“A Tale of Two Cities” —7 Reasons Why London Beats Los Angeles

2017-10-22T15:32:30+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|

Frank Blaney, a life-long Angeleno points out how the radically different environments of London and Los Angeles compare for men’s health, sanity, and quality of life in this “Tale of Two Cities.” As a lifelong resident of Los Angeles (born, raised, and subjected to interminable internment) I have an intimate knowledge of “La La Land.” Yet, recently [...]

Are ‘Men’s Fitness’ Routines Damaging Your Health?

2017-10-15T14:04:47+00:00 October 15th, 2017|

Author Frank Blaney challenges men’s popular conceptions what it means to be “healthy” and “fit.” Are we killing ourselves by imitating “men’s fitness” hype? American men of all ages are subjected to ‘body shaming.’  Not nearly to the degree that the women in our society are, but still enough to cause psychological and physical damage. [...]

Manhood is Not in Our Groin—It’s in Our Breath

2017-10-08T11:14:53+00:00 October 8th, 2017|

"As I faced many crisis growing up, I always strove for my own ideal of manhood---to be calm as a rock in the storm." From an early age, American boys are brainwashed that their manhood lies between legs. The essence of a “masculine man” lies in what he is able to do with his penis. [...]

Why Men Desperately Need Old Friends

2017-10-01T15:12:06+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

There is an extremely helpful antidote for men being eaten up by distrust of our fellow man---a long term friend.  Many of the men I have known and work with over the years bear the same general baggage I haul around---“trust issues.”  Guilty as charged, indeed, I do.  Having been burned in relationships with women [...]

A Woman Taught Me How to Be a Man—by Frank Blaney

2017-09-24T15:25:27+00:00 September 24th, 2017|

“I saw the flesh and blood answer of how to be a real man---in the strength of a woman.” My mother taught me everything I know about how to be “a MAN.”  Early on in my training as a violence prevention educator, I went through a group training exercise called, “The Strongest Man You Know.”  [...]

“Why American Men Love Violence” by Frank Blaney

2017-09-17T13:48:26+00:00 September 17th, 2017|

Why do American men love violence? American males, regardless of their ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, etc. are “baptized” into violence. American males, regardless of their ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, etc. are “baptized” into violence. Within our political, cultural, and historical context, it is the air we first breathe upon as we exit the [...]

The Lost Legacy of ‘White Men’ One man’s profound reflection on the poisoned ‘gift’ of whiteness.

2017-07-19T09:27:13+00:00 July 19th, 2017|

    I recently returned to African soil from a first-time visit to rural Ireland, my ancestral homeland. Setting my feet again deep in African soil, feeling the languorous caress of Senegal’s breeze, the warming embrace from her sun on this continent that all life began was deeply revitalizing and invigorating. It calmed my body, [...]

Why are Men so Fearful of Healing? An Open Letter to My Brothers.

2017-07-19T09:33:09+00:00 July 19th, 2017|

As modern men seek healthier paradigms of masculinity, we must provide “counter-stories” for the young men and boys in our world. June 12, 2017 by Frank Blaney  For a man to commit to healing is to open their innermost being to the chaotic unpredictability of the Universe. To feel her profound caress is to risk [...]