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Alternative 1 A gift card to E.M. Heath's Supermarket - (603) 253-4312. High prices, but I can get there on a bicycle and I enjoy the exercise. My car died Nov. 2018 after years of getting me to photo assignments and volunteer fire calls. There's no public transit in this area, but Uber and Lyft are occasionally available.

Alternative 2 Send prepaid gift card. First contact me for current mailing address.

Alternative 3 A gift card to the regional supermarket chain, Hannaford. Normal prices, but getting there (and returning with purchase weight) is difficult on a bike. Hannaford draws panic-buyers from afar. Nonetheless, choose this option if you're concerned about enabling non-essential purchases.

Alternative 4 Send (or bring!) food. First ask about food allergies, current mailing address and your intent, so I can expect you or your care package.

Alternative 5 Offer me a creative idea or opportunity after reading more about my skills and interests. Buy one of the beautiful posters I self-published. Order online; credit cards accepted. For more info visit www.BlackCatNH.com/posters.

Vision evolving after 2010s breakdown
Sponsors, helpers sought for new plan

In prideful shame, lingering folklore, and fear of unknowns, western culture shunned mental health for over 200 years. However, wars have revolutionized the field since since 1980 when studies on Vietnam veterans made post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) officially recognized.

Effective treatments now exist for that and other afflictions poorly understood until now. In many places the Worker's Compensation system now lists PTSD as a potential "work-related injury" and 2020's events have put mental health in the spotlight. We humans like to forget we aren't superheroes. We each have a breaking point where unfavorable adjectives begin to describe us.


The COVID-19 crisis is pulling millions of individuals closer to theirs, in ways I experienced before it all began. My personal crisis started with a great unexpected loss in 2014. I thought I was fine for the first few months, but the darkness snuck up on my self-sufficient pride and took four years to bottom out before a slow recovery began in 2019. I learned a lot about human psychology.

I learned grief and other drastic changes can knock down your employment and set off a domino effect from there, even if you try to make the right decisions and stand strong. You can go to work feeling good about being able to ("because that's what the deceased loved one would want") and find yourself in a familiar moment that calls for performance but your mind freezes instead. It's like getting the infamous "blue screen of death" from your brain.

Problems feed off each other in a "catch-22" and before you know it, your personal economy and infrastructure need a re-boot. A social worker at my doctor's office took my case to "the team" in late 2019, and they were unable to find a realistic solution in their tabletop exercise, given the offerings and limitations of the local community and national culture.


On January 29, 2020 I stumbled across an idea that became my new plan. I spent February researching it and creating a first draft. On February 23 I recieved encouragement and confirmation through circumstances I consider too good for chance. I committed to the new plan. Then the world changed. My plan has not, but I'm "on-hold" between seasons while the world experiences a crisis.

When the world crisis of 2020 began, I found my new awareness of psychology useful for helping others who were (and still are) on an unexpected down-spiral following too much personal loss and drastic change, in too little time.

You may contact me about the plan. I'm looking for sponsors and helpers with useful physical resources, backgrounds and various talents to help me make it happen! In February I dedicated it to the memory of my sister and gave it a mission statement. I hope it will inspire people in outside-the-box ways. I'm all about thinking outside the box.

More about me... Have an opportunity?
Twitter: @LakesNHWeather

The playlists on my YouTube Channel display my interests.

In 1997 I began learning web design when one of my first-ever chatroom friends made me a free website on GeoCities (remember that?) and editing required HTML. A year later I took HTML in college. Since then I've always had a web site of one kind or another, and I've made a few pages for others. I've worked with Dreamweaver but I hand-coded this page (it's the first time I've done any coding in six years). My main web site is still active though I haven't updated it since 2014: www.thesilentforest.com

The great outdoors has been my favorite setting since childhood. In college I was an outing club trip leader alongside my sister. I led winter mountaineering trips to New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory where I served as a winter volunteer cook on numerous occasions from 1994 to 2009. During (and after) my wildland firefighter 1 class in 2009, I manually landscaped the wooded yard at my parents' house as a means of physical training and proving what's possible with hand tools.

Indoors, carpentry became a new hobby as I remodeled the upstairs in a style I created. In 2014 I dedicated the project to my sister's memory and named the style after her. I designed and built furniture in that style; please contact me if you're interested in having me replicate some of it for you.

Meteorology and aviation are my two biggest passions. My weather website was central New Hampshire's leading weather source from 2010-13, and I'd like to bring it back or build something new on the concept -- when basic needs occupy less of my time. In college I accumulated 40 hours of flight instruction and was about to make my first solo flight. I hope to return aloft (at the controls) as soon as possible, but the future of professional aviation is beginning to look unstable.

Do you need personalized weather monitoring for a specific date, location, or activity? I've made accurate forecasts for friends running the Boston Marathon and climbing in New Hampshire's White Mountains. In May 2011 I monitored the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri for family and friends of a person who was serving as a city missionary there. In August 2011 I was staffing the fire station as Hurricane Irene threatened the area, and the chief appointed me to weather monitoring. My forecasts proved accurate and about 2 hours ahead of the National Hurricane Center. That saved the town some money. I later taught courses on hazardous weather in firefighter-friendly lingo.

I've considered a graduate degree in emergency management with meteorology, or vice-versa. I've been a firefighter/EMT for many years, beginning in Boston. My EMT lapsed in 2016. I have a career-level firefighter certification that includes Wildland Firefighter 1, valid for life. My last CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) expired in 2016, and I would like to make it current again. In March 2020 I resumed fitness training as nutrition allows. I'm a FEMA-certified Public Information Officer (basic) and have numerous certificates in emergency management and disaster response.

I'm an experienced writer/photographer. See my portfolio. Maybe you have some words to edit, or a need for stock photos to use in a project. I once made most of my living licensing my photographs for advertising in large and small markets. I was a newspaper and magazine writer. Today I know it's not my long-term calling, but it's good for extra cash when the chance arises.

Do you need voice-over or narration? I have a radio voice and would like to build a portfolio.




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