Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go

Gratitude Journal

June 2021

12 Saturday

  • An extra day off.
  • What miscommunication tells you.
  • The opportunity in icky feelings.
  • Tater tots while you’re vegging out.
  • A change of pace.
  • Your dog’s water bowl.
  • When your dog is really thirsty.
  • People who talk to you on the street.
  • The Riverview Cafe at night. With live music under umbrellas.
  • Your version of summer vacation.

10 Thursday

  • Driving fast with the windows down.
  • 97.5 KNXR.
  • When at least one person gets you.
  • ACE Hardware. Customer service matters.
  • Coconut coffee.

9 Wednesday

  • A break in the heat.
  • When the dog pulls you down the sidewalk.
  • Turquoise Vintage.
  • Being stirred up.
  • Walnuts.
  • Ants.
  • Cinnamon oatmeal.
  • The opportunity to live where you do.

8 Tuesday

  • The gnat you swallowed this morning. Not on purpose! Thanks for the protein. May you be in a better place. (After you leave my colon, that is.)
  • Small meals. (Bug-free ones.)
  • You’ve said it before, you will say it again: frozen blueberries.
  • Plants that are still alive in your house years after purchase. Do you believe in miracles? Yes!
  • Lime slices.

7 Monday

  • Your refrigerator.
  • Spinach and chicken.
  • Fiber.
  • The competing thoughts and feelings that swirl around inside. What a wonder.
  • When you need an attitude change: exercise.
  • The Sunday edition of The New York Times.
  • What Bukowski teaches you about writing.
  • Corn flakes.

6 Sunday

  • Parallel bars.
  • Ab work.
  • Mobility time.
  • Feeling happy before first light.
  • The house blend.
  • A clean drawer.
  • No No: A Dockumentary.
  • Your oven.
  • Nighttime in summertime.

5 Saturday

  • A racing heart.
  • A chance to walk before the heat rolls in.
  • A hundred push-ups.
  • Water.
  • Tents.
  • Fatigue.
  • Cold showers.
  • Calming treats.
  • Bosch.

4 Friday

  • Cool air.
  • A cool new T-shirt.
  • Static.

3 Thursday

  • Peppermint ice cream.
  • Restarts.
  • Heavy sleep.
  • Lunges.
  • Easy push-ups.
  • Ice cubes. Square ones.
  • A cool house.
  • Rough days.
  • Hard-boiled eggs.

2 Wednesday

  • Short weeks.
  • When the dog wears you out on the morning walk.
  • Shoulder progress.
  • The funny things you say to yourself.
  • Visceral reactions.
  • Windmills. The exercise. Not the machines that spin in the breeze. Or the ones in Don Quixote. But those are good, too.
  • Chicken and walnut salad with kefir cucumber dressing.

1 Tuesday

  • Squats before the neighbors have woken up.
  • Having read a lot.
  • Patience, grasshopper.
  • Retyping moving passages.
  • Attempts at humor.
  • Cardinals.
  • Mini cucumbers.
  • Glucosamine.
  • Pumpkin seeds.
  • The chipmunk who visited this morning.

May 2021

31 May

  • Van Gogh in person.
  • Connection. If only for a couple hours.
  • Gauguin.
  • Sadness.
  • Shame.
  • The chance to reframe.
  • The way you feel.
  • The chance to overcome that.
  • A Charles Bukowski poem at the right time.
  • The writing life boat. Even when you think you don’t want to take it.
  • The Love Boat. R.I.P., Captain Stubing.
  • The men and women who fought and died in an effort to keep the experiment alive.
  • Opportunities to learn anew about the fundamental parts of you.

30 Sunday

  • Chicken sandwiches.
  • Running with your dog.
  • Farmer carries.
  • Sun burns.
  • Gold Medal Park.
  • Martin Luther King’s voice on the page.
  • Aveeno.
  • Preparation. Even a little goes a long way.
  • Long walks before 8 a.m.
  • A chance of rain.
  • Charles Bukowski’s admonition.
  • Lactose-free chocolate milk.

29 Saturday

  • Dewy mornings.
  • Dips.
  • Depression.
  • A whole bunch of broccoli.
  • Time to figure it out.

28 Friday

  • Getting the errands done before on a long weekend.
  • Old episodes of David Letterman.
  • A surprise gift.
  • A helpful young HomeDepot employee named Jade.
  • Coffee time.
  • Rainy days.
  • The New York Times newsletter.
  • Having enough.
  • A steaming hot burrito.

25 Tuesday

  • New specs
  • Forward movement.
  • Kettlebell swings.
  • A short week.
  • Your father’s birth.
  • Oatmeal in the afternoon.

23 Sunday

  • The moment after the lawn is mowed, when the sun is setting and you are sweating, and the lines of green are trimmed straight so that the paved path is clear.
  • In-person conversation.
  • Napping in the afternoon with your little buddy.
  • Going to the library.
  • Cobbling together some spaghetti.
  • Larry David.
  • Warmth.
  • Your emotional reservoir.
  • Reading Martin Luther King, Jr. words now.

22 Saturday

  • Watching your dog in hot pursuit.
  • Seeing him ding the air conditioner during same. No one was hurt! (Unfortunately, from his perspective, this includes a specific sought-after squirrel.)
  • The Mississippi River.
  • Long morning walks.
  • Nervousness.
  • The woman knuckling sleep from her on eyes on her stoop as you passed by on the sidewalk.
  • Making friends with a fear.
  • Honey mustard dressing.

21 Friday

  • Raindrops on the rooftop in the morning.
  • A clean kitchen to start the weekend.
  • Disinfectant wipes.
  • Chicken thighs right out of the oven with a little salt.
  • Vulnerability.
  • Short mornings.
  • Long dandelions.
  • Mini cucumbers.

20 Thursday

  • Muggy mornings.
  • Moving forward.
  • The way your dog looks at you through the reflection of the glass back door, waiting for you to find the key already.
  • First movements.
  • Knowing when to stop.
  • Steak salad.

17 Monday

  • Perfect push-ups.
  • Sunshine and bird songs in the morning.
  • Kettlebell swings.
  • Honesty.
  • Seeing a bird let out a turd while dangling on a wire.
  • Deep breaths.
  • Day-old coffee.
  • Pheromone collars.
  • Long-distance dedications.

16 Sunday

  • A mowed lawn.
  • A happy dog.
  • Ball time.
  • Lots of outside time.
  • The pleasure of exhaustion.
  • Stranger on the Earth.
  • Spinach.
  • The Writer’s Almanac.
  • Chocolate and coconut.

15 Saturday

  • When you are forced to look in the mirror.
  • Sadness.
  • Signs of the passage of time.
  • The gray in your dog’s brow.
  • Facing it.
  • Hamburgers with cold cheese.
  • Being outside your house without your phone.

14 Friday

  • Perfect morning and the lilacs in bloom.
  • Fast weeks.
  • The chance to come back.
  • Kind words.
  • Laughter at work.
  • Reps between words.
  • L-sits.
  • The summer comforter.
  • Falling asleep in an instant.
  • Squirrels that duke it out on the side of trees.
  • That old rabbit you saw the other night. Not long for this world. May his spirit know peace.

10 Monday

  • When you are so content at the end of the weekend you don’t want to go to bed.
  • Your words.
  • Dreams: what does 1 p.m. mean?
  • Charles Bukowski.
  • Digestive dog food.

9 Sunday

  • Morning words. So much clearer than evening ones.
  • 9-volt batteries.
  • Moms. Where would the world be without them?
  • Light that breaks through darkness.
  • Hunger.
  • The dog at the end of the block. Be well, big guy.
  • Early sun.
  • The yellow found on the backs of certain birds. Goldfinches. Warblers.
  • Tree guides.
  • The connective power of knowing the right name.

8 Saturday

  • Historic photographs.
  • Research.
  • Air conditioning.
  • The year 1920.
  • Quiet mornings.
  • Apples and almond butter.

7 Friday

  • Vacuuming in the morning.
  • Seeing someone’s eyes light up in response you again.
  • Dialectic.
  • Progress with a particularly difficult decision.
  • Brisk morning walks.
  • The chance to be funny.
  • Being slightly less mindless than you used to be.
  • Greek yogurt + cottage cheese + frozen blueberries = yum.

5 Wednesday

  • Tough decisions.
  • Trying new ways of doing things.
  • Conflict avoided.
  • Hearing from an old friend.
  • Your eyes.
  • Your instinct.
  • Mini cucumbers.
  • Confrontations with your notions of identity.
  • Mini workouts.

3 Monday

  • Writing weekends.
  • Building the writing muscle.
  • Great conversation.
  • Being able to workout outside in shorts before 6 a.m.
  • Morning floor time with the little buddy.
  • Edward James Olmos.
  • The view from your porch.
  • Birds that sing.
  • Evening showers.
  • Wayne Gretzky.
  • Farmer Carries.

2 Sunday

  • When it’s warm on your porch at night.
  • Having the neighborhood to yourself on the early morning walk.
  • When your dog wants to sprint home.
  • Being able to wear shorts before 6 a.m.
  • Leftover spaghetti.
  • What biographies of others can teach you about yourself.
  • When the outline of a project just comes to you without trying the morning after you have been asked to complete it.
  • Granny Smith apples.

1 Saturday

  • Time to write.
  • The sound of a fan blowing.
  • The chance to be creative.
  • Meatballs out of the oven.
  • Honesty.
  • Clear writing in a business setting.
  • Your humor.
  • Squats.
  • The chance to care for your little buddy.

April 2021

30 Friday

  • Being asked for help.
  • The wider view.
  • Rapidly sprouting grass.
  • A functioning air conditioner.
  • Lunchtime walks.
  • When the garage is in back.
  • Change.
  • Seasoned tater tots.

29 Thursday

  • Stirrings.
  • Decisions.
  • Veggie pizza.
  • President Biden.
  • Warm nights.
  • Ceiling fans.
  • Getting stuck. So you have the chance to get going again.

28 Wednesday

  • Five dollars off.
  • A warm chocolate-chip cookie.
  • Reaching the clearing of the day.
  • Clean teeth.
  • Talking about blogging.
  • Bursts of inspiration.
  • Sun that fills the insides of the house.

27 Tuesday

  • A great night of sleep.
  • Morning warmth.
  • Boldness.
  • The way your dog looks at you.
  • Deep breaths.
  • Reminders.
  • Cucumbers.

26 Monday

  • Exercise before 6 a.m.
  • Great conversations.
  • The University of Minnesota campus.
  • Cardinals.
  • When new faces show up in the regular group gathering.
  • Crows.
  • Raindrops on leaves.
  • Simmer sauce.

25 Sunday

  • Compost time. It’s not just for vegetables, you know.
  • Birds that sing.
  • Writers who ask good questions.
  • When you get a long-shot idea and it just works.
  • Morning Epictetus.
  • Hip stretches.
  • The promise of a dinner with naan.

24 Saturday

  • Getting the groceries put away before 7 a.m.
  • Not trying to get from something you know you it can’t offer.
  • Oatmeal and bananas.
  • Kettlebell swings.
  • Just enough coffee.

23 Friday

  • A clean house.
  • Disinfectant wipes.
  • Your tub.
  • An orderly basement.
  • Not stopping.
  • A day without screen time.
  • Saving money by doing it yourself.
  • Thinking less, doing more.
  • Sitting on the porch, reading and watching the world go by.

21 Wednesday

  • Your home.
  • The mat that fits just right.
  • Being able to live with your little buddy. To let him out throughout the day.
  • Short weeks.
  • Calm.
  • Compliments.
  • Chicken nuggets with BBQ sauce.

19 Monday

  • Brisk early a.m. walks.
  • Parks with trash cans.
  • Deep sleep.
  • Lost in words on the page.
  • A hungry dog.
  • A Sunday afternoon drink.

18 Sunday

  • Libraries.
  • Sundays.
  • Dreams you can do something with.
  • Morning meditation.
  • Progress.
  • Your name.
  • A second cup of coffee.
  • Spring.
  • Guilt-free afternoon hours.
  • Biography: George Washington.
  • Dreams in which your dog appears.
  • Coffee shops that put out canine water bowls.

17 Saturday

  • The sun.
  • Lunges.
  • Curbside dog food.
  • Time and space to write.
  • That you care about your work.
  • Night lights.

16 Friday

  • Inspiration.
  • Kindness.
  • People who stop you to ask if they can pet your dog.
  • Guys who play music in the park just for tips.
  • Beef and kale and brown rice.
  • Weekend you.

14 Wednesday

  • Melatonin.
  • Sam Harris.
  • Cheese and crackers.
  • Every reminder of what really matters.
  • Kettlebells.
  • Action.

12 Monday

  • Loving Vincent.
  • Shadow Falls Park.
  • 1776.
  • The compound effect of stretching throughout the day.
  • Poop bags.
  • Parks with trash cans.
  • Looping back to an important person from an earlier time in your life.
  • Even-numbered days.

11 Sunday

  • Grocery delivery.
  • Kale.
  • The Work.
  • Morning stretches.
  • Your back.
  • Writing with your dog on your lap.
  • Flow.
  • It’s not what you do but how.
  • Vincent Van Gogh.

6 Tuesday

  • Summer storms. Never mind that’s early spring.
  • NextDoor.
  • Cheap exercise gear.
  • Getting the seed down just in time.
  • Your porch.
  • Your way.
  • A productive night.
  • When the fan blows.
  • An extra pack of oatmeal just because sometime you have to live on the edge.
  • Kids who play in the rain.

4 Sunday

  • Woodpeckers.
  • Ladybugs.
  • A clean bathroom floor.
  • A tired dog.
  • Not having a lot of options.
  • When the essay writes itself.
  • Reasonable expectations.

3 Saturday

  • Colon stretches. Really.
  • Push-ups in the morning.
  • A good night of sleep after a long week.
  • The chance to teach.
  • Steak salad for breakfast.
  • The weekend.
  • Letting go.
  • Your oven.
  • Your yard.
  • Watching your dog go all out for the squirrel who dares broach his border.

2 Friday

  • Walt Whitman.
  • Being in the company, if only virtually, of smart people talking about books.
  • The sound of well-placed words.
  • A dog with a full belly.
  • The chance to teach.
  • Honoring your feelings.
  • Gin and tonic and lime. Just one!
  • An encounter with a great smile.

March 2021

31 Wednesday

  • The month of March. We hardly knew ye.
  • Nursed coffee.
  • Cold coffee. Not cold-brewed coffee. Whatever that is. Just coffee cold.
  • Keen memories.
  • The warmth of the morning bed.
  • Your dog.
  • Your gut.
  • The chance to help someone help others.
  • John Keats.
  • Rosemary fries.

30 Tuesday

  • Vets.
  • Evening strolls in shorts.
  • Grocery delivery.
  • Self-understanding.
  • Asking for what you need.
  • An old haunt on a sunny afternoon.
  • Reducing the pile a little bit.
  • The Animal Humane Society.
  • Fresh chicken for your hungry little buddy.

29 Monday

  • John Sellars.
  • Epsom salt.
  • The power of exercise throughout the day.
  • Confidence to show up.
  • Essays.
  • The Work.
  • Focus.
  • Not seeing so much.
  • Walking meditation (loosely defined).
  • Taking care of your little buddy.
  • Not having (human) treats in the house.

28 Sunday

  • Two walks before noon.
  • Your Stoic Meetup group.
  • Gabriel Blott.
  • Getting caught up at work.
  • Your name.
  • The eagle you saw soaring and floating on walk no. 2.
  • Turning it around.
  • The sleep benefits of reading.
  • The way you word things.
  • Scrambled eggs with a little cheese.

27 Saturday

  • Early morning reading.
  • Pressing the restart button.
  • The wasp you found and set free on Friday.
  • Waking dreams that give your useful warnings.
  • Dog toots.
  • Self-understanding.
  • Stress.
  • Warm, buttery bread dipped in chicken soup.
  • Leading with your flaws.

25 Thursday

  • Your health.
  • Change.
  • Rain.
  • A break in the rain long enough for a long walk.
  • Helping someone.
  • Sharing.
  • Evening exercise.
  • Frozen blueberries.

22 Monday

  • Uncomfortable feelings.
  • Having your taxes filed.
  • Sweatshirt evenings.
  • Being back on the porch again.
  • Your neighbor’s flickering porch light.
  • Calm.
  • Dinner salads.
  • Synchronicity.

21 Sunday

  • Spring!
  • The order of the universe.
  • Intellectual interactions.
  • Squirrels that go out on long, slim limbs.
  • Anger.
  • John Sellars.
  • Mental snapshots.
  • Honesty.
  • 350 good words.

20 Saturday

  • The return of three-walk days.
  • Modern medicine. They already have a vaccine!
  • Nurses.
  • The powerful play.
  • Billions.
  • Ibuprofen.
  • Taxes.
  • Cod sandwiches.
  • Carbohydrates.
  • Getting back to it.

9 Tuesday

  • Your dog’s teeth.
  • Fear: going forward anyway.
  • How deeply you feel.
  • How quickly you forget.
  • Prayers immediately responded to.
  • Love.
  • The opportunity to care for him.
  • Care now to prevent problems later.

7 Sunday

  • Time.
  • Your dog sleeping on your leg.
  • Transitions.
  • Clarity about necessary purchases.
  • Questioning everything.
  • Sleep.

6 Saturday

  • Moving on.
  • Preparation.
  • Your roof.
  • A trusted handyman.
  • Eric Bogosian.
  • A much-needed nap.
  • Walking without a jacket.
  • Steak sandwiches.

4 Thursday

  • Water.
  • Gin and tonics.
  • A break from it all.
  • Jennifer Connelly.
  • 1980s music.
  • A sweet, thoughtful message from your dog’s doctor.

2 Tuesday

  • The Karate Kid.
  • Halloween moons in March.
  • Lines that make you laugh to yourself an hour later.
  • March light.
  • The sound of your projection being shattered like a plate of glass in an interaction with the working end of an anvil.
  • Reps during the work day.
  • White beans and chicken.

1 Monday

  • Lincoln.
  • Words that stir from earlier times and different places.
  • Whispers in your dreams.
  • The pigeon.
  • The way your body responds.
  • The readings your body gives.
  • Phone breaks.
  • Early dinner.

February 2021

28 Sunday

  • Paul Giamatti.
  • Making someone blush.
  • Park benches.
  • Space Age Love Song.
  • When you want to walk even more than your dog.
  • Connection.
  • Melting.
  • Olive oil.
  • Uncomfortable feelings.

27 Saturday

  • Four years.
  • Heavy sleep.
  • Short hair.
  • Morning stretch time.
  • Morning tension.
  • Morning meditation.
  • Billions.
  • The return of two-walk days.

26 Friday

  • Frustration: an opportunity to focus on what is most important.
  • Moving on.
  • The chance to earn money.
  • Sound of ice forming.
  • Time.
  • Scrambled eggs with brown rice.

24 Wednesday

  • The need to write for someone.
  • When 64 feels warm.
  • Being a day ahead.
  • Two-walks + ballgame = same day.
  • Dental care.
  • When you dream during meditation.
  • The promise of an over-needed haircut.
  • Perfectly baked tater tots.

22 Monday

  • The day we were asked whether we believed in miracles and we all had to say “yes.”
  • Abreva.
  • When your mind wakes you up very early in the morning — telling you not to wait any longer do something you have put off.
  • The affecting power of art well done. Two days later you are still thinking about the series finale of The Americans.
  • Getting to bed on time.
  • Protein waffles.

20 Saturday

  • Rest.
  • Warmth.
  • Finding your way back.

19 Friday

  • Paying bills early.
  • Your garage.
  • Not second-guessing that which is not worth second-guessing.
  • Doing good things.
  • Hearing geese honking over your head.
  • Body + mind + spirit: flowing through them all.
  • Words unsaid.
  • Mistakes unfixed.
  • Moving ahead.
  • Taking a break.
  • The promise of coffee.

18 Thursday

  • Variance.
  • The freedom of limitations.
  • Reps during breaks.
  • Just a little snow.
  • Shoulder work.
  • Morning movement.
  • Thursdays.

17 Wednesday

  • Your fridge.
  • Fast Februarys.
  • An early start.
  • Shoulder stretches.
  • Signs of growth. The physical kind.
  • Knowing your business.
  • Crockpot meatballs and spaghetti.
  • Ice on the windows.

16 Tuesday

  • Getting to communicate in writing all day.
  • A break in the coldest cold. You can feel it.
  • Push-ups all day.
  • Writing process conversations.
  • Beef and rice. An unstoppable combo.

15 Monday

  • Your brother.
  • George Washington.
  • Cuddle time on the couch.
  • Seeing temps above freezing in the forecast (albeit the extended one).
  • Sundays.
  • Four shirts.
  • Grocery delivery drivers.
  • Oatmeal with honey and cinnamon and flax. At night. Yum.

14 Sunday

  • Learning about the past.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 1987.
  • Matthew Rhys.
  • A good salad with a little creamy dressing.
  • The heater in your car.
  • Love.
  • Planning for the future.

13 Saturday

  • Sunshine.
  • Car still starts!
  • Bubbles.
  • Baked potato with olive oil.
  • Calm dog.
  • Jamie Raskin.
  • English cucumbers.
  • The time when the Constitution mattered to both political parties.

11 Thursday

  • Extra sleep.
  • Coleman Hughes.
  • Sweet potato fries.
  • The drive home from doggy daycare.
  • Self-education.
  • The squirrel in your front yard on a zero-degree day.
  • When you take the pressure off.
  • Steak in the oven.

10 Wednesday

  • A fast week.
  • A well-written textbook. Really.
  • Learning about Native peoples.
  • Learning about American history.
  • A gift book.
  • When you’d rather learn than be entertained.
  • Olive oil and warm pita bread.

9 Tuesday

  • Better news than you were told you could hope for.
  • The power of one thing at a time.
  • When you fall asleep for a few minutes during meditation.
  • An orderly basement.
  • Proof that you aren’t screwing it all up.
  • Fruit for dessert.

8 Monday

  • The chance to learn about Musonius Rufus.
  • Mirrors.
  • Passion.
  • Complex issues: they give you the chance at near continual learning.
  • John McWhorter.
  • Crispy bread just out of the oven with butter that melts into the soft inside.
  • Losing yourself in a live sporting event.
  • One decent gin and tonic.

7 Sunday

  • Your furnace.
  • Extra blankets on a frigid night.
  • Your car starting right up.
  • That birds still fly when it’s negative degrees out.
  • Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Meatball subs.

6 Saturday

  • Your home.
  • Possibilities.
  • Paying bills early.
  • Your car.
  • Your car starting even when the temperature outside is, if not in official meteorological parlance, “beyond bitter.”
  • Car rides.
  • Season 8, Episode 8: “The Chicken Roaster.”
  • The Minneapolis skyline.
  • Chocolate-covered ginger balls. Yeah, that’s right.

5 Friday

  • A free meal.
  • The effect of stretching before bed.
  • The weekend. In this case a long weekend.
  • Being prepared for an appointment.
  • The chance to care for your dog.
  • Being comfortable with your money choices.
  • Eating just enough for dinner.

4 Thursday

  • Wet snow.
  • The people who work at Poison Control.
  • Read + Move = Write.
  • Finishing a show and it’s not even late yet.
  • Your shovel.
  • Sub lamps.
  • Seaweed.

3 Wednesday

  • Morning reading.
  • Perfectly cooked salmon.
  • A little extra work that goes a long way.
  • 100-plus push-ups.
  • When your dog cranes his neck so he can put his head on your leg.
  • Longer days.
  • Making someone smile.
  • People who care for disabled dogs, like the nice lady you encountered in the neighborhood last night.

2 Tuesday

  • Sleeping heavy.
  • Humidity.
  • The calming influence of reading.
  • Yoga pants.
  • Working out throughout the day.
  • Writing throughout the day.
  • Clams.

1 Monday

  • A reason to bathe early in the morning.
  • Answers that come to you while you are still in bed.
  • One Night in Miami.
  • Getting meal prep done early.
  • A great Home section in the newspaper. Never ever before said that.
  • Letting go of something that makes you feel icky.
  • Your washing machine: cleaning things so you don’t feel grimy.
  • Spaghetti.

January 2021

31 Sunday

  • Your voice.
  • Teachers.
  • Grocery store clerks.
  • Couch time with the little buddy.
  • Being fired up.
  • Fast Januarys.
  • Asking good questions.
  • Your contrarian streak.
  • Easy homemade dinners.

30 Saturday

  • Dreaming about skating.
  • Early to bed, early to rise.
  • Homemade hamburgers.
  • Saving.
  • Planning.
  • Living.
  • Loving.
  • Signs of spring.
  • Spinach.

29 Friday

  • Rows.
  • Rabbits.
  • REM sleep in the morning.
  • Ear drops.

28 Thursday

  • Your nerves. Literally. The filamentous bands of tissue that connect to your organs and make you feel things and function.
  • Morning stretches.
  • Having more than one kind of cheese on hand when you decide to make grilled cheese.
  • The day in 1998 when the local newspaper used a big, bold headline of “Grilled Cheese” to describe the way the Vikings burned by the Packers during a Monday night game.
  • Your humor.
  • When you make yourself laugh.
  • Toilet bowl cleaner.

26 Tuesday

  • Even-keel.
  • Eating just enough.
  • Energy all day.
  • Eggs.
  • Elephants.
  • Letter E.
  • Almond butter and cocoa shakes.
  • Drawers full of clean socks.
  • Catching up, getting head at work.
  • Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good.”

25 Monday

  • The chance to start again.
  • Recovery.
  • Resistance bands.
  • Poetry.
  • Writing-reading-lifting all at once.
  • Anger.
  • Your ability to think about complex issues.
  • Your humidifier.
  • Rudy.
  • Food delivery.

22 Friday

  • The clarity that comes from fatigue.
  • Journalists who uncover details about corrupt politicians.
  • The rule of law.
  • George Conway.
  • The promise of the weekend.
  • Your voice.
  • Process over outcome.
  • Short workouts.
  • Kale onion salad.

21 Thursday

  • Extra time in the morning.
  • When you recover from a mistake.
  • Back workouts.
  • Mid-week warmth.
  • Moving into a new phase of exercise.
  • When your dog sees you for the first time all day.
  • Grilled cheese.

20 Wednesday

  • Whew.
  • Amanda Gorman.
  • Rituals.
  • People with dignity.
  • Student loan moratoriums.
  • Rep. Jim Clyburn, the man who saved the world.
  • Leftover steak.
  • Having a president who cares. About people. About the environment those people inhabit.

19 Tuesday

  • Only one more night.
  • A clean oven top.
  • Spinach.
  • Leslie Frazier.
  • Ice.
  • A closed door.
  • What the body says.
  • Your furnace.
  • Mint-chocolate-chip gelato.

18 Monday

  • A little alcohol. Just a little.
  • How little it takes for you to get the benefit — the effect — of something.
  • Chili night.
  • Your Crockpot.
  • Walks with friends.
  • A tired dog.
  • Push-ups.
  • Tom Brady.
  • Journalists.
  • Feeling ahead.
  • Having work to do.

17 Sunday

  • Newspapers.
  • Yourself.
  • Extra sleep.
  • Corn chips.
  • Clean sidewalks.
  • Your ability to find and make meaning.
  • Your values.
  • Cereal for dessert.

16 Saturday

  • The chance to recover.
  • The chance to learn about the Self.
  • A snowless path.
  • Making plans with your money.
  • The antibodies your body produces during exercise.
  • Landing the week well.
  • When you are in a position to help someone who otherwise might have been left with the wrong answer.
  • Dark chocolate ginger balls. Yeah, that’s right.

15 Friday

  • Coffee on a short morning.
  • Figuring out a new way to give your dog his medications.
  • The end of a long day.
  • The end of any week.
  • When it doesn’t snow as much as they say (knock-knock).
  • The feeling of your dog’s warm body on your legs.
  • When you keep up with the shoveling.
  • Eggs for dinner.

13 Wednesday

  • An emotional block removed. Or at least moved aside.
  • Above freezing temps in January.
  • The right call.
  • Saving money.
  • Something to chew on.
  • When you slip in and out of the dream state.
  • The fact that Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers were not physically harmed on 1/06. The more that is learned about the insurrection that day the more it seems that was the awful and in-American intent.
  • The chance to write your responses.
  • Baked beans.

12 Tuesday

  • Morning meditation.
  • Extra time in the evening.
  • Reading in the evening.
  • Mid-day walks in January.
  • Walking after eating.
  • Getting your protein in.
  • Everyone who is trying to do the right thing in response to the insurrection against our nation instigated by the person elected to lead our nation.
  • The shadows in your backyard.

10 Sunday

  • The mood-altering effect of laughter.
  • When it’s just warm enough to walk.
  • Wild card weekend.
  • Walt Whitman.
  • Public libraries.
  • Making it up as you go along.
  • Small Yukon gold potatoes (with garlic).

9 Saturday

  • Extra sleep.
  • The chance to care tor your dog — even when he wakes you in the middle of the night.
  • New workout journals.
  • When the daytime deliveries work out just right.
  • Meat by mailbox: what a concept.
  • The chance to breathe.

8 Friday

  • Knowing your job.
  • Getting someone else’s money back (for them).
  • Just enough snow to cover up the yellow parts of your backyard.

7 Thursday

A customer service person named Moira who kindly removed a concern with your dog’s medications.

6 Wednesday

  • Ice skating.
  • Sidewalk sliding.
  • Tater tots.
  • Americans.
  • Georgia.
  • Laws.
  • The Constitution.
  • Fried onions.
  • When you close your eyes and immediately fall asleep.

5 Tuesday

  • Meetings that make the day fly by.
  • Short workouts.
  • Being looked to.
  • Clarity about the source of an anxiety.
  • Cod.
  • Mental regroup.
  • Essays.
  • Limes.

4 Monday

  • An unexpected phone call.
  • Having ample energy despite paltry sleep.
  • The healing power of honey.

3 Sunday

  • $5 coupons that come in the mail right before a necessary purchase.
  • Spicy chai protein shakes.
  • Sunday Sermons.
  • The Sun.
  • Trap bars.
  • Hot honey sliding down your throat.
  • Your mother’s birth.
  • Your dog’s eyes.

2 Saturday

  • Speaking truth.
  • What the body knows.
  • When the dog is in charge of the walk.
  • Tending to The One Thing.
  • Billy Crystal.
  • That you keep thinking it’s a day later than it is.
  • The Americans.
  • A clean warm blanket.

1 Friday

  • That the First is on a Friday. Perfect.
  • Sleeping in.
  • Setting goals. But not too many.
  • Clarity of purpose.
  • Cinnamon oatmeal.

December 2020

31 Thursday

  • The healing power of exercise.
  • Resistance training for longevity.
  • Cafe coffee.
  • A hard-won draft.
  • Learning about the law.
  • The promise of white chicken chili and ciabatta bread.
  • New Year’s Eve.
  • 2020. Yes, really.
  • When Harry Met Sally.

29 Tuesday

  • The people who administer COVID-19 tests.
  • One thing that’s working: you can go get a test without leaving your car.
  • When you trudge through a book’s first half, wondering how you are ever going to get through, then find yourself learning and thinking in new ways during the second half.
  • Ibuprofen.

28 Monday

  • Sick days when you need them.
  • A boss that understands.
  • Care without leaving home.
  • Capsule Pharmacy.
  • Getting to sleep through the night.
  • Ricola.
  • Television.
  • Hot chicken soup.

27 Sunday

  • Clarity.
  • Contribution.
  • Walks while it snows.
  • Melatonin.
  • Fierce Attachments.
  • Simple Human.
  • Your dog’s old blanket.
  • Your job.
  • Vitamin C.

26 Saturday

  • A good night of sleep.
  • Green tea.
  • Honey.
  • Hot drinks on a cool throat.
  • Hunger.
  • Day-old spaghetti. With meatballs.
  • Wit.
  • Moments when you realize that you like yourself.
  • Moments when you can see an ailment’s end.
  • Commitments.
  • The smoke that emits from your neighbor’s chimney.

25 Friday

  • Movies. On a day when you are sick.
  • Hot tea.
  • A little buddy ready to cuddle.
  • Tylenol.
  • Alan Rickman.
  • The sweet final moments of Christmas Day, when it’s over but it’s not. You can still here Christmas music — the bells are still ringing — for just a little while longer.

24 Thursday

  • Charlie Brown Christmas music.
  • An unexpected gift.
  • The postal service.
  • Safe at home with the little buddy during a snow storm.
  • Landing the week well.
  • Time.
  • Snowplow personnel.
  • Freedom.
  • Having enough.
  • Christmas Eve.

23 Wednesday

  • Extra dough.
  • Moist cookies.
  • Mr. Keating.
  • Farmer carries.
  • Melatonin.
  • Ginger.
  • Keeping an open mind.
  • Colored Christmas lights.
  • Homemade hamburgers.

22 Tuesday

  • Morning movement.
  • Winter.
  • Writing while walking.
  • Walking in new places.
  • A tired dog.
  • A hungry dog.
  • Surprise cookies.
  • Opportunities. Ideas. Dreams.
  • Pink skies.
  • Kale for breakfast.
  • Acceptance.

21 Monday

  • Simple Human.
  • Simple things.
  • The gift of laughter.
  • Balmy days.
  • Walking and talking.
  • A new era.
  • Krinkle-cut fries.
  • A new (to you) cookie: the kringla.
  • Kind neighbors.
  • Holiday weeks.
  • Jupiter. Saturn. Old friends. Together again.

20 Sunday

  • The Winter Solstice.
  • The brevity of wit.
  • Saying just enough.
  • Taking a phone break.
  • When in doubt, read.
  • Frank Deford.

19 Saturday

  • The gift of sharing.
  • Feedback. The internal kind.
  • Having others you can rely on.
  • The clarity of time.
  • Moments of freedom.
  • French fries.

18 Friday

  • This moment.
  • Letting go of the one just past.
  • Your couch.
  • Opportunities to expand self-awareness.
  • Sorting through the disparate parts of you to find the one you like best.
  • Lentil soup to dunk your bread in.

17 Thursday

  • Sleeping through the night.
  • Morning: the best time of the day.
  • Shared experience. Even while tired.
  • Having enough.
  • Increasing your security.
  • Being a hoarder of the right things.
  • Knowing you have a break coming soon.
  • Living on the edge: buying a new (to you) variety pack of oatmeal.

16 Wednesday

  • Your beating heart.
  • The feel of your fingers.
  • Alpha waves. Beta, too.
  • Morning water.
  • Making it to payday.
  • One good conversation.
  • Your journal.
  • Morning motivations.
  • Brown rice and beef because it’s there.

15 Tuesday

  • Morning clarity.
  • The chance to teach.
  • Your neuroses.
  • The heat.
  • Hot tea.
  • Long underwear.
  • Your passion.
  • Making decisions.
  • The sounds your dog makes when he dreams.
  • Getting by.

14 Monday

  • Morning greetings.
  • Evening chats.
  • Morning warmth.
  • Evening cool.
  • Bodyweight squat challenge.
  • The compound effect of daily pushups.
  • Eating through the fridge.
  • Morning meditation.
  • Bruce Springsteen’s Letters to You.
  • Honey.

13 Sunday

  • Making it to the other side.
  • A reprieve.
  • The chance to rest.
  • The Democracy Coalition.
  • Salad.
  • Walks you squeeze into a work day.
  • When your dog can work with you.
  • Steve Schmidt.
  • Remembering who you are.
  • Slow-cooked chicken thighs.
  • Sundays.

12 Saturday

  • Water.
  • Being uncomfortable.
  • Doing your own thing.
  • Supporting yourself.
  • Whipped cream.
  • Reading time.
  • Having the park to yourself.
  • Helping out a stranger.

11 Friday

  • Opportunities.
  • Early morning writing.
  • Your dog’s yawn.
  • Your dog’s sigh.
  • Short days.
  • A made bed.
  • A hungry stomach.

10 Thursday

  • Being trusted.
  • Being good.
  • Being asked.
  • Pepperoni pizza cooked just right.
  • A quick game of ball. Outside. In December.
  • Jerry Seinfeld.
  • 100 push-ups a day.

9 Wednesday

  • Having a little buddy with you while you work.
  • Dancing with yourself.
  • Hearing the nicest thing.
  • Apples and blueberries.
  • Big dinners.

8 Tuesday

  • Reasonable people.
  • Understanding people.
  • How you deal with difficult people now.
  • Hamburger night. With tater tots.
  • Sumo squats.
  • How soft your dog still is.
  • Ibuprofen.
  • Tea that makes you sleepy.

7 Monday

  • The theme to Hill Street Blues.
  • The idea of America.
  • The men and women who fought and died for that idea.
  • The men and women who fight today for that idea.
  • Bones your dog does flips over.
  • The compound effect of meditation.
  • Garlic shrimp.

6 Sunday

  • Extra reading time.
  • Evening stretching.
  • The nap that was calling you.
  • Finally finding someone who can article precise benefits from meditation — and how you experience them.
  • Long walks with no wind.
  • Oatmeal for dinner.
  • Lenny & Squiggy.

5 Saturday

  • Moments of bliss.
  • When you know you’re going to get there.
  • Corn-chip chili. With cheese.
  • Working at home.
  • Winging it.
  • Ending a busy week in a really good place.
  • The confidence that comes from repetition.
  • Salad kits.

4 Friday

  • Your house!
  • That you get to go for walks right after work.
  • When your little buddy sleeps on your lap.
  • When you realize you do have a box of macaroni and cheese in the cupboard, and just in time to become a dinner side.
  • The feedback you get from inside about what is right for you to say and do.
  • The last twenty-five pages of a book.
  • The home-stretch of a busy week.

3 Thursday

  • Your ability to hear.
  • The learning that occurs when you ask good questions.
  • Fast days.
  • Broccoli slaw.
  • Getting over hump day during a busy week.
  • Falling asleep without trying.
  • Hemp shakes.

2 Wednesday

  • Free time.
  • The absence of a usual stress.
  • Happy dog.
  • A good report.
  • A lesser bill.
  • Cereal as a midnight snack.
  • Hours that fly by.
  • A warm bed.

1 Tuesday

  • The promise of the morning.
  • Playtime.
  • Deep sleep.
  • The reflection of holiday lights on windows.
  • Evening exercise.
  • Evening reading.
  • Getting ahead.
  • Keeping your head above water.
  • Chocolate-chip cookies.

November 2020

30 Monday

  • Areas of opportunity.
  • Your little space heater: your little buddy.
  • Real whipped cream.
  • Winter bedtime.
  • Christmas lights.
  • Hunger.
  • People who study the effects social media have on our minds.
  • The month of November.
  • The sound of your breath.

29 Sunday

  • Waking way early and making progress on a project you were resisting.
  • Signs your at-home workouts are working.
  • Flax seed oatmeal. With cinnamon. Of course.
  • Darkness. Your old friend.
  • When the solar lamp stays on all night.
  • Chuck Klosterman.

28 Saturday

  • Even-numbered days. They are just better.
  • Free pie.
  • Social connections.
  • Shared interests.
  • Books that read fast.
  • Messes in the morning. Gotta get up for those.
  • Tuna.
  • The clarifying energy of purpose.
  • Birds that make your power-line shake.

27 Friday

  • Turkeys.
  • The second turkey dinner of the day.
  • The young woman behind the counter who gives you extra whipped cream and doesn’t charge you for it.
  • John Candy.
  • Movie night.
  • The bald eagle spotted by the young boy on the path during your walk.
  • Stuffing.
  • November nights.

26 Thursday

  • Health.
  • Home.
  • Never missing a meal you don’t have to miss.
  • Books.
  • Clarity.
  • Your job.
  • Your little buddy.
  • The language you have learned.
  • Having a convenience store half a block away. And they stock fries.
  • Simplicity.
  • Extra blueberries just because.
  • The sound of the newspaper landing on your step.

25 Wednesday

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
  • T-day takeout.
  • Progress.
  • Evening workouts.
  • Taking it as it comes.
  • Studying in advance of a discussion.
  • Being true to you.
  • Born to Run.
  • The day before a long weekend.
  • Frozen vanilla bean cheesecake.

24 Tuesday

  • When all the lights work.
  • Chilly walks.
  • Second workouts.
  • Reading time in the evening.
  • A hungry dog.
  • Food you don’t have to cook.
  • Not caring what people think.
  • Resistance bands.
  • A book that gets you excited to read.
  • Deep sleep.
  • The staying power of cauliflower.

23 Monday

  • The Riverview Theater.
  • Popcorn. With butter.
  • Reading time.
  • At-home workouts that work.
  • The sound of your house filling with warm air first thing In the morning.
  • When a plant tells you it needs a drink.
  • Creative projects.

22 Sunday

  • President Kennedy.
  • How quickly the body (including the mind) reacts to positive direction.
  • Sunday afternoons.
  • Snow that melts hours after it falls.
  • Progress.
  • Grilled chicken salad.

21 Saturday

  • Extra sleep.
  • The chance to gather with smart people. If only online.
  • What the body says.
  • Chocolate just cuz.
  • The way your dog can still snare a bounding ball.
  • Windless walks.

20 Friday

  • Making deadline.
  • Feeling good about your submission.
  • Getting so much done.
  • Having a chance.
  • When you have to hustle.
  • Libraries.
  • Guacamole for the win.

Thursday

  • Public/governmental officials who make hard decisions that aren’t popular.
  • Your gym. You will miss it.
  • New opportunities.
  • Chicken at the ready.

17 Tuesday

  • Steak and sprouts.
  • Working when no one else is.
  • Your dog’s breath.
  • Laughing about a disappointment.
  • Onions.

16 Monday

  • Knowing your business.
  • Explosive push-ups.
  • Breaded baked cod.
  • Reading in the middle of the night.
  • Playing ball with your little buddy in the basement.
  • Ginger.

15 Sunday

  • Windy walks.
  • Power naps.
  • Books.
  • Good ideas.
  • The chance to teach.
  • Journals.
  • Newspapers.
  • Dogs.
  • Free time.
  • Constraints.
  • Steak and sweet potato dinner.

14 Saturday

  • The chance to write.
  • Responsibility.
  • The moment the cone comes off.
  • Three-walk days.
  • Moving on.
  • Green apples and frozen blueberries.

13 Friday

  • Mistakes.
  • Moments in which you realize how much you have grown.
  • The chance to go on walks with your dog.
  • Shared purpose.
  • Leftover salmon.
  • Opportunities to lead.
  • Thanksgiving dinner.
  • When you don’t have much time — you have to hustle.
  • Hot butter.

12 Thursday

  • Half days.
  • Hustle.
  • Clean sheets.
  • Cleared sidewalks.
  • Fresh snow.
  • Salmon.

11 Wednesday

  • Your brother’s birth.
  • Just staying in.
  • The opportunity to fumble with words.
  • The DavidPal36.
  • A tidy workspace.
  • HSAs.
  • Confidence.
  • Oregano.

10 Tuesday

  • Being as ready for winter as you can be.
  • When help is scheduled.
  • When heat is summoned.
  • The feel of your dog’s soft chin on your exposed shin.
  • Oatmeal.

9 Monday

  • Damp, warm mornings.
  • Searching for Bobby Fischer.
  • Thoughtful friends.
  • Your instincts.
  • Oat milk.

8 Sunday

  • New boundaries.
  • Closed doors.
  • Restrictions.
  • Broasted chicken dinner with coleslaw and mash potatoes/gravy.
  • Chocolate cake.
  • Kamala!

7 Saturday

  • Heavy sleep.
  • The last hour of the waking day.
  • Feeling supported.
  • Playing snout soccer under the lights on a November night.
  • Drawers that open and close.
  • Dirty hands.
  • Clean gutters.
  • A functioning toilet.
  • Joe!

6 Friday

  • Time to think and be and learn. Time to ask questions of yourself.
  • The first sips of morning coffee.
  • Listening to your dog slurp water from his bowl.
  • When you have occasion to take the packed away patio chairs out of the garage again.
  • Clean teeth.

5 Thursday

  • The way George H. W. Bush conceded after losing to Bill Clinton.
  • Nonpartisan people who count ballots.
  • Journalists who care more about being right than being first.
  • T-shirts and shorts.
  • When you are done raking leaves. Finally.
  • Watching your little buddy relaxing in a sunspot in the backyard.
  • Scrambled eggs for dinner.

4 Wednesday

  • Booker T. Washington.
  • The chance to serve as an election judge.
  • The best laugh you have ever heard.
  • Inducing that laugh.
  • Masks.
  • Unmasking in other ways.
  • A drink when you really need one.
  • Warm bread.

3 Tuesday

  • Thomas Paine.
  • Steve Schmidt.
  • Rosa Parks.
  • Abraham Lincoln.
  • Nancy Pelosi.
  • Harriet Tubman.
  • Barack Obama.
  • Thomas Jefferson.
  • Reed Galen.
  • George Washington.
  • Every man and woman who has spent time and energy this year trying to keep the republic.
  • Every man and woman who gave you the chance to vote.

2 Monday

  • Pablo Cruise’s “Love Will Find the Way.”
  • Farmer carries.
  • A break from all other energy save for your own.
  • A full grocery cart.
  • Sunshine through the kitchen window.

1 Sunday

  • The month of November.
  • An extra hour.
  • Windy walks.
  • The cheering of the trees, those that still have leaves.
  • The morning stretch.
  • The kind kid at the bakery who slips extra doughnuts into your bag, gratis, because he knows it’s your birthday.
  • Browsing in a library. You miss it so much.
  • Chocolate croissants.
  • That you get a shot at this life.

October 2020

31 Saturday

  • Halloween.
  • Scary movies.
  • Taking care of the trees that take care of you.
  • Nice guys.
  • Everyone who is spending their time trying to save democracy.

30 Friday

  • Hustle.
  • Ending on a good note.
  • When the late package finally arrives.
  • Pizza night.
  • Time.
  • Being valued.
  • Yogurt + cottage cheese.

29 Thursday

  • Peace.
  • Quiet.
  • Thirst.
  • Fatigue.
  • Falling asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.

28 Wednesday

  • Signs you have stronger shoulders.
  • Long walks on warmer evenings.
  • Motion lights.
  • Close quarters.
  • Leftover spaghetti.
  • The Americans.
  • Vote.org.

27 Tuesday

  • That moment when the dog is fed and exercised and the work day is done and the steak and mushrooms are made and you have gotten your three things list done (and even written a bit) and you exhale and watch a show and just be.
  • Getting lucky. With your schedule.

26 Monday

  • Your dog’s birth.
  • Morning energy.
  • Morning coffee.
  • Morning meditation.
  • Heat.
  • Mid-day sun.
  • Spaghetti.

25 Sunday

  • Teachers.
  • Zoom.
  • Mobility time.
  • Car rides with the little buddy.
  • Yard waste bags.
  • Special meals.
  • Printed books and newspapers.
  • Cool air.
  • Oatmeal at night.

24 Saturday

  • The way organizing something physically clears the mind psychologically.
  • Salmon.
  • Borat moviefilm.
  • Clarity.

23 Friday

  • Your way.
  • Time.
  • The way the psyche catches up eventually.
  • Humor.
  • Challenges.
  • Melting snow.
  • The chance to study something.
  • Friends who know more than you do.

23 Thursday

  • Full-body workouts.
  • Increased energy.
  • Steve Schmidt.

21 Wednesday

  • Long walks in cold weather.
  • Broccoli pizza.
  • Great conversation.
  • Feeling stimulated and grounded at the same time.
  • Squats.
  • Squirrels on your fence.
  • Hustle.
  • The good that comes when you use the writing muscle.

20 Tuesday

  • An honest mechanic.
  • A small bill.
  • Good news.
  • Early walks.
  • Early workouts.
  • The moment you file a piece.
  • Being able to walk to your car shop.
  • The first snow.
  • The way you see things.
  • Tater tots.

19 Monday

  • Finally learning how to do side lateral raises right.
  • The dark morning drive to the gym.
  • Your furnace.
  • Small bits of progress.
  • Lenny’s cookies.

18 Sunday

  • Lowertown, St. Paul.
  • Walks.
  • The chance learn how to be better at walking.
  • “The Walk of Life” by Dire Straits.
  • Going to the grocery store at night.
  • Chili with Mexican chips.
  • Pumpkins on front steps.

17 Saturday

  • Meditation.
  • Full bags of leaves.
  • The bird that flew into the side of your house. May he live long and prosper.
  • Having many interests.
  • Extra hours of darkness. Thanks, little buddy, for waking us up.
  • The first snow.
  • The sound of rain.

11 Sunday

  • Friend time.
  • Day-old coffee.
  • New solutions to repeat problems.
  • Good questions.
  • Power naps.
  • Experience.
  • Sunsets over a lake.

10 Saturday

  • Learning a lesson you won’t forget.
  • Feedback.
  • Loneliness.
  • Warm October nights.

9 Friday

  • Recycling centers.
  • LED lightbulbs. What an eye-opener.
  • Eye exams.
  • Salmon night.
  • Potatoes with garlic.

8 Thursday

  • Meditations.
  • Pizza night.
  • Orange leaves.
  • Red leaves.
  • A walking lunch.
  • Meditation.

4 Sunday

  • Lake Hiawatha.
  • Hillside Cemetery.
  • Gift cards that pay for dinner.
  • Raking leaves.
  • New light bulbs.
  • Fall light.
  • Reading printed newspapers and printed books before bed.

3 Saturday

  • Lake Nokomis.
  • Fall afternoons.
  • Libraries.
  • Starting new books.
  • Tim Riggins.

1 Thursday

  • New responsibilities.
  • New ideas.
  • New plans.
  • Expressing fears.
  • Honey ginger echinacea drink.
  • Coach Eric Taylor.
  • Doing an entire workout with a single bar.
  • Frozen pizza.

September 2020

28 Monday

  • New neighbors.
  • Gene Hackman.
  • Pretty hockey plays.
  • Small stretching sessions.
  • The opportunity to get better.

27 Sunday

  • Powderhorn Park.
  • People who walk their dogs.
  • People who sell self-published books in public places.
  • Tristan Harris.
  • The New York Times.
  • Intellectual stimulation.
  • Sunday mornings at the gym.
  • Salmon supper.

26 Saturday

  • A clean car.
  • The new-car smell. Even if the car itself is old.
  • Throwing out old notebooks. You think you might need them sometime but they only take up headspace.

25 Friday

  • Running in the rain.
  • Anytime spent slowly stretching.
  • The Lincoln Project.
  • Kelp.
  • Eating just enough.
  • Being able to mow the lawn in the afternoon.
  • That you get to live where you do with your little buddy.
  • People who write books that show you how to be a better human.

21 Monday

  • The placebo effect.
  • When help is on the way.
  • When fresh new notebooks arrive in the mail.
  • Car rides with your little buddy.
  • Walgreens runs.
  • Winning without your best stuff.

20 Sunday

  • Your dog.
  • Your house.
  • The wind at night.
  • Balmy nights.
  • Your breath.
  • The struggle of your life.
  • 1986.
  • Stretch pants.
  • Sam Harris.
  • Honey.
  • Your throat.
  • The challenge you face.

19 Saturday

  • RBG.

18 Friday

  • Being able to watch a hockey game.
  • Helping someone in a way that makes them extremely pleased.
  • Time to follow the beat of your own drummer.

17 Thursday

  • When you say no to the brain that tells you get revved up.
  • The power of movement on the mind.
  • Chris Botti.
  • Everyone who is outraged.
  • Everyone who is trying to retain democracy.
  • Time at the park. Just you and your dog. In the dark. Open ballfields. Empty playground. Cool air. The smell of grass. Stars above.

16 Wednesday

  • The Enlightenment.
  • People who care about animals that aren’t their own.
  • Learning about the mind.
  • A new shower curtain.
  • A day without bathing. It’s good for the skin!
  • When the dog asks you to take one more walk at the end of the day.

15 Tuesday

  • A spiffy clean house.
  • New bath mats.
  • Chris Botti.
  • Warm evenings.
  • Mike Madrid.
  • Getting over a hump.
  • People who work extra for the same charge.

14 Monday

  • When your dog lies on your person. Head on foot is especially good.
  • Leftover coffee.
  • Windows open.
  • Your porch.
  • Cold feet.
  • Warm showers before bed.

13 Sunday

  • People who mention your website.
  • Being forced into the moment.
  • Being guided there, too.
  • Coupons that work past their expiration dates.

12 Saturday

  • A new old TV.
  • Old movies.
  • Knowing what you’re talking about.
  • Hard naps.
  • Something new.
  • A surprisingly pleasant (weather-wise) night.

11 Friday

  • The people that ran into the burning buildings.
  • The people who said “Let’s Roll.”
  • The country that produced those people.

 

9 Wednesday

  • Curbside dog treats.
  • Your furnace.
  • Embracing cold.
  • Good news about your tree.
  • Comedy as an antidote to anxiousness.
  • Short weeks.

 

8 Tuesday

  • Hoodies.
  • Blankets.
  • The choice of this moment.
  • The woman who looks at your nearly 13-year-old dog and regards him as though he were a “puppy.”

 

7 Monday

  • The women and men who fought for the rights and accepted standards of American workers.
  • A mowed lawn.
  • Ginger-turmeric tea.
  • Democracy Docket.
  • Finding this month’s book club book in the Little Free Library.

 

6 Sunday

  • Naps.
  • Cool breezes on muggy days.
  • The Sunday paper at your doorstep.
  • Thoughtful books about the mind.
  • Steel-cut oats.

 

5 Saturday

  • Cool dark mornings.
  • Your notebook.
  • The voice in your head.
  • Short, smart books.
  • Dwight Eisenhower.
  • Theater popcorn.

 

4 Friday

  • Four-day weekends.
  • The tyranny and the inspiration of the Three Things To-Do List.
  • Your small home.
  • Being fooled by a bot.
  • The squirrel that sat on your fence for the longest time this morning nibbling on a bevy of small acorns, one at a time.
  • Big ideas.

 

3 Thursday

  • Long workouts.
  • New slippers.
  • Fresh air.
  • Chocolate milk.
  • The League of Women Voters.

 

2 Wednesday

  • The comfort that comes from action.
  • Sleeping late.
  • Long morning walks.
  • When the dog wants to play more than you have time for.
  • Sauerkraut.

 

1 Tuesday

  • Early morning reading.
  • The chance to teach.
  • Water.
  • Vulnerability.
  • President Lincoln.
  • The color espresso.