Patrick Boland Posts

A Few Words: The Pacific Southwest

We crammed in the van, smiling far too broadly, laughing far too much. The music playlist started. We cranked up the bass. The road stretched forward and soon we left the city behind. We were […]

A Few Words: 20 Rules for Forming a #Squad

Assemble approximately four to eight other gay men. Make sure everyone who isn’t in the group hates himself on a daily basis. Depending on your age group, refer to each other as characters from The Golden […]

A Few Words: Christmas Eve

Christmas and the holiday season should be the happiest time of the whole year: the entire family gathered together, group activities, snow, the scent of pine, warm gingerbread. Christmas always seemed like love incarnate to […]

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Patrick Boland

As an homage to my alma mater, St. Olaf College, I thought I would organize my six-item Christmas list into the categories of mind, body, and spirit. After all, what sounds more Happy Holidays than […]

A Few Words: Hook-Up In Amsterdam

Overheard at a coffee shop: “Gay men these days are just about hooking up. If only they could learn to be emotional. There’s nothing emotional or meaningful about hooking up with a stranger.” I remember […]

A Few Words: Homosexual

I can remember in the seventh grade, hiding in the back of the library, flipping through the Encyclopedia Britannica. My back was to the wall, legs bent, to keep others from seeing the pages. Each […]

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