The Circle of Danger

By Michael N. Ciampo I sat in the oral surgeon's chair. Expecting some good news wasn't on the agenda for this visit. As surgery began, all seemed to be going fine except when the surgeon said, "You might hear some funny noises or feel some weird sensations" as he began scraping my jaw bone. Lying there clenching the arms of the chair tighter than any hook I ever held brought me right back to the fire and how this injury initially occurred years ago. The thought of how I ended up on the receiving end was weighing heavily on my mind as the scraping continued. Then I thought about the circle of danger and how it related to so many instances of tool usage and the injuries I have wi...

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