60 & beyond, September

September 1 – Every man should know how to properly sharpen a knife using a whetstone and steel.  Forget those crummy ceramic sticks, and please don’t use a grinder unless you are reshaping the edge – even then, learn how to do it correctly.

September 2 – Every man should know how to plug a punctured tire.

September 3 – Every man should know how to build a fire.

September 4 – Every man should practice fasting.  It’s a notable spiritual discipline as well as a practical physical discipline in the event of times like a weather emergency, outdoor crisis, unexpected travel, health crisis (i.e., “nothing after midnight”), etc.

September 5 – Every man should know how to approximate the time of day by the sun’s position in the sky.

September 6 – Every man should know the phases of the moon, and what it means when the moon is waxing or waning, new of full.

September 7 – Every man should know how to tie several useful knots.

September 8 – Every man should know how to handle himself around water like swim, rescue, tread, fish, boat, and purify.

September 9 – Every man should know how to use a paper map and a mechanical compass.  At the least he should know how to read a map without using technology.

September 10 – Every man should know the edible wild plants indigenous to his area and the area he visits.

September 11 – Every man should know how to use a sarong, a real man’s sarong like that used by manly men in Asia and the Pacific Islands, and other parts of the world.  He might even learn how to wear one.

September 12 – Every man should know how to cook.

September 13 – Every man should know how to skip a rock on the water.

September 14 – Every man should know how to throw a ball.

September 15 – Every man should know how to sew.

September 16 – Every man should know how to be a gentleman.  At the least he should know how to treat a lady.

September 17 – Every man should know how to change a baby’s diaper.

September 18 – Every man should know how to write in cursive legibly and correctly.

September 19 – Every man should sign his name so that it can be easily read yet still look distinguished.

September 20 – Every man should know how to properly skinny dip.

September 21 – Every man should know something about music.

September 22 – Every man should know how to talk with a boy about sexuality:  to tell a boy that he is created a man in the image of God; to remind a boy that he is to be a man and not a feminine man and not a man who thinks he’s a female; to show a boy that his manhood is revealed by his penis, testicles, pubic hair, facial hair, the testosterone his male body produces, and his male DNA; to clarify for a boy the eternal limits of his maleness and his masculinity; to model for a boy a healthy, holy, and unashamed view of the naked male body; and to teach a boy chivalry, duty, honor, and bravery…  to teach him that which is not feminine for him to think about, act upon, or pretend to be.

September 23 – Every man should know how to say, “No, you can’t borrow my truck.”

September 24 – Every man should have the courage of his own convictions, without compromise, without wavering, and without feeling for those who want him to compromise and waver.

September 25 – Every man should learn something about a subject for which he has little or no interest, or which he doesn’t really like.

September 26 – Every man should know how to correctly count back change when completing a purchase.

September 27 – Every man should know how to appreciate art.  Real art.  Not paint randomly tossed at a canvas or junkyard parts welded into haphazard shapes, but art that melds abstruseness with articulation, form with formlessness, incredulity with intent, obscurity with obviousness, randomness with reason, shade with shadow, and statement with story.  And all of these with each of these.

September 28 – Every man should compose at least one poem in his lifetime.  Something with rhyme and meter, meaning and expression. 

September 29 – Every man should know how to make a little child laugh.

September 30 – Every man should know the Lordship of Jesus in his life.

 

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