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Private Rooms Burning is a look at a controlled burn that the fire department of Marion County did near my home. I worked for them as a volunteer for about six months, but was run out for my personal sexual preferences. There was not enough time to put out very many fires, but plenty of time to burn the secret rooms of discrimination that we so love to build.

I talk about my experience at the beginning of the book. Following that is a colorful documentation of a common training exercise of the department.

During a controlled burn that we did during my time at the department, I would sneak Otter Pops out of my lunch box and chomp them down underneath my vehicle as the controlled burn was coming to a climax. It was hotter than hell.

Although I do miss being a fire fighter, I wouldn't ever work for them again. Too dangerous, and anti-discrimination laws only became illegal here in Oregon this year.


About the Author

Vincent Stone
vncstone Keizer, OR, Marion County

A veteran painter of 20 years, VINCENT has studied under several great artists including Kathleen Bracamontes, George Kaforus, and David Archer, each adding to his personal experience as a painter and creator of fine art. Currently he is exploring new mediums and avenues of expression in art. VINCENT claims to be a driven artist, and feels that he must create. VINCENT spends a lot of his time making art in order to satisfy his angst, and he has explored many mediums, but his explorations always lead him back to painting. Some of his current works include religious and political pieces, including new influences such as the classic works of The Hudson School and other traditional American Schools of art. Take some time to visit VINCENT’S website at, he may be contacted there as well. VINCENT welcomes your comments and opinions of his work on his BLOG on the website also. Enjoy browsing through his portfolio of work and we look forward to hearing from you!

Publish Date  April 16, 2008

Dimensions  Large Format Landscape  160 pgs   Standard Paper

Category  Reference

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