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Looking Back

Looking Back

I recently read a social media post that quoted a famous physicist. The words seemed to suggest that faith is useless, and that what counts is empirical proof. Curious, I looked into the background of the individual who originally wrote the words. Sure enough, he is...

A Time for Courage

A Time for Courage

History and literature are replete with accounts of valiant acts. Men and women who stood firm in the face of intense trials are renowned for their bravery and boldness. Fictional films and novels vividly portray the tension between meeting a challenge and folding in...

Choose Joy

Choose Joy

Most evenings when I’m not travelling my wife and I take long walks just before sunset. We’re fortunate that our neighborhood is connected to many others by safe roads and walking trails. During our walks we see many other people. Some are alone, and some are couples....

SST Course Now Available Online

SST Course Now Available Online

After 1.5 years in development and based on decades of first-hand experience, the Panoplia.org Soft Skills and Tactics course is now available online. The purpose of the Soft Skills and Tactics (SST) course is to help individuals thrive in even the most extreme...

Fear and Faith

Fear and Faith

I recently attended a meeting at which a woman shared insights about a very difficult situation that she’d been forced to endure. She was held against her will by a repressive government for more than a year in circumstances that would threaten to overwhelm even the...

Resqme Glass Breaker/Seatbelt Cutter

Resqme Glass Breaker/Seatbelt Cutter

A good deal of our time is spent training individuals and teams to operate in low-visibility roles in some of the most challenging places in the world. The training includes many subject matter areas. One of these is the Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)...

The Lost Art of Waiting

The Lost Art of Waiting

My wife and I spent many years of our married life living overseas. There are numerous cultural and environmental differences between the United States and the distant lands in which we settled. So many, in fact, that at times it almost seemed as if we were living on...

Is Anyone Else Feeling Overwhelmed?

Is Anyone Else Feeling Overwhelmed?

I was recently watching a documentary. I can’t recall the topic, but it had something to do with adventure during a scientific expedition. After facing a particularly dangerous moment, one of the researchers was asked if he regretted joining the team. He answered,...

In Whom do You Trust?

In Whom do You Trust?

Few people think about the concept of trust when things are going well. Life is good and seems to move along smoothly when you and those you love are healthy, happy, and secure. When challenges arise, however, the issue of trust becomes more of a concern. Life’s...

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