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Sunday Firesides: Die Red

Emerson said that the average man is “born red, and dies gray.” By this, he meant that when a baby arrives in the world, and inhales his first lungfuls of earthly air, the child turns ruddy in hue, flushed with the vigor and vitality of new life. Thereafter, however, at least once the bloom of youth has expired, this scarlet sap slowly drains away. ...

How to Pack a Backpack for Backpacking

Next week, Kate and I will be joining a friend in Colorado for a backpacking trip. We’ve gone on a few trips in the past few years and each time we go, we figure out something new to make the next excursion more enjoyable.  One part of the backpacking pursuit that I’m constantly refining is how to pack my backpack so it feels as comfortable as possible...

Why Every Man Should Have 3 Signature Dishes

I started baking bread a few years ago. The simplicity appealed to me. With just four ingredients — flour, salt, yeast, and water — I could make a hearty, delicious loaf of bread. I started, as one does with any new recipe, by hewing to the ingredients and directions as closely as possible. Over time, as I got more comfortable with it, I not only used...

Podcast #717: The Fraught, Relatable Relationship Between Winston Churchill and His Son

Winston Churchill once said of his only son: “I love Randolph, but I don’t like him.” It’s a sentiment many a parent with a tumultuous relationship with one of their children can relate to, and well describes both how Winston felt about Randolph, and how Randolph felt about his father. My guest today details Winston and Randolph’s incredibly close...

Bro Basics: Lat Pulldowns

Welcome back to Bro Basics, a series which covers exercises that are popular and can be useful but are often done inadequately and solely for aesthetics, and shows the exercises’ broader function and how to perform them correctly. While we’ve previously covered two free weight exercises — the bicep curl and the tricep extension — today we tackle an...

Podcast #716: How to Make Your Life More Effortless

When we’re failing to do the things that are most important in our lives, the typical diagnosis of the problem is to believe we’re simply not working hard enough, and the typical solution to the problem is to put in more effort, apply more discipline, and grind it out. My guest would say that we’re thinking about both the root and the remedy of the...

Sunday Firesides: Despise Not the Thing That Would Save You

In the heat of the afternoon, a stag stopped at a pool in the woods to drink. Seeing his reflection in its still waters, he took a moment to survey himself from head to foot. He admiringly apprised the shape and size of his noble, wide-spreading antlers. Yet he looked with disapproval upon his legs, which to him seemed shamefully spindly and weak —...

Get Better Without Torturing Yourself: The Power of Temptation Bundling

Everyone knows how difficult it can be to achieve goals and follow through on new, positive habits. We want to exercise, but it’s so much easier to watch Netflix. We want to homecook our meals, but it’s so much more convenient to order food on DoorDash. We want to knock a bunch of errands off our to-do lists, but it’s so much more relaxing to hang around...

Top 10 Gifts for Father’s Day 2021 (+ Giveaway!)

Dads aren’t usually very picky about Father’s Day presents — if you get them something, anything — they’re typically simply tickled pink that someone remembered them at all. Those low expectations are going work to your advantage this year — because this year, you’re not only going to remember to get your Pops something for Father’s Day, you’re going...

Podcast #715: What’s the Most Sustainable Diet?

If you’re someone who wants to lose weight, you’ve probably spent some time thinking about and experimenting with different diets. Browse the literal shelves of a bookstore or the metaphorical ones of the internet, and you can find thousands of options to choose from, each with their ardent fans and supposedly decisive rationales. But which diet really...

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