On World Children’s Day – How a poolside encounter reminded me what truly counts

On World Children's Day, let me share about a recent poolside encounter. A couple of weeks ago, I overheard an interesting conversation between a male who looked to be in his late 50's and a young boy about my son's age of 12. The exchange took place at a neighbourhood pool where I go for … Continue reading On World Children’s Day – How a poolside encounter reminded me what truly counts

IMD 2021 — Towards better gender relationships

What a difference a year makes to International Men's Day (IMD)! For those not in the know (and I'm guessing that's most of us!), there really is such a thing as an annual IMD, and it's happening in two days' time on Nov 19. A year ago, I wrote about IMD. At that time, I … Continue reading IMD 2021 — Towards better gender relationships

How to retire well #2 of 3: Know who you are and what you love

So last week I started this mini-series to talk about how to retire well. You do that you know, when you're like me; a man past 50, increasingly living on borrowed time! In that post, I talked about the first of three important truths I've come to embrace: If we don't want to suffer retirement … Continue reading How to retire well #2 of 3: Know who you are and what you love

How to retire well #1 of 3: Have a plan “with legs”

Two days from now is the annual UN International Day of Older Persons and one thing remains unchanged. Despite the inevitability of it, few of us bother to plan for the day we retire. Until recently, I would include myself in that unfortunate lot. Why unfortunate? Studies show many of us who fail to plan … Continue reading How to retire well #1 of 3: Have a plan “with legs”

Mental Wellbeing #2 of 2: Parents, listen without prejudice!

Last week I wrote about the unfortunate, ongoing trend of parents who don't listen to their kids, invariably leading many of them into depression. Or worse. Today, I want to share some practical strategies to help parents, should mental health issues ever surface in our children. It'll also be my way to archive valuable info … Continue reading Mental Wellbeing #2 of 2: Parents, listen without prejudice!

Mental Wellbeing #1 of 2: Parents, we must listen. Now!

Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day. It takes place every year on September 10. Three days ago, I posted about one possible emerging trend related to suicide. One that, if not addressed, might make matters worse for grown men everywhere (feel free to check it out here if you've yet to). Today I want to … Continue reading Mental Wellbeing #1 of 2: Parents, we must listen. Now!

Suicide — Are more men aging and dying alone?

Two days from now is World Suicide Prevention Day, observed every 10 September. With one in 100 deaths globally a suicide, and the far higher number of loved ones impacted by it, suicide is undeniably a serious life-and-death matter that needs to be addressed and discussed more. After all, it ought to be the one … Continue reading Suicide — Are more men aging and dying alone?

A “council of wise men” for my sons?

Ever since Avengers Endgame, I've taken to telling my sons each night before bedtime that I love them "3,000". Those who watched the film will know what I mean. {For those who didn't, stay with me til the end of this post and I'll tell you.} Since they were babies, I've always tucked my boys … Continue reading A “council of wise men” for my sons?

Even with special needs dads, it’s still about men ‘doing’ not ‘being’

Photo by MD Duran on Unsplash This is a cautionary tale about what happens when men come together. Cautionary, at least, for men like me who are more into 'being' than 'doing'. Let me explain. I still remember the meetings. A few of us fathers with special needs children started coming together in 2019 to … Continue reading Even with special needs dads, it’s still about men ‘doing’ not ‘being’

International MEN’S Day?! Today? Shut up!

Photo by BROTE studio on Pexels.com That's right. You heard me. Today's International Men's Day! Well, all I can say is... WHAT??!! I mean we're all over the place when it comes to the women, right? There's the far more famous annual International Women's Day (IWD) on March 8th, which I wrote about before. Also, … Continue reading International MEN’S Day?! Today? Shut up!