Here and There with Twin Cities Men
According to the National Center for Fathering: "More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent. If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency." Read more in: What Your Therapist Never Taught You About The Absent Father Wound: http://menalive.com/what-your-therapist-never-taught-you-about-the-absent-father-wound/.
- Jed Diamond's MENALIVE, 2018-02-04
Warren Farrell was interviewed by Jeff Salzman on the Daily Evolver (a live webcast service of Integral Live in Boulder, CO) concerning his new book co-authored (with John Gray), The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It. The book illustrates how boys are falling behind girls in crucial metrics of well-being: in academics (61% of college degrees will go to females by 2020), in mental and physical health (boys commit suicide at six times the rate of girls), in behavioral problems, career prospects, even life expectancy. Warren brings an integral sensibility to the situation by advocating a path forward that expands options for boys to find purpose and meaning, much as girls are able to do as a result of the feminist revolution. He also emphases the role of fathers and positive male role models for boys. Warren pointed out that our [dominant] culture only teaches men to aspire to be heroes in life: men to should continually sacrifice themselves. For example, cheerleaders in Friday Night Football chant: "First and 10, do it again!" and then we read about concussion injuries! (Editor's note: as we know from the mythopoetic men's work, from Robert Bly and Michael Meade, hero characters always die in mythic stories.)
- Andy Mickel, 2018-04-20.
Dan Griffin, former Twin Cities author of A Man's Way Through the Twelve Steps offers men's recovery services announced podcasts aimed at Helping Men be Better Men: "Build Your Relationship Muscles" If you want to strengthen your arm muscles, you have to exercise them, right? It's the same with your relationship muscles. The challenge is that many of the key exercises for building relationship muscles are ones men have been told are "weak" or "girly."
- Dan Griffin, 2018-05-04
SATTVA is hosting Iron John Sacred Circles for Men with Dan Gorbunow 7:00-8:30pm each 1st Tuesday of the month from May - August. FFI: www.SATTVAMN.com
- Dan Gorbunow, 2018-05-04.
Recent articles in the Minneapolis Star Tribune <http://www.startribune.com/>
- Andy Mickel, 2018-05-01.:
"Minnesota Men Lead in Life Expectancy" by Tim Harlow, 2018-04-13. "In a nationwide study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, they rank first; the state's women rank fourth. Mississippi comes in last."
"West St. Paul Spat Erupts Into Sexism Claim" by Erin Adler, 2018-04-28. "Mayor gets rude delivery after her recommendation is foiled by male colleague... Mayor Halvorson announced that she would be appointing three women to the planning commission [because] we need more women in our leadership ranks. Council member Jay Bellows voted for two of the women and balked at the third, because as he said, there's a perfectly qualified individual...who has been discounted on the basis of [his] gender...I don't think [gender] should be the determining factor. Bellows says he has two daughters and is sensitive to mysogyny."
"Fathers Also Can Face Postpartum Depression" by Juli Fraga, Washington Post, 2018-05-03. "A lack of societal support makes things worse, the men say. Symptoms are not easy to spot."
ManKind Project Minnesota is producing a "raw" Warrior Weekend for men in northern Minnesota this August 3-5. FFI: https://mkpusa.org/new-warrior-training-adventure/ and Jamie Wellik 612-267-2467 or David Grocott 651-894-2685.
- Jamie Wellik, 2018-05-20.
We recently had a man who took anger management to complete a court requirement in Alaska. He had a public defender there in Alaska. I had to first send an anger management agenda to Alaska to get court approval and then a letter of graduation after the class ended. Below is the response of the Public Defender in Alaska
"Thank you both for your quick responses and the information. I'm impressed with the responsiveness and professionalism of your program there and I only wish that we had the equivalent here in Alaska.
All the best, Anna Ambrose"