Jun 14, 2010

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Fathering As A Team Sport

  This past weekend I had the honor of participating in the first Fathering Forum Weekend.  It was held in New York City.  More than 20 men came together to explore, probe, question and understand the experience of fathering.  The concept was fairly simple, Fathering is a team sport.  Even a man who is not a biological father has the opportunity to father a child or another person. Sometimes that person is one’s own father. If  the concept...

May 9, 2010

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The Circle Game

I often get asked, “What exactly is this men’s thing you are involved in?”  While it is not easy to explain because being in a circle seems to mean different things to different men, the best way I can sum it up is to say that being part of a men’s team provides me with a space where I get to be inspired and empowered to pursue and realize my passion.  So let me break that down. At...

Nov 24, 2009

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Celebrating My Daughter’s Coming of Age...

  I’ve been away from tending to this site because I have been engaged the last few months in planning my soon to be 14 year old daughter’s coming of age ceremony.  It is a hybrid of a Bas Mitzvah, since we are essentially the only Jews in our little rural town and I have no real affinity to my religion we decided to forego the religious but maintain the ritual.  So no religious overtones but a recognition...

Oct 3, 2009

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Say What You Mean Mean What You Say

  I was watching the season premier of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Larry David in his typically brilliant way made a wonderful point.  He was visiting a friend who was bemoaning the illness of a relative.  David had the typical knee jerk reaction.  he said the expected and politically correct thing, “I’m sorry to hear it.  If there is anything I can do let me know.”  Well it turned out his friend was able to think of something he could...

Sep 16, 2009

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Keeping the Passion Bucket Full

There really are just two kinds of relationships you have with friends.  The first is one that you continue to maintain out of some sense of obligation or inertia; you know, “but I have known him for 20 years, he was the best man at my wedding.” type relationship that feels strained.  Then there are the relationships that you don’t really seem to maintain.  They are just there.  They are with friends with whom you seem to connect with...