Here and There - August/September 2015

Upcoming Monthly Men's Sunday Brunches, drop-in anytime 10AM-1PM (bring something to share/cook up): September 20th at Frank Brandon's, 975 Como Blvd E, St. Paul, 55103, 651-487-3008. (on the east side of Lake Como). October 18th at the Men's Center 3249 Hennepin Ave S, Suite 55, Minneapolis 55408, 39th anniversary celebration, Andy Mickel and Daniel Heist co-hosts. 5 men attended each brunch in June& July - Andy Mickel, 2015-07-19.

25th Annual Minnesota Festival for Fathers and Families Saturday, August 8th, Noon to 4 p.m. at North Commons Park: 1801 James Avenue N in Minneapolis (one block south of West Broadway Ave on James Ave). Everything is FREE! T-shirts will be available for fathers who bring their children. A meal will be served along with concessions, including popcorn, snocones, and cotton candy. Many activities will be available for families and children, including continuous entertainment on the "big stage,", pony rides, a petting zoo, moon bounce, giant inflatable slide, inflatable obstacle course and a rock climbing wall. There will be free haircuts and much, much more! This annual festival is planned and sponsored by a variety of community organizations. A sizable resource fair area will also be available along with free books, massages, family law legal advice, employment resources, and more. - Stephen Onell, 612-384-7078, 2015-07-10.

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, 2015-07-04.

One Voice Mixed Chorus has auditions August 24 & 25 (Monday & Tuesday) 7-9:30 pm, by appointment only. People can email or call 651-298-1954 to reserve an audition time. One Voice Mixed Chorus is Minnesota's only--and the nation's largest--lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight allies (LGBTA) chorus. Founded in 1988, One Voice has been "building community and creating social change by raising our voices in song" for more than 25 years. One Voice is currently made up of 125 singers from ages 17 to 75. - Shelby Thomason, Operations Coordinator, OVMC, 651-298-1954, 2015-06-04.

The 5 Most Important Things That Make A Man Feel Loved. "There is a saying that we teach what we want to learn. I suspect it may be equally true that we write about issues most important in our lives. I grew up as an only child in a single parent-family. My father was gone by the time I was five years old. My mother had to go out and work and I was left alone a lot of the time. My main friends and companions were the imaginary friends that I turned to for comfort, love, and understanding...



Some time ago I wrote an article, 7 Things That Make a Man Feel Loved. I shared my experiences being married to my wife, Carlin, for more than thirty years. It felt wonderful to read so many comments and eventually learn that that 280,000 people had read and shared the article. I'm happy to report that our love has continued to deepen and grow and I'd like to share my current feelings and thoughts in my latest post: " - Jed Diamond 2015-07-16.

"Instincts, Ancient Practices and Enlightenment" - Workshop by Diane Redmond & Belinda Gore, Thu-Sun Oct 15-18, $350-700 (sliding) at the Carondelet Center, St. Paul. Our purpose in this retreat is to open and balance the three body-based instincts as understood in Enneagram theory, raising their vibration to allow a deeper or higher intelligence to manifest in us. During the four days of this intensive workshop, we explore the varied expressions of Self-Preservation, Sexual, and Social instincts, using experiential learning for opening, listening, and trusting our own direct experience of each instinct. In addition, the ancient body-based practice of ritual postures uses breath, sound, and posture to expand our experience and capacity for contact with spirit. Since the instincts are also body-based, we come to understand them as aspects of the animal body that, once conscious and functioning harmoniously, move naturally toward the higher instinct for Enlightenment. FFI, - Curt Micka, 612-226-1702, 2015-07-18.

Sexualized women and 'idiot' men: How to fight stereotyping, Vancouver Sun, 2015-05-30 "The '50s also brought us Father Knows Best, in which Robert Young was held up as a thoughtful head of the household, with a warm, outwardly deferential wife. North Americans of the time soaked it up, with many internalizing the TV-culture models about what it was to be a man or woman. In the 60 years since, we've been struck by a gender-role revolution, at least in Western societies. And the dominant entertainment and media messages have flipped.

Vancouver psychologist Randy Paterson is among those concerned about the new North American cliches. "Now that we have a society that is more equal, men are very much seen as fallible," said Paterson, director of the Changeways Clinic and a blogger on issues in psychology. "But many people now say we've gone too far in the other direction, with males now being portrayed almost uniformly as idiots."

Paterson has little doubt cultural messages about males and females are being "internalized." That's a psychological term that describes how human beliefs, morals and values, especially those of children, are subconsciously shaped by their surroundings.

Before we look at ways to combat the internalization of such stereotypes about gender (or about sexual orientation, race or our other identities), however, let's examine the latest forms of typecasting.

With girls and women, many argue one of the worst things in advertising and entertainment is the increasing use of ultra-sexualized images to sell products or grab audiences. Feminists and others often rightly condemn such depictions. But the cultural pigeonholing of boys and men receives less attention..."
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