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  • Adapt and Overcome: Is It Really That Hard?

    By Cynthia Mills - Friday March 18, 2011
    Adapt and overcome. It is a simple, common-sense value. Sadly, it is also one area where my generation falls short of the mark. In fact, we so deeply undercut the mark that the generation coming up behind us couldn’t spot it with a telescope...
  • So Many Lists

    By Cynthia Mills - Wednesday March 9, 2011
    Everyone has at least one list. For some it’s the List of Exes. For others, it’s a Bucket List. For a less glamorous style, it’s a simple List of Hopeful Accomplishments or the infamous To-Do List. For me, there is the “Things To Do for My...
  • Negative Nancy

    By Cynthia Mills - Thursday February 24, 2011
    Lately I’ve noticed a rash of negativity creeping into the lives of many people I know and love. I’m no sunshine and tulips kind of person whose perky attitude hovers above the “Annoying-as-Hell” level, but I do think that obsessing over negative...
  • A Valentine's Cynic?

    By Cynthia Mills - Monday February 14, 2011
    What is Valentine’s Day for you?    For us, it meant reluctantly crawling out of bed a little late after a long night of fire scenes and sick kiddos. It meant making pink pancakes for the girls, while we, as a family, mocked love songs and our...
  • She is the New Firefighter?

    By Cynthia Mills - Thursday February 3, 2011
    What is it about female firefighters that sets some firefighters’ wives, well…on fire? Okay, I’m not completely naïve; female firefighters equal competition. Some weeks it is hard enough to stomach the fact that your husband spends more hours...
  • The Other Woman

    By Cynthia Mills - Thursday January 20, 2011
    Although I’ve never suspected my husband of cheating on me, I think I know what a woman scorned must feel like. You see…my husband does have a mistress. I know where she lives. In fact, I have been to her house. I’ve partied with her and mourned...
  • A Nagging Wife

    By Cynthia Mills - Thursday January 13, 2011
    A wise book once pointed out to me that it is better to live alone in a desolate place than to suffer a lifetime of complaints from a crabby wife. Wow! No need to soften the blow any because that’s not you, right? Nope. It wasn’t me either. At...
  • Firehouse Fantasy Worlds

    By Cynthia Mills - Thursday January 6, 2011
    Why do firefighters insist on believing in fantasies? I’ve assured my husband many times that when I went away to college, women in the dorms did not have pillow fights in their panties. Despite my adamant stance on this, he refuses to believe such...
  • Mutual Respect

    By Cynthia Mills - Monday December 27, 2010
    Given the title, many firefighters will probably react one of two ways before choosing to read this article. You will feel your department either completely lacks respect or has got it going on. I’m not talking about respect within the department...