Rise of the Ronin

Amidst the Fall of the Empire

I Don’t Know What This “Ronin” Thing Is

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016

I Don’t Know What This “Ronin” Thing Is

But I know I gotta do it. A whole bunch of men–and especially young men–in my life, need conversations with other man about what’s missing and what’s fucked up in their life that the rest of the worlds seems not to notice or understand. When no one else in your life is talking about something that’s a real part of your life, you can start go feel crazy.  Is...

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WHY “Rise of the Ronin”?

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015

The Ronin initiatives found on this site are very personal for me.  There are many things I could choose to be investing my time and energy in, and I choose this because I feel so strongly about the bullshit that many young men are expected to accept and compromises they are expected to make. For me, it reminds me of my early circumstances as a teenager and young man, and those of my younger...

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Ronin & The Honor Quest

Posted by on Dec 5, 2015

The ronin, or man who has betrayed the honor code of his people and honor role he was expected to fulfill for his people, may now be “free,” but only superficially so.  Affecting his inner guidance will naturally be the shame, fear, guilt and doubt that is natural when one betrays the honor code, the honor role, the culture he once embraced and followed and the people who were his...

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Rebellion: Our Only Hope?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014

Rebellion: Our Only Hope?

Faced with the growing tyranny of the state and the truth of the nature of the American Empire, we have a number of choices… We can hope Obama will save us, or look for some great leader to deliver us. There is a felt sense of “honor” that can come from standing with the great leader, and going to war as one of the true believers. We can hope rebellion will save us and count upon...

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Was My Father A Good Man?

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014

Was My Father A Good Man?

I spent winter back in the states, and I was visiting my sister and her family when my birthday hit. My brother-in-law, a film maker, spread a bunch of his DVDs out on the table. I was to pick a movie for the family to watch. There’s often a familiar theme to the films I choose to watch. Often it’s a longing for a connection to Honor, to Father, to Hero, to Warrior. One of the...

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Finding A Home For His Son

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014

Finding A Home For His Son

As I work on my book, I am recalling the stories of my life, and I intend to share some of them here although they won’t all make it into the book. I find it powerful to find ways to share stories of my past in ways that restore a tradition of honor to my family. This morning I’m reflecting on a time in my life that was difficult for me, and getting curious what it must have been...

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