March 2010 Blog Posts (173)

The Coolest Man on the Planet

My uncle, a burly, deadly, monster of a man, my mother's brother, saw a picture of my father one day not too long ago and said to me:

"Before he was paralyzed, your dad was the coolest sumbitch on the planet."

This is not something that I could take lightly. My uncle's one of the coolest people I have ever known, so for him to say…

Added by Matt Mitchell on March 31, 2010 at 11:50pm — 8 Comments

A Man's Man - My Grandfather

He rose at 4 am every morning—unless he slept in, then he’d get up at 5 am. He smoked a pipe and Raleigh unfiltered cigarettes for over 50 years—until he had one lung removed due to cancer, then he quit—cold turkey. No patches, no Nicorette, no “support group.” He just took one long drag when I dropped him off at the hospital that morning for his operation and said, “Well, I guess that’s my last one.” I…


Added by Richard Williams on March 31, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Lessons in Manliness: My uncle Steve


Added by Jeff Hafner on March 31, 2010 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Some people's manliness comes in a box.

Some people's manliness comes in a box.

Confession/introduction: I've been lurking on this community for a while, meaning to join, and finally took the plunge with this contest. Yes, I bought the bribe of the prize-- box of manliness as part of a wedding present? Indeed. Or at least, we'll see, of course. But enough about me, and my apparent weakness for bribery in the form of boxed manliness. Introductions to follow.

Some people's… Continue

Added by Heath Reisenberger on March 31, 2010 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Lessons in Manliness: Cornelius Wortel

When I pause for a moment and look at where I am standing today, I could not be where I am without my granddad. You see, my granddad was not a person of many words. But his actions sure spoke for him. He really was a jack-of-all-trades. Cornelius was born on 2 October 1928, in the inter-bellum period on a farm in North-Holland (The Netherlands). Luckily he got through the war without too…

Added by Alain N. on March 31, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Lessons in Manliness

Gerald (Jerry) L. Wiech

US Navy

1st class aviation electronics technician.

AT1 -…


Added by Eric Wiech on March 31, 2010 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

30 days to a better man

I tried this last summer but chickened out and I'm gonna use this blog to try and keep my motivated. Since its a lot harder bailing on public goals. Some of the things to do in this 30 day program are rather useless for me, debt reconstruction is of no use to me, since I don't owe anyone anything. But a financial planning session for collage might be much more useful so I will swap out useless items for something valuable to me personally.

Yesterday was day one and…

Added by Kári on March 31, 2010 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Trying to Find the Right Mate?

For those of you who can check the, “I’ve got my mate”, box—congratulations! You did it! Another one of life’s tasks completed. BUT…for those of you who are still searching

endlessly for that special someone to eventually get irritated with…I

mean love…prospects can be pretty lean. There are millions of Americans

who are worried about…


Added by Rod Berger, PsyD The Normal Male on March 31, 2010 at 11:22am — No Comments

Great Quotes

There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.

Charles Dickens

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.


By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.


Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned… Continue

Added by Gregory Belanger on March 31, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Lessons in Manliness

Dennis Cross is a simple man who leads a simple life. He is a retiree from General Motors, getting out just before the turmoil of the auto industry began. He is a man of value, industry, and selflessness.

Born the youngest of four on a small farm, he learned that life was not necessarily going to be easy. None of his older siblings gave him any sympathy, so he learned early to look out for himself. His family never had much, but they made do. Born with a heart condition, he…


Added by Abe Cross on March 31, 2010 at 10:26am — No Comments

Simple Pleasures


I do not much care for anything contrived. A parsimonious approach to life is my preference. People really do make such an effort to have fun that it becomes difficult to distinguish it from work. The crescendo of anticipation rarely gives way to the expected climax, but rather its opposite. Leisure, in short, is generally not.

This is not to say that I advocate mindless wastes…


Added by Vir Beatum on March 31, 2010 at 9:56am — 2 Comments

40 Ways to Become a Saint #40


Added by Rocco Galizio on March 31, 2010 at 9:47am — No Comments

40 Ways to Become a Saint #39


Added by Rocco Galizio on March 31, 2010 at 9:27am — No Comments

40 Ways to Become a Saint #37

37. Say a decade of the Rosary for the sick, those in affliction, and for the aching hearts throughout the world.…


Added by Rocco Galizio on March 31, 2010 at 9:21am — No Comments

40 Ways to Become a Saint #38


Added by Rocco Galizio on March 31, 2010 at 8:55am — No Comments

Lessons in Manliness - My Dad

Born into a family of poor, hard-working farmers my father effectively absorbed all of their worthy virtues while managing to improve on any perceived shortcomings. He was born and raised in an area now known as a suburb of Atlanta; however, back then it was more aptly named “out in the country”. Both of his parents were born and raised during the Great Depression. They were poor sharecroppers who were accustomed to bare feet and hard work. The song Song of the… Continue

Added by zac caudell on March 31, 2010 at 8:37am — No Comments

Profiles in Manliness - Coach Eddie Roberts

Coach Eddie Roberts…


Added by Chris Hutcheson on March 30, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Lessons in Manliness

My father, Bob Stroup, has taught me a lot about manliness. He has always worked the job that was necessary to help provide for his family, which consisted of my Mom, my younger brother, and me. Sometimes that meant working the night shift at a printing company and only being able to see my mom for a short period of time during the day. Later, he tried to better his situation by starting his own business, a drive through convenient store (or Pony Keg, as they call it in the Cincinnati area). He… Continue

Added by Nate Stroup on March 30, 2010 at 1:49pm — No Comments

A Short Step to Eccentricity

Dressing well is not a straightforward matter. Even for those in the know, the difference between classic elegance and ridiculousness is slight, the pitfalls awaiting missteps great. Everyone will tell you to be an individual, to mix things up, to not be too studied, or too ‘put together’. Acquire an air of relaxed formality, they will say. Yet one is to know one’s palette, and work within it. And of course, the basic rules must be observed. All well and good. But to a man without a… Continue

Added by Vir Beatum on March 30, 2010 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Girl-Girl Violence...Mom's Are YOU Paying Attention?

Yet another horrific story of suicide has emerged from the teen world. Phoebe Prince, a 15 year-old transplant from Ireland, took her life in

January inside her West Massachusetts home after 3 months of torment

from her…


Added by Rod Berger, PsyD The Normal Male on March 30, 2010 at 11:07am — No Comments

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