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Life can often come down to perspective making all the difference. How w
e see things, how we see others, can be the deciding factor between success or failure, friendship or enmity, a lost opportunity or a friend for life.
This period in my life has been crazy busy. I am moving fast in my new job, recording albums, talking with agents and publishers, performing live, writing books, running festivals and working with book cover artists. Through this growth period I have been experimenting with altering perspectives and it is changing my life!
I am so blessed to have had people in over 100 countries around the world view my blog, view my YouTube videos and purchase my books on the Amazon worldwide Kindle app. There are 196 countries in the world total so that means over half the world knows my name! I am so excited, honored and humbled all at the same time. This is such a confirmation of my passion for writing and an inspiration to keep writing. I am currently working on writing two new novels at the same time.
In addition to my blog and novel writing, I have also begun writing journalism again and have joined the Society of Professional Journalists. Journalism requires a good deal of research, which I already employ in my true crime books and novels, so the relationship there has already had a good foundation and continues to blossom. Thanks everyone and keep writing and blogging!
Here is the flag of Maldives, one of the newest countries to read my blog, watch my YouTube videos and purchase my books:
I have always loved Charles Dickens novels. I sometimes find our writing styles can be very similar, as can our characters and situations. And though we have lived very different lives in very different times, we both share experiences and encounters, as well as adventures, that I often find we are very much alike.
I could never hope to be as gifted a writer as Charles Dickens, or to claim to be in his company in the hierarchy of authors, but I do know we have a connection and it comes through in our writing. If he were alive today, I am sure we would collaborate on a novel and in some places, the difference between his writing and mine could even be seamless.
I am so blessed and thankful for my family. I am thankful that I have been able to help so many people in so many ways. I am thankful that I have been able to work and teach as an USA Hockey official, Canadian Hockey official, baseball umpire, soccer official, NCAA hockey official, Junior Hockey official, WHL official and also as a Professional IFL, NHL, NLL and PGA official. I am thankful that I have been given the gift of writing and have written and published so many works including 19 novels. I am thankful that I have been able to work in so many industries. I am thankful for people I have know only for a short time and who I have known all my life. I am thankful for my health and freedom to live in the greatest country in the world. I am thankful for education and travel. In this season I don’t want this to be the only time to remember all I have to be thankful for; I want to remember to be thankful all year long!
This essay is for the ACLS about providing life support and medical attention during an experience I have had in my life:
I am currently First Aid and CPR certified. I have written this essay to win the ACLS Medical Training scholarship. At the time of this life support situation, I was already certified in First Aid and CPR as well.
The experience I would like to share with you and write about concerns my son when he was very young. I am an ice hockey referee and often brought my son to the hockey rink with me. When he was very young, I hired sitters, sometimes the scorekeepers for the games that I officiated, to watch over him. One night, as he was sitting next to the scorekeeper who had often watched him in the past and had agreed to watch over my son for me that night as well, my son suddenly shifted and as a result, my son slipped off the bench in the scorekeeper’s box. He hit his chin on the score table, then fell backwards and hit his head. As I was skating by, I saw him crying and the blood dripping from his mouth and I rushed off the ice, telling my partner I had an emergency, and I tended to my son.
My first concern was that my son had bitten his tongue, as soon as the scorekeeper told me what had happened. I quickly assessed the damage to his mouth and fortunately his tongue was unharmed. But his chin was cut and bleeding. I checked his teeth and all were in place, but the blood coming from his mouth indicated that he may have chipped teeth.
Finally, I was gravely concerned that my son may have suffered a concussion as well. So I immediately checked his eyes for pupil dilation, calming him, applying pressure on his cut chin. I then administered a brief consciousness test, asking him a few relative questions as I rushed him to the locker room bathroom, cleaned his wound, all the while applying pressure, then bandaged his chin.
He seemed to suffer no concussion symptoms, as I also checked his ears for any visible bleeding. I also quickly checked his balance and assessed the overall condition of his mind and body at the time.
When I was certain that he suffered no further injury or concussion, I quickly removed my skates and drove him to the emergency room. After a full examination, the doctor determined he did not suffer a concussion. He stitched my son’s chin.
The very next morning, which was a school day for my son and a work day for me, I called my supervisor to alert him of the situation and let the school know neither myself nor my son would be in school that day due to a medical emergency. Then I scheduled an emergency dental appointment for him.
Fortunately, his chipped teeth were baby teeth and would be replaced by permanent teeth later. So I had the dentist seal them to prevent decay or cavities. After that, my son was completely restored to health and we were both relieved that we had lived through that hazardous experience without further, permanent damage.
I was honored and accepted with extreme pleasure when another of my students asked me to assist them in writing and editing a short story, and also an essay! It is always rewarding to see when I have helped a student and they have results and success. Sometimes I don’t always get to see the end product and the grade, but there is always satisfaction for me in simply helping, especially with writing, which I believe is one of my great talents and assets.
I hope this student, like the last student I helped, gets an “A” on their short story and on their essay. And hopefully, some day, the student will be published. All I can hope is that the student has learned something, improved their writing skills, will continue pursuing writing and maybe also help other students in turn with their writing. I will do my best to keep the writing chain going.