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“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” — Kevin Durant

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Sam Angert Josh Andrew Steve Baskis Justin Constantine Chase Cooper Bobby Dove Chad Ellinger
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Mark Holbert Todd Nicely Jon Silk Bradley Snyder      

Too Few Good Men On The Ballot?



As the midterm elections approach, I have been thinking about duties of citizenship. Since the time of the ancient Greeks it was considered a noble ambition to serve the state and be good citizens.

In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle (384-322 BCE) describes the happy life intended for man by nature as one lived in accordance with virtue. In his Politics, he describes the role that politics must play in bringing about the virtuous life in the citizenry and in particular, his belief that citizens must actively participate in politics if they are to be happy and virtuous.

Aristotle… Continue reading

Rights and Duties: Private Privileges Vs. Sacred Obligations


This morning while reading  the letters to the editor in The Wall Street Journal; Arms and the Man: Harvard’s Long Military History, I was thinking of a big difference between the Harvard students who have served versus most of their classmates who have not. I think this difference applies to most all who have served versus those who have not. It seems to me that it is more common for those who have served to talk in terms of “duties” while those who have not served speak in terms of “rights.”

It is sad that the latter’s claim of rights… Continue reading

“To be born a gentleman is an accident; to die one is an achievement”*



During the course of executing the mission** of The Character Building Project, I have been guided by a number of valued “thought leaders.”

For example, Paul Stoltz, the father of the Adversity Quotient and the founder of Peak Learning, Inc. has helped me think through what it takes to have our wounded warriors not just cope with their physical and mental scars of combat but how these heroes might “thrive” in their transition to civilian life.

Michael D. Matthews, author of Head Strong;jsessionid=6EA81790D7C0A966EEB5ED19BC04BF84?cc=us&lang=en& now on sabbatical at the Pentagon from his position on the faculty of West… Continue reading

Military Trauma and the Role of the Chaplain



The paper cited below, forwarded to me by the founder of Mission Capodanno will be of interest to our readers and a contributing source in understanding the factors and process of PTS healing. It addresses matters of military trauma, injury and healing, and the role of the chaplain.

Source: “The US Army Chaplains Role During Times of Traumatic Injury and Death in a Combat Environment” by Steven Glenn Rindahl, Spurgeons College, London (Jan. 2012.)


Character Education Quest Continues

Although several thousand copies of my first book, Politics with Principle: 10 Character with Character were purchased, there were scores of readers who quipped, how in your 34-year career as a lobbyist did you find ten politicians with character? The character market seemed not receptive to stories of politicians with character.

Because perseverance is among the virtues needed not only for authors but those faced with adversity, I authored my second book and was pleasantly surprised with the reaction to, Courage in America: 7 Warriors with Character. Not only were more copies sold than the first book but also… Continue reading

Suffering For A Great Cause: Guy Comer & Team Red, White, And Blue’s Second Try In The Superior 100



I have gone over in my mind many times what I would say about my second attempt this year in the Superior 100. Many years ago someone told me that when you have a story to tell, just do it, but do it simply, so here goes. The start of this year’s race was very much like the start of last year’s race—festive and nervous (especially so for me this year knowing the inevitable suffering that lay ahead and wandering the whole time whether I would be able to go the distance). Those last minutes before the start seem… Continue reading

 The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

41FKhggoR0L._SL160_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_OU01_SS96_An opportunity has presented itself for me to comment on a proposed reading list to be used by servicemen in a retreat dealing with both the practical issues of post deployment and the invisible scars of combat. One of the books on the list is the Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, a review of which follows.

Although I am neither a psychologist nor a student of the noetic sciences, I am a Roman Catholic layman on my own spiritual journey to improve character in our culture. Accordingly, I wish to review Michael Singer’s tome with civility and charity.

I… Continue reading

Suffering in Light of Providence



As a young student, I felt conflicted trying to understand why good men suffer. My father, James Kerrigan was a humble, good and God fearing man yet suffered with tuberculosis, seven years in the sanitarium and 13 major operations, dying at age 62! On the other hand, my father was also a dedicated and happy husband, a most cheerful family man, and an extraordinary athlete, notwithstanding his many years of disabilities. Justice should have delivered prosperity to my Dad yet his life was full of adversity.

My father’s most repeated advice to me was that “Michael, it is not… Continue reading

Support A Wounded Warriors Dream: Daniel Meyer Story By Manny Maldonado

The Greek historian Plutarch once said, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”. In other words, your brain is only as powerful as you make it. Often, people complain about the smallest things in life and forget to realize the things they do have. I’ll be the first to admit that I have done it myself. We get so wrapped up into things going on in our lives that we tend to forget how good we have it. For one man, giving up and expecting sorrow has never been an option.


This… Continue reading

Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Psychologist and Polemicist

First I wish to honor the “Supersurvivors” not only as portrayed in the book but also many others who have triumphed over trauma.Secondly, I wish to thank the authors for taking on this topic so important to so many servicemen, law enforcement officials and those suffering from all types of trauma.Notwithstanding, the many fine stories demonstrating the links between suffering and success, I was disappointed the authors were not more forthcoming about admitting their own not so hidden ideological agenda.In the remainder of this review, I will point out that which I see as the authors’ style as a polemicist… Continue reading


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