Every time a major disaster strikes our pets are at risk. We've seen it with wildfires, flooding, tornadoes and earthquakes. Many of us have seen the heartache of pets separated from their families during times of crisis. Often because of a lack of identification either through a collar tag, microchip or even a family photograph, … Continue reading June is Pet Preparedness Month
Mit-i-gate verb: make less severe, serious or painful. Removing a dead bougainvillea is a slow deliberate process. It must be done carefully to prevent bloodshed. Vicious thorns found on every twig and branch attack with little provocation. My removal method is to work from the outside in, cutting small pieces of twigs that will fit … Continue reading On the Bougainvillea and Mitigation
Hurricane Katrina proved to be an epic lesson in preparedness. From the individual level all the way to the highest levels of the federal government, failures to plan and mitigate ended in disaster. We are still learning lessons from that terrible storm in August of 2005. A recent book, Five Days at Memorial by Sherri … Continue reading A Lesson for All of Us
Many areas of the country have already had a pretty good dose of winter. Blizzard conditions certainly spell winter to me down here on the third coast. For those of us in warmer climes the worst of winter is still to come. I know for my friends and relatives in the north, our excitement at … Continue reading Winter is still around..
I watched a training video yesterday created by the Raleigh Fire Department after a disastrous crash involving one of their ladder trucks. The crew was responding to a fire and entered an intersection too fast. The truck overturned injuring the four firefighters on board. The point of the video is that sometimes we get into such a rush … Continue reading Take Time
"A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own." - Latin Proverb In Texas we would say that a dern fool can't even learn from his own mistakes. As in, "That dern fool got hisself thrown in jail. Again!"
As I watched the moon fading into the light of a new day, I am reminded of how awesome our life is on planet Earth. Storms may disrupt and destroy, but healing is always close behind. Devastating events of today become a footnote in history. Let's remember that we can work with nature but … Continue reading Good morning!