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May 1, 2014

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Review

Walter Mitty isn’t a manly man. He works in the basement of Life Magazine’s corporate office, processing film negatives in what appears to be a massive, windowless, and well-organized darkroom. If we didn’t have the ability to experience his fantasy filled “zoning out” spells along with him, he would seem to be a ...

Apr 21, 2014

When Men Stand Together

I once regarded the story I am about to share as one of embarrassment. Though, over the years, as I have reflected on it and drawn a particular lesson from it, it has become one of my most cherished memories. After a few weeks in Naval boot camp we had a pretty ...

Apr 19, 2014

Fireside Topic: Do you celebrate Easter out of tradition or conviction?

“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, ...

Apr 4, 2014

Frugality: The Lost Virtue

Frugality doesn’t just deal with money, though that is how we typically think of it. It is a virtue that sees wisdom in contentment, quality, and ingenuity. And, it’s a virtue that we desperately need in the modern age. Here is how frugality has evolved and how you can be frugal today.

Mar 14, 2014

How to Have the Luck O’ the Irish

In some respects the Irish are not the luckiest of people. However, they have also made it through. Following Seneca’s popular phrase, that luck is when opportunity meets preparedness, I would say the Irish have been very lucky. Here's how to have some o' that luck.

Mar 3, 2014

Honor and Hubris: Lessons from the Life and Death of Stephen Decatur

The year is 1804. President Thomas Jefferson’s decision to wage war against the North African Muslim Berber states, known collectively as the Barbary States, could not have gotten off to a worse start. For years the Barbary Pirates raided American trading vessels to Europe, all the while America paid millions to the rulers of ...

Feb 17, 2014

Manly Quotes from President James A. Garfield

The year is 1881. The civil war has ended, but those fortunate enough to have lived through the battle still carry the scars, quite literally the lead and shrapnel, and families still mourn their losses on both sides. Lincoln has been assassinated, slavery abolished, and three presidents have since carried the weight of a ...

Feb 7, 2014

The Importance of Names

Naming seems to be integrated with our very humanity. Perhaps it’s our need to define our world, but I feel it carries a deeper significance than that. This week we discuss names and the importance they carry.

Jan 7, 2014

Mastering Your Mood

Here is a truth that can be hard to swallow: Circumstances do not dictate our mood. How can they? Our mood is in our mind. We own it. This can be difficult knowledge to work with, but I have for you some advice for mastering your mood based on quotes from some very manly sources.

Dec 23, 2013

How to Be a Man of Conviction like Phil Robertson – Part 2

Part 1 of our series on being a man of conviction like Phil Robertson focused on using logic and reason as foundations for your belief. Part 2 focuses on logical fallacies and testing your beliefs.

Dec 22, 2013

How to Be a Man of Conviction like Phil Robertson – Part 1

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family and founder of Duck Commander, has quite a story to tell regarding his conversion from his sex, drugs, and rock and roll loving earlier years to the family loving, virtuous man he is today. Here is how to be a man of unwavering conviction like Phil.

Oct 18, 2013

Fear, Courage, and Love: What Stoicism Got Wrong

For the longest time I assumed fear’s natural enemy to be courage, as if courage was the antonym for fear. I believe this comes from a stoic worldview that I and many men lean towards. But stoicism only goes so far, and gets some critical things wrong.
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