Have you ever sat around the fire with thoughtful friends and had a deep and meaningful conversation that stuck with you and changed your life philosophy?

That’s what I want to create here at Fireside Philosophy.

This is a place where we can step away from the stress, noise, and rush of everyday life and ponder deep ideas that make us reflect.

Let’s grow smarter, happier, and wiser together with deep life lessons and practical words of wisdom.

What is Fireside Philosophy?

Fireside Philosophy is a free newsletter on life, love, meaning, and happiness. 

It shares the kind of ideas, stories, insights, questions, and life philosophies you might discover during a deep conversation around the fire with thoughtful friends. 

What will I get from Fireside Philosophy?

You’ll get life lessons, thought-provoking questions, inspiring stories, and practical words of wisdom that make you reflect and change how you look at life.

Fireside Philosophy will help you grow into a smarter, happier, wiser person, and get more from your life.

Our world is filled with too much mind-numbing noise: 24/7 advertising, divisive politics, meaningless soundbites, vapid social media, quick-fix gimmicks, and more. In our noisy and confusing world, Fireside Philosophy is a place for real, honest, vulnerable talk that will open your mind and nourish your soul.

It would be good if we talked…not just pitter-patter, but real talk. We shouldn’t be so afraid, because most people really like this contact; that you show you are vulnerable makes them free to be vulnerable.

- Liv Ullman

It’s that simple. I don’t want to tarnish the space, so here’s my commitment to you as a reader: 

  • No spam. 

  • No ads. 

  • No selling your info. 

  • No agenda. 

  • No politics. 

  • No religious or spiritual agenda. 

  • No gimmicky life hacks (e.g., “3 Quick Tips for Instant Happiness”).

  • No bombarding your inbox. 

If you’re on the fence, give it a shot and you can unsubscribe anytime with one click. 

How often will you email me?

Here’s my promise: I’ll only email you when I have something meaningful to say and I’m sure you’ll find it valuable. 

It won’t be more than once or twice a week. Probably just once or twice a month. 

Why is it called “Fireside Philosophy?”

Have you ever sat around the fire with thoughtful friends and had a deep and meaningful conversation that stuck with you and changed your life philosophy?

That’s what I want to create here at Fireside Philosophy.

Talking around the fire with good people is magical. The sacred circle brings out thoughts, questions, stories, reflections, wonder, insights, vulnerabilities, and feelings we rarely experience in day-to-day life.

Around the fire, we leave behind the noise of life. We open our minds and hearts and talk about everything from the stars to the meaning of life. We offer and receive each other’s deepest dreams, vulnerable feelings, and meaningful stories. We drop the need for social graces. We let our guard down and tap into a deep and genuine communal connection. 

I imagine us circled around a woodsy campfire, or sunk into lawn chairs beside a backyard fire pit, or nestled in the sand around a beach fire, or cozied in armchairs by a living room fireplace, or bundled up next to a wood-burning stove.

You stare into the flames, deep in thought as you listen to a friend share his story. Absorbed in the fire’s flickering dance, you’re lost in a trance, your mind wandering and drifting like puffs of smoke on the wind.

Every once in a while, the crackling wood pops a burst of sparks that swim toward the sky. The pulsing bed of embers radiates a circle of warmth, heating your skin as you slowly inhale the comforting scent of wood smoke.

Sitting there, hypnotized by the flames, you half-listen to your friend across the fire, carried away on his voice, half-registering his words, yet fully understanding his meaning. Your focus weaves lazily between his story and your own drifting thoughts.

Your eyes wander to the friends seated around you as the flickering shadows dance across their faces. They look familiar, and yet oddly different, their faces transformed by the flames, their features strangely repainted with every flicker of light.

These fireside moments are sacred. They’re timeless and universal. They’re coded deep within our DNA and our souls. We started building fires 400,000 years ago, and some scientists believe communal fires sparked the rise of human culture. 

Break from the noise and come reflect by the fire.

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  4. Connect with an intimate community of thoughtful people.

  5. Take a break from the noise of life and feed your soul.

Contact Editor, Todd Lincoln: ToddLincoln34@gmail.com

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