Rest in Peace, Sir

Entry Img I had the honor of meeting Edwin a few years ago, and though not quite the kind of meeting I would have liked, I was profoundly effected by his presence. October 21, 2008 He’s old, now, closer than ever to infinite eternity. His mind is gone, the brilliant thoughts that once sprang to life […]


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Three flights of trash filled stairs, cat urine overwhelming, barricaded door, filthy floor, empty fridge, a kitchen void of food, five hungry kids, girls with no shirts, babies with no diapers, hospital sheets instead of blankets, empty wall sockets, nothing to fill the plugs, no TV,no radio, no blow dryers or cell phone chargers, no […]

Memorial Day, 2011

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Remember to toast those that have preserved our freedom today. The Greatest Generation, the generations that preceded them and just as important, our generation. There is a war going on, If one American soldier dies fighting that war, to that soldier and those close to him, that war becomes just as deadly as any in […]

Legal Considerations

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She had been down this road before and was ready for me. "Do you know where you are?" I asked. "Right here at home, 572 Fedora Street, Providence, Rhode Island, USA 02908." "What day is it?" "Thursday, May 26, 0737 hrs, SIR!" she snapped off a crisp salute. "Who is the president?" "President Barack Obama, […]

The Front Room

It's three in the morning, and she is alone in bed, not the bed she shared with her husband for sixty-one years, no, not that bed; never again that bed for her, Now she rests in the hospital bed in the front room, the one that used to be the living room. A few weeks […]


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It’s well past midnight, on a dark, quiet street on the outskirts of Providence. The house we were called to was dark.

The Case of the “Dia-Who-Tees?”

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At the top of the stairs, inside a nondescript home in a public housing project, a rowhouse if you will, wrapped in a blanket, on top of a mattress, much like a mummy, or moth, was a man.

Deep Thought Saturday

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Life is hard. Living is hard. I don’t know a soul who doesn’t struggle with it at one time or another.


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The man's doctor knows him much better than I, knows his history, his allergies, his family, his fears and needs. He has established a relationship with the man, who is ninety-three, and confined to a nursing home now. The man's doctor has cared for him for decades, took care of his wife, his kids are […]

Do the Unexpected/EMS Week 2011

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Honest EMT Mike's Rules for a Happy Career, Part 4 EMS Week 2011 When all else fails do the unexpected. Called for an infant  with a fever at three in the morning? Say, "Hello little baby," and take her temperature the way you would your own kids, or your mother took yours, by actually touching […]

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