Here and There - February/March 2015

Upcoming Monthly Men's Sunday Brunches, drop-in anytime 10AM-1PM (bring something to share/cook up): February 15th at Stephen Sewell’s, 647 Lincoln Ave #F, St. Paul, 55105 (just west of Dale Av.) 612-229-6699. and March 15th at Damon Stark’s 5108 Washburn Ave N 55430 612-529-5243 (near the Hwy 100 / Brooklyn Blvd interchange). 14 men attended the brunch at Jamie Wellik’s in December; around 10-12 men attended Frank Brandon’s brunch in January on another sunny morning. – Andy Mickel, 2015-01-20.

Minnesota AIDS Project BYOB (Buy Your Own Brunch) February 7th, 11am. Monthly social gathering where we get together and have no agenda and enjoy brunch together. Meet at Bulldog, N.E. 401 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414 – Nic Dehning, 2015-01-02

Minnesota AIDS Project Disclosure Dialogues will be held on February 21st 2015. A light breakfast will be served at 8:30am and the program will start at 9 am. This workshop discusses the disclosure of your HIV status to family, friends, coworkers, and the challenges surrounding it. This is the same workshop we have had for a while. Please feel free to ask other people who attended what their thoughts were regarding the workshop. If you missed the previous ones and would like to attend, contact Steve or Nic. There is some paperwork needed before the workshop begins. Please contact one of us and we can snail mail, email or have you pick it up here at MAP. Whatever would be easiest. Minnesota AIDS Project- PrideAlive, 1400 Park Ave, Minneapolis 55404. FFI <> – Nic Dehning, 2015-01-02

Why Men Use Porn: 8 Simple, Yet Surprising, Reasons
My son, Aaron, and his family visited us recently. His real love is doing music which he is very good at. He gave us a little taste by playing at the open mic at our local pub. I was amazed at how good he’s become. It had been awhile since I had heard him sing, play piano and guitar. I got tears in my eyes hearing his poignant lyrics and passionate melodies.
In his day job, though, he’s a computer whiz-kid. He’s the tech guy for a large company and we got talking about the “net.” His feeling was that there was still very little real value being delivered. “The only industry that has consistently been making money from the beginning is pornography,” he told me. It got me thinking. Why do so many men use porn? What do they really want? Do they find what they are looking for?
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– Jed Diamond, 2014-11-25


The Men’s Retirement Group which usually meets on the 3rd Sundays , will meet the 2nd Sunday of February, the 8th, at the usual time of 5:30 pm. This group is for men who are thinking of retirement, or who have retired. It is an opportunity to share feelings with other men about the importance of work, and what happens when paid employment is no longer a part of a man’s life. – Norm Petrik, Facilitator

The next ManKind Project New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) for men in Minnesota will be hosted by Central Plains MKP in mid-April, 2015 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, 2014-11-03.

The TCMC Outreach and Support Group Sub-Committee will have its next meeting on Saturday, February 21st, 10:00am till noon.  On the agenda of this newly formed sub-committee is documenting our present activities, and defining our needs and goals for the future.  Participation is open to all. 
– Jim Heaney, 2015-01-15

TCMC Brainstorming Meeting. 
There will be a Brainstorming Session held at TCMC  Saturday March 28, 2015 at 10am-12 noon.  The purpose for this session is for TCMC Board Members, members of TCMC and supporters to collectively brainstorm, assess, and rank the needs of TCMC, and develop a course of action/timeline to address those need(s) we feel are most important and attainable.  

This meeting will be very informal yet structured and a lot of fun.  It’s a great way for us to come together in the spirit of improving TCMC and all ideas are welcomed.  While we understand that not every idea will warrant an action it is our goal to ignite some sort of change weather it’s a new committee or understanding of resources TCMC has not explored.

If you are not able to attend this session there will be another session the last Saturday in September.  If you have any questions please feel free to email Damon Starks at