Brothers Just Wanna Have Fun…

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” – Proverb “Brothers don’t shake hands, brothers gotta hug!” – Chris Farley in Tommy Boy Although we’ve already discussed the importance of battling beside each other, and challenging and encouraging each other, another important facet of brotherhood is the ability to let our hair down* […]

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Fun Friday: 25 September

I realize that I didn’t post the next installment of my series on Brotherhood–it’s been a busy week–but I will get back to it next week, I promise. In the meantime, you could always just share the first two posts to your social media friends… The Bond of Blood: Brotherhood and Strength and Challenge. Anyway, […]


Fun Friday: 18 September 2015

Well, after about 3 years, here is an installment of Fun Friday. Most of my posts around here are pretty serious, if not downright intense, so just to show I am not a robot, I will try and spice life up with some more light-hearted fare. Here is a link to the last Fun Friday […]

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Brotherhood: Strength and Challenge

A couple of weekends ago, I was able to go on my own “men’s” weekend. It was made up of myself, Tim Miles, my friend and partner in Global Adventure, his son Ben who is also a volunteer leader with the charity, and our friend Phil. We planned to wild camp, do some climbing and […]


The Bond of Blood: Brotherhood

I’m using this post to kick off a series on Brotherhood. It’s one of those words which is becoming clichéd, so I want to try and describe what I mean when I use it here on this site. I think creating meaningful relationships with men is a lost art but a vital concept for men […]


The Proper Function of Man

I’d rather be ashes than dust! I’d rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I’d rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to […]

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Communication: Are We Forgetting The Basics?

Whether it’s written, spoken, or a multi-media extravaganza, we all must improve the way we are communicating. Of course, we know how to communicate, we do it all day long… but are we effective communicators? Many times, I think we forget the basics of communication.

Crossing Your No Man's Land

Crossing Your No-Mans-Land

I can feel the compression of my vertebre under the weight of body armor, gear, radios, ammo, and water. About 40 pounds, I think–but this is a short patrol and we aren’t taking packs, so at least that’s a bonus…


Go as a pilgrim

I think this may be my new mantra. It really does touch on some serious topics that I’ve been searching on… Risk. Doing Hard Things. Comraderie. Go as a pilgrim and seek out danger far from the comfort and the well lit avenues of life. Pit your every soul against the unknown and seek stimulation […]