The Price of a Cubicle
Feb13

The Price of a Cubicle

from the Lair of the Wild Man Some years ago now, I danced with a bawdy band of bough-brandishing brigands. We performed under the name General Hardware and danced Border Morris, an ancient English/Welsh men’s folk dance with sticks. There was a particular event that opened my eyes and this is that story. It comes back to me whenever men wonder about the nature of the Wild Man. The evening was a cold one in early November and we...

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Symbols of Transformation – Talisman
Jan03

Symbols of Transformation – Talisman

by Randy Marks Nine years ago, I joined the Mankind Project (MKP.org) after completing the New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA).  The Project changes the world by helping men heal and serve others, including their families, friends, and all humanity. The Talisman I received at that NWTA is probably my most valued possession.  It originally was just a red pouch on a leather cord.  Over the years, I added a lot of beads and other...

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The tie that binds
Dec02

The tie that binds

By Tim O’Connor  As a server at a restaurant, my son Corey wears a tie. As a dutiful father, I’ve always provided him with the Dad-Assist Tie. That’s where I tie the tie as if I’m going to wear it, but slip it over my head and give it to him. But the time comes when a 20-year-old son must buy his father a beer in a bar. No wait… the time comes in a young man’s life when he must learn to tie his own damn tie. Recently...

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The Butterfly King – Edmond Manning on Writing and Daring
Oct05

The Butterfly King – Edmond Manning on Writing and Daring

by Edmond Manning By what right does a white man tell the story of a black man? Describe that man’s struggles, the lifelong challenges he faces, the hardships of living in a white-centric culture? I have asked myself this question many times. In September, the third book in my ‘Lost and Found Kings’ series, The Butterfly King was published. The premise is the same in each book: a gay, Midwestern car mechanic invites another man to...

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Wake up call
Mar23

Wake up call

by Gonzalo Salinas Every morning after my run on the beach and my morning rituals, as I drive to work, I see the kids from the South Beach Elementary crossing the street, I see the cuban windows full of people buying their morning cafe cubano, I see the many yoga fans carrying their mat to their morning practice and I see the magic atmosphere of the beach waking up and starting the day. I cross the MacArthur causeway admiring the...

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McDonald’s Drive-Thru, 8:23am
Jan28

McDonald’s Drive-Thru, 8:23am

by Wentworth Miller McDonald’s Williams, California December 23, 2013 8:32 AM (approx.) I pull into the drive-thru, empty except for the giant white Suburban ahead of me, coming abreast of the callbox, like a yacht docking. When the window rolls down I can see the driver in his side mirror. Male, bald, mid 30s. The intercom crackles as a McDonald’s employee pitches whatever it is he/she’s been ordered to pitch at the...

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