You know what assuming does…

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As I was finishing up a run in the forest preserve yesterday I noticed an older woman walking with 2 plastic bags towards the woods.  Wait, is that my neighbor from across the street?  She was a ways away from me but it sure looked like her.  And, what is she doing with those bags?  Hmm, that’s odd.  I put it out of my mind …

Am I going to start crying?

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Last night I was sitting alone on my back deck on a beautiful summer night and was a little beat down from a long week.  I listened to some soft music (Natalie Merchant) and just sat there.  I began thinking about my mom who died in front of me in a hospital room almost six years ago.  I began feeling …

Just Sitting

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I am 57 years old. Let’s say for the simplicity of round numbers, adulthood starts at 17. Therefore, I have been an “adult” for 40 years (damn!). For the first 30 of those adult years, I was a workaholic, mostly overweight, impatient, and selfish. My favorite hobby was drinking.  Then, yoga. This post isn’t meant to be some over the …

Beauty or Utility?

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After I’m done with the workday, I generally go out for a stroll through the neighborhood to unwind, get some fresh air and move my bones.   One of the things I enjoy doing on these walks is to check out how people choose to care for their homes and yards.  How they like to landscape, what flowers they plant, how meticulously …

Honest Human Relationships

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About 3 or 4 years ago, I attended my first MenLiving meeting. Today, I am MenLiving’s Board President and a very involved day to day volunteer. But, honestly, I’m still not particularly comfortable with the concepts of traditional “men’s work,” and topics like male archetypes and exploring what happened to me when I was 5. So, here is why I …

Everything is Possible

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I’m lying in bed at 4 o’clock am thinking of how things could have gone better in our Sales and Customer Service Coordination meeting today – that’s never a good thing…OR, could it be?  I’m reminded of what this meeting is intended for (something many of us, myself included, often forget or never really give a thought to in the first …

Cry, of course!

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This past Saturday, to open up our Board of Directors’ meeting for MenLiving, we checked-in with naming a man or men that inspire us or is part of the “why” we do this work.  It happened to be a rather impromptu suggestion that came to me in the moment but wasn’t altogether different than other ways we’ve started similar meetings.  However, this …

Artistry and Play

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Do you consider yourself an artist?   What is the first type of art that you hold yourself up against when trying to answer that question?  Or, did you immediately answer “no”?  If I weren’t asking the questions here, I would have probably answered no as well.  My mind jumps immediately to painting, photography, music or some other obvious form.  All of which I have a …

Dog Paddling

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Last week, I was hanging by the pool with my wife and 26 year old daughter when my daughter suggested we have a doggy paddle “competition.” I was reading a book at the time so wasn’t particularly interested. They weren’t going to let me bring them down so they jumped in and started paddling. After a little bit more coaxing, …

The Qualities of a Gentleman

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I wanted to share a blog post I wrote over 9 years ago. The point was and is not political. The point was and is aspirational. On February 15th, President Obama honored 15 individuals at the annual Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony. The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the U.S. It recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the …