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Men and Gear

Gear

We love to buy stuff in America. For most men, that gets translated into gear. It’s a simple fact, and I’m convinced it is hard-wired into our brains. Technology, guns, car stereos, outdoor products, clothes; we love that stuff. I love good gear, quality products, and thoughtful design. And …

Repainting the Boat

boat

Not too long ago, back when my wife and I lived in Massachusetts, we decided to take a sunset drive from Salem to Gloucester, Massachusetts. We had traveled this road many times before—a beautiful, twisting-and-turning road that hugged the rocky …

Men and Competition

competition

We are a very competitive nation; from our sports, to our business, to our hunting activities, and even our politics, we compete in many facets. We find ways of measuring everything from the size of car engines to deer racks.

10 life lessons on Summer Adventure with your Kids

Summer

The Summer brings about all kinds of opportunities for quality family time with your kids. While you often can hear about mothers dealing with challenges of the extra free time kids seem to have on their hands, it’s time …

Honoring Your Father & Mother Isn’t Just for Kids

honoring

I spoke with a friend a few months ago over a beer, and he was talking about health issues his parents were having.  His mom has been battling cancer since her early 70’s, and his …

Brothers and Envy

envy

I long for deeper and closer friendships in my life, and I have been grateful for the men who have come into my world. But, often the same men I would want as a closer brother, I can struggle …