Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go



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 […]


There’s something calling to you — a date, an interview, a hard conversation, a trip, a move. What scares you will also charge you up. There’s fuel there for developing yourself. So go on and face it; step into it; invite it. -Holiday Mathis, “Horoscope,” StarTribune, 10-29-2017


“I want to know why I got damaged and why I’m glad,” [author Amy] Tan said recently, sitting in her living room, sipping licorice tea. As she laughed, she tilted her head back, tousling her angular, blue-tinged bob. “I wouldn’t want to change anything. It’s all me now. “But I just want to know what […]


And [Stephen King’s] needs are modest — he stays at Motel 6 and eats at Waffle Houses. “I’m not hard to please. Give me a motel room somewhere near the interstate with a chair out front where you can sit and read a book and I’m just as happy as I can be.” -Nell McShane […]


Hang on through the tense parts of the day in the knowledge that they will pass soon enough. These little conflicts, inconveniences, and expectation adjustments are really unavoidable. -Holiday Mathis, “Horoscope,” StarTribune, 9-17-2017