Legacy Magazine

September 2022

Embracing the Wisdom of the Men

The nature of mature masculinity has roots tied into the concept of not going it alone. This is why we create men’s teams in MDI. The success of our teams carries a recipe that includes trust, honor, living a code, and wisdom. In this wisdom, we have coined the term “the collective wisdom of the men.”  To that end, in our September 2022 edition, we bring to you personal pieces of lessons and learning, as well as “The Wisdom Collective.”  Read.  Enjoy.  Share.  Participate.

The Wisdom Collective

The nature of mature masculinity has roots tied into the concept of not going it alone. This is why we create teams. The success of our teams carries a recipe that includes trust, honor, living a code, and wisdom. In this wisdom, we have coined “the collective wisdom of the men.” Honoring this wisdom of the men, we bring to you “The Wisdom Collective,” the room within this classy online museum dedicated to the wisdom of the men of MDI in a project called The Living Legacy. The Purpose of

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The Final Score – Lessons in Leadership

James Anthony EllisEditor, Legacy Magazine The following is an excerpt from The Honor Book, found HERE. Have you ever just gone straight to the box scores to see the statistics, or to the standings to see how your team is doing? Right? Cut to the chase, cut out the extra verbiage, the extraneous verbs and give us the highlights. That’s the first thing I learned as division coordinator of the San Diego Men’s Division from June 2009 to July 2011: men love stats.  I – like many a man –

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I’m Not Your Friend, Man

Crawford HartGuest Contributor Men don’t bond.  Women bond, without breaking a sweat, actually. Stick 15 women who don’t know each other in a room together; within a half hour each one will know something intimate and personal about no less than two others. That’s what women do: they reach out, they connect, they communicate, they share their stories: In short, they create relationship. Men take a slightly different approach. Fill that same room with 15 men who are strangers. The first thing they’ll do is decide who’s the odd man

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Eat A-Plenty and Keep A-Goin’

Craig JonesGuest Contributor When asked if I’d like to contribute to this very worthy effort some of the lessons I’ve learned in life (so far), my first inclination was to decline.  I thought, “What the hell do I actually know, anyway? What do I know for sure?” Now 69, having seen so many of what I once thought were eternal and iron-clad verities vanish like cigar smoke, it seemed like hubris to imagine I had anything worth saying.  But I also remembered this from Joan Didion: “I write entirely to find out what

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To Be The Husband You’ve Always Want To Be

MDI is about discovering, learning and teaching. As part of this process, some men can ultimately learn how to become the man they need to be in order to be ready for marriage. The Legacy Magazine thought an engaging story would reveal the three men who received support from their men’s team to overcome barriers and ultimately find their wife. Read below for three answers to three questions by three MDI veterans: Todd Sorbo, Chuck Tesar and Michael Fowlkes. 1.  What was the barrier in who would become your wife? CHUCK TESAR: The

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“Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All”

Fred Tomasello Jr. Guest Contributor Before serving in the military, my beliefs about heroism and manhood were fully rooted and taught to me in John Wayne war movies. If one survived combat, one was honored for the rest of their life. If one was killed in combat, one was honored for the rest of their life. “To this day, I still harbor anger at the mythical ‘John Wayne’ bullshit promoting the nobility of war.“ So, to fulfill my destiny based on this simple lesson, I joined the US Marine Corps,

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A Man Who Caused Greatness in Others

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Welcome New MDI Members

Each time a new man stands within our circles, there can exist another teammate, another potential brother, a brother in arms. And as many MDI

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