Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go

Observations

Concentration is Crucial

I don’t like that of late it’s been harder to focus than it used to be. Specifically, I do not like I’ve noticed it’s become more difficult to concentrate on a book. I don’t like that I reach for my phone instinctively. Even if I do not have a reason to reach for my phone. […]

Dis-Traction

I keep coming back to a draft of a post on the topic of distraction but I guess I am, um, struggling to focus on it long enough to form a coherent utterance. Let me try again. Sometimes bullets help: I have been thinking a lot about distraction because I want to know I am […]

Finding It

You know. You know what you must do. You know what you must give up. What (or who) holds you back. You don’t always know the how. Or the when. And why bother with the why. Be gentle. But listen. Listen to the voice that tells you. To pick up the pen and write that […]

Anxiety Incarnate

Like a window shutting in front of your face. That is what it is like. A window you didn’t know was there. That you did not shut. Not wittingly anyway. You just could tell the view was being … skid, skid, skid … reframed. Thump. After this window closes you see as you did before […]

Reverberation

Being a personal writer means being comfortable with vulnerability.

Things I Could Write About

One All the parents I see at bus-stops in the morning. School bus-stops, I mean. What are they doing there? It’s like the long goodbye. It’s a school day! Let Liam and Skylar hang with their school-mates for eight minutes! Let ’em have a little unsupervised time before they get on the bus to go […]

Presence

A few words on mindfulness quick, before I gotta run. Ha! Seriously, mindfulness is all the rage these days. I mean, at least until you get pinged that another cat video has been uploaded and is now appearing in your Facebook feed. No way he jumped right into the cookie jar! As I was saying […]

Let’s Visit Our Other Structure

The garage light was on. It was early evening, just after sundown. Back from our last walk of the day and a game of snout soccer in the books, I decided to finally take on the felled tree branches I had left on the patio to deal with another day. Today — yesterday, to be […]

Not Cold-Brewed; Cold Because It’s Old

Day-old coffee is highly underrated. Coffee may, in fact, share a trait with lasagna and sex: that is, it’s even better the next day. For that reason, even when I am “to-stay” I tell the barista to please make my order “to-go.” This morning, I forgot I had a half cup of aged java awaiting […]

Press 1 to Be Caught Red-handed

I am a fugitive from justice. A renegade. A stone-cold criminal with no regard for human life. Or so you might believe if you listen to the voicemails I have been receiving. At least four times in the last week I have gotten robocalls alerting me that I face some serious allegations. I simply need […]

Critters

One sign of the warm weather that has finally arrived for us is the increasing presence of bugs. Mostly a nuisance and never courted, summer would not be summer without some critters crawling and flying in your space — critters not present (at least visible) the rest of the year. The uninvited summer guests. Living […]

Good

This, to the extent I am aware of such dynamics, is my experience of — my view on — grief. Grief is sneaky. Stealthy is perhaps the better word. In any event, you often do not see or feel grief until it is already on you, in you, surrounding you. Even then, even when, you […]

Making People Happy Since 2007

We passed a young woman on our walk last night. She walked with her head down. Her head, aside from her face, was covered by a snug-fitting a hoodie. Her head never came up — she could see, I presume, the sidewalk a few feet in front of her and that is about it. I […]

Essential Zzzzs

The body can withstand the high heat of the Sahara and the bone chill of Alaska; can recover from ultra marathons, a boxing match, too much exercise, too little exercise, and physical abuse; can manage the effects of high stress, of no stress, and a long lack of light from the sun. Yet don’t underestimate […]