November 2019

What I Learned In MDI

David Plante Guest Contributor Here is a list of things I learned from the men when I was a member of the international men's organization, MDI. If it weren't for those men, I would not be where I am today.   Owning my shit, even if it stinks, keeps me in...

Dog Tag Team Honors a Father

Dog Tag Team Honors a Father

Craig Jones Columnist I recently found my dad's US Air Force dog tag. It was in a little cloth bag tied off with a ribbon, and with it were his wedding ring, his college ring and his fishing license. I had never laid eyes on any of these items until that moment. I...

Team “Diseases” That Can Kill The Connection

Team “Diseases” That Can Kill The Connection

Michael Fowlkes MDI Contributor There are some bad habits or even team "diseases" that can kill teams. Can you name some of them? OK – we will. Oldtimer's Disease - when a man thinks, "been there, done that, know them, fuck you!" Personal Loyalty - when the men on the...

A Team Meeting … Plus Cops

A Team Meeting … Plus Cops

Crawford Hart Guest Contributor It was our once-a-month team dinner meeting and we’d chosen one of our favorite Irish bars on Third Avenue, somewhere in the low 20’s. The place was crowded, the sidewalks outside were packed, traffic was a nightmare, which none of us...

From the Men: Who is the Best Team Ever and Why?

From the Men: Who is the Best Team Ever and Why?

As always, it's good to hear from the men on the topic at hand. On any topic, it's good to go to the collective wisdom of the men and see what is to be shared and revealed. This month we hear from the men posting on social media, in answer to this question: "In your...

A Navy SEAL Comments on a Winning Team

A Navy SEAL Comments on a Winning Team

TC Cummings Guest Contributor It pays to be a winner! I was blessed with a deluge of what I call Mental Tools during my training and service as a US Navy SEAL on the worlds most elite commando teams.  We don’t often see axioms like "It pays to be a winner" as...

Causing Greatness!

Squandered Talent, A Cautionary Tale

Squandered Talent, A Cautionary Tale

Dan Kempner Columnist My dad taught himself to play the guitar so he would have something with which to sing along. He created a four-finger piano style just so he could write songs using a special musical notation invented, for him, by my mom ... a notation that was...

All Men Must Be Reminded!

All Men Must Be Reminded!

By Fred BoylesColumnist Reminding men of their greatness. A few years ago when the housing bubble burst, I lost my customer base. I am an electric sign contractor. I was ready to sell my company and retire. But that was before I was hit by the perfect storm. As I...

AWESOME QUOTES ON GRATITUDE!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“Reflect upon your present blessings, for which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anonymous

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” – Lionel Hampton

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meistar Eckhart Tolle

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