Fireside Topic: What is your greatest Halloween costume?

by Michael Yarbrough October 31, 2014

Me as a Werewolf

For this Fireside Topic we are going to need some pictures! Post them on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments section below. Use the hashtag #greatesthalloweencostume and include @_WolfAndIron or tag us in Facebook.

Some may be cute, some may be awful, some may be hideous…All will be ...

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Fireside Topic: What are the manly qualities that make a good president?

by Michael Yarbrough October 22, 2014

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” – President Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004

Election season is upon us, and while it isn’t a presidential year, it’s still a good idea to begin thinking about the qualities and characteristics for the next president. If you aren’t an American, this ...

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Fireside Topic: How do you handle hair loss (going bald)?

by Michael Yarbrough October 01, 2014


It happened several years ago. After getting a haircut, the first in quite a while, I noticed something looked different. Had she taken off too much? No. My hair was thinning.

I always had a full, thick set of hair and never considered it might thin out, at least not at such a ...

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Fireside Topic: How does your ancestry affect your view of yourself?

by Michael Yarbrough September 23, 2014


I must have been about 10 years old, visiting my dad’s side of the family. My cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents were all gathered in the living room as the news came on. The TV was always on in the house and we weren’t paying any particular attention to it when the reporter ...

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Fireside Topic: As a husband, what do you want to do well?

by Michael Yarbrough September 03, 2014


“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.” – Martin Luther, Leader of the Protestant Reformation, 1483-1546

Hopefully, men, you have figured out that we are not perfect when we get married. No, the laws of nature do ...

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Fireside Topic: What lesson do you wish you had learned before leaving home?

by Michael Yarbrough August 29, 2014


There have been several occasions in my adult life where I have thought, “I could have saved myself a lot of trouble if I had learned this before I became an adult.” Sometimes it is related to an everyday thing like being an early riser or following a budget. Other times it is ...

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Fireside Topic: In what area of life are you #winning right now?

by Michael Yarbrough August 20, 2014

Boston Runner Crossing Finish Line_Fotor

It occurred to me that I spend a lot of time on Wolf & Iron thinking and writing about ways we men can improve ourselves. We also need to take time to think on the areas in life we are doing well and are going well, the areas that we are absolutely winning. ...

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Fireside Topic: What bands had the most influence on you?

by Michael Yarbrough August 12, 2014


My youngest son, Liam (12), is starting School of Rock this week. (Yes it’s a real thing and pretty awesome! Check it out.) While he hasn’t had much exposure to classic rock — not that I haven’t tried — he has a deep interest in music and some budding ...

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Fireside Topic: What is your favorite cut of steak?

by Michael Yarbrough August 06, 2014

Beef Cuts

“I call this the Turf n’ Turf. It’s a 16 oz T-bone and a 24 oz Porterhouse.” – Ron Swanson

Steak, it’s what’s for dinner, right? It should be if you like the testosterone boosting properties of red meat. Every guy has a cut of steak he prefers — or at ...

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Fireside Topic: If you could only have one rifle caliber, what would it be?

by Michael Yarbrough July 30, 2014

Vintage Winchester Rifle Print

Choose your scenario: End of Civilized Society or Super Strict Gun Laws. You have to choose one rifle caliber to see you and yours through the tough times ahead. What’s it going to be? The easily carried and plentiful .22? The battle ready 7.62×39? The hunter’s go-to choice of 30.06? A hard-hitting .308? Maybe ...

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Fireside Topic: How do you handle getting sick?

by Michael Yarbrough July 24, 2014

Vintage Pepto Bismol Ad

I rarely get sick but have been bit with something now for about a week and a half. The first few days are alright, slowing down my pace for a while can be rejuvenating in a sense, but I am pretty much ready for this thing to be gone at this point. All ...

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Fireside Topic: What is a good age to get married?

by Michael Yarbrough July 16, 2014

Father of the bride

I got married when I was just over 18 years old and let me tell you, it was a hard road for many years. Getting married young certainly has its benefits, but it also comes with its challenges. Perhaps this is what worries me when I see teens (or close to) planning their ...

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