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Happy birthday to me, 2015

I had originally thought that they got me a new tattoo in the form of a Dharma Wheel or an Enso, both of which would have been great symbols for me, to go along with my labyrinth.

Turns out, though, that I didn’t have the decisiveness to get a new tattoo yet. But they got me good stuff to feed my spiritual journey! Continue reading


Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management – Capstone Option with Human Capital Leadership Certificate

I have registered for the first three of 17 classes for my MA program: Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management – Capstone Option with Human Capital Leadership Certificate. I’m excited to get started on another educational adventure.

The classes are in the attached PDF, with the BOLD listings as planned. The normal ones are the ones that I could choose from, but decided I wanted something else more.

The books that I have are the following:

For EDMG540, Research Methods in Emergency and Disaster Management

For EDMG502, Emergency and Disaster Theory (will be rented, as the reviews are not encouraging me to keep a copy in my library)

For EDMG503 Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management

I also plan on taking EDMG509 Interagency Disaster Management as the second half of the second semester, which will require the following (also in hand):

Anyway, that’s what I have planned for the next three years of my life. Now, if I could only get work in either EMS or Emergency Management that pays

Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management.pdf


Student organization elections

I’m almost done with my undergrad work, and I’ve finally reached a point where I feel like I could take a student leadership position without feeling like a pretender. I have also matured in my education to a point where I feel like I can actually provide some benefit to my fellow members of the student chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers. Below is the post that I left on the forum, indicating that I am interested in becoming the webmaster/communications officer for the group.

Wish me luck!


As I wind down my undergraduate career and look toward graduate school, I feel that I am in a better position to submit myself for an officer position for our student professional organization.

I’ve been involved with some form of social media since before the term was en vogue, as I was using email and computer BBS back in the mid- to late-80’s. I’ve been on Twitter since about 2007, and am fairly active on Facebook.

I’ve run my own websites for more than a decade, and operate a couple of blogs currently. I am a firm believer that social media must be part of an emergency manager’s tool collection, and must be organized long before an emergency event comes up.

Many people use the Internet on a day to day basis, but I’ve been told that I don’t just “use” it, I *USE* it! I am connected on my smartphone, my tablet, and my desktop to a number of social media outlets, and I often see news and events before any of my friends, family, or coworkers do, sometimes by days. I usually verify the info that comes my way, then share what I’ve discovered out to my friends and family.

Social media is a passion of mine, and I hope that you’ll consider me to bring that passion to bear for the benefit of the AMU/APU IAEM program.


Thank goodness *that* is over!

I took the final exam for my EMT class tonight, and scored a 90% (B+) on the test. With that, my EMT schooling comes to an end, with the only thing remaining being my National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam. The NREMT exam is used by the state of Illinois as a license-equivalency exam. In other words, the NREMT exam can be used to “test out of” the Illinois state license exam, so that I can take the NREMT and become both nationally registered (helps with reciprocity) and Illinois state licensed. The NREMT exam is scheduled for 13:00 Saturday, 7 DEC 2013, and I’m confident that I’ll pass it handily.

The past four months have been a big challenge. I’m also a full-time student, working on a BA in Emergency and Disaster Management, and I work part-time in retail, averaging between 25 and 35 hours a week. Between EMT school and these other efforts, I have had basically no life since I started the EMT class. Kristen is very much looking forward to me coming up for air now that it’s in the can. I, on the other hand, am looking forward to applying at a couple of local ambulance companies in the area, especially sine I’ve been told that they’re hiring big time. Most of my class was in the fire science program, and mostly concerned with the firefighting side of the industry.

This time, I really have the chance to work in Emergency Medical Services, while I complete my BA studies. I really want to get into my field, and out of retail. And I want to do something meaningful for a change. This is a great opportunity.

Last class session is on Thursday, where we get the results of the extra credit opportunity from last week, and we get a few final words from the lead instructor. I’m excited! 😀


EMT School, week 1 redux

I’m back in EMT school.  During week one, we went over CPR.  Note, I didn’t say that we CERTIFIED in CPR, just that we went over it.  I felt somewhat cheated, since we sat through the CPR training materials for adults, children, and infants, including AED usage.  Apparently, the certification test will be some time in October.

I understand the rationale of having CPR instruction be the very first thing in class (“because now that you’re a medical person, people will expect you to be able to DO something if their loved one collapses”), but I’m not sure I understand the delay in certification testing.

Ah, well.


Achievement unlocked! And other updates

Membership certificate in Epsilon Pi Phi

Membership certificate in Epsilon Pi Phi

It’s been a while since I’ve stopped by here. I’ve been little busy, truth be told, with school and just life. I never did get that story written with the Story Cubes, but I’ve accomplished something that I never did in high school: I made a national honor society. I am a member of Epsilon Pi Phi, which is the honor society for emergency management programs, as of this year. I was so excited! I’m holding a 3.7 GPA and I’ve got about a year to go for my BA degree. Then on to a Master’s in Public Administration, I think.

I’ve been walking my  feet off at Target. I bought myself a FitBit Zip a couple of months back, and have learned that I average about a mile an hour around the store. In other words, I walk between 5 and 8 miles in an average work day. Considering that I did about that much in a month over the past 15 years, I’m working hard. No wonder I come home so tired after a shift!

And, starting the week of Aug 17, I will be taking classes to get an EMT license. If the stars align right, I’ll be able to get a job working as an EMT sometime after the first of the year. I’d like to get into emergency services so that I can gain some experience in a field that applies to my degree.

That’s about it for now. Time to go finish up finals paperwork for Pre-1600 World Lit and Forestry classes.

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After further consideration…

The other day, I posted a question on a couple of related LinkedIn groups that I belong to. The question was, essentially, “where are the entry level Emergency Management jobs?” which came from the fact that most of the jobs that I see call for several years’ experience in the emergency management realm.

I got a number of insightful responses that talked about a variety of possible options, including volunteer work with the likes of Red Cross and working with local Emergency Medical System organizations.  I was also pointed to a University of Washington website article that talked about “Suggested Career Tips for Emergency Management”.

I may find it useful to go back and get an EMT ticket again, and do some volunteering that way. And I need to get my ham license upgraded, I think.


I think I’m in love…

Ok, I’m exaggerating slightly. But the on-line librarians at American Public University System/American Military University are awesome. Get this: I sent them an oddball question about citation in the APA style at 8:30 PM Central on a Saturday night and got a response with information, details, and additional references within an hour. Then, at 7:00 PM on the following Sunday evening, I get even MORE detail and guidance!

Now, you have to understand that I ask really obscure or oddball questions, often because I couldn’t find the answer myself first. In this instance, I was trying to figure out how to cite a PowerPoint presentation with no named author, that was gathered from the Internet for my research and writing class. Between three different librarians, they were able to square me away completely for this question as well as give me resources that will be helpful in the future.

Then, as a follow-on question at 9:00 PM on Sunday night, I asked about citing what I called a tertiary source (citing one source that cited a second source when I want to use the quote from the second source. Did that make sense?) in my paper. The librarian, Neville, gives me  direction to an on-line resource that answers most of the question (see the part about citing indirect sources) which leads me to another question, which I send back.  He goes and feeds my ego (bless him. 😀 ) about asking “[y]et another on-point question” and goes on to clarify the situation that is not exactly clear-cut but is not completely off the wall.

I just want to publicly thank Neville for his patience and help with my questions. And I sent an email to the library director about him, too. 😀


An hour from everywhere…

Where we live, we’re at least a half an hour from everywhere. Add in a desire to do something that is even a little bit niche and I have to go at least an hour away from home. Video somewhat related. More after the jump.

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War on Women Timeline

There is no war on women. There has never been a war on women.*

War on Women Timeline.

This seems to be a rather comprehensive compilation of the various anti-women actions that have been taken in the past year and a half (since 1/1/11) or so.

Let me be clear: I am pro choice but anti abortion. Some 14 years ago, I (we) came face to face with an unexpected pregnancy, after Kristen and I had previously discussed our views on abortion.

I am glad to report that, when confronted with the need to make a choice, both of us decided that abortion was not to be our decision. I would have supported her regardless of which way she chose to go, but I am truly glad that the choice was to bring another child into the world.

I am adamant that, as a man, I am involved with the choice of bringing a pregnancy to term. The woman, however, is committed. Kind of like a pig, a chicken, and breakfast: the chicken is involved (eggs), but the pig (bacon, anyone?) is committed.

I do not regret for a single instant the fact that we brought Katie to term.

Hateful comments will be deleted, but impassioned discussion will be allowed. It’s my blog, I can make the rules.

*With apologies to George Orwell.


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