Podcast: Interview with Steven Kanarian author of the “Downwind Walk”

In this episode of the Medical Author Chat I talk with Steven Kanarian – paramedic, educator, and friend – about his book The Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedics Experiences after the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 .

 

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Steve and I have a great talk about his career in NYC EMS and his eventual work as an EMS Lieutenant in Fire Department of New York EMS until 2009. Steve spent 14 years on the USAR Task Force 1 and deployed to both attacks on the World Trade Center. Steve shared the impact of writing the book to grapple with his own traumatic stress after the events of 9/11. Steve states that he has used “journaling as a tool for stress management since the 1980’s” and that he was writing notes while at Ground Zero.

Self-Publishing

Steve chose self-publishing for the Downwind Walk so he could “tell my story, my way.” He encourages other writes to “just start” by keeping a jounral or blogging. Start with simple stories that draw on life experiences.

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What we are reading at EMS Manager Part 3

The Medical Author Chat podcast is sponsored by EMS Manager. Try out a free trial at EMSManager.net.

I asked the EMS Manager staff to share the books they are reading (note many of the links below are Amazon affiliate links).

Ericka Hawkins, Senior Sales Executive

I read “A Rumor of War” by Philip Caputo. It is a raw and moving account of his time in Vietnam. He was shipped to Da Nang and was with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. It’s one of the best books I have read that account for the indifference that war can create and smash the idealism that men may have when enlisting. It brings you inside a man who battled on the front lines and endured the psychological warfare that can darken even the just of heart. It’s not just an account of war or a journalist review of historical facts, it a heartfelt evolution of a man in war.

I am currently taking another crack at reading “Hot, Flat, & Crowded” by Thomas Friedman. He is one of my favorite authors and Op-Ed columnist for the NY Times. It’s a gripping plea to get us to change our outlook and policies on the destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy. This book reinforces one of the reasons I am proud to work for Aladtec. Bringing services to the cloud can drastically decrease the amount of paper used in their daily operations. I like to tell my clients and prospects that I am helping them go green and saving the world one tree at a time. It gets a good laugh but it is VERY true. We help save unbelievable amounts of paper and ink through our services. Along with gas, as members can access their schedule from anywhere rather than having to make a drive in to do anything. I love it!

What are you reading? Do your reading interests reflect your personal convictions? 

What we are Reading at EMS Manager Part 2

The Medical Author Chat podcast is sponsored by EMS Manager. Try out a free trial at EMSManager.net.

I asked the EMS Manager staff to share the books they are reading (note many of the links below are Amazon affiliate links).

Jaimie Hammond, Sales Executive

I recently finished Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. I chose this title because I misplaced my eReader, so I needed a physical book – and I had gotten rid of almost all my physical books except the ones by Joyce. And, since I was in the mood for an easier read, it was a clear choice.

I am starting to read through all of the Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie. The digital versions on my Nook. I love classic novels, I like mysteries….and, since there are 33 novels, saves me from having to choose a new book for awhile

About a year ago I read through L Frank Baum’s ‘Aunt Jane Nieces’ series (he’s better known for the Wizard of Oz, but these books were on the list of books to read before you die). In one of the books, “Aunt Janes Nieces in the Red Cross“, they all get involved in providing medical care during the war. It is a teen novel, but still a pretty decent read depicting war time care. Read a digital version.

About a year and a half ago I read Summer of Fire by Linda Jacobs which is about firefighters fighting fires in Yellowstone. I read it because it was free on my Nook, but it was a page turner, even though average literary value.

Mellissa Dahl, Director of Marketing & Public Relations

I am currently reading: You Called 9-1-1 for What? by Dave Konig. I’m reading it on my iPhone and iPad via the Kindle app. It’s a fun, quick read that I can turn to while waiting in line, waiting for my kids, or as The Stones would say, while Waiting On a Friend. Each chapter is it’s own little story which is perfect for all the waiting around I seem to do.

On a serious note, it takes a look at the history of 9-1-1 and on a humorous note it shares idiotic reasons people have called 9-1-1. And the price is right…only 99 cents from Amazon.com!

The last book I read was Life With My Grandparents by Erling Dahl – My DAD! I recently re-read it as he passed away last year and it brings back fond memories of all the stories he told us about his life when he was young and living with his Norwegian speaking grandparents after his Mom died. It’s nice to have them in writing.

My favorite EMS book is Population 485 – Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry. It’s a true story of how he returns to live in his home town which has a population of 485 interesting characters. He joins the volunteer fire and rescue department and this book tells the tales of the other volunteers and takes the reader on some great runs. Not only is it a great, heartwarming read, but it’s about a town near where I grew up and I know the author so I can truthfully, and reliably, say he’s “One of the Good Guys”…I highly recommend his other books too! They are all available at www.sneezingcow.com or Amazon of course…on paper or digitally.

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What we are Reading at EMS Manager Part 1

The Medical Author Chat podcast is sponsored by EMS Manager. Try out a free trial at EMSManager.net.

I asked the EMS Manager staff to share the books they are reading (note many of the links below are Amazon affiliate links).

Miles Matton, Software Engineer

I am currently reading The Road to Damascus by John Ringo and Linda Evans and previous book was Emerald Sea by John Ringo (I think) both chosen mostly because they were in the Baen Free Library (which I just found out trying to find those titles has been pretty much gutted now), but he is a pretty good author or I wouldn’t have continued reading more of his (these are/were the last couple books I have of his out of 8 or so).

I’ve read a lot of books, I’m sure some of them have a medical theme at least, but none really come to mind. One of my favorites, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein has a nurse as one of the main characters & part of the start of the book is set there, not sure if that’s close enough.

Kyle Hammond, Software Engineer

I am currently reading The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David McCullough. It’s so far a very interesting read and has lessons to be learned about clarity of vision for what you want to happen, relying on facts and calculations instead of guesswork and hopes, and the perseverance of people to make things happen. France was the first country to really set out to make a canal between the Pacific and Atlantic, but they never had reliable data on the geography of the area and vastly underestimated the effort it would take.

Chad Clay, Co-Owner, Sales Director

I really don’t read anything that is not on a computer screen anymore. I read a lot of stuff on the internet and listen to a good number of podcasts. My favorite podcasts right now are “Planet Money” and “Freakonomics”.

I haven’t read anything that stands out recently but I did listen to this podcast “how much is a firefighter worth“.  I enjoyed it because it relates to our business here and it relates to the business side of firefighting which interests me.

What are you reading?