Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go


Wisdom is Revealed Through Action, Not Talk Don’t declare yourself to be a wise person or discuss your spiritual aspirations with people who won’t appreciate them. Show your character and your commitment to personal nobility through your actions. -Epictetus, Manual for LivingĀ (1994, Sharon Lebell translation)


Once the necessities for survival are satisfied, the struggle against sin and for virtue is the central drama of life. No external conflict is as consequential or as dramatic as the inner campaign against our own deficiencies. The struggle against, say, selfishness or prejudice or insecurity gives meaning and shape to life. It is more […]


Hang on through the tense parts of the day in the knowledge that they will pass soon enough. These little conflicts, inconveniences, and expectation adjustments are really unavoidable. -Holiday Mathis, “Horoscope,” StarTribune, 9-17-2017