The Rainbow Bridge

Mark Morrison

Who would have thought that there is actually something called the Rainbow Bridge? For those of you like me who have never (before last week) been to Lake Powell, you're probably thinking, "What is this? Some sort of clever method of tying in the rainbow baby idea to a vacation blog post?" The answer is most certainly, not really. Ha! There is actually a natural rock bridge that resides peacefully nestled in an isolated canyon at the base of Navajo Mountain. We had the fortune of approaching this beautiful National Monument by boat through what could aptly be described as a natural...

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A Tale Told By An Idiot

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Sorry for the Shakespearean Reference. The line just seems semi appropriate.... I’m an idiot. Disclaimer: I have no formal training, nor do I have higher level education in the field of clinical psychology. However, I think the psychological phenomenon that I just subjected myself to is that of what a chronic gambler suffers from. I “knew” that this particular bet was going to be the winner. Like placing your mortgage payment on the blackjack table, I had a resolute confidence that was based on absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, my wager was just swept away by a remorseless dealer that communicated not...

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When the “Frontline” was at Home

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“Zoey, Honey, you’ve got to stay in there, baby...” Those words ripped through my ear drums and straight through my heart like a precision guided arrow. I’ve spent almost 17 years in emergency services. Every first responder ends up carrying the burden of many a stranger’s tragedy. Graphic images and the sounds of hysterical mothers, fathers, daughters and sons suffering through the worst moments of their lives reverberate through my head from time to time. It’s the dark side of what we as professionals signed up for and I take pride in being able to carry the weight. However those...

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Father's Day

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I had always hoped “Dad” would be a title that I could proudly earn someday. However, life happens and there were many days in which I wondered if this goal was ever going to come to fruition. When the storm finally subsided, there it was. The title I had hoped for had finally materialized. I was “Dad.” In that moment I thought, WOW... I have absolutely no idea how any of us are going to survive this! I can still remember leaving the hospital with my wife and newborn son for the first time as vividly as the sip of...

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Um... We Met at a Coffee Shop? The Beginning of the Road

Mark Morrison

Did any of you out there have this bizarre compulsion to completely lie about how you and your main squeeze met? We did! The year was 2008. Smart phones were a new concept. Dating apps didn't exist. However, dating websites were in full swing and you accessed them from an actual computer. The heavy hitters on the block were eHarmony and Match.com. The "swipe right or left" of our day was quite reminiscent of what it looks like when you're perusing the internet for new kitchen appliances or a used car. You sifted through photos of perspective options and clicked...

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The Road to Rainbow and an Alien

Mark Morrison

Approximately 4 years ago this month, we received a series of photographs that clearly resembled some form of alien invasion. Fortunately for Kim and all of mankind, that was not the case. As it turns out, I am not a “natural” when it comes to sonogram interpretation. However, I was assured by the resident expert at the doctor’s office that the image was in fact a healthy baby in my wife’s womb and not the creature that erupts from human stomachs that you see in horror films. One of the coping mechanisms that seemed to work for us was during...

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