Being Sad and Owning It

We feel sad for a reason, why do we try and fight off the feeling when we could embrace the meaning?

Read the full article

The Legacy of Dad’s Minestrone Soup


With him forever, my dad’s minestrone soup holds the secrets to who he is. It is indelible, much like his fingerprints, or heartbeat, but a mystery I cannot unravel.

Read the full article

The Secret Circle of the Man Retreat Taps Into the Power to Heal


The men formed a circle and then the man leading our group asked me, “Are you ready?”

Read the full article

Is the Unemployed Black Man Unqualified or Shunned?


Singer Zaje Explores the Dilemma of Unemployed Black Men in America

Read the full article

The Best Gift a Man Can Give: Taste Lithuania


One man discovers the mysteries of his soul can be drawn out through the food of his ancestors.

Read the full article

Word Origins Put You in the Catbird Seat


We use phrases everyday that most people don’t really understand. Take a few minutes to learn the interesting history behind these common terms.

Read the full article

Wine Experts Answer The Questions You’re Too Afraid To Ask

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 7.58.12 PM

Wine is a complicated subject and no one wants to looks stupid, so we went to the New York Autumn Wine Festival to clear up some nagging questions we had.

Read the full article

All Alone in the Forest Yet Not Alone at All

man walking in forest

A man’s morning run brings up reminders and questions about the nature of humanity and why we try to hide it.

Read the full article

Anti-Meditation, The Art Of Focus

The art of focus isn’t in trying to remove the outside world from your mind, but to incorporate the world into it.

Read the full article

Immigrant Christmas

immigrant christmas snake bloomstead

My earliest Christmas memories were formed in this large old room surrounded by old men wearing wide ties and their stoic grey haired wives.

Read the full article

How to Find Hope in Your Darkest Hour


One man, extending a lifeline to a friend learns sometimes it’s not the end after all.

Read the full article

A Flea Market Operated by Ghosts


About the ground-floor hallway and the windowsill of the first-floor landing of my apartment building.

Read the full article

Our Scars Tell Our Stories

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 9.46.52 PM

Justin Ricklefs doesn’t do to well with blood, but here’s how he handled a situation that was bound to scar.

Read the full article


storm lake

When faced with a storm, some of us confront the rain with a roar.

Read the full article

Changing the World: One Vasectomy at a Time

father and son

World Vasectomy Day allows men to celebrate their families and their role in family planning. And yes, this is changing the world.

Read the full article

Hail and Farewell


We buried him in his blue jeans. A folded American flag and a leather cowboy hat rested on his chest. On his feet were snakeskin boots.

Read the full article