Don’t keep your nose to the grindstone too long

A timeless idiom that has lost a bit of its meaning these days, “Keep your nose to the grindstone” likely refers to the way that knife grinders and armorers would bend over their grindstones while sharpening the tools of their trade. …


Why I don’t write about the truly intimate part of my life

I’ll start with an admission here…I almost used this space to share a secret, something that would likely shock people who know me. After considering it, I realized that doing so would fundamentally change who I am and how I live in relationships with other people.

I’ve always been a…


You can’t be creative when you’re exhausted and run down

Welcome to day three thousand of March 2020.

The past two years have been the longest decade of our lives, leaving us all exhausted and run down. Even without a pandemic, we regularly find ourselves failing to meet our own plans and expectations. …


Thoughts for those making the trip with me

I don’t know if you’re a parent…It’s no longer an expected standard of society, and I’ve stopped assuming that people around my age are likely to have kids.

I know people who have chosen parenthood.

I know people who had parenthood unexpectedly thrust upon them.

I know people who have…


It is increasingly difficult to find free news from reliable sources — especially locally

I am one of that rare breed — a successful writer. Or at least one who gets paid for his research and writing skill…I’m not sure how else to define success when it comes to writing. …


We’re past the point when we can shame people into being vaccinated

As I am sitting down to write this, 40.3% of the world has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This number is broken down into 27.57% who are fully vaccinated and another 12.69% who are only partially vaccinated. There is massive inequality at play here, with wealthy…


Photo by Becca Tapert on Unsplash — not the actual pot

How I fell backwards into Emergency Management

So, you want to get in to Emergency Management? Good for you! We need more people in the industry, but it’s not as easy as you might think.

Let me give you an idea of what lies ahead of you — and hopefully help you figure out how to get…


Trying to tell a complicated story

See that?

That guy in the picture?

That’s me right now.

I have gone so far down the rabbit hole when trying to write a story that I’m left with no way out.

I just keep writing and writing and writing and writing and writing and writing…

…and writing and…


Change is inevitable, so I’m adapting

I’ve now been largely absent from Medium for a little over four months — a time in which there have been some massive changes in my life. As a result, I’m changing how and where I invest my writing time. It’s not that I haven’t been writing for the past…

Matthew Woodall

I am a dedicated and experienced emergency manager/responder who is learning the ropes of philanthropy too!

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