Paddy’s Last Words Series #6: New Year’s Eve reflections

[Note: This is the sixth of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.]  It’s Sunday morning, 9:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and I’ve just turned off my Sony radio after listening to an hour of N.P.R. (National … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Words Series #6: New Year’s Eve reflections

Paddy’s Last Word Series #5: Christmas in Prison

[Note: This is the fifth of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.]  My good friend Jimmy Allen also has been an inspiration to me this past year with the success of his book: “This Firefighter’s Life”.   What … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Word Series #5: Christmas in Prison

Paddy’s Last Word Series # 4: Out of the frying pan, into the blizzard

[Note: This is the fourth of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.]  I don’t know if the term “history repeats itself” is appropriate here, but I was just listening to my radio and heard a news broadcast … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Word Series # 4: Out of the frying pan, into the blizzard

Paddy’s Last Words Series #1: Tool Man

[Note: This is the first of Paddy Mitchell’s seven final blog entries, written shortly before his death on January 14, 2007, and mailed to Ottawa to be posted on his blog. The series is being published posthumously between January 21 and January 25th.]  I was never much of a handyman; breaking more of what I set out to repair than what I fixed.  If I got a flat … Continue reading Paddy’s Last Words Series #1: Tool Man

EXCERPT FROM PADDY’S BOOK (WHICH HE ORIGINALLY EDITED OUT)

 It wasn’t a good time to be a stranger in Houston, Texas, that day I arrived in late December, 1987.   There was a serial rapist on the loose (a really sick puppy!), and he had the whole city on edge.  His M.O. was making appointments with female rental agents (on the pretense of wanting to rent an apartment), and once alone in the apartment she’d … Continue reading EXCERPT FROM PADDY’S BOOK (WHICH HE ORIGINALLY EDITED OUT)

Reflecting on how I’ve spent my life

Hello Folks!  I received a letter from an old friend the other day.  She and I have known each other since the 50’s.  She usually writes a couple of times a year – long, long letters, and I usually reply with equally long, long letters.  I was surprised when she answered my latest letter in very short order – three weeks instead of three or … Continue reading Reflecting on how I’ve spent my life