Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go



“When someone says something, don’t ask yourself if it is true. Ask what it might be true of.” That is Ross Levin, an executive in the local financial community, quoting author Michael Lewis quoting Nobel economist Daniel Kahneman, as found in an article titled “Nuanced Thinking Can Help You Plan” in the business section of […]

Nice Try

A sidebar story in the newspaper today tells of a man named Benjamin Schreiber, serving in the Iowa State Penitentiary for murder, who recently argued in court that he had fulfilled his life sentence. How could a living man make such an argument? Four years ago, a fall in his cell caused Schreiber’s heart to […]

The Kids Aren’t the Only Ones

A recent headline in The New York Times: “Groups Say Facebook Duped Kids.”[1] Seventeen children’s advocacy groups are accusing Facebook of wittingly deceiving kids into spending money while playing games on the site. The groups believe Facebook violated consumer protection and child privacy laws in the way it encouraged kids to make purchases, many in […]

Gone But Not Forgotten

“Hockey Coach Dies After Fall on Ice.” I clipped the article under this headline from the December 18, 2018 Star Tribune. It has been sitting on my nightstand these past weeks. I appreciate when major newspapers write feature obituaries of non-famous people. A friend remarked the other day that he had read an obit the […]

Further Proof

The other night I watched the 2018 version of “A Star is Born.” At the end, I cried only for the dog. [1] The other day I saw a post on my Twitter feed in which a man was shown, via a security camera, to abandon his dog by the side of the road. Last […]


If you make a mistake today, it’s an excellent omen — a sign that you’re really going for it. You deserve a little credit for that, right? Maybe even a non-ironic pat on the back. -Holiday Mathis, Horoscope, StarTribune, 10-09-2018


It’s easy to see that people on precarious perches should not reach, and people in holes should not dig. But what’s not so readily apparent is what people in the middle should do. Something. Anything. Challenge stability. -Holiday Mathis, “Horoscope,” StarTribune, 9-06-2018


The adage suggests that it’s not what you know but who you know — although today it won’t fit either way, so don’t worry about it! Knowledge won’t get you through in the way that feelings will, especially feelings of compassion. -Holiday Mathis, “Horoscope,” StarTribune, 7-19-2018


Today’s answer isn’t social or interdependent; rather, it speaks to the need to get skills and become self-reliant. Think about what you’d ask for, and then find a way to provide it for yourself. -Holiday Mathis, Horoscope,” StarTribune, 7-15-2018


Homer wrote in the The Illiad, “Whoever obeys the gods, to him they particularly listen.” There are certain relationships (but not all!) that are best begun in obedience. It works today, anyway, to set things off in a promising direction. -Holiday Mathis, “Horoscope,” StarTribune, 7-01-2018