A Tale of Two Titles: Triumph or Trump?

by Bob Ossler and Janice Hall Heck

Choosing a title for a book is tricky. Designing the book cover is another matter.

Our first book, Triumph Over Terror, has just gotten a new cover. Look at cover 1 and  cover 2. Can you see why we changed it?

Cover 1                                                  Cover 2

Author Bob Ossler walked into a bookstore/candy store in touristy Matlache, Florida (The Fudge Factory) where our book is prominently displayed for browsers. Who can beat that combination?

The bookstore owner reported hearing these comments  from store visitors.

“TRUMP? Who wants to read a book about Donald Trump?”

“Or Trump? I want/don’t want to read a book about that president.”

We wrote our book before our country’s love/hate relationship began with Donald Trump. But now, people glance at our title and misread Triumph as Trump.

Those who pick up the book and glance through it find that Triumph Over Terror is a highly sensitive book about the victims and heroes of 9/11. Chaplain Ossler spent 45 days at Ground Zero ministering to and counseling family members who lost loved ones in the tragedy. He also spent countless hours caring for the heartbroken and weary firefighters, police, emergency workers, construction crews, and volunteers. No one who worked on the Pile at Ground Zero escaped the emotional pain caused by the 9-11 terrorists.

After hearing these Trump comments in several venues, we decided to ask our publisher, Scoti Springfield Domeij of Blackside Publishing, to change the cover. She agreed.

Our new cover features the authors names at the top, with the lead in, Ground Zero Chaplain, Bob Ossler. The cover uses smaller type and gives a better view of the new World Trade Center.

In two seconds people discern that Triumph Over Terror is about September 11 and the author is a chaplain. It is clearly not a political book, and it is definitely not about Donald Trump.

Did we accomplish our mission? What do you think?

Triumph Over Terror is listed on Amazon where it has received 53 five-star reviews. Here is one review:


August 14, 2016

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Just finished this book and oh my goodness, I ran a whole gamut of emotions. Reading these inspiring stories brought tears to my eyes, smiles to my face, deep sadness and anger. Anger at the terrorists and anger for what the 1st. responders, volunteers, police, military, workers and firefighters were having to see and the horror they’ll never forget. It also brought joy to my heart for the courage of those men and women and for all the chaplains who spent so much time there bringing hope, comfort and love, also for sharing their unfailing faith prayers and the word of our loving God to everyone there. Thank you all. Triumph over Terror is a tremendous, heartwarming and powerful book that everyone should read.

You can read an excerpt of Triumph Over Terror here:

Excerpt: Triumph Over Terror  “Hard Shells, Soft Shells”

You can order Triumph Over Terror on Amazon here.

News on Upcoming ADD/ADHD book:

Ossler and Heck are now collaborating on a book about ADD/ADHD, attention deficit disorder. Look for more news on that topic on this website. Ossler tells stories about his years growing up and living with ADD in a pre-ADD world. A chance encounter with Dr. Edward Hallowell, author of Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder, helped Ossler identify the source of his life-long frustrations. With sheer willpower and thoughtful evaluation of his difficulties, he figured out strategies to help him cope at work, at home, and in life in general. He shares his strategies in this book.

Janice Hall Heck has over 40 years in the education world. More than half of those years were spent in classrooms for students with special needs. The remaining years were spent in educational administration as principal in Kenai, Alaska, and at Hong Kong International School, Hong Kong, China.

As expected, the title for this ADD/ADHD book is elusive and has not been finalized yet. We’ll keep you posted.






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ADHD and the Military – My Experience

One chapter in my book (8 selections) with Janice Hall Heck, ADHD: You’ve Got My 1 ADHD postcard front 8-26-19Attention is about my experience in the military.

Here’s an excerpt.

Military Training: Do As You’re Told!

“Five P’s Maxim: Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance”

Basic Military Training. Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. 1976

Fresh start. Clean slate. New faces. Total strangers who knew nothing about my learning style, my sometimes socially awkward behavior, and my scattershot academic background. (Later in life, I was diagnosed as ADHD.)

6a. Bob in military300Basic training was tough. The TIs (training Instructors) took wildly different male and female recruits from all over the country and whipped us into efficient teams, all in eight weeks.

How did they do it? By giving orders and demanding absolute obedience.

On Day 1, our TI announced, “There’s only one way to do anything: the military way. Learn that and you’ll survive. Make your bed our way. Shine your shoes our way. Wear the clothes we give you . Get the same haircuts. Wake up at 4:45 am. Go to sleep at 9 pm. Exercise one hour a day. Attend training classes in the morning and afternoon. Report on time for every responsibility. Your life is not your own. You belong to the military.”

“Yes, Sir,” we chorused.

. . .

The taunting I’d endured in high school did not surface in basic training. I performed well. Direct instructions, well-established routines, and fear of failure and public humiliation kept me engaged. I kept my mind focused on my goal: emergency medical training.

. . .

S.T.O.P. and Think. Take Action.

Make friends and forge alliances. Stick with your buddies. Help them when they need it. They will return the favor when you need help.

Watch how successful recruits behave and work. Copy their style.

Pay attention to situations where other trainees receive criticism. Avoid making the mistakes they make.. . .

Do your work or assignments without complaining or dawdling.

Graduate from basic training and move on to your next learning experience.

P.S. I graduated from basic training, enrolled in advanced training, an eventually earned an X-ray Technician Certificate and an Emergency Medical Certificate while in the military. After the military, I enrolled in formal paramedic training, graduated, then became a paramedic, then a paramedic-firefighter. Later I enrolled in additional theology classes and after seventeen years of part-time study, I became an ordained chaplain. I have served at Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, as well as at the scenes of a number of natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, wildfires) and man-made disasters (shootings in public places). The military gave me my start and put me on a path towards serving our country and fellow mankind in emergency services and chaplaincy. ADHD followed me throughout my career, but I learned to overcompensate for its annoyances and conquered my goals.

. . .

Here’s what other say about ADHD and the military.

C.H.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with ADHD)  ADHD and the Military 

ADDitude Magazine:     Does Uncle Sam Really Want You?

US Military.com    Can I Join the Military if I Suffer from ADHD

Bob Ossler and Janice Hall Heck ADHD: You’ve Got My Attention Strategies for Meeting Life’s Challenges




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Is ADHD a Gift?

Reading blogs about #ADHD is eye-opening. You read all the different points of view. And you get a more realistic picture of the wide-ranging diversity among people with ADHD.

Many books focus on the strengths of person with ADHD, but these people don’t always see their strengths because they are covered up with the natural results of ADHD: inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, and sometimes hyperactivity.

Read a variety of these blogs to get the full picture.

Here’s one blogger that I enjoy following: Rick Green of Totally ADHD. Image result for images best adhd blogsHere’s his take on ADHD gifts.


Rick Green ADHDFollow Rick Green’s, TotallyADD.com blog by email, and every Friday he will send out humorous cartoons related to ADHD. 





Bob Ossler and Janice Hall Heck are coauthors of ADHD: You’ve Got My Attention: Strategies for Meeting Life’s Challenges. This book is about Bob’s lifelong struggles with unidentified ADHD. Diagnosed as an adult, he looks back on the troubles he had in school, work, and life. He offers strategies for overcoming (or at least managing) the worst aspects of ADHD. He didn’t see his learning difficulties as gifts as he grew up, but later in life in came to recognize both his strengths and weaknesses.

Bob is now a successful adult (and author) after following a typical ADHD career path: changing jobs as his interests changed. He was a paramedic, firefighter, funeral director, pathology assistant, pastor, and chaplain. Now he uses his gift of gab to offer encouragement to others who struggle with ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other anxieties. He is successful in spite of and because of his ADHD.

His last speaking engagement was with a group of First Responders in Tulsa, OK.






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Book Review: ADHD: You’ve Got My Attention

Authors love getting feedback on their books. Thankfully, Amazon provides a platform for giving feedback. Here is a review by a parent of a child with ADHD: #ADHD: You’ve Got My Attention: Strategies for Meeting Life’s Challenges.

Thank you, Mary Barner for your feedback. We wish you well with your son. Remember, he is a lovable person who learns differently. Find his strengths and compliment them. He probably doesn’t realize his own strengths. You said he has the gift of gab. Bob Ossler’s gift of gab got him in trouble in school, but it brings him great success as an adult.



Mary Barner

September 26, 2019

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Podcast Announcement: ADHD: You’ve Got My Attention!

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Book Launch: ADHD: You’ve Got My Attention!

Cumberland County Community Church, Millville, NJ

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ADHD: You’ve Got My Attention: Strategies for Meeting Life’s Challenges,

by Bob Ossler and Janice Heck,

will be released on September 20, 2019 at 7 PM at the Cumberland Country Community Church, 1800 E. Broad Street, Millville, New Jersey.


What’s the Most Important Thing About ADHD?

What’s It Like to Have ADHD?

Ways to Cope with ADHD.

Meet the authors.

Book talk.

Refreshments. Door Prizes.

Click here for more information:  https://amzn.to/2kporv5

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9-11 Brings Anxiety for Many of Us

Chaplain Bob Ossler at Ground Zero, NYC

Chaplain Bob Ossler at Ground Zero, NYC, after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Like all of you, 911 is really tough to reflect on each year. Those of us who worked on site at Ground Zero remember horrible pain, vulnerability, panic, anxiety, depression, and many other feelings that cause us great discomfort. It brings a few more hurtful memories as I briefly share this post.

My friend who helped at Ground Zero and at the Pentagon had originally implored me to go answer the ALL CALL for chaplains at the Pile. Over the years, I had worked side by side with this friend through thick and thin.

This friend later committed suicide. I knew him from military and we worked in California together. I’m reminded of his loving compassion that drew me to help at Ground Zero. Many friends and workers have died from the bad air and terrible working conditions at the pile. I still greatly mourn for them as I inevitably see reruns of that horrible day, and I’m forced to turn off the TV.

Chaplain Bob Ossler

Chaplain Bob Ossler at Ground Zero in New York City after the Terrorist attacks in September 11, 2001.

For me, 911 is a day of devotion and prayer. I lift up ALL EMS, FIRE and POLICE in prayer for their safety and security. Again, thanks to all who sent me loving wishes. God bless you. Bob Ossler Chaplain


Fifteen years after 9-11, Bob Ossler wrote about his experiences at Ground Zero in Triumph Over Terror.



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Retained in Second Grade: Undiscovered ADHD

Officially diagnosed with adult ADHD in my late 50s, I had wondering all my life what was wrong with me. Why was I so different from other people? Why did I have such trouble learning?

As an adult in my late 30s, I chanced upon WGN 720, Chicago, a talk radio interview with Dr. Edward Hallowell, author of Driven to Distraction. He described me to a T–and he had never met me. I was astounded. I bought his book, identified myself on almost every page, and sighed with relief. There was a name for my problem, and other people had the same difficulties.

Retained in second grade, long before ADHD became a commonly understood term, I

was humiliated. I can admit it now, but at the time, I was mortified by my failure to learn to read. Teachers thought I was a rude and naughty boy who daydreamed the day away instead of paying attention in class. My clever ideas got me into trouble almost every day. I reacted to the constant teasing about my poor reading, my gangly body, my moppy red hair, and my overabundance of freckles on every part of my body. I responded the only way I knew how–with a poke, a punch, a kick, or an insult. Playground incidents occurred daily. One frustrated teacher pronounced that I would be in jail by my teenage years.

The rest of my school years were not much better. The teasing continued, and although I stored the taunts in my head and heart, I learned to  outwardly ignore most of them. I developed a sensitive nature and became a champion for the underdogs of the world.

To be honest, I don’t know how I made it through high school, but I did. I met a few solid friends and caring teachers along the way, and that made a world of difference.

Despite my failures in school and my early career, I have been successful in life. One gift of ADHD is the ability to hyperfocus, and I used that ability to pursue a career in emergency medical technology and later pastoral ministry.

Now retired, I serve as associate pastor in a church in Boqueelia, Florida. My bigger mission to work with people going through tragic emergency situations. Being semi-retired, I have the flexibility to respond to emergency situations around the country. I have counseled brokenhearted people at Ground Zero after September 11 terrorist attacks, after hurricane and floods in New Orleans, shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Parkland High School, Pittsburgh synagogue, and in Virginia Beach. This has become my mission and passion in life.

Being retained in second grade seemed like the end of the world at the time, but over the long haul, that embarrassment contributed to the person that I am. In today’s educational climate, retention might not be considered for a boy like me. Individualized, focused attention from a caring adult would have made a major difference.

Read more about Bob Ossler’s journey with ADHD in https://amzn.to/2kporv5


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