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Seeking Better Answers – Introspection and Listening

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Heuristics are valuable in permitting us to make quick decisions. In 2005, Malcolm Gladwell (in his best seller, Blink) described this ability as being a very powerful tool in decision making.  If we can trust that the information is reliable, we can act on it with some certainty.  Conversely, acting on information when we lack […]

This Is A Hate Speech

Do you know what I hate? Hate.  When I was young, I may or may not have said I hated one of my siblings. I remember my mother telling me that “hate” is a really strong word. I may not like the offending sibling.  I may not even want to be around them for a […]

Considering Perspectives

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The man in the picture is my grandfather, Earl C. Mayers, better known to many as “Smokey”.  To me, he was “Grandpop”. My whole life he served as “the Fire Marshal”.  I say it like that because he carried that title in several jurisdictional responsibilities, the most visible being the Chief Fire Marshal for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania until his death […]

Adversity

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We all face it. Adversity. It’s what we do with it that matters. I’ve been slogging through a rough month and a half.  Things that have always gone right have gone inexplicably awry. People I thought I could count on, managing to question my faith. Even the things I have always sought to be my […]

Different Perspectives on Truckies and Other Things

Over on UniformStories.com I posted about a subject near and dear to my heart: the Truckies. Having led the Truck Company for most of my career (although now the “chief” days seem to be adding up), I wanted to share a little bit about what it is they do and why they have such a following. […]

Five Hundred and Five – Abandonment

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This is the five hundred and fifth post for Firehouse Zen. I would probably have called attention to number five hundred, but it was in the middle of the series honoring my brother’s 50th birthday and didn’t want to distract from THAT celebration. That is a lot of writing over a lot of days.  If you […]

Think Fast

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The useful part of a wheel is not the wheel or the spokes, but the hole where all the spokes meet. We have to look past the obvious and turn to the esoteric; despite what we see, it’s deeper than that. Logical solutions exist to every problem, but the emotional mind fights those solutions because they aren’t, […]

Compassion

Compassion is an interesting phenomenon.  I read an article that ran in Scientific American in 2012 titled “How Wealth Reduces Compassion” and there were certain aspects of it that I found intriguing.  There wasn’t any conclusion as to why this was so, but in at least five different studies using different means of observing behavior, a […]

For Any of You Who Complain About NFPA

We were talking last night on the Weekly Firefighter Hangout about “words that we live by” in the fire service and I was a little surprised not to hear anyone bring up the usual complaints on NFPA and other consensus standards, which seem to get thrown into a big steaming pile together when someone wants to badmouth […]

The Brand New Commodore 64

I used the Commodore 64 as the title, to drag you in here because of its popularity. The Tandy 8086 I used in my high school computer lab, however, is the one I am most familiar with. It boasted a rockin’ Intel 8086 processor blasting away at a whole 8 mHz and preinstalled with a […]

Optimization

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You don’t just “get there”: As any parent who has driven with children can appreciate, our subordinates, peers, and bosses all want to know “are we there yet?”

Broken Resolutions

There's that joke that if you are a member of a fitness club, you don't want to be there for the first two weeks of the New Year.  After that, those who resolved to go out and change their lives have pretty much given up.  People sign up with the best of intentions, only to […]

Feeding Our Scapegoats

Everything you see or hear these days that involves a mistake requires someone to pay for it.

Hey, Watch This!

The difference between a stunt man and Jackass is that stunt men are cool, calm professionals who study the art of doing dangerous things.

Liars and Thieves, Grasshoppers and Ants

In fairy tales, the grasshopper paid dearly for his poor work ethic, while the ant survived on her strong work ethic. And I remind you, those are just fairy tales: fiction.

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