Untethered Dog

A Commonplace By Tom Swift

Books

Teaching

… a resolute and resourceful leader understands that there are a multitude of means to increase the probability of success. And that’s what it all comes down to, namely, intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment. When you do that, the score will take care of […]

Presence

As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment. -John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men (Penguin Classics, 1994)

Power

What does lie within our reach, however, is the change in individuals who have, or create for themselves, an opportunity to influence others of like mind. I do not mean by persuading or preaching — I am thinking, rather, of the well-known fact that anyone who has insight into his own actions, and has thus […]

Persistence

The process is all so slow, as dreams are slow, as dreams suspend time like a balloon hung in midair. I want it all to happen now. I want that catcher to appear. I want whatever miracle I am party to, to prosper and grow: I want the dimensions of time that have been loosened […]

Humor

Laziest man ever was Floyd Scott it wasn’t nothing that boy would ever do for anybody when he’s 5 years old arredy too late his mamma one day sez Floyd come take this trash out to the barrel but he just lain there in the living room on the furniture so she sez you taking […]

Intuition

His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but of understanding beyond thought. -John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men (Penguin Classics, 1994)

Responsibility

The crux of the matter is man’s own dualism, to which he knows no answer. This abyss has suddenly yawned open before him with the latest events in world history, after mankind had lived for many centuries in the comfortable belief that a unitary God had created man in his own image, as a little […]

Connection

Recognition of the shadow, on the other hand, leads to the modesty we need in order to acknowledge imperfection. And it is just this conscious recognition and consideration that are needed whenever a human relationship is to be established. A human relationship is not differentiation and perfection, for these only emphasize the difference or call […]

Beauty

The deep green pool of the Salinas River was still in the late afternoon. Already the sun had left the valley to go climbing up the slopes of the Gabilan mountains, and the hilltops were rosy in the sun. But by the pool among the mottled sycamores, a pleasant shade had fallen. A water snake […]

Work

Insight that dawns slowly seems to me to have more lasting effects than a fitful idealism, which is unlikely to hold out for long. -C.G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self (1957)