Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go


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


Today’s opportunity is stellar in every way. Stepping into the situation will bring such a warm, inviting, hopeful feeling that you’ll keep right on stepping. Before you know it, you’re immersed in the culture of this thing. -Holiday Mathis, “Horoscope,” StarTribune, 3-28-2018


The researchers found that goal progress appeared to suffer on days with a high number of annoyances and few simple pleasures. But on days with a high number of simple pleasures, the effect of small annoyances was buffered. Researcher Vanessa Patrick said, “Being mindful of small everyday pleasures … can help dampen the impact of […]


I was happy to read that health experts now encourage us to relax on the calorie front at holiday time. We don’t, in fact, gain an average of 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. It’s more like 2 pounds, which one could argue equals a respectable day at the Minnesota State Fair. And […]


Over the past few weeks, I’ve found myself in a bunch of conversations in which the unspoken assumption was that the main goal of life is to maximize happiness. That’s normal. When people plan for the future, they often talk about all the good times and good experiences they hope to have. We live in […]


When his father suffered a stroke in 2001, [now Minnesota Vikings COO Kevin] Warren flew home and slept in his father’s hospital room. Warren asked him why he had been such a disciplinarian. “He said he just liked to see everything done right,” Warren said. ” He said, ‘It’s not the big stuff; it’s the […]


The car jumped the curb and smashed into his bicycle, sending Kevin Warren flying over concrete. He landed on the only nearby patch of grass, saving his life but not his femur. At 11, Warren found himself in a body cast, his parents calling him their “house plant.” His muscles atrophied and his doctor warned […]