Jersey Boys

Bob, me, Ron, and Fred in AIT. Our unit D-5R-2 where we trained to become armored scouts.

Bob, me, Ron, and Fred in AIT. Our unit D-5R-2 where we trained to become armored scouts.


Obviously not the “Jersey Boys” that sing. We were members of the same NJ Army National Guard unit, sent off for basic training and AIT together. In a way we did sing together; first “A -11 – 4, we are the best, thank you sir”, our chant in basic training.  Then in AIT it became “Delta Devils 5 Recon, Lead, Follow, but get the H*ll out of the way” which led to my tag line. Must be a cavalry thing since the motto on our armor cavalry unit crest was “Over, Under, or Through”.


3rd Squadron / 104th Armor Calvary Regiment

3rd Squadron / 104th Armor Calvary Regiment

This month I was thinking of those days, forty five years ago. We arrived at Fort Knox Kentucky one week before the Kentucky Derby took place in “71”. Needless to say, we missed the Derby.

The Power of the Other – Webcast – PART II


The Power of the Other Webcast focuses on getting more out of your personal and professional lives by understanding the powerful effect other people have on the trajectory of your lives.

Part II of this Webcast consist of Dr. Henry Cloud teaching from “The Power of the Other” and special guest Ginger Hardage, former Senior Vice President of Culture at Southwest Airlines. Building on Part I which covered the four types of connections, this session will center on the fuel required to grow real connections.

Please join us on Tuesday evening, June 1st from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Anyone who follows Dr. Henry Cloud and his bible based work will want to attend.



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Date: June 1, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Event: The Power of the Other Webcast - PART II
Topic: The Power of the Other
Sponsor: Hank Schuurman
Venue: Cedar Hill CRC
Location: 422 Cedar Hill Ave.
Wyckoff, New Jersey 07481
Public: Public

Choose A Direction !

The Good or the Best?

confusion , direction , arrow


Lately I have been disoriented both in direction and orientation in life. Whether caused by several recent challenges or a result of the over exposure provided by our everyday life and culture.

To focus myself I realized I had to discipline myself and get back to my morning routine of reading and meditating on these readings. This morning I chose to do so with The Maxwell Daily Reader by John Maxwell and My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Each had exactly the right answer for me as I struggled.

Maxwell’s Daily Reader had a meditation from his book, Developing the Leaders Around You, which challenged me to choose a leadership model. John as always did so by asking questions. Here are the six to ask yourself as well.

Does my model’s life deserve a following?

Does my model’s life have a following?

What is the main strength that influence others to follow my model?

Does my model produce other leaders?

Is my model’s strength reproducible in my life?

If my model’s strength is reproducible in my life, what steps must I take to develop and demonstrate that strength?


Oswald Chambers used Abram’s story (Gen 13) of choice when he allowed Lot to take his choice of lands for himself as they went their separate directions. Abram relied on the Lord taking care of him rather than taking his rightful first choice himself. This choice replaced the Good (in man’s eye’s) for the Best (following and walking with God).


What choices do you have to make?

What questions do you have to ask yourself?

Who are you relying on as you make your choices?


The Maxwell Daily Reader
John C. Maxwell
Thomas Nelson

The Principle of Practice


I believe that we learn by practice.

Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing,

or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same.

In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts

– physical or intellectual –

from which comes shape of achievement,

a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit.

One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God.

Practice means to perform, over and over again

in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire.

 – Martha Graham



A true leader has the confidence to stand alone,

The courage to make tough decisions,

and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.

He does not set out to be a leader,

but becomes one by the equality of his actions

and the integrity of his intent.

– Douglas MacArthur

solution loading concept

A wasted day is one where we only thought about how someone else should change. A good day is one when we become part of the solution.

– DR. Henry Cloud