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Deer Hunting, Peter the Apostle…Get out of the Boat

Well in Texas the temps are headed down. We should not crack 100 all next week. It may come back but I think for the most part, summer is on the down side. Even with the 100 plus temps outside in the last few...

Stephen and the heart of everyman

Men need to be empowered. I always longed for something I felt was mine. Not a possession but a mission, a job, a task. As a young man I worked on construction sites. The lead carpenters were men I grew to respect. Not having...

The Weekend Alone

As the weekend comes many of us feel a sense of relief. Maybe there is a sense of excitement for the plans you have for Saturday and Sunday. Summer is still with us and there may be a few days planned away from the...

Teaching Men to Pick A Fight

When I was sitting on a plane one morning recently, making small talk with the young guy next to me, I was taken aback by one of his comments. He began his interest in who I was with, “So are you retired.” He never...

Tears of a Man

“Son I am so proud of you. Great job today. You did so good,” said a father to his son. For a man, for a boy, those are the words we long for. It doesn’t matter how tough you are, how disconnected or close...

Just Say No, to Pot

“Just Say No” was an advertising campaign, part of the U.S. “War on Drugs”, prevalent during the 1980s and early 1990s, to discourage children from engaging in illegal recreational drug use by offering various ways of saying no. The slogan was created and championed by First Lady Nancy Reagan during her husband’s presidency. “Just Say...

Gear Head

When I was in the elementary grades at school my dad was around. I got to experience his hands working on things. Building things, fixing things, tinkering. I was also the beneficiary of his gift giving. Not only did we get Red Ryder BB...

You are Not Who Gillette Says You Are

The most recent attack on our boys is a commercial by Gillet razors. They claim you and your boys are by design brutal, mean, beast that need taming. They claim you, we, are raising our boys with toxic masculinity. It was last year the...

Christmas Was Everywhere, Well Everywhere Except…

The lights of Las Vegas were especially bright and colorful that week, it was Christmas. Everywhere you looked there were reminders that the season was upon us. I was happy to be there working and happy to see my dad. Dad left our family...

Life with Rounded Edges

I met Darius on a beautiful Saturday at the ballpark. I was sitting in the front seat of my truck pulled up to face the backstop. Ah yes, front row seat. I made sure I jumped out each time Taylor was on the field...
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