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I have been fortunate to find a few of those soul friends over the years through two men's groups I have been part of over the last two decades. The first group I joined began meeting very early on Thursday mornings some time in 1996 (I think) at some different locations in the area, and so we adopted the name Early Risers. If memory serves, my friend Jeff Kline was the one who initially invited me to be part of Early Risers. (Jeff had been part of a previous men’s group called The Muckers and was now starting his own group.) Over time, Jeff became a mentor to me and the other members of the group became good spiritual friends too. I remember attending Jeff's wedding to Lesa, and later, hearing about Jeff and Lesa's journey to adopt two children from Guatemala (Maria and Maverik). Jeff has since moved to Arizona but we keep in touch via social media. (My family had a chance to visit his family when we were on our cross-country trip last summer.)