Mottos & Quotes

The moral is to the physical as three to one. — Napoleon

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Warriors with Character

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


Courage in Battle

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. The best kind of courage for Steve Baskis is when an individual risks one’s own life to save another. Steve does not believe courageous people confront more or less fear than people who lack courage. The difference is in how two persons manage a similar amount of fear. Steve believes people who are courageous push past the fear to accomplish something greater than them. For Steve, the courageous person could be acting without completely understanding the situation, it… Continue reading

“Mission Accomplished Dutiful Soldiers”

In Loving Memory of America’s Soldiers & Navy Seals
Who Went to “Glory” in Afghanistan!
August 6, 2011
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Courage in America: Interview Questions

I am grateful for suggestions from readers of the Character Building Project as they have added value to our study of courage. It is proving to be a more complex topic than I first anticipated.  Because I recognize how probing the topic can be for young military  men and women who have experienced war zones, I want to prepare thoroughly, to hone well the interview questions that will shape this project.  I want them to be both empathetic and insightful. Continue reading

The Paths Of Glory Lead But To The Grave

Since the passing of our good friend and my mentor Chuck Manatt (aka CTM), I must admit I have been dealing with, as Churchill used to say, “the black dog.” My wife Donna always seems to recognize not only black dog coming on but knows how to deal with him. Over our 43 years of marriage she has been slowly teaching me to appreciate poetry. May reading Thomas Gray’s “ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCH-YARD”   help other of our friends mourning Chuck’s death as it did me. Continue reading


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