June 2009

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Review of the Art of Manliness Comment Policy

by Brett

The Art of Manliness has from the beginning been designed as an open forum and gathering place for men of all backgrounds and beliefs, a place for all men who are interested in every aspect of manliness, from the fun to the serious. AoM’s mission is to provide content that both entertains and inspires, all […]

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Happy Father’s Day From The Art of Manliness

by Brett & Kate McKay

If you’re a dad, happy Father’s Day to you. If you have a dad, make sure to call him and wish him one. After you’ve had breakfast in bed and opened that gift, take a look at these Father’s Day articles on AoM: Anger Mismanagement 18 Tips For Being a Great Dad Teaching My Son […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 21: Write Your Own Eulogy

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image by csmcjunkins It’s something all of us have imagined at one time or another. What would it be like to die and attend our own funeral? Who would be there? How many people would come? Will the woman who spurned our love be devastated and finally realize how great we were? Will someone you […]

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Weekly Link Round: Week 3 of 30 Days to a Better Man

by Brett

Well we’re finished with yet another week of our 30 Days to a Better Man Project. We have only 10 tasks left! It’s time to dig in your heels and commit yourself to finishing strong. Here’s what we were working on this week: Day 15: Make a Meal. Reading through your responses to this task […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 20: Perform Service

by Brett & Kate McKay

When we think about moments that epitomize manliness, we often think of the captain going down with the ship, the men who allow the women and children to go first, the soldier who throws himself on a grenade to shield his brothers from the blow, the old man who attempts to save a drowning child […]

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An Introduction to the Art of Gambling

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: Christatos Aristad is a recently retired professional gambler. He has most graciously volunteered to write a series of posts for AoM on the ins and out of gambling in general and the basics of various games for the education and enjoyment of those AoM readers who are interested in this subject. Gambling is […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 19: Schedule a Physical Exam

by Brett & Kate McKay

Men are reluctant to pay a visit to the man in the white coat. Studies have shown that more than half of the men in the United States have not been to see a doctor in the past year. And 55% of men admit that they are reluctant to visit the doctor. When we do […]

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So You Want My Job: Antarctic Driller/Researcher

by Brett & Kate McKay

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable man jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Today we feature a man who took a job thousands of miles […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 18: Find Your N.U.T.s

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: You’ve probably noticed that Wayne Levine has become a regular contributor to AoM; he writes the “Ask Wayne” column that runs on the site every other Thursday. You probably also have noticed that in his columns, he often refers to knowing your N.U.T.s. I figured it would be beneficial for readers to know […]

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6 Lessons I Learned About Being a Man from Growing Up Fatherless

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: Today we finish up our run of father-themed posts with an article from a different perspective. While having an awesome dad can help you become an awesome man, growing up fatherless can also motivate you to become better than your dad was. Andrew Galasetti used his less then perfect childhood as a springboard […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 17: Talk to 3 Strangers

by Brett & Kate McKay

Ever since many of us were little kids, we were told to never talk to strangers. While this was done out of a concern for our safety, many men have carried this mantra over into adulthood. In the United States, we’ve even mythologized the idea of the strong, silent man that keeps to himself. The […]

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Anger Mismanagement

by Brett

Editor’s note: Father’s Day is this weekend and you may have noticed that here on AoM we’ve been running some father-themed posts. We have a couple more for you, including today’s essay by Joel Schwartzberg. Mr. Schwartzberg is an award-winning essayist whose new book is “The 40-Year-Old Version: Humoirs of a Divorced Dad.” This essay […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 16: Create a Budget

by Brett & Kate McKay

With the economy in the tank, it’s more important than ever to tighten our belts and get our finances under control. The most effective tool to do this is the lowly budget. I’ve had an on again, off again thing with budgets. But when I’ve used them, my financial situation always improved. Of course, what […]

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11 Best Father/Son Activities

by Brett & Kate McKay

We all know about the importance of fathers spending time with their sons. The relationship a boy has with his father greatly shapes the man he will become in the future. You can help mold your boy into a man you’ll be proud of by taking him on special father/son activities. These kinds of activities […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 15: Make a Meal

by Brett

I just walked home from Uncle Buzz’s house where he served up a delicious “breakfast for dinner” meal of homemade waffles, hash browns, and sausage. Everything he’s made me has been singularly delicious. He’s a maestro in the kitchen and yet also a man’s man. I’ve always found this combination really impressive. In almost all […]

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Manvotional: George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation

by Brett & Kate McKay

Respect. All men wish to have the respect of those around them. One man who earned respect from his comrades and his enemies alike was America’s first president, George Washington. Washington was known for his gentlemanly comportment. Some might argue that his formality bordered on being frigid. But his formality helped earn him respect wherever […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 14: Write a Letter to Your Father

by Brett & Kate McKay

The Old Man. Pops. Dad. Daddy. Father. Papa. By whichever named we call him, no matter whether he was a good dad or a horrible one, no man looms larger in a man’s life than his father. For better or worse, his influence is inescapable. He is our model for manhood. Thus few things elicit […]

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Weekly Link Round-Up: Week 2 of 30 Days to a Better Man

by Brett

Well we’re just about at the halfway mark of the 30 Days to a Better Man Project. How have you done so far? Is your commitment wavering or are you manning up each and every day and getting every task done? How many tasks have you completed? 10 out of 13? 8 out of 13? How many of […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 13: Declutter Your Life

by Brett & Kate McKay

Simplify, simplify.” -Henry David Thoreau The simple life is a manly life. Some of history’s manliest men lived lives of true simplicity, free from unneeded clutter. The Spartans basically had one piece of clothing they wore all year, a spear, a shield, and some farm tools. Because of their simple lifestyle, they were able to […]

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