On the Table

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Put your money on the table . . . . . . and there it would stay. Lunch, dinner, breakfast if the spirit moved somebody, three bucks, four, five, it didn’t matter, three, four, ten or fourteen people in, every one of them paying their share. Nobody touched it. That money was as safe on […]

We Own the Night

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From this Morning’s edition of The Providence Journal A world exists just outside our windows, a world where things are not always safe, not very clean and absolutely terrifying. Things happen while we sleep, lives are lost, homes destroyed and hearts broken. Shots are fired, blood is spilled, cars roll over, occupants thrown from their […]

Firefighters make great medics

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  Firefighters make great medics. Too many of us have been attacked, shot, shot at, stabbed, punched, kicked, abused, and disrespected by the public we serve. Yet, besides the occasional patient with an altered level consciousness lashing out at those sent to help, attacks on fire and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel are relatively rare. […]

Lonely, but not alone in the nursing home

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It is a dreadful time for all of us, our seniors especially so. Covid has seperated us, taken from us essential needs like touch and closeness. But no crummy disease will ever take away the humanity that exists within all of us. During an emergency at a nursing home things may not be perfect. Sometimes […]

Christmas Present

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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. “Who are you, and, and why did you call me?” I grumbled. “I am sthe spirit of […]

Wired

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We are wired for danger. Human beings were not designed to live in temperature controlled enviornments, artificial light keeping us awake when we should be sleeping and never fearing for our lives. For our bodies to function as designed we need to feel extremes. Our DNA craves the molecular activity that our emotions create. Hormones […]

Lighting things up

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We are stuck in our homes this Christmas Season, no hustle, no bustle, no big parties, no department store Santas, not much of a Christmas Spirit in the air. But while we are inside looking out there is a world of people outside, who wish they were inside, looking out for those of us who […]

They were firefighters

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Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire December 3, 1999 I’m certain that until the very last seconds they thought he would pull it off. I do not think they were thinking about anything but the job in front of them, they were simply doing what their training allowed them to do. The nearly impossible. […]

How The Covid Will Not Steal Christmas!

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Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot. But the Covid, who lived just out of sight, did not! The Covid hated Christmas, the whole Christmas season. He infected the Whos at random, and for no good reason. It could be that the virus was simply mean, and had nothing to fear. It could […]

Giving Thanks

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A quiet Thanksgiving…by Michael Morse November 25, 2020/Michael Morse by Michael Morse, contributing writer It’s not as if I didn’t have 364 days this year to get everything I need for the Thanksgiving Feast, but here it is, 3:30 on the day before and I’m compiling a list. Wine, beer, gravy, cranberry sauce, figs (yes […]

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