A Gentle Reminder

A reminder that I have stopped posting new content on this blog.

Since doing so last month,  ASVU has had several dozen, new subscribed followers here and I wanted to point them in the direction of my new blog, Mitigating Chaos.

That’s where it’s happening.

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Hope you join us there for the same content that you have enjoyed here.

 

Thanks…. Ray

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Theo’s Story

“One day at a time” really does work, as long as you never give up. If you need some hope in your life, read this. Even if everything is going great in your life, read this story because someday, things may change and you will want to remember this story. Thanks, JoAnna.

Anything is Possible!

As September is “Recovery Month,” I’m sharing this story based on my interview with a man who has become a respected friend.

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Some of us remember it as “The Blizzard of ’89.” To Theo, it’s the night he almost froze to death.

Not technically a blizzard, the storm was an anomaly for the Carolina Coast, especially on Christmas Eve. He’d quit his job at Dupont to drink liquor and sell blood. He’d been arrested 66 times for child support. The money was supposed to be taken out of his check, but it’s hard to hold on to a job when you keep getting locked up.

On that Christmas Eve in 1989, he walked to the club on Orange Street and got hit in the head with a bottle by a man trying to rob him. Theo stumbled into the cold and headed toward Ann Street and the place he called…

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Time To Change Channels

  A reminder that I have stopped posting new content on this blog.

Since doing so last week, I have had close to a dozen, new followers here and wanted to point them in the direction of my new blog, Mitigating Chaos.

That’s where it’s happening.

 

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The logo over at the new place.

Hope you join us there for the same content that you have enjoyed here.

 

Thanks…. Ray

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The End Of Chapter 1

This will be the last post placed on this blog, mostly because I have used up the allotted storage with  3,800 posts since February of 2010.

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Mitigating Chaos

 

The second chapter of my blogging hobby is called “Mitigating Chaos“.

 

I anticipate continuing with the same style of content and invite you to continue to enjoy the look out my window. The site is now up and running.

 

I hope to see you there.

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On Humanity

“I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine”

. . . Kurt Vonnegut

No argument from me!

 

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My last day as a Reserve  Driver/Operator for the City of Aiken Fire Division, June 2011. The end of 35 years in emergency services.                                          I still miss it every day.

 

 

 

 

 

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Remember To Remember

With the recent (and current) hurricanes, earthquakes and other stuff, it might be easy to overlook that tomorrow marks another anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001.

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9/11 Memorial at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. There are 343 names on that plaque.

 

I’m publishing this a day early, just in case we lose power overnight. For those of you seeing this on FB, Twitter, Linkedin, it will best be read by going to the blog as there are several links embedded that will help tell the story.

If you are old enough to remember September 11, 2001, you will never forget where you were, what you were doing and the dread you felt in your heart.

I have written several columns about that day. This is the one that tells the story best.

Always Remember

I encourage you to watch and listen to Jessica Locke’s “Reading of The Names” at the end of that page.  It’s not what you think and I promise you will never forget it.

 

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Miracle. All of it.

Worth re-blogging because it really is a miracle.

Live & Learn

When the first teeth appear, these little stones slowly pushed up through the child’s red gums, appearing at first like sharp little points, then standing there like miniature white towers in the mouth, it is hard not to be astonished, for where do they come from? Nothing that enters the baby, mostly milk but also a little mashed banana and potato, bears the slightest resemblance to teeth, which in contrast to the food are hard. Yet this must be what happens – that certain substances are extracted from this partly liquid, partly soft nourishment and transported to the jaws, where they are assembled into the material used to make teeth. But how? That skin and flesh, nerves and sinews are formed and grow is perhaps just as great a mystery, but it doesn’t feel that way. The tissue is soft and living, the cells stand open to each other and to…

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