Thanks to the efforts of Hank Blackwell and a host of contributors, the first assembled, edited and published edition of Man Alive! since the last printed version in 2008 has been produced and published for your reading pleasure.  No, it is not a paper edition (as these things have become too expensive and difficult to produce), but it is a 30-page printable Acrobat PDF version.  For those who like the feel of a printed version, just add your own printer and 30 blank pages and you can make your own.

To download the Spring 2018 version of Man Alive!, just click here and save a local copy to your computer (for printing) or just read it online.

If you have something you would like to contribute for subsequent issues, PLEASE contribute by sending your poems, stories, essays, or other musings to Hank Blackwell via Email below.  Hank would also welcome your comments, feedback, suggestions, praise or thanks.  This can also include your offers to assist in helping to put the next edition together.  Hank my be reached via Email to hbfire88@gmail.com.

We have added a couple of new interactive features to the NMMW web site to help better serve our community.  These are also linked on the menu lines (the nondescript text items just above this post) but the links below provide direct access.  Here’s what’s new:

A Contact Page (http://www.nmmw.org/contact/) has been added to enable members and visitors to communicate directly with NMMW about items of interest.  We will be “fielding” anything you send here and directing it to the person most able to answer your questions.  There is also a place on the form where you can add your Email to our announcement list to be alerted about upcoming events and Men’s Wellness news.

We also have a new Donation Page (http://www.nmmw.org/about/donate/) that can be used to make tax-deductible donations to help support the work of NMMW by contributing online (Credit cards accepted).  This new page replaces our previous one and includes security features to prevent fraudulent use of the page.

In the next few months, we are also looking at updating our website to a more modern interactive interface that should make navigating our site easier and more intuitive.  Please stay tuned!

 

We lost an amazing young man with a kind heart, fantastic mind, and beautiful soul this week – our dear, young brother, Caleb Beck.

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(This obit was written by Hannah Beck, Caleb’s sister, and posted on Caleb’s Facebook page, and is reposted here by request of Caleb’s father, Robby Beck.)

It is with enormous pain that I share the news with you: Caleb Beck was found dead August 11, 2016 in his Albuquerque home. Caleb was 28 years old. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Kenneth Beck, and his maternal Aunt, Jill Cooper. He is survived by his Mother, Judith Cooper; his father, Robert Beck; his sisters, Meg Hendricks and Hannah Beck; his Granny, Mary Alice Beck; his Grandma and Poppy, Rena and Ronald Cooper; his Uncle, Ronnie Cooper; his Aunts, Gladie Green and Kitty Martin; as well as many other beloved extended family members.

Caleb was born December 3, 1987, in Clayton, New Mexico. He attended school at Texline ISD through 8th grade. Caleb then spent two-and-a-half years at New Mexico Military Institute, before attending and graduating from Clayton High School in 2006. Caleb had since lived in many places, including Tucomon, Argentina; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Landmark College in Putney, Virginia; Disney World in Orlando, Florida; and the University of Southern Oregon in Ashland, Oregon. He had completed his second year of UNM Law School before his death.

Caleb had “high highs” and “low lows”, and struggled with learning disabilities and finding life balance. However, Caleb’s life included much more: he had a great sense of humor, a vivid imagination, loved animals great and small, and had the ability to make friends wherever he went. He loved and was loved by many throughout his life. I welcome you to share your stories here on his Facebook page as a memorial.

At this time, we are planning a Celebration of Life gathering to take place in Clayton on September 10th. Time of day and location will be announced soon. I would like to ask you to honor Caleb by supporting your local mental health and community support systems, and your loved ones struggling with addiction and mental illness.

I know this will be a long haul for my family and Caleb’s friends. We are left with questions which may never be answered, but it is my fervent wish that we find forgiveness and compassion for ourselves, each other, and Caleb.

The public Celebration of Life for Caleb will be held on Saturday, September 10th at 12:00 noon at the Airpark, 2001 Water Street, in Clayton, NM, with a reception following at Caleb’s childhood home, 601 Main Street, Clayton, NM

qigong-snap1For many years Doug Booth has been offering a great morning practice of Qigong to participants in most NMMW gatherings (Spring, Summer and Fall).  Many, many men who have done the practice with Doug have requested some information about the movements to make it easier for them to practice on their own.  After searching his archives, Doug has located the original materials from his teacher that describe the 18 movements and include some advice about the best approach to a Qigong practice.   Now, through the magic of electronic document creation and this website, anyone interested in having their own Acrobat PDF copy can get it via a relatively simple mouse click.  Just click your mouse here and download your copy.  Please note that some web browsers do not like to display Acrobat PDF documents and you might have better results by right-clicking your mouse on the link and then saving the “link” to your own computer.

If you have any questions about the practice or would like to profusely thank Doug for making it available, please connect with him via Email to dougbooth4@gmail.com.

At the 2011 Summer Gathering, I, your webmaster Jim Connolly, using a recently acquired mini-HD video recorder, recorded an almost complete Qigong practice session (about 30 minutes) with Doug from warm-up through conclusion.  While the video is ofqigong-snap2 good quality, it includes has a lot of cross-talk and side chatter.  We had planned to clean it up, add titles and perhaps throw in some voice-overs, but there were some translation issues with the video formats, and it is likely to remain in its “raw” (but still useful) form.  I will be talking with Doug at the Spring Retreat about how we might best make this available for Men’s Wellness folks to use.  If you are someone who would have an interest in acquiring a home-made copy of the video for your personal use, please contact me (jrc347@gmail.com) and indicate your interest.  There will likely be a nominal cost associated with copying and getting it to you.

The pictures on this post are “snapshots” from the video from the 2011 Summer Gathering.

The free Acrobat PDF viewer is required to view and print the Qigong document linked here.  Click on the graphic below to download the viewer: Click to Download Adobe Acrobat Reader