What Channel Are You Watching?

Your thoughts influence your feelings, remember?

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” – St. Paul (Philippians 4:8 – The Message)   Bear with me today. I want […]

So, How Have YOU Been?

What I did on my summer blogging sabbatical

“Rest and be thankful.” ― William Wordsworth First, I want to thank all of you who read these words of mine — and the thoughts that inspire them. And I want to welcome you to the third year of Ontozoan — One Real Life. As some of you may know, I took a three-month hiatus […]

Re-post: How Cultivating Resilience Can Save Your Life

Suicide sucks -- ask the ones who've been there. Oh wait.

“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13 (MSG) […]

Re-post: The Fence That Me And Shorty Built

Cowboy wisdom that city-slickers can put to work

Here’s a trip back to the poetry corner.  If you’re discouraged about the kind of work that’s available to you currently, you might find this helpful.  Here’s cowboy poet Red Steagall: The Fence That Me and Shorty Built We’d picked up all the fencing tools And staples off the road An extra roll of “bob” […]

Re-Post: Stay Hungry

Put your desire to work

“A worker’s appetite works for him; his mouth urges him on” — Proverbs 16:26 (ESV) If you follow current events, you know the economic news is mixed.  On one hand, the price of crude oil  has dropped to its lowest in a decade or more, making a gallon of gas much more affordable.  On the other […]

Re-post: Sometimes All You Need is the Right Equipment

Do you have what it takes?

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford It’s been some time since we visited the poetry corner. Here for your enjoyment is a poem by Edgar A. Guest: EQUIPMENT Figure it out for yourself, my lad, You’ve all that the greatest of men have had, Two arms, two […]

Re-post: How To Be The Perfect Wedding Guest

Create the best kind of impression

“A guest never forgets the host who had treated him kindly.” -Homer Now that it’s springtime, it’s officially Wedding Season.  Soon you’ll start receiving wedding invitations, and perhaps even requests to stand with one of your friends as a groomsman or even as best man.  If this is new territory for you, here are some tips […]

Re-post: What Ballroom Dancing Can Teach You

Bust a move, cotillion-style!

“Ballroom dancing made a man of me.” -Paul McCartney The mission of this blog is to motivate and inspire you to embrace Thriving Authentic Masculinity and to become the best possible version of yourself.  Toward that end, we engage topics that affect your physical, emotional and spiritual health, along with subjects that can help you […]

Re-post: A Boat is a Hole in the Water

A tale of unsinkable integrity

“Dear friend, if you’ve gone into hock with your neighbor or locked yourself into a deal with a stranger, If you’ve impulsively promised the shirt off your back and now find yourself shivering out in the cold, Friend, don’t waste a minute, get yourself out of that mess. You’re in that man’s clutches!” -Proverbs 6: 1- 5 […]

Re-post: Why Chastity Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

That word...

“Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues.” – C.S. Lewis The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies of all time.  (If you haven’t seen it, go watch it now.  I’ll wait.) In a famous scene, one of the villain Vezzini’s henchmen, a Spanish swordsman named Inigo Montoya, corrects his boss.  Vezzini […]