Here and There - June/July 2015

Upcoming Monthly Men's Sunday Brunches, drop-in anytime 10AM-1PM (bring something to share/cook up): June 21st (Father's Day--children welcome) at Jim Lovestar's backyard picnic table, 2629 Upton Ave N, Minneapolis 55411(1 block east of Theodore Wirth Parkway and near the Broadway/Lowry Jct), 612-588-8984. July 19th at Daniel Heist's, 2925 Monterey Ave S, St. Louis Park, 55416; 612-750-6990. (on the west side of Lake Calhoun, off Lake St.). 11 men attended Andy Mickel's brunch in April on a sunny day. - Andy Mickel, 2015-05-13.

Longtime Men's Center volunteer, staff person, and passionate believer in the power of men's healing through support groups, therapy and other modes (such as bioenergtics), Hank Bruns passed away on March 19th after a long struggle with Parkinson's. He was board chair in 1981, on the board off and on for another 20 years, and helped create the outreach program for men in transition out of prison in the past 15 years. Hank also was influential early on in the anger management program. To many men, Hank was the "conscience" of the Men's Center. We will all miss him. - Randy Genrich and Andy Mickel, 2015-03-20

Longtime Men's Center member, Thursday night support group facilitator and 1985 board chair, John (JET) Teisberg was featured as 1 of 5 Minnesotans as cancer survivors in the local TPT-produced documentary "Living Beyond Cancer" which first aired on Monday, March 30 on Twin Cities public television channel 2 at 10p.m. just after the first installment of the Ken Burn's produced PBS documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies". John created an online support group for men living with prostate cancer. With unusual matter-of-factness, John explained to the TV audience how the process works for men who share feelings about their health and their bodies. <http://www.tpt.org/?a=programs&id=24697#watch>
- Andy Mickel, 2015-04-04.

Proposal for the creation of a White House Council on Boys & Men will address: 1) Education, 2) Jobs, 3) Fatherlessness, 4) Physical Health, 5) Emotional Health. Such a WH Council would mirror the one created for Girls and Women, and put the boy crisis on the national agenda. In contrast to the existing My Brothers' Keeper, the WH Council on Men and Boys would be inclusive of all boys and men. The request is joined by over 50 nationally known scholars and practitioners such as: Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, Michael Gurian, and Dr. John Gray. FFI: <http://www.whitehouseboysmen.org> - Warren Farrell, Chair <warren@warrenfarrell.com> - 2015-03-31

"Make room (on the Web) for Dad" describes the existence of digital havens such as Daddit that give guys a comfy place to talk about fatherhood online. Dad-only forums come complete with advice and comfort, and offer a "safe space" for them to blow off steam according to CNN journalist, Josh Levs, a father of three. (more) Complete story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/03/fashion/making-room-on-the-web-for-daddy.html - Hannah Seligson, New York Times, 2015-05-03

 

Documentary film "Call Me Lucky" about the life of standup comic Barry Cummins was shown at the 2015 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) in April to large audiences. Barry virtually invented the art of standup in Boston in the early 1980's at a Chinese restaurant. He had an aggressive and adversarial style which was exhibited in his often rageful and self-destructive behavior. He had no patience for members of the clergy in the Boston-area Catholic churches abusing children, although he himself evaded such abuse. The film eventually reveals that he was repeatedly raped as a boy by the boyfriend of the mother of the teenage girl babysitter that his parents has often hired. He sought out and got help and became a pivotal advocate for male survivors of sexual abuse in the United States, raising the consciousness of priimarily women in the process. Quite the story! FFI: <http://www.mspfilm.org/> - Andy Mickel, 2015-04-25

" 'Boys Will Be Boys' is no longer a valid excuse" Rolling Stone's errant reporting of behavior by University of Virginia students still does not erase the fact that college men and women need to continue to build safe environments on campus free of sexual violence. The article quotes Ed Heisler, director of Duluth-based Men-As Peacemakers (MAP) who sees proof that the vast majority of young men don't commit sexual assault, and that a growing number of college-age men are joining their female peers to end sexual dominance, violence and objectification of women. (more)
Complete commentary at: http://www.startribune.com/rosenblum-boys-will-be-boys-is-no-excuse/299600931/ - Gail Rosenbaum, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015-04-14.

The next ManKind Project New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) for men in Minnesota will be hosted by Central Plains MKP Minnesota Community in mid-October, 2015 at Camp Voyageur in Mound, Minnesota. Cost is $595.00. Matching Fund Scholarships are available. To hold your place, send a deposit of $150.00 to: Tim Greer, Registrar Central Plains MKP, 12727 W. Dodge Rd. #102A Omaha, NE 68154. FFI: Jamie Wellik 612-267-2467. - Andy Mickel, 2015-05-04.