On Courage & Faith

Some years ago I wrote a book, called Man Up. In it I detailed 10 essential elements for men wanting to live a satisfying life. Since then I’ve had lots of requests to write a sequel — this time with less detail and more punch. I hesitated. Like you, I’m busy. In my case, writing aContinue reading “On Courage & Faith”

Farewell Britannica (and good riddance!)

[Edit] After 244 years in print, the Britannica says farewell The Britannica‘s gone. And I say, “good riddance!” If ever there was a poster child for the changes being wrought by the web specifically, and digital technologies generally, the Britannica was it. Its final edition, published in 2010, includes 32 volumes and sells for aroundContinue reading “Farewell Britannica (and good riddance!)”

Readers first, please

Most authors working today still labor under the misplaced assumption that nothing’s changed in the publishing world. Big mistake. In fact the the old publishing model — author comes up with an idea, writes a manuscript based on this idea, finds a publisher who edits and designs the manuscript, then prints and binds it, turningContinue reading “Readers first, please”

Five Hot Tips on How to Be a Happier Guy

http://www.manupin10lessons.com Someone just sent me a video clip of Mitt Romney denying he has lobbyists associated with his campaign… Perhaps someone could send the link to this video to Mitt’s campaign — he might find it useful, especially the part about the importance of “truth.” For everyone else, here are a few tips based onContinue reading “Five Hot Tips on How to Be a Happier Guy”

It’s beginning to look a lot like….

OK, many of you have told me you’d like a copy or two of Man Up in time for Christmas this year.  Your wish is my command. To order physical books, just go to my publisher’s web store (click here). The price is $16.95 until the end of the year, then goes up to $19.95Continue reading “It’s beginning to look a lot like….”

“Men will be… what?”

Real men are becoming an endangered species. We’re not quite up there with spotted owls and white-headed woodpeckers yet, but we’re rapidly closing in. Don’t believe me? Think I’m an alarmist? And besides, what the hell is a “real man” anyway? Let me tackle the reasons why I’m pushing the gender panic button. For theContinue reading ““Men will be… what?””

Dare to be you!

The problem with many men is they grow up. “Grow up” in the sense they have somehow learned over the years that it’s not OK to let their hair down; that it’s verbotten to play, that it’s unseemly to let that inner little boy out to romp around, rip the knees of his jeans, andContinue reading “Dare to be you!”

Pissing off a woman isn’t always a bad thing…

American popular culture isn’t exactly brimming with examples of men behaving well. Or at least, men behaving as honorably and sensibly as possible (I almost wrote, under the circumstances here, but I agree with George Bernard Shaw, there are no “circumstances,” we simply create situations, then deal with them). Apparently (I have this second hand fromContinue reading “Pissing off a woman isn’t always a bad thing…”

ABC-TV Mans Up October 18th

Its all over television these days. From Old Spice spots to Miller Lite commercials, screenwriters are having a go at their version of what men have become in the 21st century — it ain’t pretty, but (they’re hoping) it’s pretty funny. Well, we shall see. Check out the inaugural episode of Man Up! on OctoberContinue reading “ABC-TV Mans Up October 18th”

Style Matters

For any of you who feel “style” has nothing to do with being a real man, I cordially invite you to visit the following alarming website: Men of WalMart. I realized, after writing chapters on subjects like courage, truth, and action, that no book intending to help men become better humans could ignore the subjectContinue reading “Style Matters”