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Never Underestimate the Bolo Tie, Baby

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Never Underestimate the Bolo Tie, Baby
My family has roots in New Mexico going back for centuries. I have ancestors on my dad’s side of the family that immigrated to New Mexico from Spain back in the 1600s when the area was that country’s colony. Lots of Sanchez’s and Chavez’s in my lineage. Other ancestors of mine from Switzerland, France, and […]
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Podcast #423: How to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster

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Podcast #423: How to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster
We’ve all probably thought about it. What would we do and how would we fare after a societal collapse? My guest today has spent his career helping individuals get ready for such a situation. His name is James Rawles. He’s the owner of survivalblog.com and the author of several bestselling books on prepping, including How […]
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What Every Young Man Should Understand About the Power of Compound Interest

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What Every Young Man Should Understand About the Power of Compound Interest
“Compound interest is the Eighth Wonder of the World. He who understands it, earns it; he who doesn’t, pays it.” Albert Einstein supposedly said that. Lots of quotes get attributed to him that he didn’t actually say, and this may be one of them; I personally don’t see the guy who imagined riding a light […]
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A Lesson From Ernest Hemingway in Why You Should Plan Your Weekends

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A Lesson From Ernest Hemingway in Why You Should Plan Your Weekends
When Ernest Hemingway was working on the manuscript of a book about his safari in Africa, he played with a passage (which he later deleted) that listed all the things he loved and loved to do. He began with seeing, hearing, eating, drinking, sleeping, and reading; looking at pictures, cities, oceans, fishes, and fighting; thinking […]
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How to Sew Leather (and Other Tough Materials)

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How to Sew Leather (and Other Tough Materials)
Editor’s Note: This is a guest article by Michael Magnus. It may seem like sewing is an exclusively feminine pursuit (outside the tailoring profession), but dating back to the Paleolithic age, rudimentary sewing techniques were a vital necessity for staying alive. Sewing isn’t just about making decorative doilies, but also knowing how to quickly stitch something […]
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How to Barricade a Door

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How to Barricade a Door
In an active shooter situation, your first priority is to run. If you can’t do that, the next best option is to hide, and to hide in a room with a locking door. Attackers are looking for easy targets, and will often bypass a locked door without trying to breach it. If the door of […]
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Podcast #422: Men & Manners — Tipping, Emojis, and Much More

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Podcast #422: Men & Manners — Tipping, Emojis, and Much More
They say that manners make the man. But how do you display good manners without coming off as awkward and in a way that elevates life both for yourself and for others? Today I bring back writer David Coggins to discuss etiquette and manners in the modern age. I had David on the show a […]
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Like Our Illustrated Guides? Get One as a Poster!

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Like Our Illustrated Guides? Get One as a Poster!
Since 2011, we’ve worked with talented illustrator Ted Slampyak to create hundreds of vintage-inspired, illustrated how-to guides. During that time we’ve had folks ask us to make his illustrated guides available as posters for purchase in the AoM Store.  The problem we’ve run into is how to manage inventory on these illustrated guide posters. I […]
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Saving for Your Kids’ College Education: A Primer on the 529

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Saving for Your Kids’ College Education: A Primer on the 529
Should parents help pay for their kids’ college education? It’s an issue folks have varied and strong opinions on, but if you fall into the camp that plans to pay for all, or part, of your children’s tuition and expenses, you’ll want to start budgeting for that future outlay as soon as possible. Among all […]
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Podcast #421: Why You Need a Philosophical Survival Kit

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Podcast #421: Why You Need a Philosophical Survival Kit
Admiral James Stockdale was a fighter pilot and POW in Vietnam for seven years. During his imprisonment, he was regularly tortured and beaten, and often held in solitary confinement.  Despite the emotional, mental, and physical trauma he faced day in and day out, Stockdale survived and came home to become an influential public figure.  How […]
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Ernest Hemingway as a Case Study in Living the T-Shaped Life

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Ernest Hemingway as a Case Study in Living the T-Shaped Life
F. Scott Fitzgerald thought his fellow writer and (sometimes) friend Ernest Hemingway possessed the most dynamic personality in the world and “always longed to absorb into himself some of the qualities that made Ernest attractive.” Other friends and observers of Hemingway remarked on the “strange power of his presence,” his “poise and strength,” and a […]
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Podcast #420: What Makes Your Phone So Addictive & How to Take Back Your Life

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Podcast #420: What Makes Your Phone So Addictive & How to Take Back Your Life
If you’re like most people, you’ve got a powerful computer in your back pocket that allows you to listen to this podcast, check the score of your favorite team, and learn the population of Mickey Mantle’s hometown of Commerce, OK (answer: 2,473). Our smartphones are a blessing, but for many people they can also feel […]
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The 7 Habits: Think Win/Win

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The 7 Habits: Think Win/Win
Welcome back to our monthly series that summarizes, expands, and riffs on each of the seven habits laid out in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. The first of Covey’s 7 Habits are what he calls the “habits of private victory”: Being Proactive, Beginning With the End in Mind, and Putting First Things First prompt […]
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My Favorite AOM Podcast Interviews This Year (So Far)

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My Favorite AOM Podcast Interviews This Year (So Far)
Over the years doing the AOM podcast, I’ve had the chance to talk to hundreds of writers, scholars, and experts from a wide variety of fields and walks of life. The goal of the podcast is the same as the website: to provide information to help men live a well-rounded and flourishing life. Episodes explore […]
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Podcast #417: Expect Great Things — The Mystical Life of Henry David Thoreau

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Podcast #417: Expect Great Things — The Mystical Life of Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau is one of America’s most influential thinkers and writers. 164 years after it was published, Walden continues to inspire readers to get out into nature and march to the beat of their own drummer.  But what was the worldview of the man who wrote those immortal words?  Well, for one thing, Thoreau […]
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JFK on the Dangers of Americans Getting Soft

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JFK on the Dangers of Americans Getting Soft
Editor’s note: On December 26, 1960, Sports Illustrated published “The Soft American” by John F. Kennedy, in which the then president-elect outlined his concern over the deteriorating physical condition of Americans, argued for the importance of fitness in developing the potential of the “whole man” and the future health of the country, and detailed his plan to […]
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Podcast #418: How to Get Unstuck

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Podcast #418: How to Get Unstuck
Do you feel stuck in moving forward with your plans and goals in life? Well my guest today has some no-nonsense advice on how to shift out of neutral and get going again. His name is Bernie Roth. He’s the co-founder of the Stanford design school and the author of The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and […]
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How to Make a Cornhole Game

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How to Make a Cornhole Game
Variations of the game of cornhole — in which players attempt to pitch bean bags through the hole of a raised platform — date back to the 19th century, and today it remains a great summertime lawn game. It’s relaxing and just plain fun; kids like it, grown-ups like it, and it’s so low-key you […]
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The Monthly Huckberry Giveaway: June 2018

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The Monthly Huckberry Giveaway: June 2018
Below you’ll find some of my favorite recent offerings from Huckberry. Enter the giveaway to win any of these items, or anything else available in their store (up to a value of $500). My Picks This Month 1. Leatherman Skeletool. Leatherman has expanded their line-up to include pocketknives, which still boast every iota of reliability and […]
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How to Make Your Own BBQ Sauce

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How to Make Your Own BBQ Sauce
While a good BBQ spice rub is usually more important to achieving lip-smacking taste, many backyard grilling enthusiasts also love to slather a sauce on their fire-cooked meats. Be it as a marinade or a sandwich topping, the right sauce can really enhance the flavor of just about any of your BBQ favorites. Pre-bottled sauces […]
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