Everyone loves a great story, where the scrawny kid stands up to the bully and becomes a hero. Bas Rutten’s life is that story! You may know Bas as a UFC Champ or MMA Fighter, or perhaps as an actor alongside Kevin James (Here Comes the Boom, Kevin can …Read more »
“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” – Mahatma Gandhi
The A&E show Duck Dynasty follows a Louisiana family that started from very poor roots and became wealthy making duck calls, and even more so after the Duck Dynasty mania …Read more »
It seems that every generation likes to recount the good ol’ days, reminiscing about how things were harder (and that was better) or things were better made and people had more sense. I am inclined to believe that is generally the case, but things don’t always have to change for the worse. It is pretty …Read more »
“To be always ready a man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied” – Henri Frederic Amiel
So you packed up the family and went to your favorite Christmas tree farm or lot and picked out a beauty of an evergreen specimen. It being a family …Read more »
Growing up, my dad’s side of the family had a few Christmas traditions that were fun. Each year an adult would dress up like Santa and bring toys to the little ones. On both sides of the family we would typically open one present on Christmas Eve but later that became opening all presents on …Read more »
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, …Read more »
As I asked myself this question I realize there have been various role models in my life that have affected different aspects of my character. Often, a person of influence may not be all together worthy of imitation but some aspect of them stuck with me; their boldness, sureness, weirdness, voice, walk, etc. However, …Read more »
Dating is an interesting topic of discussion and is sometimes a point of contention between parents, especially when rules apply differently to sons than daughters. It is definitely something you need to think through, whether it is for your kids or yourself. Here are some additional questions to keep the conversation going.
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“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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Movember is a great excuse to write an article or two on the topic of health. Unfortunately it is also the start of the holidays so any thoughts on dieting will be wholly ignored (for good reason). Thankfully our diet is really a smaller part of our health than we are typically told. Most people who are …Read more »
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 …Read more »
A good friend of mine, who is of Scandinavian origin (or of that region) and whose older cousins were visiting and added to this story, brought over one of, if not the, manliest gifts I have ever received. They called it a Traveler’s Candle and is something of a tradition from the old country. Essentially, it …Read more »
It’s time to graduate from candy (that no one really wants anyhow) to manly things that may actually come in handy. Not that you need an excuse, but just in case, here are a few things that roughly relate to All Hallows Eve.
1. Jig Saw
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“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” – 1 John 4:18
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 world view that I and many men …Read more »
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), …Read more »
In the early 1900’s Frank Crane penned this “wanted ad” as a call to boys and parents on the type of boy society needed and this is certainly relevant today. If you know a boy like this be sure to encourage him and thank his parents. If you have a son be sure …Read more »
It’s mid-September and in North Carolina, like many states, that means that deer season either has started (for bow hunters) or will start soon (for rifles). I was raised around hunting and fortunately experienced the pride and excitement (along with many other emotions I’ll touch on later) that come from the hunt as …Read more »
Knot tying is a skillset that every man should possess but fewer and fewer of us do. In a day and age of bungees and tie down straps, ropework is less common. If you throw in the general white collar working conditions of our modern world it’s plain to see why this once necessary skill …Read more »
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”
“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”
Some years ago I overheard a friend mention the words "Wolf and Iron" in passing. At the time I didn't know that he was referring to a book or that I had even heard him correctly. However, the raw manliness of that phrase struck a chord in me. I thought, "Those words should be used to encourage men to be men." I was excited to discover the book of the same title by Gordon R. Dickson shared many of the values I desired to learn and teach to other men. It tells a story of a young man, uncertain of himself, softened by our modern world, who becomes a true man through the trials of a post apocalyptic society, the shepherding by stronger, wiser men, and the confidence that comes through tested self-reliance.
There is a growing resurgence of masculinity in America and abroad. Men are feeling the High Call on our lives but find very few authentic examples in the modern generations of men to which we can look to for guidance.
Wolf and Iron is to be a voice and a light to the way of Manliness.
- Mike Yarbrough
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