Category: Community

Dangerous Play

“What did ‘play’ mean for you as a boy? What does it look like now?” Those were the deceptively profound, seemingly innocent, questions posed to me, and a group of men, at a Brotherhood Adventure last week in the Poudre River Canyon, west of Fort Collins, CO. By the end of the conversation I thought, […]

It Takes a Hero

Our hearts and minds reel in stunned disbelief at the images and stories still streaming from the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon. We simply weren’t built to process this kind of random, awful violence. Yet, these events always bring stirring stories of heroics by both trained professionals who leap into action, and seemingly average […]

Out of Africa

Burundi has the most devastating poverty I’ve ever seen. Broadly considered the world’s poorest nation, it’s the worst poverty anyone has ever seen. The average Burundian lives on $6/week Percentage of population living in poverty is 69% As of 2010 the number of mobile phone users/100 people is 0 Number of people owning personal computers/100 […]

Gift Happens

I probably should have been a Boy Scout. I wasn’t, but I think I would have fit comfortably in line with their motto: Be Prepared. By nature I’ve never liked entering situations where I don’t know what to expect. I prefer to do my best to know in advance, who the audience is, what the […]

Failure to Launch

Perhaps you saw my comment last week on the Men Matter Facebook site in which I quoted radio commentator, Dennis Prager, who said, in reference to the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School: “The most important thing any society can accomplish is to build good men.” Since then I notice a predictable extreme of […]

Discovering Community

I can think of one benefit of the recent firestorms in Colorado Springs: we’ve reconnected with friends from around the world who have emailed or called to ask how we are. In relating Colorado’s tragedy to friends in Chicago I discovered that there are many layers to a disaster like this. There is the layer […]