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Sep 27, 2016

5 Movies That Left An Impression On Me

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindWe all watch a lot of movies these days, but only a few make an impression beyond the credits. Here are 5 of my favorites that left a mark.   

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Sep 27, 2016

40 Things You Can Do in One Minute or Less that Will Make Your Life That Much Better

A few years ago, I was attending a conference, and, as I recall, not really listening to the keynote speaker. It was one of those trying to eat-lunch-and-try-to-meet-new-people-and-I-can-barely-hear-from-the-back-of-the-room sort of things.

But, in a moment of unexpected drop in the banquet room din, I caught something that sunk in. The speaker, musing on happiness, suggested that it's all those little tasks and the clutter that hang over our heads and keep joy from settling in. That knowing you have a million little tasks to do is more stressful than actually doing those tasks. And it's not the big work projects, the term papers, the spring deep cleaning that keep us down, but the little stuff that piles up and creates anxiety about when we'll get it all done. 

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Aug 24, 2016

A Handy-Dandy Guide on How NOT to Be a Jerk at Restaurants

Dining out is one of life's simple pleasures. You shouldn't do it all the time, but it's a great treat when the time is right. But it's also a dialog - between you and the restaurant; between your table and the kitchen; between your server, your tablemates, and the rest of the dining room. 

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Aug 03, 2016

Why We Meditate (and We Think You Should, Too)

Why we meditate

This year Chris and I both started meditating, independently of each other. We got into the practice for different reasons, and with different approaches, but the thing we definitely both agree on is this: meditation is great. Since we're both newbie meditators who are getting a lot out of it, we thought we'd share a little about our experiences in hopes of encouraging a few of you out there to give it a try.

How did you start?

Bruno: I actually have tried meditation a few times over the last ten years or so, but never stuck with it for more than a couple of days. A few years back I picked up a copy of Mindfulness in Plain English (which

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Jul 26, 2016

5 Things I'd Tell My 20-Year-Old Self

Looking At The ValleyI actually don't remember a lot of the blur that of this exceptional decade in my life, but I do remember a few things I should have known. Here they are.   

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Jun 08, 2016

Don't Waste the Summer: 25 Things to Make the Ultimate Warm Weather Bucket List

Summer WishlistHere we are, staring at three months of sun, long evenings, and plenty of ways to spend your time. Don’t let this time slip away without a plan; make yourself a summer bucket list and you’ll swing into the season with some great stories and a bit more character under your belt.  

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May 12, 2016

10 Things Every Man Should Own [Spring Edition]

created at: 05/08/2013

Some of the most frequent kinds of questions ManMade receives are inquiries like, "I just graduated college and finally have a real income and I'd like to start investing in some long-lasting goods..." or "my fiancée's birthday is coming up, and I'd like to buy him something every guy should have..." In 2013, I've been giving my take on those essential items, offering a new collection of ten each season:  winter spring summer, and  fall .    Some of these you might already own, some of these you might need to upgrade to a quality version, and most of these apply to women and households too. Please let me know what you think, and what you'd add or take away in the comments below.    

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Feb 22, 2016

12 Things You'll Be Happy You Started Today

BridgeWhat were you doing a year ago? Do you remember what you were doing that day? What if that day, you started something great that changed your life for the better? Here's your chance to start something new.  

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Feb 09, 2016

How a Man Dies... and How to Prepare for It

created at: 02/09/2016

We've all got death ahead of us no matter what we do, and thus it's a topic that touches us all. Normally I wouldn't write about death or dying on a platform that is as centered around aesthetic sensibilities as ours is, but I know that many of our readers are interested in living an intentional and well-crafted life, and I found these three pieces of information to be particularly insightful pieces of that equation.    

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May 18, 2015

12 Life Lessons from Michael Caine

These "Life Lessons" from famous people go around the internet from time to time (and I've even posted some before) but this article from Jack Archer has truly practical advice that's all the more enjoyable to listen to coming from a master of cool...   

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Mar 16, 2015

How to: 7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life, by Bill Murray

Billy Murray

Bill Murray has made a name for himself not just in Hollywood classics such as Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, and Lost in Translation, but also as an all-around sweet guy with some playful eccentricities. Whether bombing wedding photos,  crashing college parties and staying late to do the dishes , or giving toasts at strangers' bachelor parties, the man seems to have kept a good head on his shoulders and is always doing something unique.   

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Mar 10, 2015

Some Seriously Good Life Advice on Taking Risks

Over the weekend, I was glancing through old screenshots on my tablet. See, I like to read magazines through the (very cool) app Zinio and free access to titles from my local library (yay libraries!). I will always take screenshots of interesting bits and photos I like, and store them in a folder...and then completely and entirely forget about them for the rest of time.

Or at least until I remember that I do that, and I go check out the archives.

Seriously Good Life Advice on Taking Risks

I stumbled across this one the other night,

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Feb 25, 2015

20 Pieces of Advice Every Man Should Hear

Here are 20 tidbits of advice Esquire believes every man ought to hear from some incredibly successful men.    

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Feb 12, 2015

Things My Uncle Taught Me: A Ship-Guiding Dolphin, Dictators Renaming Months, and Giving All You've Got.

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I have an Uncle John, and I imagine (statistically) most of you do as well. My Uncle John was a fantastic uncle to me growing up (and still is), but in particular, I remember him showing up on random occasions in my childhood with strong opinions and obscure stories that I took as the golden truth for much of my young life. As I got older, I was shocked to discover: 

They were actually true. Well, more or less...

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Jul 18, 2014

The Modern American Man, Charted

created at: 07/18/2014

This summer, All Things Considered has been looking at the lives of men in America, and so far, the research seems to indicate that the new American man doesn't look much like his father. 

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Jul 07, 2014

How to Fold a Pocket Square

Mr. Porter,  an online men's style shop, teamed up with Drake’s of London Creative Director Michael Hill for this helpful video on folding pocket squares. Mr. Hill (he seems more like a "Mr. Hill" than a "Mike," right?) offers four options for folding the same pocket square for four different looks: business, eccentric, casual, and elegant.    

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Jun 25, 2014

How to Be a Gentleman in the 21st Century

Chivalry isn't dead in 2014. It's just, you know, different. In the era of smart phones at dinner and social networking breakups and Google glass and streaming media and cigarettes that aren't really cigarettes but still kinda are, the be-a-good-guy rules still apply, they just need to be updated a bit.    

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Apr 15, 2014

For Men, Life Just Keeps Getting Better...Until It Doesn't

created at: 04/15/2014

We all know the stereotype of the grumpy old man. We've met him, we're related to him, he lives next door, some of us even have to work for him. 

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Mar 04, 2014

The ManMade Challenge: Why Every Man Should Try Something New for Lent This Year

 

I guess I should begin by saying that this is not a religious post, nor about theism or the lack thereof. It really isn't even about spirituality, though it could be if that's something you seek to cultivate. It I have my own relationship to those things, and I'm sure you do too. 

Rather, this is a reflection on personhood, on being a good man.   

Okay, with that said:   

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Sep 26, 2013

A Very Manly Day in the Life of Nick Offerman

created at: 09/26/2013

Actor, author, and all around masculine archetype Nick Offerman pokes a little fun at his cult status as the epitome of manliness. In this dialog-free video, Nick awakes in the woods and walks through his everyday routine of eating raw onions and drinking motor oil, 

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