Category: The Study

Welcome to the Gentleman’s Study. Grab something to read, pour a drink and enjoy your stay.

Give Them What They Want….

One of the tenets of all martial arts….is to avoid their use at all costs. To quote the famous Miyamoto Musashi….. “-The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them” It might seem strange…..to suggest the best method of fighting is…

THE BILL OF RIGHTS

-Here is something worth reading for you… Every human on earth (especially Americans) ought to memorize the Bill of Rights as it is written in the United States Constitution. It is up to you to know well those rights given to you by God. It…

VI. Ashen Work….

Through the lives of boy and man self and soul distort and tear. My youthful eyes saw only ‘world’ and so glistened with the pride of kings. A little lord, I bent to rest but dropped instead my golden crown, Brought to knees I…

V. The Story of Iron John…

The societies, religions, and histories of mankind are abound with myths and stories ranging from the fantastical tales of Tolkien to the folklore of the Brothers Grimm. Across space and time they make themselves eternally known, from ancient Mesopotamia’s ‘Gilgamesh’ to the latest box-office…

IV. Devil’s Drink…

In the night brews Devil’s drink, With a dash of wrath and pinch of hate, A spoon of lust and two of greed, A single gram of gluttony. A grain of pride is good as salt, An ounce of envy has no fault, And…

III. Practicing Haiku…

Sit for a moment, Look, listen, can you hear it? Fluttering leaves fall… -Shiji Ren

II. Lost Souls…

A knock on the door, Death stared in. Offered him drink; whiskey and wine, He knew of the past yet to the future; blind. -Shiji Ren    

Heritage.

Heritage is sometimes found absent in young people. New inventions, new technologies, new schools of thought are continuously coming forth and shaping the world around us. While all learn to live with the change or perish, throughout history it has near always been youth…

1. Two Doors: A Parable of Life

-It should first be noted I make no claim as to the origin of the following parable. I recall reading it once but cannot remember where. Regardless the lesson is one I couldn’t not share today. Two men awoke to find themselves presented with…

A Gentleman’s Study….

When I was young my father had a little room in the back of our home. It was small, perhaps 9 feet or so square and without windows. It was one of only three rooms in the house with a door (the other two…

Abandoning Tradition….

“Tradition is a guide, not a jailer.” – W. Somerset Maugham. One Saturday a few weeks ago my lovely wife and I sat together to enjoy a relaxing evening of reading, reflection and one another’s company. We both enjoyed a couple drinks and I…