Category Archives: Respect

Book Signing Success

By | October 25, 2021

[October 25, 2021]  This past Saturday, I conducted a book signing at a local restaurant, the beautiful Historic Smithville Inn.  Thanks to owner Tony Coppola for granting permission for and hosting this event.  My wife and I had a great time and met many new people, several veterans, and saw many friends and neighbors. The event’s success is… Read More »

Remembering 9/11/2001

By | September 11, 2021

[September 11, 2021]  There are many memories of September 11, 2001; this 20th anniversary of that terrible event.  Today, I’m bringing you the words of Richard Pearson, Executive Director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. It is hard to believe that 9/11/2001 was 20 years ago.  I, like many of you, remember where I was and what I… Read More »

Happy 8th Anniversary:  theLeaderMaker

By | September 3, 2021

[September 3, 2021]  Today is the 8th anniversary of my leadership blog; https://www.theleadermaker.com/.  I’m using the 8th Infantry Division patch to symbolize the birthdate.  Thank you to all who have graced these pages, and I’m especially appreciative of those who take time from their busy schedules to both read and comment. Today is a special day in the… Read More »

U.S. Retreating from Afghanistan [Vietnam Redux]

By | August 16, 2021

[August 16, 2021]  When you don’t have allies, you don’t have anything.  In Afghanistan, we just dumped an ally by turning them over to a terror group known as the Taliban.  Perhaps Americans forgot what happened almost exactly to the day, 20 years ago, when Islamic terrorists slammed airliners into buildings making September 11 a day in infamy. … Read More »

Military Heroes in My Time

By | August 3, 2021

[August 3, 2021]  My first memories are listening to the stories of war veterans tell their stories and the sounds of baseball games played.  Before entering First Grade, I could name the top generals of World War II and Korea.  These men were military heroes in my time. Combat veterans would tell us kids tales of their wartime… Read More »

Courage Comes in Many Forms

By | June 27, 2021

[June 27, 2021]  I live in a relatively rural area of Southern New Jersey.  It is where you can feel safe walking in a local park and watch children playing on the playground.  But the number one issue is exploding crime.  The number two issue is the decline of our school system and its infection by Critical Race… Read More »

D-Day and a WW2 Medic Memorial

[June 6, 2021]  Today is, of course, the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944 when allied forces stormed ashore at Normandy and began the long march to defeat Nazi Germany during WW2.  One of those men was Sergeant and medic Bernie Friedenberg.  I wrote about him in an earlier article.1 Yesterday, several veterans and a retired FBI special… Read More »