Leadership and Humility

The Illinois State Police has had a tough year. Like most law enforcement agencies, when an officer is killed in the line of duty the effect is both immediate and long-term. When these tragedies come in waves the impact can be overwhelming. As a result of these trials a group …

Common sense healing in the Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park overwhelms you. Driving up toward the south entrance on California Highway 41, I thought I would be ready for the experience. I had seen all the Ansel Adams pictures and rock climbing movies. Heck, my screen saver is an iconic shot of half dome! I thought I …

The Time In Between Is What Matters

I just spoke to a group of first responders from around Michigan this past Saturday at Kalamazoo Community College. The Michigan State Fire Marshall, Kevin Sehlmeyer, and KVCC’s, Marty Meyers, were kind enough to coordinate the event. Both are deeply committed to helping firefighters and all first responders live the …

What happened to Semper Fi?

Semper Fidelis, or the more well-known shortened version, Semper Fi, latin for “always faithful”, is a well-known and well-used phrase usually directed towards the Marine Corps, but applicable to all those who serve. While especially meaningful to anyone who has worn the eagle, globe, and anchor, in regards to the …