This afternoon I put in a call to my oldest brother We chatted for about a half an hour. Most of what we talked about was routine events of the past week. Nothing heavy. When it came time for me to hang up, I told my brother I had to go and get something to eat He stopped me right before I said goodbye and asked me to hang on with him for one more moment. I sensed he wanted to say something from deep within his heart. My brother began describing a friendship he has with a married couple…Continue
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It’s raining. Was sleeting early, but the temperature mercifully cracked the freezing point for the first time in awhile.
I sit at work alone, everyone away, like a young Scrooge left behind at boarding school. But it is good for getting work done, and I am thankful we have it.
The young man I work with is in Vegas at a weekend bachelor party. Because I am his FB friend, I get to see the posted images from the trip; a big group of men, all good friends, out…Continue
I thought that I would complete my first ever blog post with a discussion of my personal favorite quote:
"Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less."
-Robert E. Lee
It has been said that the true gentleman has begun to slip away…Continue
Added by Alan Johnson on January 24, 2013 at 11:03am — No Comments
Since about the beginning of December 2012, I've been trying to grow a handlebar mustache. Now on January 18, 2013, I can now say I have one. It's not the most impressive, but I'm glad that I was able to do this before my 20th birthday, which is on the 30th of this month.
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Added by Justin Rigsby on January 18, 2013 at 9:58pm — No Comments
Does anyone else wish they had discovered this website sooner? Growing up, my dad was around but not really. I was never taught many of the things on this website. So naturally, I taught myself how to do the things a dad would teach a son. Although we are close now, I wish this knowledge was around for me when I was younger. I now look forward to teaching these skills and life lessons to my son. (whom will be turning 1 next month) Thank you Art of Manliness!
"Am I a real Christian?"
"Have I actually been 'saved' from hell and sin?
"How can I know my status with God?"
If you have ever considered yourself a Christian, then you have probably asked these questions--or ones like it--at some point in your life. So, how do we know whether we are really following Jesus--if this Christian life were a class, how can we tell what sort of "grade" we would…
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As I was growing up I was loved very deeply and very much, I was very lucky to have the family I have. But nothing is perfect. I wasn't given everything I wanted, I wasn't spoiled in that regard. However, all of my shortcomings, all my failings, excuses were made for. When I was challenged, I would quit rather than rise to it. Somewhere very far back, I never had the impression that I had to rise to challenges, rather I had to bend to the will of some sort of fate. And when things didn't…Continue
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ContinueIn reporting the Sandy Hook School massacre, the major news…
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Ever have one of those days when you just want to toss in the towel?
Yesterday I came damn close.
My gym attendance is the one thing I've been doing to put myself out amongst other men, in person, and more importantly, to feel like one.
I went yesterday; it was leg day, something I never look forward to as I can be pretty hard on myself. I skipped the gym over the holidays, so this was my first time back after a hiatus of a week or so.
We are at the brink…Continue