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Mar 2, 2015

The American Rustics

As I believe I have mentioned before, I am working on a book on various men of history titled something along the lines of “# Men of History: And the Character Every Man Should Cultivate.” The # will be the actual number of men in the book (originally it was going to be ...

Dec 30, 2014

Creating a Yearly Retrospective with Start. Stop. Keep.

New Year’s resolutions are sooo last year! Really, creating resolutions, and inevitably breaking them, has become so cliché that it’s not even worth writing an article about. However, there is something to be gained by looking back on the last year and forward to the new year and thinking about how you have grown ...

Dec 23, 2014

Good Will Towards Men and the Lessening of Christmas

“When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?” – G.K. Chesterton, Christian Author and Apologist, 1874-1936 I believe everyone is familiar with this Christmas saying, whether or not they ...

Dec 8, 2014

The History of Flannel (and Why Men Love It!)

“Man at his birth is content with a little milk and a piece of flannel; so we begin, then presently find kingdoms not enough for us.” – Seneca, Roman Philosopher, 4 BC-65 AD There may be no apparel which so closely relates to manliness as flannel. A man clad in that thick ...

Oct 30, 2014

The Mind of a Man: Compartmentalization

While there are exceptions, it is pretty well-known that the male brain processes and prioritizes information differently than the female. Here is how compartmentalization works and how it affects the mind of a man.

Aug 29, 2014

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

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 ...

Aug 20, 2014

How to Iron Your Shirts and Pants

Before the military I assumed that ironing was “woman’s work” as it was always the women in the family that did that particular job. Unfortunately they don’t issue mothers and grandmothers in the Navy so I had to pick up this skill pretty quickly. Here is what I learned about how to iron your own shirts and pants.

Jul 28, 2014

Walking a Mile in a Soldier’s Boots: A Brief History of the Trench Boots of WWI

Whenever I read about history books about WWI, I am always confronted with the brief realization that I know very little of the war itself. When I really began to get perspective, I can just start to imagine how it might feel walking a mile in a soldier's (trench) boots.

Jul 14, 2014

How to Cook Bacon…Shirtless

“Bacon’s not the only thing that’s cured by hanging from a string.” – Hugh Kingsmill, English Writer, 1889 – 1949 The other day a young, up-and-coming man asked me for the answer to one of life’s great mysteries: How does one cook bacon without a shirt? For anonymity sake we’ll ...

Jul 10, 2014

21 Uses for a Bandana (or should we say MANdana?)

Other than, say, a knife, there is likely no tool which folds so easily and is as versatile as a bandana. In fact, we should call it a MANdana because every man should carry one. Here are 21 uses for a bandana (or MANdana) you may not have considered before.

Jun 25, 2014

Learn Something About Yourself

I have found that I am learning something about myself that wasn’t as in-my-face obvious when working out on my own. This is because I was able to get involved with a fitness group called F3. This week, I discuss how sometimes you are best able to learn something about yourself when you are not at all alone.

Apr 24, 2014

The American Axe

Regardless of whether you are getting an axe for splitting the occasional firewood, or if you are a serious Jack Pine Savage, it is a manly trait to know this time-honored tool. Here is a brief history of the American axe.
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