Archive for July, 2010

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ManKind Project 25th Anniversary

29 July 2010

Back in 1985 three forward-thinking men designed something called the Wildman Weekend, an attempt to get men to recapture a sense of rooted masculinity for the new world.  Twenty-five years later, The ManKind Project has “initiated” over 30,000 men through the weekend and has vital programs for men operating throughout the world.  As the only lasting expression of the mythopoetic men’s movement, it has special importance as an indicator of what is working for men in the 21st century. 

MKP is celebrating its anniversary with a three day conference in Louisville, KY, October 21-23.  I’ll be presenting, as will a number of other men and women.  Get the details at http://anniversary.mkp.org/

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Record-Setting Hailstone

28 July 2010

Every once in a while I have to offer a crowd-pleaser that’s sure to impress the guys.  Today it’s worth sharing that a recent storm in my home state of South Dakota produced a two pound hailstone, expected to set a national record.  Found near the town of Vivian, it measures eight inches in diameter and a hefty eighteen inches in diameter.  We make ’em big here in SoDak.

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Athanasius: A History of the Black Dwarf

7 July 2010

As if it were not enough that Athanasius of Alexandria was exiled time and again, an evolution of insults has followed the beleaguered fourth-century bishop.  What is pretty certain is that Julian called him “not even a man, but a common little fellow.”   Since then historians have extrapolated on his diminutive size, and speculated about his race.  The Gentle Exit, a blog, documents the odd, fairly recent historical developments which led to Athanasius being misremembered, scorned and valorized as “the black dwarf.”