends on the audience. […]

7Nov2016 | | Comments Off on My Psychiatric Nerve | Continued
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New Fireside Post Format

Well, here we are, almost ten years into the grand experiment of a father and son chat on the internet.  We quickly became thefiresidepost.com and have had a couple of major upgrades since.  My son, the Administrator of this magazine, got a new job, went back to school, had more children, yadda, yadda… He became […]

27Oct2016 | | Comments Off on New Fireside Post Format | Continued
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Aren’t We Done Yet?!

I can recall earlier Presidential campaigns that were contemptuous to say the least and how I really, really could hardly bear the wait till the first Tuesday of November. This year is the worst I could ever have imagined. Although, recent postings on social media show us there is nothing new in this world and […]

4Oct2016 | | 0 comments | Continued
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When Peaceful Protest Becomes A Lynch Mob

The near riots and riots in recent memory have the same feel as the mob rule of a hundred years past – the difference being the color of the skin of the protestors.  Make no mistake about it – these protests are about justice.   Immediate justice.  In every case the protesters are compelled to […]

23Sep2016 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Clinton Trump Debate Can Go Off The Rails

WOW!  We are in for a treat.  Maybe I should restate that – if we like fireworks we might like the Clinton Trump Debates.  If we like the idea of diplomats debating world affairs we are probably not going to enjoy the evening.  Let the debates begin – with more potential for fireworks than any […]

30Aug2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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“Conservative” Does Not Mean Smaller Government

Ronald Reagan hijacked the term “Conservative” and twisted it to his own political purpose.   Remember his famous quote, something like this: “Government does not solve the problem, government is the problem.”  The dingbats get goosebumps every time they hear that quote.  More military they say, but less government.  The government should leave my social security […]

24Aug2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Oh Lord Won’t You Give Me?

I loved and love Janis Joplin. I like the song she sang, Mercedes Benz, because it reminds me of a Church I attended with a friend when I was about 16. It was located in South St. Joseph. There was a neon sign outside proclaiming PENTECOSTAL SOMETHING OR OTHER CHURCH. A bright white two story […]

31Jul2016 | | 0 comments | Continued
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thefiresidepost.com is back – Down Because of User hits

Some computer got a hold of thefiresidepost.com and started adding subscribers automatically – they hogged the entire server and we were shut down while we searched for a solution.  We are going to delete 95,600 subscribers.  Anyone who currently subscribes to thefiresidepost.com and want to continue subscribing must sign on and sigh up again.  We […]

26Jul2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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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 – […]

16Jun2016 | | 2 comments | Continued
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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 […]

1Jun2016 | | Comments Off on Introduction from a Casual Observer | Continued
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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 […]

28May2016 | | 0 comments | Continued
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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. […]

23May2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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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 […]

17May2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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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 – […]

17May2016 | | Comments Off on Shouts of Despair Go Unheard | Continued
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“…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 […]

4May2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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“…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. […]

18Apr2016 | | 3 comments | Continued
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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 […]

5Apr2016 | | 1 comment | Continued
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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 […]

7Mar2016 | | Comments Off on Anger Disguised As Political and Religious Reasoning | Continued
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Our Social Media Audience Influences What We Share

Coming to you straight from St. Joseph, Missouri – a place I call home.  Our homes are built on many years of experience.  What appears to be clutter is often a memory of time gone by.  Most of my social media ‘friends’ are from around northwest Missouri.  St. Joseph schools educated me, work took me […]

3Mar2016 | | 2 comments | Continued
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The Progressive Vote Will Not Be Cast For Hillary Clinton

NPR and MSNBC want you to believe that it doesn’t matter who the nominee is. Tow the line anyway. the person, the character of the nominee is irrelevant. Fox News wants you to believe the same thing. They are wrong.

1Mar2016 | | 1 comment | Continued