Untethered Dog

A Commonplace By Tom Swift



Flash forward to 2011, and I’m at the College Football Awards. I had just wrapped up my playing career at the University of Houston — and now I’m one of three finalists for the Davey O’Brien Trophy (which is a fancy way of calling you the nation’s best quarterback). So I’m at this ceremony, and […]


… people often referred to POTUS as “the adult in the room.” But it took me years before I fully understood what that meant. As much as I admire and respect him, President Obama wasn’t perfect. Not every decision he made was correct. What made Obama the adult in the room was the way he […]


Teams — like the markets — tend to fluctuate from year to year, which is also why [Edmonton Oilers forward Milan] Lucic had a pretty sensible take on the season that lies ahead. Optimism abounds, but wariness is never a bad thing either, he believes. “At the end of the day, you have to be […]


My wife and I have been coming to this place, this island [in Maine], for about 25 years and we have been watching, for many years we watched this family of ospreys and we followed their life cycles and in April the parents would fly into the nest having been gone for the winter. They would, […]


In every interaction you have with another human being — doesn’t matter who — you always have two main choices. (The keyword is choice.) One choice usually leads to logical (boring) interaction, politeness, formalities. And, more importantly, a lack of connectivity. The other usually leads to interesting discussion, love (yes, love), aliveness, friendship, gift-giving. And […]


Stylish, dramatic, vulnerable, romantic, eccentric: Bryan Ferry’s style is hard to put into words … but it seemed he was always working to express the same feeling. His passion was for the sort of ineffable excitement that makes you feel you could stay up every night, and also its corollary — a longing so sweet and […]


Gustav Holst seemed to consider The Planets a progression of life … Perhaps “Jupiter” represents the “prime” of life. -The Gustav Holst Website, “Compositions: (1914-1916) The Planets, Op. 32”