(for T.F.) These are the men who will bury him. The four men in this pleasant basement on a perfectly beautiful June day. They will rise from the comfortable circle they have formed and grab the gold handles of his casket, pick him up, carry him, lay him in the earth. He knows that. They all … [Read more...] about These Are the Men
The STANDcast is for men who give a damn about being better men, and features unscripted discussions & reflections on manhood, masculinity, fatherhood, marriage, and much more. In episode 13 of the STANDcast Dwayne Hayes, editor in chief of STAND magazine, is joined by Mitch Nobis and Jeff … [Read more...] about The STANDcast 13 — Talking About Men and the D-Word
A River Runs Through It, the 1992 film directed by Robert Redford, is based on the semi-autobiographical novella by Norman Maclean. This beautiful and haunting coming-of-age story about two brothers is set against the backdrop of early 20th-century Montana and the brothers’ love of fly fishing. The … [Read more...] about A Self-Portrait of Male Depression
Anyone who has even the slightest interest in popular culture is likely to be aware of the AMC Television program Mad Men that aired from 2007-2015. The main character of the Peabody, multiple award winning, critically acclaimed series was a conflicted, tormented, womanizing, chain smoking, … [Read more...] about Are You a Don Draper?
The path to a healthy lifestyle does not always form a straight line, but it’s a line nonetheless and completely up to us whether we choose to walk it or not. I wasn’t born into this belief. In fact, my path to discovering what constitutes a healthy lifestyle was anything but a straight … [Read more...] about Train for Life Instead of Six-Pack Abs
........ It’s time for a national movement against depictions endangering men and boys. ........ A 5-year-old sat in the back of the car, struggling to get his words out. “I can’t say it,” he told his dad. With gentle coaxing, he finally let it out -- through tears, slowly, and pausing after … [Read more...] about The Male Body Image Crisis
In one of my favorite photos of me as a toddler I’m sitting on a pony in some sort of cowboy get-up. I’m not holding a gun but it’s not difficult to imagine one there in the holster I’m wearing. It wouldn’t take long before much of my play involved guns and shooting. I had what seems to be a … [Read more...] about Men & Depression (and Why I’ll Never Own a Gun)