Category: The Study

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

Clearing the Gate.

I am a firm believer in the need for a man to endlessly work on himself, else he risks beginning a slow spiral of decay. In nature there is nothing which does not, without work and care, become slowly decayed and thus lose the…

If…by Rudyard Kipling

  Listening to Jocko Podcast #140 and he and Echo Charles are going over this classic poem. If you’ve never read or heard it, do so now. If you can keep your head when all about you  Are losing theirs and blaming it on…

Catching Feathers….

The pursuit of Zen is like catching feathers in the wind without damaging them; the harder we try the more impossible the task becomes. The moment we ‘want‘ to catch hold the feather escapes our grasp or is damaged upon capture. It is only when…

Something New

A friend of mine gifted this to me. It has no sights. It has no trinkets. It is not fancy or flashy, but simple and clean. I’ve very little experience with archery of this sort, having only shot compound bows before. This however is…

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…

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…