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Recent Articles of Manly Importance

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

Posted in - Character & Friendship & Patriotism & Virtues
on March 3rd 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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The Importance of Names

Posted in - Character & Favorite & Virtues
on February 7th 2014

“From our ancestors come our names, but from our virtues our honors.” – Proverb

From the earliest written history of man we see names being of paramount importance. Naming seems to be integrated with our very humanity. Perhaps it’s our need to define our world, but I feel it carries …

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The Love of Wood

Posted in - Character & Survival
on January 22nd 2014

It seems that wood and manliness have always gone together. (OK, get your laughs out…better?) Seriously though, there seems to be a draw to wood and trees like no other object I can think of. Sure, iron and stone have their place, but they are not organic. They don’t grow and have a history, a story, in the same way …

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  • “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.”

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

    George Washington
  • “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

    Edmund Burke

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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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