Go Ahead, Dude, Read that Novel

If you’re planning a vacation this summer, then you know there’s nothing like lazing by a pool while sipping a cool bottle of sarsaparilla and reading a good book. Let’s make that a good novel. That might sound strange coming from an author who makes his living writing nonfiction, but I hope that men everywhere [Read More...]

The Death of Masculinity? (Hank Hill Part 2)

A lot of men (mostly young men) tell me that they don’t feel like a man.  They don’t even know what that looks like.  I tell them, “If you want to feel like a man, then you have to act like one.  If you wait until you feel like a man before you start acting [Read More...]

Why men aren’t stepping up

Men just aren’t as important as they once were. Suddenly, society can get along quite well with just a handful of them. [Read more...]

Whatever Happened to Hank Hill Masculinity? Part 1

While most TV sit-coms make fun of men or make them look like bumbling idiots (i.e. – The Simpsons, Family Guy, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, etc.), the long running animated television show King of the Hill was slightly different. The show revolved around Hank Hill, a middle-class, red-necked, middle-aged white guy [Read More...]

Boundaries Make Boys into Men

This past season, several high-profile college head football and basketball coaches have been vilified and lost their jobs due to the perception that they harshly enforced disciplinary methods upon a player or players in their program. I’m not defending these coaches’ methods as I do not know the situation, but here’s what I do know. [Read More...]

Symbols of Glory–Why They Matter

All men have a yearning for greatness, for significance. We want to know we came from a noble heritage or lineage. My great-grandfather, Olaf Landsverk, immigrated to this country from Norway in 1916 as a teenager. Because we come from a Scandinavian bloodline, my son likes to think he is descended from Vikings. He likes [Read More...]

Daddy’s Girl (part 2)

Part two of this article looks at the incredible potential fathers have to influence the choices their daughters make.  This significant paternal influence was illustrated to me very powerfully recently.  The other day my teenage daughter was watching a modeling program on television.  On this episode, as part of their training, the young women hoping [Read More...]

Lessons learned from drunk kings and naked women

King Herod was his name, and he did plenty of things wrong. That’s why I like this story. Herod acted just like any other guy is prone to act, including me. On his birthday, maybe about 30 A.D., King Herod threw a big bash for his high officials and military commanders, all the leading men [Read More...]