Last Week in Texas

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When I heard the news last week about the law that passed in Texas, I said to myself “That’s wrong and I wish that law didn’t pass.”  I then went on with the rest of my day without giving it much more thought. In other words, it really didn’t affect my day because it doesn’t affect me. But I slowly became more bothered that a group of …

Gazing

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I was zooming the other day and noticing, at a particular angle, an emerging turkey neck. This development fits nicely with no hair (except in my ears and nose!), muscle deterioration and crepey (more like creepy) skin. At 58, my physical appearance is on the downhill slide. Will Lisa still find me attractive?? Interestingly, a recent piece on Refinery29 boosted my spirits. …

Peach Pie Party

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As a student of Life and someone who’s passionate about learning how to more fully participate, engage and grow in my everyday existence, I have learned to seek out and “pool” my resources.  Teacher resources that is.  I lean on myself and my own inner wisdom plenty, and yet I’m aware of my current limitations and the expansive wisdom that is out …

Courage to Connect

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On Monday, I participated in a call with MenLiving member, Tony Schmidt, and Dr. Daniel Ellenberg. Dr. Ellenberg, is a psychotherapist, marriage and relationship therapist, author, and facilitator. He has been leading men’s groups for over 30 years and is the new sitting president of the American Psychological Association’s “Division 51: Society for the Psychological Study of Men & Masculinities.” We …

Initiations

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There are plenty of emotional moments in This is Us, one of the many reasons it’s my favorite show. But one scene in particular choked me up, when Randall, then a 9-year-old boy, was in his karate class with his father observing from the side. The karate instructor invited all the other fathers to surround Randall, and then invited his father Jack …

Speak to the hurt and locate it.

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My kids are going through a phase where they seem to want MOM all the time.  The fact is they don’t want her all of the time, but the percentage is pretty high and I did state it “seems” like all the time.  Like when the first words out of my son’s mouth when he sees me are “where’s Mommy?”.  Or, when my …

Man has intuition (An original poem by John Natoli)

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Man has intuition too,  We carry it boiling in our belly  A hot coal that won’t extinguish It bubbles over in rage or suspicion Its vapor clouds our vision Sizzling whispered lies of ineptitude, inadequacy  Sometimes, when we open our mouths We breathe fire It leaps to escape Becoming the lump in our throat And suddenly we are wordless Tears …

Sweatpants

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Dan Shea is a a dear friend of mine. I love him. Today, I am going to tell you a nice story about a good man doing a good thing. Maybe we all could do one good thing today, too.  My wife and I were at Cindy and Dan’s for dinner on Monday night. Cindy turns to Dan and says, …

Traffic

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I drove to Detroit yesterday to meet with some customers, and while on I94 East, I ran into a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam. Teeth clenched… Grrrrr.  Cue the inner dialogue: What’s going on up there?  Where are all these people going in their cars?  It’s the middle of the day and not rush hour.   I gave myself plenty of time, but there’s so …

An Interview with Andrew Reiner

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Andrew Reiner has been interested in challenging the tropes of modern day hypermasculinity since his teenage years. After becoming a father, the research he had been doing for years felt even more urgently needed. That, matched with the reception he got from a piece he wrote for the New York Times about the necessity of men learning to become capable of showing …