HeArt – Art Patterson’s Story
Oct26

HeArt – Art Patterson’s Story

by Art Patterson, In 1973, I received a tragic phone-call. Tommy, my friend and former classmate, had passed away. Tommy was older than me and graduated from our school in the late 60s. Wheelchairs had not been invented yet and Tommy, who struggled with severe cerebral palsy, spent the entirety of his life in a cart. From what I remember, the cart was like a plain, four-legged wooden chair with two wheels on the back and a seatbelt....

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Twenty-Seven Shovels
Sep08

Twenty-Seven Shovels

by Randall Rogers, Reprinted with Permission A few years ago, in 2009, I moved in with the man who raised me. It was the house I grew up in and our experience of a father/son relationship had often been strained and challenging. For me, moving in with him in the throes of my impending divorce and his deepening Cancer and Alzheimers, was both a blessing and a profound challenge. Richard was a carpenter of brilliant and impeccable...

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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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