Backdraft Ignition

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Firefighters know that a room in a building can heat up to the point of ignition with no visible evidence. Not even smoke. And if oxygen is introduced by opening a door or breaking a window, flames can envelop the entire area almost instantaneously. The backdraft phenomenon can happen to people. I know because it happened to me.

Pummeled by Circumstances

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We’re making our way through life and one thing after another goes wrong, expectations mount, and desperation threatens. It feels as if we’re running the gauntlet. The phrase describes a type of corporal punishment practiced as early as the Roman military. It appears in European history as well as US and naval history. Men were stationed in a double line, …

Tree Limb Truth

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A rushing, crashing sound filled the house. Like a tidbit of a Missouri tornado. “What was that?” Tina’s eyes doubled in size. Pete moved to the window and peered through the blinds. “I can’t figure it out.” His left hand reached to switch on the outside light. “Whoa. A branch fell out of that big tree out front.” His shoulder jostled …