July 2020

by Tom Swift

31 Friday

  • A mowed lawn.
  • Perfect nights.
  • Night lights.
  • Your health.
  • Your gut.
  • Your bed.
  • Your dog.
  • Your moods.
  • All the birds.

30 Thursday

  • Perfect mornings.
  • Plenty of time to walk.
  • Recovery day.
  • Snout soccer.
  • Bosch episodes — the second-time through. When you can follow it all.
  • The anticipation of a new book.
  • Digestive breaks.
  • Repetition.

29 Wednesday

  • Being relied upon.
  • Confidence.
  • When you no longer have to worry about whether you can handle it — you can.
  • Boundaries.

27 Monday

  • The chance to care for your little buddy.
  • Your dog’s cardiologist. So kind. Patient.
  • The people who work at places that care for companion animals with a smile on their face all day long. A special place in heaven awaits, no doubt.
  • Warm, sunny days.
  • Cars that get you there.
  • The technology that gives doctors the ability to see inside bodies.
  • Ladders.

25 Saturday

  • Breakthroughs on a piece.
  • Turmeric.
  • Squat practice.
  • Bench practice.
  • When you focus on form and leave outcome to be what it is.
  • Aluminum foil.

24 Friday

  • Fast day.
  • Fast days.
  • Writing all day.
  • Helping out a colleague.
  • Helping out a stranger.
  • Doing your best.
  • Beating the heat.
  • Your cool house. Temperature-wise anyway.
  • Manageable Fridays.
  • When you talk to your insurance agent and it’s not agonizing.
  • A long weekend.
  • Meat in the mail.


  • Self-education.
  • Talking insurance with your father.
  • Making a plan.
  • Scrambled eggs with cheese. Just a little cheese, please.

22 Wednesday

  • Wrestling with ideas.
  • Losing yourself in thoughts.
  • Paying the tab fee right away.
  • Walks to the post office box.
  • Cool mornings.

21 Tuesday

  • A capable and reasonable mechanic.
  • The ability to drive down the street.
  • Light rail.
  • Greg: a guy who takes the extra step to make it work.
  • Work from home. A dog saver.

20 Monday

  • Neighbors who look out for loose dogs.
  • Acceptance.
  • Running with your dog.
  • Curry.

19 Sunday

  • Having a friend who answers your call.
  • Strangers who let you use their phone when you are in a spot.
  • Emotional challenges that come when your day is upended.
  • Signs of growth.
  • Escape.
  • Big meals.
  • Leg raises.
  • A hungry dog.
  • Fiber.

18 Saturday

  • Sumo deadlifts.
  • Pull-up progress.
  • Memories.
  • Baseball.
  • Brussel sprouts.
  • Short walks.
  • Writing while walking.
  • Naps when you are behind on sleep.
  • Summer storms.
  • Fans blowing on your body — the hum of a fan — at night.

16 Thursday

  • The chance to fumble with written words all day.
  • A good workout after three days off.
  • Farmer Carries.
  • Fasting.
  • Your digestive system.
  • Memories of baseball.

15 Wednesday

  • When your dog shows you a blue jay sitting on your fence. Is there a prettier shade of blue in the known universe?
  • Sun time.
  • People who don’t light firecrackers during the dinner hour because they know they are not the only people (or pets) in the world who can hear them.

14 Tuesday

  • The moment you know you are on your way back up to baseline after a dip.
  • Water.
  • Lemon Ginger Honey Echinacea juice. A little glass of heaven. Especially when your tummy is unsettled.
  • When things fall into place.
  • An assignment you are jazzed about.
  • Clouds.

13 Monday

  • Cleaning house on a Monday night.
  • Confidence without arrogance.
  • To-do lists.
  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
  • Cod sandwiches.

12 Sunday

  • Jazz.
  • Extra time.
  • Extra rest.
  • Going to the Falls.
  • Cod.
  • Sunshine.
  • The chipmunk that dared your dog.
  • Looking for advantage in everything.

11 Saturday

  • Fast weeks.
  • Early mornings.
  • A break from the humidity.
  • A break from food.
  • The benefits of squat practice.
  • A mowed lawn.
  • The confidence to criticize.
  • 90 minutes of escape at just the right time.
  • The strength to be constructive.
  • Good conversation.
  • Electronic boundaries.
  • Waiting until you are ready.
  • Tater tots.

5 Sunday

  • Talking about writing.
  • Realizing you did more than you accounted for.
  • Meeting deadline.
  • Counting everything.
  • Discounting nothing.
  • The way reading fills the well.
  • Chocolate-chip cookies.
  • Good conversation.
  • Extra coffee.

4 Saturday

  • People who read the Declaration of Independence.
  • People who care about the idea of America.
  • People who push to bring us closer to our founding principles.
  • People who fight against the current regime, which, by any sober definition, is anathema to those principles.
  • People who put country over party.
  • Frederick Douglass.
  • Harriet Tubman.
  • The moment the fireworks end. Editor’s note: dog entry.

3 Friday

  • When you correct yourself: no, it’s not Saturday today.
  • Being safely away from fireworks. Your little buddy added that entry.
  • A new way to serve your dog food.
  • When you check in before anger rises and then find a new, better way to go. Such moments are nothing short of minor miracles.
  • Oatmeal. With cinnamon.

2 Thursday

  • Reminders of what needs to be done.
  • Carpenter ants.
  • Having enough.
  • A cool basement.
  • Sharing when not sharing is an option.
  • Having just enough butter.
  • Wind chimes — intended and not.
  • Saving for a rainy day.
  • Active recovery.
  • Cucumbers.

1 Wednesday

  • Canada.
  • Rides with your little buddy, widows down.
  • A/C.
  • Getting your reps in.
  • Steak sandwiches.
  • Sound sleep.