Traveling Men – Honoring My Brother’s 50th

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This is the continued countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world. I hate to hop around, but our life together really does have some interesting twists and turns that bring us back together.  One of the things I can […]

Finding Fun – Honoring Brian’s 50th Birthday

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To show how much I love my brother, I grudgingly used this photo for a good laugh.  If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? This is the countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world. Let’s […]

Trouble – Honoring Brian’s 50th

This is the countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world. It’s confession time. When I consider that at 50 (getting ready to be 51) the statute of limitations on anything I might have done has well expired, I can […]

We Hate Shopping – Honoring Brian at 50

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This is the countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world.  By the way, I am writing these for the most part back-to-back.  If you see me hoisting a Guinness or a Crown in his honor, yes, I’m aware these […]

The First of Many Hahns – Honoring My Brother at 50

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This is the countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world. Hoisting one of many Guinness in your name, Brian Patrick. I mentioned the realistic experiences we had playing firefighter, but when I say that Brian and I were raised […]

Limited Career Choices – My Brother’s 50th

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This is the countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world. We’re going to talk about our early career training.  Yes, Brian and I used to pretend we were firefighters.  In fact, we still pretend we are firefighters, but at […]

Bikes We Have Known – In Honor of My Brother’s 50th

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Yesterday I announced the countdown to March 17, and a happy 50th to my brother, Brian, the best brother anyone could ever want in the whole world.  Note: It’s the theme.  Today we will talk about bikes. Since Brian and I were roughly the same age (1 year and 3 days) apart, everything we did […]

My Irish Twin – Countdown to March 17th and 50 Years

This is a story borne of desperation. Last year, for my 50th birthday, my brother Brian (who is exactly one year and three days younger than me) lit me up on Facebook with great pictures of the two of us as children. The sentiment was real, it was touching, and it was unbeatable.  And I […]

Consider Diversity

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I happened to read Chief Matt Tobia’s piece on racism in the American fire service the other day (and you can read it here at FirefighterNation.com). The United States has a long and embarrassing history of discrimination.  This is not to say other nations have not, but given that the United States of America was […]

Pay To Spray Redux

This is going to be an article about fire service funding, or the lack of it. If you are easily distracted, don’t read the title and start spouting off. There is ALWAYS more to the story than just your perspective.  Tragedy doesn’t begin to describe this situation, but in Saskatchewan a few days ago, two […]

Constant, Stable Spirit

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There is a tenet of Eastern philosophy, heijoshin, that translates to maintaining a “constant, stable spirit”.  The premise is that while we are constantly buffeted by distractions and emotions and other tumult, the true master lives in a constant and stable spirit, considering that nothing is permanent, that nothing is sacred, and that everything and […]

The Annapolis Mansion Fire, Investigating, and of course, The Haters

As you are well aware, there was an extraordinarily tragic fire this week in Annapolis, MD* where it appears six people- two grandparents and four of their grandchildren- may have died in the blaze.  This incident has also gotten a significant amount of media attention, from CNN; CBS via WUSA; and any number of other conventional media outlets. Understandably, there […]

Lost Trust

I was reading an article this morning about yet another mutt (just because they are a “member” somewhere, I refuse to call them “firefighter”) whose actions erode the community’s trust in us as they broke into their own station and vandalized it.  To me it seems like the fire service could weed them out. However, even in my own […]

Promoting Mindfulness

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I woke this morning for a third time, having gone back to sleep when the alarm rang (twice- it’s a holiday), then later taking a nap (third time). Feeling refreshed, I sat down to take care of the business end of Firehouse Zen: answering e-mails, checking the Twitter feed, etc.  I also decided a “first post” for […]

Leadership That Matters: Series Links

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Back in 2012 I ran a 21-part series on Firehouse Zen on altruism and leadership (going back I realized I skipped Part 18- go figure).  There are any number of analogous theories that run along this vein, including just culture, transformational leadership, and servant leadership.  In each, the common thread is the concept of leading from […]

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