Proud Fierce Papa Bear – Bill Konigsberg on Standing Up for LGBT Youth
Nov20

Proud Fierce Papa Bear – Bill Konigsberg on Standing Up for LGBT Youth

by Boysen Hodgson Shared with permission from Bill Konigsberg. Bill Konigsberg has long been a man with a fierce purpose for his life. He’s an award winning Young Adult (YA) fiction author who writes poignant, powerful, and hopeful stories about LGBTQ youth. “Out of the Pocket,” “Openly Straight,” “Honestly Ben,” “The Porcupine of Truth,” and his latest, “The Music of What...

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12 Rules for Being a Great Man Part 2
Nov14

12 Rules for Being a Great Man Part 2

12 Rules for Being a Great Man: How to Be Wildly Successful at the Game of Life Part 2 by Jed Diamond, reprinted with permission. This is a longer article than most I write, but one that I believe is very important in today’s world. If we only read the headlines in the news, we might conclude that men are failing at life. This is the time to embrace our greatness. If you haven’t already, I suggest you read Part 1 first. Rule #7:...

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12 Rules for Being a Great Man Part 1
Nov14

12 Rules for Being a Great Man Part 1

12 Rules for Being a Great Man Part 1: How to Be Wildly Successful at the Game of Life by Jed Diamond, reprinted with permission. also see Part 2 I’ve always liked rules and I know I’m not alone. Social scientist Joyce F. Benenson says “Boys have an incredible reverence for rules. From early childhood, boys begin to generate rules, to negotiate changes in rules, and to argue over broken rules and appropriate penalties.” She goes on to...

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Encounters with Shakespeare
Oct26

Encounters with Shakespeare

by Rob Peck When the last bell rang at 2:55 pm, three years after I’d left I returned to Tenafly High. The hallways of my old high school hadn’t changed. Hopefully homeroom assignments hadn’t either. Just before 3 o’clock I slipped into Room 212. Frank Spada (my 11th grade English Teacher) sat at his desk, head down, right hand gliding a ballpoint pen across a page. I stood motionless, my mind replaying the...

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Considering the Autumn – an Elder Journey
Oct15

Considering the Autumn – an Elder Journey

by Terry Jones In considering the stages of my life I often think about the seasons. Spring was about birth. Summer was a time of blossoming, growing up. Autumn is a time of harvest. Autumn asks that we harvest our long life experience—that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go… And Winter is about completion.   DH Lawrence saw this darkly.   “Now it is autumn and the falling fruit...

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Elderhood & the Elder Journey Video Series
Sep13

Elderhood & the Elder Journey Video Series

The Path of the Elder and the Elderhood Video Series By Terry Jones, eagle grounded by dog There is a stage of life beyond adulthood.  The older men of MKP call it elderhood. Before the Industrial Era older people who were still on the land, accessible to the family and the community often acted as sources of wisdom, celebrants and mentors. They resided at the center of the village until they died ready to support the young in their...

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