5 Guys Talking About Manhood

I’m very excited and honored to have been the first guest invited to be part of the Good Men Project Google Hangout on April 11, 2013!

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The five man video chat covered topics ranging from men and relationships, to mission and life purpose, to the differences between the first and second half of a man’s life. Please watch/listen to the Good Men Project Hangout and share your thoughts with me about it. I guarantee it will be stimulating!

Don’t Wait For The New Year, Start Now!

changeDon’t Wait For The New Year, Start Now!

Most of us wait until the “New Year” to reassess our lives and state new plans, intentions and “resolutions” for our lives. Yes, it’s a time when there is general consensus that this is a good thing to do, yet why wait?

If you want to create change in your life, why wait? NOW is the only time that you can make change, whether that NOW happens to occur today, tomorrow or on the first of January. The only thing that creates change is creating change: in the mind, the heart, the body. It starts with intention and completes with follow through. And it begins NOW!

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Is The “New Macho” A Good Model For Healthy Masculinity?

new machoIs The “New Macho” A Good Model For Healthy Masculinity?

As I’ve said in previous posts (Mankind Project, Men’s Work), I’m a big fan of the Mankind Project (MKP).  MKP has shared a great piece offering a great working definition of the “New Macho” as a model for the “New Masculinity”.

It is a wonderful launching point for discussions about what makes for healthy masculinity and what qualities we want to embody and express.  I’m presenting it to you below and hope that it will inspire you and that you will share it with your friends, family and tribe.

The New Macho

He cleans up after himself.
He cleans up the planet.
He is a role model for young men.
He is rigorously honest and fiercely optimistic.

He holds himself accountable.
He knows what he feels.
He knows how to cry and he lets it go.
He knows how to [Read more…]

My Daughter Is Leaving Home & Joining The Air Force & I’m An Empty Nester

The Good Old Days

The Good Old Days

My Daughter Is Leaving Home & Joining The Air Force & I’m An Empty Nester!

My daughter, Alana, turned eighteen earlier this month and four days later I watched her be sworn into the Air Force and get on a plane for Air Force Boot Camp in Lackland, Texas

They say it’s harder for mothers than for fathers to deal with a child leaving home and becoming an empty nester.  I’m not sure that I agree.  While my ex-wife has probably shed more tears than I have, the bond between father and daughter is a very special, very deep one.  And I’ve had my share of tears as well.

She’s my baby and always will be.  I can still remember cutting the cord on the day she was born.  Actually I remember having to cut it TWICE because the thing was so tough!  And my daughter is tough, so I’m really not worried about her being okay in Air Force Boot Camp or in the world.

She’s sweet, kind, friendly, smart, beautiful (it’s all true, not a father’s bias, I swear) and TOUGH.  It was HER decision to join the Air Force, but more [Read more…]

Do Entrepreneurs Have A Higher Divorce Rate?

entrepreneur divorce rateIs the entrepreneur divorce rate higher compared to the rest of the population?

To tell you the truth, I really don’t know AND I don’t believe that divorce statistics are compiled according to profession. However, since Inc. Magazine did publish an article on Why So Many Entrepreneurs Get Divorced I felt that this was an issue I should examine.

It is especially relevant to the “Men After Fifty” population that reads my articles, as a much higher percent of my readers are entrepreneurs and I network with many of them. Before I give you my own thoughts about entrepreneur divorce, let me summarize the Inc. article.

Basically, it states that the entrepreneur personality is one of [Read more…]

What Does It Mean To Be A Man After Fifty?

I can only answer this question, “what does it mean to be a man after fifty?” from my own experience and ask that YOU will all comment and share YOUR answers as well. I hope to create a dialogue which will help me expand this “Men After Fifty” Community and Website in directions that will serve men and their loved ones.

As of the time of writing this article, I’m in my early fifties and I’ve really been contemplating what that means to me.  Although much of the time I still feel like I’m twenty-five, I also must admit that I’m “over the hump” and most likely have less time left on the planet than I’ve already lived.

To be honest, [Read more…]