Archive for the Observation Category

Billy Joel – ‘She’s Always A Woman To Me.’

Posted in Music, Observation, Real Men with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

The singer/songwriter genre is the most esteemed category of ‘popular’ music. Continue reading

Congratulations, Mick and Josina

Posted in Observation with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Mick Valentine married Josina Murray on Saturday. He’s a lucky man; she’s a wonderful woman. I’m sure they deserve each other. I wish for them all the very best.

“If we shadows have offended,

Think but this, and all is mended –

That you have but slumbered here

While these visions did appear.

And this weak and idle theme,

No more yielding but a dream,

Gentles, do not reprehend.

If you pardon, we will mend.

And, as I am an honest Puck,

If we have unearned luck

Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,

We will make amends ere long;

Else the Puck a liar call.

So, good night unto you all.

Give me your hands, if we be friends,

And Robin shall restore amends.”

-Shakespeare,

A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Hard Hank: My Hero

Posted in Observation, Real Men with tags , , on August 24, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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Henry Rollins has always been one of my heroes. I was disturbed to read the following piece, published in the LA Weekly in reaction to Robin Williams’ tragic suicide.

I was deeply impressed to read his public apology posted on his personal website shortly after.

The man has the courage of his convictions.

The Dark Side of Unconditional Love

Posted in Observation, Reading with tags , , , on August 12, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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It is said that unconditional love is the kind of love we should aspire to; it’s the state of loving in which you love someone, regardless of whether they love you in return, or even treat you well. It is to achieve a state of selflessness as a result of your feelings.

It has occurred to me that this is not always a good thing. Continue reading

Kafka’s Mouse and Bukowski’s Bluebird

Posted in Fiction, Observation, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

Book maze

I read Kafka’s The Trial earlier in the year, and it was a boring read that paid off in a big way by the end. Continue reading

Autobiography of a Loser

Posted in Observation, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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A lot of people think Charles Bukowski’s Ham on Rye is his best novel. Continue reading

Fighting Words

Posted in Kickboxing, Observation, Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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First published in Island Magazine, Issue 136.

There are two things I am driven to do: write and fight. Continue reading

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