Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go

Ideas

Time

Do not lament what opportunities are closed but embrace the ones before you. And give a bear hug to the beautiful ones all around you. There are moments when the experience of Time feels palpable. Snapshots from an emotional day: Your dog squinting into the wind, his sniffer vibrating — an old man soaking in […]

Why Are We Here?

No matter what you think of that dude flexing in the mirror at your gym, or the beauty on the red carpet, compared to the physical prowess of the other species, the human body is not especially impressive. An eagle can see more keenly. A dog can smell better. An elephant is stronger. A giraffe […]

Just See

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish, Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d, Of […]

Words Change the World

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We […]

The Sound and the Fury

There is so much noise in the culture. Like a bullhorn that blasts all manner of brilliance and buffoonery. (Which is taking your desire for alliteration too far. But even so.) You stick your head into the mind torrent because you think you need to. You crave real-time connection. Even if when that connection is […]

Love

Oh sun, old friend, our star, bright light, where would we be without you on these dagger-air days of sub-zero highs?

Rules Are Made to Be Broken

Your tendency to want to turn an interest into a project has proven to be folly. There is no need to corral the endeavor into some sort of regimen or curriculum — no need setting arbitrary frequencies and limitations — for there is no mountain to climb, no homework to turn in, no SMART goal […]

Do You Believe in Miracles?

You may be coming to the realization that it is possible to simply enjoy life.

Purpose

Your default setting is to sacrifice. You came out of the shoot to take care of another. This is a baked-in-the-cake ingredient that makes up your nature. You think (without thinking) that if you are not on an arduous mission then you are getting away with one; if you are doing for yourself you are […]

The Key

“When the ruling power within us is in harmony with nature, it confronts events in such a way that it always adapts itself readily to what is feasible and is granted to it. For it attaches its preference to no specific material; rather, it sets out to attain its primary objects, but not without reservation, […]

The Gift

You had wanted to take the little buddy for a ride. To the library. On a walk. Then grab some Italian to-go. The intent was to leave the house. To cross a line of demarcation, between the end of work and the start of holiday. A blizzard cancelled those plans. Restriction. This is your gift […]

Allowance

In all sports, one key factor to playing defense is intensity. It is one instance in which tenseness is encouraged. To guard, to withstand, to prevent, to defend is to tighten. One can be loose on offense. You can be fancy free and still score. Not so to execute on defense. On defense you must […]

Action

Inspiration is created rather than found.

There is More Than One Way

Just as the breath is a way into to the moment so, too, are words. To intentionally arrange words in a way so as to try to make sense of your experience is to be as present as the human brain allows one to be. Feel your fingers form the visual manifestation of your mind. […]

Perfect is Nowhere and Everywhere

“We should remember that even Nature’s inadvertence has its own charm, its own attractiveness. The way loaves of bread split open on top in the oven; the ridges are just by-products of the baking, and yet pleasing, somehow: they rouse our appetite without our knowing why. Or how ripe figs begin to burst. And olives […]

Let Go of the Good Stuff

There is a phrase that comes up in seemingly every writer’s workshop in North America: Kill your darlings. (Or sometimes the more violent “murder your darlings.”) Conjure an image of a pipe-smoking male, or a neck-scarf-wearing woman, at the front of a class espousing this unassailable mantra of good writing. In response, you can see […]

You Be You

“No more of all this talk about what a good man should be, but simply be one!” -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 10.16 What the good emperor says sounds straightforward enough. But not so fast. Parse this out a bit. When you hear “good” you immediately think about what that word means to others. Not just all […]

Wisdom in Playing the Fool

“If you would improve, submit to be considered without sense and foolish with respect to externals. Wish to be considered to know nothing: and if you shall seem to some to be a person of importance, distrust yourself. For you should know that it is not easy both to keep your will in a condition […]

The Dance

You only need to counteract self-restriction twice: 1. In order to begin. 2. In order to continue. Once you begin to lift or write there is usually a moment some minutes in during which you consider stopping lifting or writing. If you let this inquisition go, if you do not indulge the idea that you […]

Having a Ball

“I know the difficulties of gulping this down right away. You keep thinking of practical problems. Everybody has to play the game of life. You can’t just walk around saying, ‘I don’t give a damn about health or wealth or whether I’m sent to prison or not.’ Epictetus took time to explain better what he […]