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Why I am drinking less coffee

Coffee. I really enjoy a cup or two or three or four as part of my morning routine. Oatmeal, coffee and the news. Someone I knew went in for major surgery not long ago. The post-op required a few overnights in the hospital. There were lots of things that could have made that stay tough – surgical […]

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Summer Reading and Reflections

Reading and running are my top two hobbies. I find both of them relaxing and refreshing. I also get a recharge or energy boost and many ideas come to me while doing both. Today I had a fantastic run in Wausau, Wisconsin – an out and back from the soccer fields to and through downtown. […]

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There is nothing more important than personal safety and partner safety

Safety. You come first. Your partner comes a very close second. Our concern for personal and partner safety, though, needs to extend from scene safety to off-duty safety from intimate partner violence and domestic abuse. EMT Ashley Scott, allegedly shot to death by her husband — also an EMT, is my most recent reminder of […]

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How to Understand Traumatic Stress in EMS

A psychology Ph.D. student asked the EMS sub-Reddit for help to better understand the EMS profession. Reddit user sandel23 is “looking to do my dissertation on the effects of traumatic exposure within EMS occupations” and wants to learn more about shift schedules, frequency to difficult calls, coping strategies and the most stressful aspects of the […]

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Race Report: EMS Week 2016 10K #EMSVRC

The EMS Appreciation Week 2016 5K/10K is a virtual running race hosted by the Virtual Running Club during EMS Week with a portion of each registration fee going to the National EMS Memorial Foundation. (read about the race on EMS1) I ran my 10K, which can be run any time during EMS week for medal eligibility, this […]

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Two Runs Two Oceans

In late March I ran to a beach on the Gulf of Mexico. This morning I ran from a hotel near LAX to a beach on the Pacific Ocean. When I travel I try to run to specific points of interest.

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Tourist time in San Francisco

I turned my morning commute walk from my hotel to the Praetorian Digital office into a tourist walk yesterday. A few of the sights along the way (Garmin data).    

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No Commute: One of the Many Benefits of Working from Home

Ford Europe has an interactive tool for calculating time and costs of commuting. I work from home so the results are not surprising. If you have a long commute I hope you find some enjoyment in it and can work to make it shorter.

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Stop and smell the little purple flowers

As quickly as possible because there is lots to be done. Our Sunday dash, making the most of the good weather: Washing windows and screens Placing rain barrels 5 mile run Several dog walks Cleaning the grill Cooking burgers Laundry Vacuuming All sorts of cleaning A bit of cleaning Watching NHL playoff hockey … Go […]

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Envelope reaches back 40 years

I opened this envelope, addressed to me almost 40 years ago, yesterday afternoon. Inside was a $2 bill and Kennedy half-dollar. The note, written by mom, says they were given to me by my maternal grandparents. If there is significance to August 10 it is escaping me. It is a few months from my birthday. […]