Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go

Found Wisdom

Writing

poetry readings have to be some of the saddest damned things ever, the gathering of the clansmen and clanladies, week after week, month after month, year after year, getting old together, reading on to tiny gatherings, still hoping their genius will be discovered, making tapes together, discs together, sweating for applause they read basically to […]

Amor Fati

“You have seen all that? Now consider this. Do not disturb yourself; strive to be simple. Someone is doing wrong? The wrong is to himself. Something has happened to you? That is good and well, for all that happens to you from the whole was ordained for you from the beginning and spun to be […]

Writing

“I believe that good poetry can be as ornate as a cathedral or as bare as a pottingshed, as long as it confronts the self with honesty and fullness. Nobody is born with the capacity to perform this act of confrontation, in poetry or anywhere else; one’s writing career is simply a continuing effort to […]

Love

“Don’t demand that things happen as you wish, but wish that they happen as they do happen, and you will go on well.” -Epictetus, The Enchiridion (No. 8)

Process

“If you do it for a result in the future, you are not doing it.” -Alan Watts, as quoted in In Search of Greatness (2019)

Attunement

“For most people who purport to communicate with animals, the ability is considered a lost art, something that was widely practiced before the advent of modernity, before mechanization and urbanization. This was, in part, a matter of necessity: reading animals helped humans evade predators, find prey, and monitor the needs of livestock. As the balance […]

Self

“By that time, the Copenhagen eccentric had become one of the most important influences on twentieth-century theology and philosophy. Although the term ‘existentialism’ wasn’t coined until the nineteen-forties, in retrospect Kierkegaard appears as the first existentialist, thanks to his insistence that life’s most important questions — How should I act? What must I believe? — […]

Purpose

The question, O me! so sad, recurring — What good amid these, O me, O life? Answer. That you are here — that life exists and identity. That the the powerful play goes on, and you nay contribute a verse. –Walt Whitman, “O Me! O Life!” (Excerpt), Drum Taps: The Complete Civil War Poems (reprint, […]

Writing

“But if I learned anything about writing when writing about my daughter, it is that the subject, above all, determines the degree of difficulty. And I loved my subject.” -Frank Deford, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter (2012)

Process

“All attention ought to be focused on the internal practice of the art rather than the external result.” -John Sellars, “Stoicism and the Art of Archery,” Modern Stoicism (July 23, 2016)

Writing

“Graham Greene was an almost eerily disciplined writer. He could write in the middle of wars, the Mau Mau uprising, you name it. And he wrote, quite strictly, five hundred words per day, in a little notebook he kept in his chest pocket. He counted the words, and at five hundred he stopped, even, his […]

Spirituality

How do we recover our faith in life? Basically, we start where we are; we start where our butts are. We do kind things for others, and we pay more attention to all the beauty and goodness that surround us. We make gratititude lists of everything that blesses us, that gives us feelings of safety […]