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Welcome to my site and thank you for reading. After many times thinking, if only I had a blog, well-- here we are. This blog will feature writings on a variety of topics from roadside food, to leadership in the fire service; politics; culture- gay, straight, and indifferent, my experiences in Ohio, New York and beyond; and much much more. It's my hope that you will find it interesting and that it stirs at least some thought and discussion. I am certain you wont always agree, but that is what its all about right? Oh and one more thing:

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Monday, September 9, 2013

The Gift of a Different View

For those in the public safety communications profession (or any part of public safety) I have a suggestion: GET OUT OF YOUR NORMAL ENVIRONMENT!  Visit some other agencies, talk with fellow diapatchers, and find out how things are on the other side of the fence.  You may not learn the secret of the holy grail- you may not learn much of anything.  But you will learn something! I promise.  Just be aware, open to the experience, willing to ask questions, and don't be afraid to find out thing that might shatter some assumptions that you currently have.  Maybe your place is nowhere near as good as your thought. Or maybe its way better. Or maybe the truth is we are all one family- some good, some bad- but always able to grow and learn and do better-- together.  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Coming of Fall

Now we arrive at my favorite time of year. When the first crisp of fingers of autumn poke at Summer's turning eye and remind us all that life is about seasons and transitions and change. Many fight that change-- push back against the turning pages of the calendar much like they push back against their fears or their mindsets or their anger or their past. Ironic then, that letting go of that which holds us back is as easy as turning that page. If we are only willing to do it.  Maybe that is why I long for this time of year. When I can let all that holds me back fall away with the brown dried leaves of the tree out front. Finally ready to allow, after a certain amount of time for rest, hibernation, and freedom, the appearance of something new and even more wonderful than what was.