Hello everyone, I am Matt and I figured I would do the 30 days to a better man as blog posts. I am looking forward to going through this.
Day 1 is "Define Your Core Values", it is suggested to choose only 5 but having gone through this I had a hard time limiting it down to 5, but I got it down pretty close so hear it goes. My Core Values as I see them at this point in my life.
1. Wisdom and Knowledge is not only something I value highly but seek to atain for the rest…Continue
Added by Matt on May 31, 2012 at 9:59am — No Comments
Paul Weller started life fronting the wildly influential new wave group, The Jam (1976 - 1982), then moved in to a smoother soulful/ jazzy/R&B sound with the Style Council (1983 - 1989). He heavily influenced the guitar-based Britpop movement of the 1990s and since that time has been a successful solo artists.…Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on May 31, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments
In my last blog I mentioned a challenge thrown before me, but did not explain it.
I mention it now, for feedback should anyone care to do so, and to also hold myself accountable.
All my life I’ve avoided any kind of male fraternal entities; no boy scouts, sports teams (except briefly in college) or fraternities. I didn’t even want to be an altar boy.
Yet I find myself on AOM, again and again. Some need is being filled that I didn’t know I had, even if it makes me feel…Continue
Minister: Good morning. I'm sorry to have kept you waiting, but I'm afraid my walk has become rather sillier recently, and so it takes me rather longer to get to work. [Sits at desk] Now then, what was it…Continue
Added by Scott Brenner on May 26, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments
I had the thought a while back to chart when major inventions and scientific theories were done over the past two centuries, roughly. Consider the result. Scientific theories are in <> brackets. Tweak it, add your own, discard some of mine. A few are debatable. For example, plastics weren't invented all at once, so I picked an important one, nylon.…
This article is way to short and fairly simplistic, as the problem is much more complex than what it states in it's one page. But the general idea remains valid, and I think is one of the most important topics relevant today when it comes to relating to many issues here on Art of Manliness. I could go on endlessly about the sociological…Continue
Since the dawn of time man has learned to roundly curse the blight on lawncare that is the reel mower. Frustrating and inefficient to use, slow and fit only as a vestige of a more brutal time, they still have not been entirely iradicated but raise their ugly heads from time to time in period photos and in the minds of those who do not know any better.
Unless you are moving into a house…
"Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle. ... If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry,…Continue
Added by Scott Brenner on May 22, 2012 at 9:06pm — No Comments
The worst part about being unemployed is the pitty. Everybody has a tale about themselves, and say how bad my employer was, and politicians are driving the country into the ground....Its not your fault yadda yadda. But if it isn't my own fault who is to balme?
Yes the company did not provide any training of any sort, but what did I do on my own?
Yes the company did not compensate fairly, how did I make myself worth more?
Yes things were managed poorly, did I…Continue
"The man who tries to be funny is lost. To lose one's naturalness is always to lose the sympathy of your audience. Comedy comes from inside. It comes from your face. It comes from your body. ... My humor was never cruel or cynical. I just took…Continue
Jealousy is a primal thing which, if it is present in excess in a man, must be minimized. I don't struggle with it, but I have a friend who does - he is uncomfortable with me talking to his girlfriend. This is understandable in his case because he is afraid of losing her, as she is his first.
Here is this question. When you yourself have surpassed jealous feelings, how do you help another person surpass it themselves? For that matter, how do you help anyone with something…Continue
This morning I was looking around my office (easy to do, I work out of my house) and realized that most of everything I surround myself with these days has its roots in this website and the ideals it represents. From the vintage-y prints on the walls, the pipe rack sitting on my desk, the cigar box holding my trinkets to the kilt I cover my rear with, AoM has given me much needed validation that how I feel is not limited to my Masonic Lodge, with men thirty or forty years my…Continue
One of the reasons I started writing this blog was to provide a description of what my experiences have been, and are, with getting old. In particular I want to talk about the ailments that come along the way and how I handled them. I do this as a means to be informative for younger people but also for my friends who regardless of age, may benefit from knowing what I go through.
I am mindful of my age this morning as I am writing this article. I am 52 years old. It is 49 degrees right…Continue
After today, I'll be taking a little time away from work and the interwebs, cause it appears that I've been married to the same crazy, brave, stubborn, wonderful woman for 2 years on Tuesday.
Where has the time gone? Last two years have been truly hectic, some really high high's and many more lows. We keep making it through, patching each other up along the way, with both physical and emtional scars.
Going to head to the coast, stay at one of the nicest hotels…Continue
Gents, it’s time to be clear on summer skin. Since humanity blew a hole in the earth’s ozone layer, it is now dangerous for us to go outside without a protective barrier between us and the sun’s rays. This is why we need to use products that contain SPF, or Sun Protection Factor – sunscreens that reflect and/or absorb the…Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on May 17, 2012 at 4:09pm — No Comments
Well I'm in the pit, Iaid off with a crappy serverance. I knew it was coming with the way the company was going, I've already had interviews with some more lines up. But there is no way to sugar coat the issue. I've been here before, but it feels different. Im older, the economy sucks, and I'm wondering what to do.
I'm trying to be proactive just to get aggressive and stay positive. I think I have to stay active and just keep doing things. So this blog is a sort of…Continue
I have not posted here in a long time. My sister Deborah was diagnosed with bladder cancer, had her kidney removed in January and her Kidney removed in February. She stayed at my dad's place , where this incredible 86 year old man took care of her, until she became too ill. She was supposed to gain strength to start chemotherapy , but she never got to a point where the chemo could be tolerated. She died on April 30th leaving behind a fantastic 17 year old son, my father and I, along with my…Continue
Motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar discussed Billy Miske's last fight in his book entitled See You At The Top (pages 331-332). Against impossible odds, Miske won a heavyweight bout versus Bill Brennan in 1923 while suffering from Bright’s Disease to provide for Christmas and savings for his family. Sadly, Miske died 55 days…Continue
Added by Big City on May 13, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments