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Bike Maintenance 101: How to Patch an Inner Tube

The bicycle is one of the greatest tools of self-reliance.  Without any need for electricity or gas, it can carry you far distances.  But bikes only work towards your self-sufficiency if you know how to maintain them. They may have fewer complications than an automobile, but they’re still machines that can break down and need to be repaired.   Several...

The Basic Dance Step Every Man Should Know

There was a time when learning to ballroom dance was part of every gentleman’s education. You had to be able to show up to a formal ball, ready to lead some swell debutantes around the room and show off your fancy footwork.  These days, more formal dances are few and far between, being primarily comprised of high school proms and weddings. Since almost...

Podcast #805: How to Get Your Anger Under Control

When you look back on the moments you regret most in your life, a fair number of them likely involved you being angry. And if these cringe-inducing, life- and relationship-damaging moments happen more often than you’d like, then it’s time to start thinking about how to get a handle on your anger. My guest today offers help in that process. His name...

Could Physical Activity Be the Solution to . . . (Almost) Everything?

When it comes to the biggest problems in modern Western society, things like obesity, anxiety, depression, and of course, COVID-19, surely rank near the top of the list. Every year, the United States spends $200 billion on mental health services, another $200 billion on conditions related to obesity, and has thus far spent trillions on the pandemic. ...

Podcast #804: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile

In the 19th century, the source of the Nile River remained one of the greatest mysteries of geographic exploration. The story of how the British eventually found it is one of adventure, danger, and bravery, but also arrogance, envy, and resentment. Here to offer some snapshots from this dramatic expedition is Candice Millard, author of River of the...

Sunday Firesides: Why Isn’t Common Sense More Common?

Every time you turn around, you see decisions being made by individuals and institutions that seem head-scratchingly hard to comprehend. In light of the facts on the ground, the wisest course seems obvious, and yet the very opposite path is chosen. If it seems we’re suffering a deficit in common sense, it’s for this reason: there are multiple meanings...

Podcast #803: How Your Expectations Can Change Your Life

During World War II, Henry Beecher, an anesthesiologist serving in the U.S. Army, noticed that 32% of the soldiers he treated for horrific battle wounds felt no pain. A further 44% experienced only slight or mild discomfort, despite the fact they had shrapnel embedded in their bodies. Beecher hypothesized that the euphoria of surviving battle resulted...

The Philosophy Textbook Every Man Should Own

If you’ve been following AoM long enough, you know I like philosophy. I’ve written about philosophy on the site and talked to lots of philosophers on the podcast.  Philosophy isn’t some esoteric practice for me. It’s practical. I turn to philosophy to figure out how to live a good and meaningful life.  But it’s also just fun. For me, at least. I enjoy...

Podcast #802: Stress-Free Small Talk

If making small talk makes someone anxious, it may just be because they have a fear of such interactions, and my guest today, Rich Gallagher, can help them overcome it through his practice as a therapist. Or, someone’s anxiety around small talk can be based in part on simply not knowing how to do it, and in that case, Rich helps them by teaching them...

A Chill Dude Style Staple: The Classic Camp Collar Shirt

Summer is almost here so I’ve been thinking about refreshing my wardrobe for the warmer weather.  Dressing for warm weather has always been befuddling for me. I usually end up wearing a simple t-shirt with a pair of shorts. If I need to dress up a bit, I’ll go with a polo shirt. But sometimes a polo shirt feels a little too dressy, or at least a little...

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