Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go


‘A Moral Obligation to Say What You Think’

I am working on a post about grief. It’s about grief I am experiencing in my relationship with my country. This grief did not begin with COVID-19 but its presence has become more identifiable to me in light of our nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a challenging post for me to write. I […]

Don’t Look Back

Dave Brooks, brother of the late 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey coach, Herb Brooks, while being interviewed by KFAN’s Dan Barreiro this week, shared a story about the miracle moment I had not heard before. Famously, after beating the Soviets, the coach had immediately left the ice. As his players began to celebrate in commemorative print […]

Practice, Practice

“So it was mostly hard work?” an off-camera journalist from the Canadian Broadcasting Company poses this question to Wayne Gretzky. It is 1982. Gretzky initially answers that, yes, it did take hard work. Then he sort of corrects himself. He says his father used to show him articles, and he would also talk to people, […]


-With Peter Gzowski, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 3-24-1974


You build trust by telling the truth. -Tom Thibodeau with Dan Barreiro, The Dan Barreiro Show, KFAN, 1-04-2018


Oprah Winfrey: “When you open yourself up, to share something that shamed you, what are you really looking for?” Brené Brown: “I’m looking for someone who loves me not despite my vulnerabilities and imperfections but because of them. I’m looking to the friends who will show up and wade through the deep with me. And […]


Shame unravels connection. -Brené Brown with Oprah Winfrey, SuperSoul Conversations, Part II, 8-17-2017


It’s not negotiable. We’re neuro-biologically hard-wired for connection, for love, for belonging; it’s in our DNA. -Brené Brown with Oprah Winfrey, SuperSoul Conversations, Part II, 8-17-2017


Brené Brown: “I think shame is lethal. I think shame is deadly. And I think we are swimming in it deep.” Oprah Winfrey: “But do people recognize it, though?” Brown: “People have one of two reactions when I say shame: They say, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about but that has nothing to do […]


Pain will make itself known. It will not be dismissed. It’s not an effect or emotion that dissipates when it’s ignored. -Brené Brown, with Lewis Howes, 9-13-2017