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‘An Axe to Grind’: 10 Idioms and their Manly Origins
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‘An Axe to Grind’: 10 Idioms and their Manly Origins

by Mike Yarbrough March 31, 2014

If you have ever tried to learn a foreign language or have talked to someone who has had to learn English, you are reminded of how much figurative speech makes up a language. 'An Axe to Grind' can mean completely different things depending on the context. Here are 10 idioms you might recognize and their manly origins.

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

by Mike Yarbrough March 26, 2014

Fatherhood is not a passive event where you simply make sure the kids stay alive for 18 years and then you’re in the clear. As a father, you teach, lead, guide, and do all of these things through example first, and words second. In this, what do you want to do well? Let's consider it in this week's Fireside Topic.

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Getting to Know Your Grandpa’s Pocket Knife
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Getting to Know Your Grandpa’s Pocket Knife

by Mike Yarbrough March 24, 2014

This article inspired a book! A few years after writing this article, a publisher reached out to me and asked for a book on the subject of pocket knives. I’m happy to announce it’s published and available for purchase at our store!

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Fireside Topic: What hobby would you like to pursue?
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Fireside Topic: What hobby would you like to pursue?

by Mike Yarbrough March 19, 2014

Many of us have  hobbies  we like and wish we had time and money for and usually lay them down for a period of life to pursue other things. Or, maybe you have one you would never give up. It’s a great topic of conversation. In this week's Fireside Topic, we consider what type of hobby you should pursue.

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How to Have the Luck O’ the Irish
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How to Have the Luck O’ the Irish

by Mike Yarbrough March 14, 2014

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.

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Fireside Topic: What is the proper role of government?
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Fireside Topic: What is the proper role of government?

by Mike Yarbrough March 05, 2014

The spirit of a man is once of independence. However, we (the U.S. and abroad) find ourselves monitored and regulated to a degree that seems to go against our independent nature. In this week's Fireside Topic we consider what the proper role of government is in light of these ideas.

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

by Mike Yarbrough March 03, 2014

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 ...

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Fireside Topic: What is your 5-10 year plan?
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Fireside Topic: What is your 5-10 year plan?

by Mike Yarbrough February 26, 2014

While this question is poised by management so often it has become almost cliché, it is still a necessary question to ask. Having a goal beyond just career advancement is important, regardless of what it is. In this Fireside Topic, we consider ideas to include in your 5-10 year plan.

 

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Fireside Topic: How do you handle arguments with your spouse?
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Fireside Topic: How do you handle arguments with your spouse?

by Mike Yarbrough February 19, 2014

If you have been married for any length of time you are likely very familiar with how easily arguments can spring up. Learning how to handle them will not only help your relationship with your spouse, but also friendships and co-workers. Consider what to do in a fight with this week's Fireside Topic.

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Manly Quotes from President James A. Garfield
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Manly Quotes from President James A. Garfield

by Mike Yarbrough February 17, 2014

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 ...

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How to Make Blue Corn Ash Pone
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How to Make Blue Corn Ash Pone

by Mike Yarbrough February 12, 2014

Ash pone is corn pone cooked in the coals of a hearth or other open fire. The ashes get on the pone and it is just dusted off before eating. Traditionally white corn was used because that is what they had, but I really like the taste of blue corn and decided to use that instead. Here's how to make your own.

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The Importance of Names
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The Importance of Names

by Mike Yarbrough February 07, 2014

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.

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