Giving and Getting

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By Michael Morse She reached into her purse, dug deep and found what she was looking for. “You’ve been especially nice,” she said, “I want you to have these.” I looked around, made sure nobody was watching and conspiratorially took her offering. “I really shouldn’t, we’re not supposed to take gifts.” “You deserve it,” she […]

Getting out before it’s too late

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I ran into an old friend from the ER while I was at the supermarket. Five years have passed since I saw her, she looked ten years younger now. She’s still a nurse, only no longer in the ER, oncology her calling now. She is happy. Its amazing what time away from the nuthouse we […]

The kids in the window

Entry Img I can see a bunch of bald kids looking out of their hospital windows as the people on the outside flash their lights, sending a message, tellling them that they are not forgotten. Well done, people, more times than not I’m proud to be part of the human race.  

Holding On

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“When Jorge Elorza took office as mayor in 2015, the City of Providence had 440 firefighters, a fire chief, 10 non-union middle management personnel, and labor harmony. Since then, the fire department has dwindled to 340 eligible personnel. Nearly 40 firefighters are out of work with injuries or are physically unable to perform their full […]

Public Safety’s Five Stages

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The five stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. The five widely accepted stages are, in order: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The mind processes grief very much the same way it processes the five stages of a career in Public Safety, only ass […]

The elves are busy

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Santa’s elves were up late last night, cutting, chopping, and filling little bags with the magic powder the people crave. Christmas magic is alive for every man woman and child; a needle and a spoon, a flickering candle’s heat, penetrating, mixing with blood once lifeless, now alive with pleasure and warmth. Loneliness recedes as her […]

Life is cruel

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I saw an image on Facebook the other day; a car on fire at a fuel pump a few miles from my house. I immediately started typing some inane comment, unthoughtful, aggrandizing, centered around me and my experiences. Something stopped me from posting. Yesterday another image appeared, two of my favorite people from my past, […]

Christmas Stories to put you into the Spirit

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Captain Scrooge and other Holiday Stories is dedicated to stories about emergencies in homes and cities during the holiday season. “Morse shines in his treatment of the smaller stories in his profession, exploring the depths of compassion, sympathy, and loyalty to the community that all first responders may relate to.”  

Good Whiskey

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He shuffles toward the rescue, no particular hurry; he’s got nothing much to do. It’s ten o’clock on a Thursday Night, he’s out of money, the buzz from the half is wearing off and he’s hungry. He has that wary look about him, not quite knowing what to expect from the people he called for […]

Great presents!

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Books make great gifts! Rescuing Providence and Rescue 1 Responding is a perfect present for the firefighter/medic in your life, Mr. Wilson Makes it Home is perfect for anybody with a heart! All I want for Christmas is for you to follow my Amazon Author page, and that won’t even cost you anything 🙂

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