• Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    “Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.” This is a long overdue shout out to my paramedic family, my comrades, my homies, my longtime friends. As you may have guessed from the above Oscar Wilde quote, this week’s thoughts are about experience. Why experience you ask? Well, first off it’s EMS week. Secondly, it sprang into my mind the other day while working on the ambulance. I found myself reflecting on the unusual situations I’ve been in…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    I’m fairly certain that over the last week Fate has been busy wielding her knitting needles, rocking in her chair and relentlessly chugging energy drinks. Feeling indecisive, she's chosen yarn from several piles all for the purpose of weaving an unusual somberness through the frontlines. I say this because there’s been a shift in the way our department is run. And from what I’ve read and heard, this same infliction has woven its way through many emergency rooms throughout the nation. For starter…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    Years ago I was given this advice, “Take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.” I’ve come to realize that this is a popular quote and its meaning has long been discussed and debated. What I believe that person was trying to say was that if you take care of the small finances, the bigger ones will take care of themselves. Basically, it’s a quote about the benefits of being thrifty. Which brings me to a second piece of advice that my uncle once gave me. “No matter how b…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    I’ve been lucky enough to have been born with strands of the handy man gene embedded into my DNA. I thank my dad for teaching me the basics when I was a kid as well as passing on his sense of craftsmanship. Trust me when I say this, I’m far from being perfect. I do possess a willingness to try and learn, and I don’t know about you, but I excel at making mistakes. Maybe I should say that I’m even better at learning the hard way. When I’m left with a decision I think about that Robert Frost poem “…

  • Tuesday's Thoughts From The Frontlines

    If you’ve never seen the nature sculptures and photography of Andrew Goldsworthy it’s worth a moment to delight your visual intellect. Years ago I watched a video of him stringing together one of his intricate ice sculptures. A few hours into the project the piece completely fell apart and in a most unemotional tone he simply said, “Oh well.” I don’t know about you, but if that happened to me I’d use every cuss word known to man. Case in point, with an accidental click of a button I recently los…

  • Tuesday’s Thoughts From the Frontlines

    Here’s a snippet of a cover song performed by the 80s hair band Tesla: “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.” Or this one by Z.Z. Top: “But you did, but you did. And I thank you.” I’m using these lyrics as a way to express my gratitude for the outpouring of support you have given us frontline workers. From signs tapped in windows, drawn on sidewalks, propped in yards or assembled in front of the hospital; through the donations of food, hand sanitizer and safety glasses; to the cookies and cards that h…

  • Tuesday’s Thoughts From The Frontlines

    Deep in the mountains of Colorado, I had sat on the edge of my circle. Under the canopy of trees, a chill clung to the air despite the sun proudly shimmering like a medal pinned to the sky's crisp blue shirt. Directly across from me the shaman sat. His head bowed in contemplation. Silence flowed between us like a quiet forest brook. . The shaman eventually points to an object before his knee. A bright green sprout poking through a dead leaf. "Life always finds a way," he said. . The words were s…