2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Before you freak out

Many of my close friends know that I have a very strong faith and that I’m not a “bible thumper” going around quoting bible verses. So don’t freak out that all you’ll hear about is the Word. This blog will be a number of things for a number of people. We’ll talk about fire service subjects, what I’m working on and if I’m lucky, where I am. I’ve been able to travel around the country the past two years and have seen a lot of amazing places and some not so amazing. So please, keep coming back and see what I’m up to.

Welcome to my new adventure!

Never in a million years did ever expect to be on the internet, blogging for that matter, and being paid to write. I used to say that I hard enough time speaking english let alone writing it. Over the years I’ve found myself writing technical reports, research papers and a number of workplace action documents; all of which has led to this moment. I started giving writing tips and advice to co-workers so that I could read their reports and help them grow professionally. It was all a matter of fact and just part of my job, until now.

I have been blessed with an awesome career that gave me experiences and stories that need to be shared. In 2009, following a career ending injury, a very successful spinal surgery and recovery, I faced an uncertain future – after 27 years, firefighting was no longer an option. What would I do for the rest of my life? My daughter’s confirmation verse was how needed to live my life. “For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

My personal experience has taught me a lot about trusting God’s plan. I’m still having doors open for me today that were not even visible a few months ago. It’s still a great experience and I want to share it with as many people as I can. My intent with this blog is to post a weekly devotional of sorts, something that connects leading and managing to the Word of God. I’ll also post things about fire service related activities and the number of projects that I’m involved from FEMA, The U.S. Army and government consulting.

I told a very close friend of mine, someone who’d given me advice throughout my career, that my mental “retirement” journey was so crazy that I should write a book about it. How many times have we all heard that?! Out of the blue, writing opportunities started to come my way. You’ll see on the technical writing page the work that I’ve done which has been published. Over the past two years I’ve been working on telling a story that based on my life and experiences not because they are special but because I’m an average guy who’s had very unusual experiences. My intent is write a “story” about my own experiences with death, destruction and how those things that seem unrelated are, in fact, connected to each other. I hope that I’ll inspire others as they work on a relationship with God in which sometimes we’re close and sometimes we’re not; that’s why it’s called work.