Good morning and happy Friday! This has been an amazing week for me. I had the chance to attend the 2013 NENA conference in Lansing, Michigan for 9-1-1 professionals. I attended some excellent classes and met some great people doing great things. In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Dee Ann, assistant director of Tuscola county 9-1-1, an ENP and one of the founding board members of the 911 Wellness Foundation. Also sitting with us for this episode was Jim Marshall with the 911 Wellness Foundation and also the director of the 911 Training Institute.
This is an episode that you do not want to miss. The information in this episode is important for everyone and Jim even gets me with a Jedi Mind Trick by getting me to admit a few things. It definitely felt good to admit those items so thank you Jim and Dee Ann for helping me and those in our field. For more information on the 911 Wellness Foundation or the 911 Training Institute please follow the links below. Also if you would like to get a hold of them through the show or our Facebook fan page you can shoot us an email and we can make contact with them. As always you can email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.
911 Wellness Foundation | Web
911 Training Institute | Web
Episode topics –
- The humor of the work spouse
- Dealing with stress and how it affects your family
- Stress and your health
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Being a father has got to be the best job in the world. I mean, don’t get me wrong here. I love being a 9-1-1 professional and all but being a dad? It’s awesome! I have three children and yes I said it, THREE children. If you know my story with my eldest son then you know what’s up and I will always be his dad. There are many adventures that come with being a father and hell, being a parent in general. In this post I want to share some stories with you that makes fatherhood a blast for me.
I have always enjoyed designing different things. There is something about sitting down and zoning on a project that appeals to me. Well my son Logan is the same way in that sense. He has always loved Lego’s and building blocks and when he builds something he zones in and creates the coolest things. For example there was a time when he was in his room building and he yelled for me. I went into his room to see what was up and he asked me if I could help him figure out how to make some blocks stand. I tried a couple times and told him it couldn’t be done. I saw the wheels turning in his head and he told me he was going to figure it out. Now, Logan was around five or six years old at the time and I figure he was going to remain stuck until he yelled for me again.
“I GOT IT, I GOT IT!”
I looked down and asked what it was and he replied with, “It’s a suspension bridge dad.” The boy built a suspension bridge out of building blocks. It was amazing! It made me proud to see that he didn’t give up. He has even built stuff from Star Wars just by looking at the box. He later modifies it to his liking but wow! Logan you are an amazing boy and I love you very much.
Now…have you ever heard the saying, “She has you wrapped around her little finger?” Well when I was told that this would happen to me when my daughter Lola was born I thought I would be able to stay strong and bypass it but I was wrong. Ever since she was born I have been wrapped around her little finger. She is clever, funny, and gets into everything. She’s one and a half and repeats everything we say. I find this to be awesome but when I slip up she catches it. For example, I have a bad habit of saying, “damn it.” So one time I said it after dropping something in the kitchen and Lola happened to be right there. I had hoped that she didn’t hear me but sure enough she did.
Yep she yelled it in her cute little baby girl voice and I chuckled but quickly told her not to say that. She looked confused and said it again as if testing it out. I told her again to stop and she smiled and walked off. I think I’m going to be in trouble later on with her but I love her to death.
As I mentioned above I have three children. My eldest is 13 and although we have not interacted we have had some run-ins. One of those run-ins was downtown Zeeland while I was recording some b-roll for a project I was working on. While recording we ended up face-to-face. We stared at each other for a moment before turning away. I wanted to say hi but I was following his mom’s wishes so I let it go. Believe me when I say it killed me inside to not say anything. As I walked away I looked back a few times and I noticed that he continued to watch me. Did you recognize me Richie? As time has gone on there have been more random run-ins and most recently my family and I were at one of the Tulip Time Festival parades and saw him marching in band. It was crazy to see him marching because I used to be in the band and I marched as well. I can’t explain how good it felt to see him doing that and Logan was excited as well.
I’m proud of my children and very happy to be their father. There is always an adventure that comes from them and I thank the good lord every day for allowing me the awesome privilege of being a father. I love you very much and although I am going to be out of town for father’s day the best gift is having all of you.Post Views: 117
By Ricardo — 1 year ago
Today’s episode is a hard one. If you have followed the #IAM911 movement then you know that many of the stories told by the dispatchers who lived them are hard ones. There are some good ones but they are rare. Many 9-1-1 professionals have poured their hearts out for the movement and continue to do so. In doing this they have opened the eyes of millions to what they do every single time they answer a call. These professionals have also found a way to tell their stories, heal and find some sort of closure.
As my team and I continued to help share these important stories I had a thought, “Why not reach an even bigger audience by sharing them on the podcast?” This is now known as “Imagine Listening”, an extension of the podcast featuring the stories of the #IAM911 movement. When recording these episodes, I read each story so that more people can get a feel for the types of calls, emotions and stress the dispatcher deals with.
They have become quite popular and in this episode, I recorded it with a live audience. There were about 120 people in attendance and some dispatchers read their owns stories. Others wrote them down and my co-presenter Rob and I read them out loud. The room was packed and the emotions were high. We shared our stories and we healed. This is an important episode indeed.
Please listen and share with everyone you know including local leaders. Let them know why you should be recognized as a 9-1-1 professional. As always if you have any comments, questions or you would like to be a guest on the show send an email to email@example.com
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
Hello folks and welcome to the second collaboration between EcoBuns and Jabber Log. It’s been some time since the first but we’re back with another giveaway! So what’s up for grabs this time? Well as you can see from the image here, it’s a brand new GroVia print and the best part is that it’s not even in stores yet. Yep, that’s right, you will have a chance to win this superb looking print and be the envy of the cloth world before it hits stores in mid April. So, you’re probably asking yourself,
“Well what do I have to do?”
Well folks, the contest is titled, “The Share A Story Giveaway”. Why share a story? Well, recently I wrote a post on Diaper Wars that followed my cloth adventure to the state of Florida. After writing this post I decided to share it with EcoBuns. From there it was shared with fans and then I was amazed and honored when I found out that GroVia had also shared my post. This caused a frenzy of views on my blog and none of it would have been possible without a “share” from everyone. So sticking with the same formula, we have decided to base this contest around sharing stories. Ok, so now that I have explained the concept let’s get to the specifics.
— How to enter The Share A Story Giveaway —
1. Like Jabber Log on Facebook and post “complete” on the wall or something to that effect.
2. Like EcoBuns on Facebook and post “complete” on the wall or something to that effect, however, if you are already a fan then please subscribe to Jabber Log on WordPress. (There is a sign up button on the left side of the main page.)
3. Last but not least, you will comment to this post and share a funny story.
Now, you’re probably wondering if the funny story can be about anything but what we’re looking for is a funny story that involves a unique diaper change. For example, the story about my wife and I changing our daughters diaper at Legoland, in public, and while she was feeding. The contest will begin at the time of this posting and will go until midnight of 03/28/12. As for a limit, there is no limit to how many stories you can post as long as they are in by the deadline. On Wednesday the 28th we will go through all the stories and narrow them down to four finalists. After those have been chosen we will post them on Jabber Log where everyone can vote on the best one. This will hopefully be done by the end of Wednesday so that everyone can get in on the voting. On Saturday the 31st the polls will be closed and a winner will be chosen by the highest number of votes it received. This is meant to be fun so dig deep into your memory banks and bust out some funny diaper change stories. We look forward to reading them and may the cloth be with you.
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