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Growing Pains and Becoming a Man

Growing Pains and Becoming a Man

Master and Commander A Russell Crowe and Paul Betany must see!   A story of two friends in the English Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. There is something very compelling about the sacrifice, the discomfort, and the sheer difficulty about naval life during this time frame. […]

Building Male Character

Building Male Character

Character has many definitions     There are two definitions that I would like to talk about that I think gets confused today…  at least one definition seems to dominate over the other. When we talk about building Character, what I believe we are referring […]

10 things I wish I knew before becoming a Dad

10 things I wish I knew before becoming a Dad

If you go by the idea that 10,000 hours of practice makes you an expert, then my wife and I qualify as child rearing experts, right?       Wrong.  Maybe it would if kids did not change the rules every 24 hours. My wife and […]

Where have all the ‘Manly Clothes’ gone?

Where have all the ‘Manly Clothes’ gone?

Let’s talk about something controversial today  What is up with male fashion?  Before I go too far I have to make a disclosure, If you peruse through my wardrobe you would undoubtedly say, “this man is not allowed to have an opinion on the subject […]

How to get what you want when you have nothing to trade

How to get what you want when you have nothing to trade

Who is the greatest negotiator in the world?   Perhaps top on a list might be one of the richest men in America, Microsoft’s, Bill Gates or perhaps Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, a man whose company posts minimal annual profits but boasts  something like 30 billion […]

The One Weird Trick to Getting In Shape

The One Weird Trick to Getting In Shape

There are a vast number of websites, trainers, well intention-ed friends and relatives that have an opinion on the one surefire of getting in shape. We have all been there. One friend says you should do cross-fit because everything else fails. Another claims cross fit blows […]

How to make a sock doll without sewing

How to make a sock doll without sewing

My kids love these sock dolls!   I’m so glad they do too…. they’re super easy to make and cheap! There’s absolutely no sewing required when making this doll.  Isn’t that awesome?!   I have my own little Monastery sitting on my kids’ mantle. Let’s […]

How to make a sock doll baby

How to make a sock doll baby

This sock doll is so easy and so fun to make!  No sewing at all…just rubberbands!  Awesome, right?!  It’s also very inexpensive and super cute!  Most people already have a lot of the materials hanging around the house. They make great gifts too!  My kids […]