Here and There - August/September 2014

Upcoming Monthly Men's Sunday Brunches, drop-in anytime 10AM-1PM (bring something to share/cook up): August 17th 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.). September 21st (Fall equinox) at Andy Mickel's, 106 SE Arthur Ave, Minneapolis, 55414 612-331-8396. (in Prospect Park off University Ave near I-94 and 280). 7 men attended Jim Lovestar's brunch in June and 9 men attended Tom Weaver's brunch in August. - Andy Mickel, 2014-07-20.

"I wish TCMC would offer a seminar/discussion group (like Anger Management) on the subject of "The Shame-Based Personality". This subject is discussed in the Anger Management text but its coverage isn't thorough enough. I don't know who the resource person(s) would be. The group wouldn't be a therapeutic group. It would be a group led by the resource person(s) presenting the subject and its parts and the group discussing how shame affects personality and ideas about how to deal with it. I think this is a pervasive problem." - Gary H. 2014-06-27.

"The support that I received from the "Gay Issues" support group saved my life. I have been able to live my life as an openly gay man. Without this group's support this would not have happened, and I probably would have taken my own life. Kudos to Ben Strong and Randy Miller for the great job that they do!" - D.D. 2014-05-07.

"First Time Fathers" a nearly 2-page feature in the Sunday Father's Day Variety Section featured Nate Knox, 27 & Titus; Thuyet Nguyen, 35 & Elliot; Phil Sheridan, 39 & Leander & Edrick; Chris, 40 & Rik Robergelund, 45 & Joe; Courtney, 35 & Courtney, Jr. - Aimee Blanchette, Minneapolis StarTribune, 2014-06-15.

"Wilderness Therapy for Vietnam and Iraq Veterans" by local therapist and teacher, Ted Harrison was featured in My Outdoor Life in the Outdoors Weekend Section.
- Minneapolis StarTribune, 2014-06-27.

Harvey Hertz, pioneering bookstore owner who began A Brother's Touch, "Books & Stuff" store in Minneapolis in 1983, passed on July 27 at age 73. Former GLC Voice newspaper publisher Tim Campbell stated "[A Brother's Touch] was popular, and became a magnet for people coming out...In the early '80s, you didn't have a Startbucks on every corner. That made the Brother's Touch a great place, as important as any of the restaurants or coffee bars."
- Minneapolis StarTribune, 2014-07-09.

30th Annual Minnesota Men's Conference September 16-21, Camp Du Nord, Ely, MN, FFI: www.minnesotamensconference.com. Cost: $925. Teachers:
Francis Weller, MFT, psychotherapist, writer and soul activist; Joel Glanzberg from John Stokes "The Tracking Project"; Miguel Rivera, musician and drummer, who is in love with the language of sound; Tom Gambell: walks the warrior path as a practitioner of compassionate self-defense; Doug Von Koss joyously returns to lead early morning chanting; Thomas R. Smith, poet, essayist, editor, and teacher, whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications in the U.S., Canada, and abroad; Timothy Young poet and teacher, taught at-risk youth in Minnesota before starting The Two Boots Poetry Tour, The Como Cottage Salon Series, and Feeding the Story; Walton Stanley, well-known writer in the Twin Cities theater community with 27 years acting and developing professional theater productions; Benjamin Dennis, mythologist and writer, passionately involved in rites of passage and storytelling. - Craig Ungermann, 2014-06-30.

The next ManKind Project New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) for men in Minnesota will be hosted by Central Plains MKP on October 17-19, 2014 at the Goodwill Camp in South Sioux City. 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: Alex Bender, 651-492-1243. - Andy Mickel, 2014-07-15.

The 6th Annual Community Empowerment through Black Men Healing Conference, September 19th & 20th - Metro State University, Saint Paul
Black men healing in this era of limited resources and increasing disparities in the areas of, but not limited to health, education, incarceration, unemployment and homelessness in the African American community. This conference provides the African American community and service providers an opportunity for meaningful community engagement and access to national as well as local educators, and community practitioners to discuss and introduce practical culturally competent trauma informed, outcome driven methods and services. The overall goal is to improve the health and wellness of African American men and their families, resulting in the larger community becoming healthier and safer. The conference is open to health care professionals, public officials, community practitioners, local educators, correction professionals, community members and other experts working in or with the African American Community. FFI: http://www.brothershealing.com/ - Sam Simmons, 612-721-0106 - 2014-05-04

Family Law Reform Conference, November 15-16, 2014, in Alexandria,VA November 15-16. Registration $99-199. FFI: www.divorcecorp.com - 2014-07-09.

TCMC Monthly Men's Healing Ritual

Facilitator: Dan Gorbunow, AMT

All of us are indigenous to the Earth (presumably!), so each of us has within us an essential spirit that seeks expression more than ever in the bustle of modern life. The healing ritual is a homecoming for our indigenous self that seeks to rekindle its special purpose and mission of service out of the ashes of society’s consumptive, fiery nature. We lean in on our shadows and ancestors alike to help guide the way home to reconnection with our spirit, aided by drum, rattle, smoke, dance, and meditation. We show gratitude for the abundance of earth and honor all life with a meditation for peace. Are you ready to come home and reclaim a bit more of your true self?

Join us each month near the full moon and together we’ll help mend the sacred masculine at TCMC. Open to all men, all ages. No fee, donations welcome. Here's the upcoming dates of the Men's Healing Ritual
August 10, 2nd Sunday
September 7, 1st Sunday