My job rarely requires I travel far, but this week had me going out to Pittsburgh for a day. I didn't have to drive, but I did have to show up at my ride's house by seven in the AM sharp.
Not too early, except that departure point was almost two hours from me. I decided to stay at a friend's house in that area the night before and subsequently, the night after the trip.
I went with two other guys, associates on this project. I find man groups can be like dogs; two is a certain…Continue
I like to see people enjoy their food. The day I met Scott Thompson, he had just come from the gym and we met for lunch. He ordered tea and fish and chips and talked to me about his life and his career as a comedian. As I listened and watched a heavily-peppered, spade-sized piece of fish disappear down his…Continue
The "Tarahumara people" are worth researching. This is a tribe of people in, I think, Mexico, and it is traditional for them to run up to 200 miles barefoot for a long-distance run to another village. What do you think of this? How does it make you see things?
Added by Benjamin Maxwell Ionescu on June 25, 2012 at 4:21pm — No Comments
I write this to put down my feelings/observations after my first Mankind Project meeting.
For those alarmed I will reveal specific information, know I will not divulge anything that happened because I promised the group to keep what occurred private.
I drove over on the evening of the longest day of the year. It was hot, the fields were shimmering Summer, and there would still be hours of warm light till sunset. The nervousness I had suppressed for days now made itself fully…Continue
At this time in my life, (52), seems to be more questions than answers. Alot of "what ifs". Most of the time they play like a song everyday in my mind. Its as if I already know what I will think on and wonder about before the day begins. It gets exhausting.
After reading most post and interest in AOM, I realized that I don't have a hobby, or passion. That depresses me.
A Sheepdog's Motto
I recently was speaking with a young man who wants to be a Police Officer so bad he aches. To be honest, I see great possibilities with this young man. He just needs to mature a little bit. He is currently in the Military and I foresee him growing up pretty quick there. We were talking, of all things, about the HBO Series “Game OF Thrones”. He knew I watched the show and was curious about the different families…Continue
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In my last blog I put down I had decided to attend the next Mankind Project meeting in my area.
I thought putting my decision down in this somewhat public forum would be a good way to help keep me from changing my mind.
I'm sure to many who've done and know MKP well, or are even used to men's groups from their church or other situations, my hand-wringing must look silly.
This joining a group to be with other men in brotherhood and support is totally alien to me. Other…Continue
Added by Scott Brenner on June 19, 2012 at 7:35pm — No Comments
I have had depression since age 16. I am in my late 30's. I thought at this point in my life I would be married with at least one kid. I look at my siblings and see that they are successful, married and they have beautiful homes.
It feels like every day is a gray blur. Every day I imagine what life would be like if my past wasn't so messed up.
I know there is something wrong but no matter how hard I work at fixing the mess, the result is the same. I feel lost.
It was 77 years ago when Jim Braddock beat the odds and defeated Max Baer by unanimous decision. Braddock made a comeback from nowhere to become an inspiration to the entire country during the Great Depression (Braddock…Continue
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This is by the Sufi poet Hafiz; I just heard it yesterday at a Father's Day retreat. Still thinking about what it means, and being stunned.
Love wants to reach out and manhandle us,
Break all our teacup…
Added by Will on June 17, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
Over in the Great Debate, I see you're talking about whether "vagina" is a proper word for formal discourse, i.e., the Wisconsin legislature. As a medical term, I agree with the consensus there that it is a proper term. It could even be a required term for certain kinds of legislation. Penal codes, for example, often define rape as any penetration of the vagina without consent. This is to change the law from older definitions, when there had to be "forcible" or "violent" penetration, or…Continue
What is real art? When does something become art. A true definition is quite difficult to come by, because there are so many artforms that differ from eachother in many ways. Music is an artform, but all music isn't art. When a songs focus is more on the looks of the performer than on the sound of the song, the music has lost the real meaning.
In my opinion all humans are art. To really apreciate a peice of art, you have to be able to relate, observe and feel human nature. Therefore…Continue
Added by Bobby on June 15, 2012 at 12:53pm — No Comments
We all had our favourites, the Chicken Lady,…Continue
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I want to live a life, where i have the ability of using my full potential. This is something i have tought a lot about since my first visit into the art of manliness. I am currently living in a quite confusing state of mind, where i havn't exactly figured out the right road to my fullest potential. Therefore i am trying to write something down, as a kind of release from my daily toughts and hope this will help me getting to know myself better. I might as well let people read the things i am…Continue
Added by Bobby on June 13, 2012 at 5:10pm — No Comments
Thank you for making me realize how much better it feels when i express how gratefull I feel for something!
I reacently started folowing the "schedule" of "Be a Better Man in 30 Days" and i't currently 6 in the morning where i live. The past day was day 5, i had to find 3 people to say a big thank you to. I Easely found my first, it was my girlfriend, so i wrote her a letter, even though we currently live in the same house, for her to find when she is going to study tomorow. I then…Continue
Added by Rognan on June 12, 2012 at 10:16pm — No Comments
Most men today, are not sufficiently equipped when it comes to a wardrobe. So I’ve decided to offer some assistance in this matter. This is meant to be a starter. You can always add more, but everything should start with a foundation. I will provide this. At the end of this blog, you will at least, have the knowledge to build the foundation of your wardrobe. You also will have a timeless wardrobe, that will never go out of style. You are…Continue
Added by Ernest Moore on June 11, 2012 at 11:43pm — No Comments
So I am down to a morning cigarette and a few pipes throughout the day, or a cigar if I am lucky. Apparently the withdrawal symptoms are like a cold, which explains the layer of snot on the roof of my mouth.
Getting the newsletter off the ground has hit a financial snag, damn printer wants nearly twenty dollars to make a production run and one of the contacts is being balky. In general, Deb has mentioned that she is sorry for not being more supportive of the…Continue