Here and There - April/May 2016

Upcoming Monthly Men's Sunday Brunches, drop-in anytime 10AM-1PM (bring something to share/cook up): April 17th at Andy Mickel's, 106 SE Arthur Ave, Minneapolis, 55414, 612-331-8396. (in Prospect Park off University Ave near I-94 and 280). May 15th at Bob Schauerhamer's 3232 Fremont Avenue North, #120, Minneapolis, MN 55412, 612-529-8245 (612-670-6508 cell). (South on Fremont from I-94/Dowling Ave N exit). About half a dozen men attended February's brunch at Daniel Heist's and March's brunch at Damon Stark's \0x0A-- Andy Mickel, 2016-03-20.

The Changing Men's Collection (CMC) at Michigan State University is the largest archive of Men's Work periodicals, books and articles in the United States due to the more than 25 years of dedicated work by Ed Barton, volunteer curator and librarian at MSU Libraries in E. Lansing, MI. Ed has a large collection of old New Warrior Network and ManKind Project newsletters from various centers and wants more (of course!). He has contributions from Bill Kauth, Rich Tosi, Hal Klegman, Steve Kushner, Andy Mickel, Jim Frost and others. Anyone who knows of newsletters from MKP Kansas City, MKP Sioux City, MKP Memphis, etc. should contact Ed to add to the collection. Ed is at: (517) 336-7073 & <bartoned50@hotmail.com>. -- Ed Barton, 2016-03-21.

"Keep up the Good Work!" -- David Kremer, 2016-02-14.

"Thank you for enriching our community by your dedicated efforts." -- John Cordes, 2016-03-01.

The February 29 post on the Man-Making Blog <http://journeytomanhood.blogspot.com/> by Earl Hipp is entitled: Nine Things Boys Need and Get from School Groups with Men. He states there's lots more than 9, but here they are:

  • A safe place to speak their truth. Any truth. The truth which if kept in the dark and secret places will do serious damage over a lifetime.
  • Adult male allies - men who are on their side and want the best for them.
  • Solid support for their existing life challenges. Everything from their family interactions, friendships, trouble with the girls in their lives, gang challenges, money problems, value based choices, and feeling/being lonely.

 

  • Good information about life/being a man.
  • An evolving vision of positive manhood. Having a picture created of the attributes of a good man, a man you'd respect and who'd be a role model for you.
  • Development of emotional vocabulary - Having a language to describe the complex emotional experiences and feelings they are having. Having a place to have feelings and not be negatively judged.A place to decompress, to un-shame, to not be alone with the anger and pain, talk about age specific, maturity level appropriate, and life challenge relevant issues.
  • Belonging: In a school full of cliques, in group we are all brothers, alike, included, valued, and honored. Having other guys who are so much more that just a "what's up?" friend.
  • A place to practice being a man - where they can try on being the man they want to become. Practice showing up with authenticity, accountability, responsibility, speaking directly/assertively, supporting others, receiving praise and constructive feedback, etc.

-- Earl Hipp, Desert Men's Council, Tucson, AZ <earl@man-making.com> 2016-02-29.

"Do We Have the Will To Create Peace?" is a two-page essay written and circulated by Roy U. Schenk of Madison, Wisconsin. Its sections are entitled: "Born with a Clean Slate", "Men Taught Moral Inferiority", "Effects of Men's Learned Moral Inferiority", "Impact of Men's Moral Inferiority", "Is The Power Worth the Fear?" and "Compensation". Roy would like to present this at a future Midwest Men's Conference, but one has not been organized for the past 24 years (the last few were in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1992). -- Roy Schenk, 2016-01-23, <ruschenk@gmail.com>.

The next ManKind Project New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) for men in Minnesota will be hosted by Central Plains MKP in April 15-17, 2016 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: Rod Clay Registrar Central Plains MKP, 712-301-8665 <RClay0596@gmail.com>. FFI: Jamie Wellik, 612-267-2467. -- Andy Mickel, 2016-03-03.