The city rolls backward

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She actually apologized for calling us. “I didn’t want to bother you, but I can’t stand the pain any longer.” Her home was meticulous, nestled on a quiet street in the Mount Pleasant section of the city, surrounded by beautiful yet modest homes that showed the pride of their owners. The city has a few […]

Do the Job!

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If I can do it, so can you. You can figure out what you’re doing, and show up with a store of knowledge that can actually help somebody in a crisis. Basic stuff. Give them some oxygen. Recognize CHF from an asthma attack. Stop the bleeding. Don’t give D-50 to pregnant people. Carry diaphoretic people […]

Worcester Remembered

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We filled three buses. The road from Providence to Worcester, Rt. 146 is an old, by today’s standards anyway, highway that rolls through Rhode island and Massachusetts. I looked out the window and watched the country pass me by, used car lots, old homes, strip malls and closed down factory buildings. It was a quiet […]

Wash it down

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Lunchtime, one of my favorite times of day. I had made stuffed meatloaf, always a favorite with the guys. Wayne called them meat bombs, which I guess they were. A big ball of hamburg, a couple of eggs, secret seasonings, separated into twelve “bombs,” sliced down the middle, add some spinach and cheddar, an hour […]

Father Christmas visits Rescue Co. 1

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“Who, are you!” “I am the Ghost of Christmas Present. And you are a weird little man!” He was small, but looked tall, dressed in a flowing robe, standing by the pay phone, a bottle of wine cleverly covered with a brown paper bag in one hand, a box of Chicken McNuggets in the other. […]

Let them burn

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President Elect Trump isn’t a fan of flag burning. Me neither. But I am a fan of freedom. And I love having the freedom to see exactly who doesn’t deserve a second thought.      

Small business Saturday!

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http://://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001JRZ2Y2 It’s Small Business Saturday, please support your local author, books are great gifts!  There is no smaller nusiness than a self employed writer!    

Firefighter or pretender

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Either you are a firefighter, or you are not. The uniform cannot cover character. Providence hires with preferential treatment for city residents and minorities. Perhaps we should judge our applicants not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.   http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20161123/no-bail-for-two-providence-firefighters-facing-drug-gun-charges

The night before

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nThere’s something about the stuffing. When we were kids, Wednesday Night was better than Thanksgiving. It was then, with only us in the house that the real Thanksgiving took place. Tomorrow we’d have a house full, but tonight, there was no stress, no worries, just the six of us. The aroma of butter, onions and […]

Focus

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I used to take my ability to hyper-focus for granted, thinking it was something everybody could do if they were in my shoes. It isn’t a skill learned, nothing I had to study for, it just is. I read something about how sports stars do similar things, when the game is on the line, the […]

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