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A Great Day For a Grass Fire

March 20, 2018
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Sunday was a great day for a grass fire. No, not that kind of grass, although wildland fires can make your day go to pot. It’s that time of year. People get cabin fever, and…

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Surviving The Fire, But Not the Move

January 28, 2018
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My wife and I, through no fault of our own, had to fill our SUV with boxes this weekend and take them to our house. (The boxes were full–otherwise, what would be the point?) Okay,…

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Shrimp Fried Rice and the Ascent of Humanity

January 8, 2017
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Chinese Entree SHRIMP FRIED RICE INGREDIENTS 1 cup rice 2 medium carrots 1″ ginger root 2 stalks green onions 2 eggs ½ tablespoon sesame oil (1 more tablespoon later) 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 tablespoons…

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Can I Ax You a Question?

August 6, 2015
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I got to break things with an ax at a structure fire Wednesday afternoon. (A small outbuilding.) But then I broke the ax. Good thing they don’t take that out of a volunteer firefighter’s pay.…

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Pining Away Over Smoke

April 7, 2015
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Pining Away Over Smoke

It’s not workable to wear air packs at wildland fires, but you can usually stay out of the worst of the smoke if you’re careful. I wasn’t. Sunday we responded to a fire that burned…

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Fire, History, and the Black Building

December 4, 2014
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Fire, History, and the Black Building

It will probably come as a surprise to no one that I’ve been thinking a lot about history lately. There’s a certain irony in the fact that I started out writing science fiction, mostly set…

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Great Fires Aren’t Good

October 22, 2014
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Great Fires Aren’t Good

This column did get printed in time for Fire Prevention Week—it’s just late getting online. But really, shouldn’t something like this be all year round? Meanwhile, the new publisher has allowed me to write a…

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Bleeding Fire Engine Red

October 14, 2014
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Bleeding Fire Engine Red

The editor of the newspapers I work for asked me for a fire service related article for our Fire Prevention Week insert last week, and this is what I came up with:     It’s…

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Unicorn Bites 8/3/14

August 4, 2014
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I’m no conspiracy theorist, but I’ve never seen Indiana Jones and Han Solo in the same room… — Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) August 3, 2014 He said cheese wasn’t that great. Long story short, I accidentally…

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To Kill A Spider?

July 17, 2014
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I was sitting in the hospital lounge waiting for my neighbor’s colonoscopy to be done.  For the record, she asked me to go; I don’t crash colonoscopies.  Anyway, I was forced to watch The View as that…

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