Man’s Best: A Requiem for My Dog

My beloved dog, Zoe, of 14.8 years died on July 2nd of this year. Since then, I’ve been trying in vain to swallow the jagged pill of her loss. Something embedded in my psyche, maybe some twisted cultural norm, keeps saying, “She was just a dog; you’ll get over it.” Something deeper, though, maybe my…

I Won’t Yell at Referees Anymore, Thanks to this Facebook Page

New Facebook page raises awareness of parents who act like fools at youth sporting events, and deservedly so When I was a teenager, I experienced a rather embarrassing moment at a University of Nevada baseball game. The umpire made a call that everyone in the seats behind home plate disagreed with, including me. “YOU GOTTA…

American Traffic

My First Trip to Thailand “Girls?! Girls?!” That was the first thing the Thai street vendor said to me when I stepped off the brow of the USS George Washington. It was the summer of 2011, and we has just pulled into port in Pattaya Beach, Thailand. I was more than excited to finally touch…

The Modern Male Ethos: Improving the Merits of a Man’s Principles

In embarking upon the journey of discussing and hopefully improving the modern male ethos, I’ve offered my thoughts about “Improving the Merits of the Mind” and “Improving the Merits of the Heart”— two worthy endeavors for men and women alike. This article is to be my final installment in my three-part mini-series on male improvement….

The Modern Male Ethos: Improving the Merits of the Heart

I had previously written about the frail condition of many modern men. Sexual misconduct, emotional weakness, and intellectual self-destruction have become the unfavorable hallmarks of a skewed male ethos. To recalibrate our slumping social position, I’ve set out to offer some notes on and examples from men of character and of history to increase our…