Of Axes and Friends

Appalachian Mountain Club

Avery Jenkins, with a story about the fierce friendship between him and a fellow crew member as they were clearing the Appalachian Trail.

A Teaspoon of Expletives Helps the Compliment Go Down

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Sometimes it takes a few swear words and threat of bodily harm from a good friend to allow gratitude in.

Why Men’s Friendships Can Feel So EMPTY

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Men’s avoidance of emotional risk when making friends can often result in friendships that are impersonal and inauthentic.

3 Things I Wish Someone Said to Me After Trauma

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Sarafina Bianco has advanced degrees in DV and PTSD. Here’s her crash course on what people should and shouldn’t say to survivors of trauma.

Men Are Worthy, Despite What We’re Taught

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Reconnecting with an old friend reminds Thomas Fiffer of his own struggle to regain self-respect.

Facebook: The End of Loneliness?

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Why connecting on the social media site feels like a constant affirmation.

The Conversation

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What begins as a simple nostalgic conversation turns into a much deeper emotional reconnection in RG Evans’s poem of male friendship.

To My Partner, Walk Beside Me

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Even when we can’t walk the same footsteps, we can still walk the same path. A letter to the one you love.

How A DJ Spun His Life onto a Global Stage

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B.O.L.D member Rashaun “DJ Reezey®” Williams reflects on his journey as a performer, and acknowledges the people who helped him succeed.

Patriotism Is Perplexing

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  Dillan DiGiovanni thinks that patriotism isn’t just red, white and blue or merely black and white, either. This Independence Day holiday has been unique for me. For the first time in a while, I’ve considered how perplexing patriotism can be. For the past few years I sat along the Charles River on the Cambridge […]

Why I’m Very Nice To My Ex-Husband’s New Wife

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Tara Ellison says that having a child in the divorce equation makes the obligation to keep things amicable stronger.

Lycanthropes in Love

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Steven Cordova explores male kinship, competition, and the animal nature of desire in this daring poem.

When Moving in with Friends

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Peter Kirby-Harris shares a personal experience of moving in with friends, and lists the three main benefits of living with your guys.

Have You Hugged Someone Today? Do it Now!

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Hugs are awesome, healing and powerful, and since we all have an endless supply, be generous and hug, hug, hug

Man’s Best Friend…Is His Pet Lizard?! [Video]

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Dillan DiGiovanni loves that this guy has a puppy-like pet lizard. And hopes he doesn’t lose a hand petting him.

Maybe I Just Need a Friend

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Jon Vaughn comes clean about past relationship mistakes, but through his sharing of a recent experience, he demonstrates how they shaped him into a better human.