Saturday, February 25, 2006

For fun, we have setup a CafePress account for ‘Finding Our Fire’ products.. check it out!

For fun we set up a CafePress account for Finding Our Fire products. Go to this link to see it:
It is one of the many ways we are looking to give value and offset expenses for the volunteer Men’s & Women’s Inquiry. We get about a dollar or two per product and if that exceeds $6.00 per month, we pay for the service and make a dollar as well. So if you see something you like, your purchase will be appreciated. It will keep growing so check back. I designed all the versions of the products and of course the cover with advisement of my beautiful and creative wife Barbara Carr Brossman. She co-leads the women’s inquiry with Amy Sky. Barbara’s website is and Amy’s is Please check them both out as well!

Another way to help us is by buying any books from The Men’s Inquiry website ( ), The Women’s Inquiry website ( ) & my business website’s book list: ( ) we receive a small percentage from .

Currently led by Barbara Carr ( ) & Amy Sky ( ) A big thank you to both for their help!

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Friday, February 24, 2006

About the cover of "Finding Our Fire"

About the cover of "Finding Our Fire": I (Martin Brossman) created it completely at an intuitive level, keeping my ‘right brain’/logical/critical side out of it. It represents passion as well as struggle. I have used a photo of my own hands along with a younger photo of myself making a sword move from Aikido. The fire, the sword, the man, and the hands together are symbols of man's strength and passion, as well as his personal struggles. The cover art is not to be taken literally. It can be seen as evocative symbolism for men's need to express their deepest emotions without resorting to outbursts of anger or violence. Just as the martial artist controls his world of physical strength and emotion simultaneously, the art of a well-lived life requires a man to control his personal "fire" in order to live amicably with others; yet he can not completely douse that fire if he hopes to retain the energy and power he needs to successfully move through his work and personal life with dignity and respect. In the same vein, the title, "Finding Our Fire", is using the word "fire" metaphorically, referring to strength, personal courage and heartfelt emotion. See the cover at

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This is about the book "Finding Our Fire - Enhancing men's connection to heart, passion and strength ", its progress & answers to questions

This is an update on the book's progress "Finding Our Fire - Enhancing men's connection to heart, passion and strength ", its progress and answers to questions about it. Two more weeks of collecting contributions from men with the two added sections: ‘competition & money’. We are collecting that now while the other parts of the book are being edited. If you have not seen the main page showing the cover, then go to:

More than 100 men have made emotionally courageous contributions, addressing compelling questions that are sure to be a springboard for discussion for years to come.

Also please check out the Editor's web site: John Sharpe . A big thank you for John Sharpe for his relentless commitment to honor the unique voices of over 100 men in the book. Comments and questions are welcome.

Please email us if you would like to be notified of it's availability at:

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The Men’s Inquiry is celebrating over 10 years of service!

The Men’s Inquiry is celebrating over 10 years of service! Join us on the on-line version at We have been exploring questions about men’s lives for over 10 year’s now and are celebrating this year with the up coming book “Finding Our Fire, Enhancing men's connection to heart, passion and strength”, which is due out this Spring.

"Finding Our Fire" is based on the Men’s Inquiry Group which has been meeting monthly in person and on-line for over 10 years. In the Inquiry meetings, men explore questions about their lives that give new insights and provide the basis for new actions. The meetings have inspired men to enhance their relationships with their families, improve their jobs, and resolve old issues in their lives that previously held them back. Questions explored in the Men’s Inquiry have included: What does it mean to be a man today? How do you discover your purpose in life and live it while providing for your family? What type of son were you to your father? How do you keep love and passion alive in a long-term relationship?

The book is a multi-purpose tool: it can simply enhance the individual reader's life, or it can serve to facilitate the formation of men's groups to support ongoing growth on a broader scale. It also provides a much needed impartial window into the inner world of men that seems to improve women's understanding of men and men's understanding of themselves. The compelling questions have had a powerful impact on the men whose responses are included in the book, and many of those who have seen preview chapters are looking forward to enthusiastically using the questions in their men's workshops and seminars across the country.

"Finding Our Fire" speaks in the authentic voice of men helping men by simply contributing their own life experiences. It is a true showcase of the emotional courage of men--something you do not hear much about in society today! To find out more about the book and the Men’s Inquiry, which is 100% volunteer driven, go to We look forward to hearing from all of you, Martin Brossman – Founder of The Men’s Inquiry © 2006.

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The Women’s Inquiry celebrates it's 5th year!

The Women’s Inquiry celebrates it's fifth year and now has it's own web site and space. We are always looking for good resources to add to it and welcome comments. Check it out at This blog will cover topics related to both web sites for now. Currently led by Barbara Carr ( ) & Amy Sky ( ) A big 'thank you' to both for their help!

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What does it mean to be a man today? - First Blog!

The Men's Inquiry is about exploring issues of our lives that we discuss together, using questions that provide insights which we then commit to actions to change our lives. This is NOT a political platform or a place to discuss ‘why someone or something did something to us’. This is about mature men taking full responsibility for their own life, committed to making a difference. Slamming comments or off topic statements will be screened. This is for men that have the courage to look in the mirror. It may evolve slowly and that is fine! Men and women are welcome to comment here, for this is an 'open blog'. It is our first 'blog' and part of The Men's Inquiry web site:

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Also please check out the web resources at:

The Book list at:

The Articles on The Men's Inquiry site:

A Presentation we offer:

The Online Men's Inquiry:

Assorted resources:

How to support us:

And The Triangle Men's Center:

AND The ManKind Project, that we are a big supporter of:

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