The month of June is always synonymous with the beginning of summer. The days grow longer, temperatures begin to rise (for those of us in Arizona that means 100-plus degree days), the kids are home from school and a general sense of freedom and carefree fun seems to float through the air; making it an ideal time of year to take a trip or spend time with family. With Father’s Day falling in June too, it’s also the perfect time to reflect on all the influential men in our communities and lives—from star athletes and artists; to policemen and firemen; to teachers and coaches; to philanthropists and public figures; and of course, dads.
A key figure in my life is my father—a man who has been there for me through both the good times and bad times. From teaching me how to throw a baseball and ride a bike as a child, to enduring the countless door slams of my teenage years, to helping me pack up for college and then move into my first apartment, my father has always been there to lend a helping hand and a loving heart. I’ll always remember being six or seven years old, sitting on a bench in the middle of a park, a bright red Italian ice dripping on my hand, next to my father just watching all the cars pass by, talking while counting the number of out-of-state license plates that blurred by.
Although I’ve moved away from home and those simple summer days spent in the park are now just fond memories, I will never forget what my father taught me—how to appreciate the smaller things in life and all the people that make it so special.
In this issue we celebrate all things manly, from cool camping spots in the rugged wilderness to custom hot-rods from Barrett-Jackson and easy recipes for men to make. Until Next Month,