Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go


Just Be

Close your eyes. Listen to the birds chirp. The dog bark in the distance. There is a woodpecker on the top of that telephone pole. Hear him whack away. There is a ladybug crawling along the walkway beneath you. The silent bug spreads her wings then closes them again and heads for the grass and […]


It is important to name things correctly. It is easy to infer, hard to know. Do not state that you know something to be true if you are not certain. Certainty is seldom found in this world. Even if you think you know what you just saw. We see so much in our age! Everything, […]

Close Encounter

It was just like that old Alfred Hitchcock silhouette. Except in this case it wasn’t an iconic storyteller but a large raccoon. Early a.m. You and the little buddy are on the couch. First you hear the patter on the roof. Initially sounds like ice cracking. Until it doesn’t. Because whatever it is it’s moving. […]

Give a Girl a Break

“You always hear about the comedian who wants to play Hamlet. I think writers are probably something like that, too. What fun is it for Frank Deford to write about a guy like Frank Deford?” -Frank Deford, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter, “Naked Slept the Commissioner” I saw her coming for more than […]

Snow Angel

In the clearing kids skate across a frozen creek bordered by leafless trees and beneath a blunted but unmistakable sun. There will never not be romance for you around such sound: of blades cutting outdoor ice. Of pucks hitting sticks. Of the singular melding of heat and chill, of laughter and intensity, that arouses from […]

The Present of Presence

He got what he needed just then. Who knows what is to come for any of us. But do not underestimate the power of one right move.

Midnight Moments

Cherish the minutes when you find yourself unexpectedly in the quiet dark of a post-midnight hour, that space between your days when you are the only one awake in your world. When you can read and think and breathe. You may wish to be asleep — you may not have wanted to be startled awake […]

Thankful for this Life

You get this moment, this life. You get to live. You get to see these trees.


Notice the snowflakes falling slowly from the sky. Like puffs of cotton, these flakes float and fall, each one an invitation to witness this moment. You are in this body and you are walking with your little buddy for such a short, short time. Soon he will mark another year, a week later you will […]


See that black bird on high. There, above the tallest tree, against the blue forever, well beyond the orange brown leaves that fall at your feet. His wings outstretched, he glides this way. Then that way. And back again. He works not at all. He has no place he needs to be. He has nothing […]

Baby Doesn’t Need a New Pair of Shoes

It didn’t occur to me this achievement were possible. I thought the Air Jordans were a permanent part of the visual landscape.

Beautiful Morning

The squirrel, my dog’s arch nemesis, showed up first thing. So did the birds — so many small birds gathered around the feeders, on the tree limbs. And bunnies. We must have just passed mating season for we see so many young rabbits on our walks right now. This morning, we had the neighborhood to […]

Stop Signs

As my dog and I approached the street corner, a gentleman in a jeep drove through the stop sign we were headed for. We were far enough away that our safety was not in question but close enough that what I had seen was not in doubt: the guy ran the stop sign. He may […]

Let the River Run

Turns out, my sleep last night wasn’t as restful as I thought. I needed to close my eyes. I put my head on the arm of my couch. When I woke up a few minutes later, I heard the humming of engines. Our trash/recycling pickup was canceled this week. I wondered: could they possibly be […]


I took care of my fallen friend (tree) on Memorial Day. I sawed her limbs. I broke off her branches. I crushed up her twigs. There were twigs everywhere. I held in my hands her stump, which weighed more than it looked. I piled her logs, which were more in number than it appeared. I […]

The Eyes

We had a rough patch because of a sore spot. Something got lodged in my little buddy’s back right paw. Must have walked over something. Or scraped something. Anyway, it didn’t look right. Or at all comfortable. I have been learning about stoicism from books and talks and lectures of late. But, of course, I […]

The Miracle

Forty years later, the moment still gives you chills. You have been bottled up this week — literally (tension in your back and shoulder) and figuratively (lack of writing, irritability) — and you have for some weeks now felt pervasive despair over the state of our country. We are at that point in winter, even […]

A Walk in the Woods

  We were kicked out of the bird sanctuary. Actually, it’s more accurate to say that we were turned away at the door. And we weren’t even packing a hammock. We did not, in other words, have clandestine motives to steal hammock time. The sun was seriously glorious today. That is why the little buddy […]

Politically Speaking

You don’t come here for political analysis but I don’t know how we can not all be at least a little engaged in politics right now. In fact, it seems wrong not to be at least a little engaged in politics right now. The president was impeached last night. The right to watch “Dancing with […]

Hello and Goodbye

We were at the Minnesota Museum of American Art viewing an Arab-inspired exhibit — a geographic mishmash of a description if ever there was one — and the gallery guide was telling us about the painting before us. A man walked into the gallery. The MMAA is small. The man had pushed hard on the […]