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How to Tie Down a Christmas Tree (Or Anything Else) to the Roof of Your Car
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How to Tie Down a Christmas Tree (Or Anything Else) to the Roof of Your Car

by Mike Yarbrough December 16, 2013

Whether it’s a Christmas tree or kayaks or anything else the principles are the same. No hauling problem is too big for a man who knows a bit of rope work. If you are wondering how to tie down a Christmas tree (or anything else) to the roof of your car, this is the tutorial for you.

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Christmas Traditions for the Family
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Christmas Traditions for the Family

by Mike Yarbrough December 13, 2013

I started my own family at age 18 and didn’t bring over any real holiday traditions. So, I love asking other families what they do and seeing if any of their traditions stick for us. Here are a few Christmas traditions you can use with your family.

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The Meaning of a Simple Life
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The Meaning of a Simple Life

by Mike Yarbrough December 12, 2013

A few days ago I emailed Ben Hewitt, commending him on his blog, which gives his readers insight into a man and his family that have chosen to give up many aspects of modern life and its ease for the rewards of living off the land. I stated that I too, like so many men, ...

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Fireside Topic: Who are your role models?
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Fireside Topic: Who are your role models?

by Mike Yarbrough December 11, 2013

In this week's Fireside Topic, we address who your role models are; you may know of a few people that have had definite influence in your life, but spend some time thinking about the small personality traits you think may be unique and evaluate where those originated.

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Fireside Topic: At what age should dating begin?
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Fireside Topic: At what age should dating begin?

by Mike Yarbrough December 03, 2013

Fireside Topic articles are interesting topics to get men talking. Find a few friends and throw a question out there (such as, "At what age should dating begin?") and see what develops.

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Fireside Discussions: Topics to Get Us Talking
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Fireside Discussions: Topics to Get Us Talking

by Mike Yarbrough November 27, 2013

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.” – Chauncey Depew

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How Emotions Affect a Man's Physical Health
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How Emotions Affect a Man's Physical Health

by Mike Yarbrough November 25, 2013

Science is showing that a man's emotional health has a big impact on his physical health. The link between the two is real. Unfortunately, many men are popping pills rather than taking a look at how they view the world.

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Captains of Industry: Bladesmith Steve Watkins of Ironman Forge
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Captains of Industry: Bladesmith Steve Watkins of Ironman Forge

by Mike Yarbrough November 18, 2013

Blacksmithing is notably one of the manliest trades still around. I happened across Steve Watkins in a local magazine, QC Exclusive, and was excited to hear that a skilled bladesmith was so nearby. I contacted Steve to see if I and a few others could come by his shop and see how ...

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How to Make a Traveler’s Candle (Swedish Log Candle)
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How to Make a Traveler’s Candle (Swedish Log Candle)

by Mike Yarbrough November 05, 2013

A good Scandinavian friend of mine (and their older cousins who were visiting and added to this story) brought over a gift for me called a Traveler’s Candle. Essentially, when lit, it burns from the inside producing a long lasting radiating heat, with a sturdy base and a convenient cook top. Here's how to make one.

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15 Manly Things to Purchase Using Halloween as an Excuse
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15 Manly Things to Purchase Using Halloween as an Excuse

by Mike Yarbrough October 24, 2013

It’s time to graduate from candy (that no one really wants anyhow) to manly things that may actually come in handy. Not that an excuse, but just in case, here are 15 manly things to purchase using Halloween your reason.

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Fear, Courage, and Love: What Stoicism Got Wrong
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Fear, Courage, and Love: What Stoicism Got Wrong

by Mike Yarbrough October 18, 2013

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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Captains of Industry (or Men of Business Who Did Something Besides Making Money)
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Captains of Industry (or Men of Business Who Did Something Besides Making Money)

by Mike Yarbrough October 07, 2013

In 1884, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, while prominent figures such as Andrew Carnegie, J.D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and a few other men whose achievements on such a massive scale had earned them their place in history (as well as still being household or at least familiar names to this day), ...

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