Is It Okay for Men to Cry?

The video below made the rounds a few weeks back. The reason is obvious once you watch it. The boy’s instructor does a great job of coaching the kid through his struggle, telling him that it’s okay to cry but that he must push through his feelings and persevere toward his goal. Part of the […]

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Why You Are So Insecure and What to Do About It

  It doesn’t take too long when you meet some people to know something is off. You just get a weird vibe. Maybe it’s the way they avoid eye contact. Maybe they smile too much. Maybe they just stand awkwardly. Whatever it is, they telegraph problems, and big ones too. Other people are better at […]

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The Red Pill Can Make You Sick

Sometimes, metaphors take on a life of their own. What begins as a handy means of describing some critical insight can grow into the center of a movement. What begins as shorthand for a set of truths intended to liberate can grow into shackles. This can even happen with the Red Pill.  The Red Pill, […]

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Nice Guys, Bad Girls and God: Some Thoughts on a Post by Mark Braivo

Women sometimes do terrible things, and Mark Braivo recently posted a story of one such feminine failing. In this post,  Mark tells the story of a young evangelical Christian couple. They are devoted to one another. Their love is real, or so it seems. Mark quotes Jake, the guy in the marriage, telling the story: […]

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Men Everywhere Have Been Trained to Lose

Not long ago, my wife and I took our daughters to see a performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Last week, we took them to see Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on stage. Though at first glance the Beast and Charlie Brown might not seem similar, they share a common disease, one that […]

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A Few Reflections on Rainbow Sparkle

About two years ago, our littlest one, Lucy, fell down hard. It was a hot day and we were all at the zoo, walking to see the parrots. We aren’t exactly sure what happened. We think she tripped over her own shoes, but anyway, she went down. She whacked her head on the pavement with […]

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Notes from a Yellow Belt: What I Have Learned from Studying the Martial Arts

  I wanted to start karate lessons at thirteen when I saw Ralph Macchio kick the bad guy in the face to win that tournament. I still remember the way Elisabeth Shue rushed out of the crowd to congratulate him. When I saw the Karate kid, I wanted to be the Karate kid. I did […]

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“Old-Fashioned Wisdom” Means Embracing The Real

THE MODERN BLINDNESS People in our day assume we are different from all those who came before. We’ve been taught to believe that we’ve progressed beyond the backward ways, prejudicial outlooks and silly superstitions of our ancestors. They have, many of us are convinced, nothing to say to us. Should we somehow travel back in […]

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Work with Your Hands, Whatever You Do

We think we have it easy. People in times past worked harder than we do, that’s for sure. Even simple tasks, like filling a bathtub with warm water or baking a loaf of bread, once required a great deal more labor than they do now. Now, of course, we just turn a lever, or press […]

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On Nostalgia: The Perils and Promise of Looking Back

I heard from a friend on Facebook the other day. Before long we were swapping memories, reminiscing about people we knew and experiences once shared. I could do that stuff for hours. The pleasure of looking backward is, for me, almost inexhaustible. Little tops the thrill of suddenly remembering some incident that had been covered […]

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