DOT considers adding passenger train to Chicago

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:37pm


CORRECTION: Purpose and Need Statement now available for proposed Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Service

Our mistake! We gave you the wrong public information meeting dates in yesterday’s update. Wisconsin’s meeting is actually first. Correct dates are:

  • Sept. 6 at the La Crosse County Administrative Center in Wisconsin
  • Sept. 7 at St. Paul’s Union Depot 

We wouldn’t want you to miss these important public meetings. Sorry for the confusion.


There’s been a lot of bruhaha here about the “Zip Rail,” but that’s now “Zip” since the DOT suspended “work” on that project.  What’s new is that there’s a specific initiative by the DOT now for adding a 2nd daily passenger train to and from the Twin Cities to Chicago, serving multiple points in between.  THIS IS NOT A HIGH SPEED RAIL PROPOSAL, it’s adding another passenger train on the eastern end of the Empire Builder route.

Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Service

Here’s Amtrak’s 2015 feasibility report (PDF) 

And the reports this rail group has generated with DOT:

Meetings seem to be held monthly, but there’s no notice of when the next meeting is on the e“meetings” page, and there are no details of the meetings, agenda, minutes, presentations, etc.   See future forum meetings.  HA!  They’re missing PAST meeting!

Look at the “Public Engagement” and tell me if you see anything about the public, and look at “Membership/Members” and tell me if you see anything other than corporations, governmental and lobbying organizations — WHERE’S THE PUBLIC?

Here’s the “Put Me On The List” link, copied from their page: contact the MnDOT Project Managers or Mary McFarland, MnDOT Communications.

Have at it, and keep an eye out for a Fall 2017 public meeting where the Purpose and Need Statement – July 2017 (PDF) will be presented and discussed (it does not note a formal comment period).

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Tunnel Vision: A Shawshank/Musical Family Mash-up

My Musical Family - Joy Riggs - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 2:32pm
Early in June, my son Elias made a list of movies he wanted to watch during summer vacation, and we've slowly been making our way through it. Included on the list have been classics like The Godfather and Citizen Kane, and more recent Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films like Moonlight and La La Land.

Exactly four weeks ago, on the night that I was close to finishing the draft of the last chapter of my book-in-progress, Finding My Musical Family, Elias decided he wanted to watch The Shawshank Redemption. He invited Steve and me to watch it with him, and even though I felt motivated to keep writing and finish the chapter, I didn't think I should turn down an invitation from my 16-year-old son, who actually wanted to watch a movie with his parents.

I sat down in the living room with my laptop in my lap, foolishly thinking I could multitask. But minutes into the movie, I put my laptop away and focused my full attention on the TV screen. I was sucked into the story.

I thought I had seen the movie before, and as it turned out, I hadn't (I know, I know—I've already been berated by several people for this travesty, plus, as my friend Laurie pointed out, it isn't like I haven't had the opportunity to see it, since the movie seems to play constantly on cable). I quickly learned why it has remained at or toward the top of many people's favorite lists: it's a wonderfully written and acted movie with a timeless message about hope and human decency.

It also occurred to me, toward the end of the movie, how appropriate it was for me to watch it as I was completing my book. And here I will pause for a moment, before I reveal a spoiler — if for some reason you haven't seen the movie yet, go watch it now and come back to my blog later.

Chapters of my book-in-progress. Finding My Musical FamilyOK. The reason it felt appropriate was because we learn in the movie that the main character, played by Tim Robbins, had been slowly digging a tunnel out of his prison cell for 20 years. Each day, he had used a small hand tool to carve away some of the rock, which he then put into his pants pockets and deposited outside in the prison yard; the tunnel entrance was hidden behind a poster on his wall. He kept at it every day, not knowing if it was ever going to pay off and get him anywhere. He kept at it despite all the challenges he faced. He overcame his fears and held out hope.

Fortunately, writing a book is nothing like being in prison, although it can be solitary work. But this practice of digging a tunnel, working a little day by day, hoping to see daylight at the end —well, you can see why the movie spoke to me.

The day after we watched The Shawshank Redemption, I took out my laptop and finished writing the last chapter, and last week, I finished writing a draft of my book proposal.

Me with G on the day I finished my last chapterIt has been quite a journey. The book project started in October 2006, when I first became curious about the life and career of my great-grandfather G. Oliver Riggs, a pioneering Minnesota band director. By October of 2014 I had settled on an outline of the book in its current memoir and history form (with a few chapter additions since then), and I had begun the slow and steady work of writing 27 chapters, plus a prologue and epilogue.

I am not yet on a beach in Mexico, but I have taken a few days off before I launch into the next stages of this adventure: revising my proposal and finding a publisher. These next steps seem daunting, if I think too hard about them. So I will try not to think too hard. Instead I will take it one day at a time, one tunnel at a time.
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Quilts and Gardens Go Together

My Northern Garden - Mary Schier - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 6:39am
For the past three years, my cousin has been among the organizers of an unusual garden tour in Tracy, MN. The tour—officially the Tracy Area Garden Party—combines two art forms that often go together—quilting and gardening. Though I’ve made a few simple quilts, I’m decidedly no quilter, but many gardeners are also expert quilters and … Related posts:
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July 17 Webinar on Bunny Hops & Manuals

Mountain Bike Geezer - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 1:38pm

On Monday, July 17, I’m hosting two live webinars on Bunny Hops & Manuals in which you’ll learn:

  • What they are and are not
  • Why they’re helpful & fun on the trail
  • Why they’re hard to learn on your own
  • How you can learn them via Ryan Leech’s online courses and do it with me and a group of fellow students

Register here for the webinar at 12 PM CDT on Monday, July 17.

Register here for the webinar at 9PM CDT on Monday, July 17.

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July 18 Webinar on Cornering

Mountain Bike Geezer - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 1:33pm

On Tuesday, July 18, I’m hosting two live webinars on cornering in which you’ll learn:

  • Why cornering is arguably the most important skill set for mountain bikers
  • Why there isn’t just one right way to ride corners
  • The 5 Corner Controlled Continuums
  • The 9 Rider Technique Continuums
  • How you can learn via Ryan Leech’s online course and do it with me and a group of fellow students

Register here for the webinar at 12 PM CDT on Tuesday, July 18.

Register here for the webinar at 9PM CDT on Tuesday, July 18.

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Top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop: Episode 4 of MTBSN podcast on Mountain Bike Radio

Mountain Bike Geezer - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 2:42pm

Episode #4 of my MTBSN podcast on Mountain Bike Radio is now available.

See the show notes and links on the MBR page for Episode #4.

Main topic: Top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop



Hey everyone! Welcome to Episode #4 of the Mountain Bike Skills Network podcast. My name is Griff Wigley, also known as the mountain bike geezer. I’m am the guy behind the Mountain Bike Skills Network blog and I’m the founder and host of the Mountain Bike Skills Network Community, currently a group on Facebook.

My intent is to have all three – the blog, the online community and this show — help recreational mountain bikers like you, have more fun while upping your skills. Why? So you can ride the stuff you want that challenges you. I think of it as a Goldilocks Zone. Not too scary or hard; not too easy or boring but juuuuuust right. That middle is where the fun is and one of the most reliable ways to stay in that Goldilocks Zone is to continually increase your skills.

You can learn more about the Mountain Bike Skills Network at where you’ll also see links to my various social media accounts.

Today’s show is about the bunny hop, what some people refer to as the most difficult skill in mountain biking.

I learned to bunny hop recently and was surprised at how challenging it was just to get to the beginner level that I’m now at.

With help from members of the MTBSN community, I’ve put together what I think are the:

Top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop


I’ve been mountain biking for 6 years now and I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen a fellow mountain biker cleanly bunny hop over an obstacle on the trail like a log or a rock.  I’m not talking about a English bunny hop where you lift and land both wheels simultaneously, but rather an American bunny hop, in which you lift the front wheel before the back wheel and, if the ground is flat, land both wheels simultaneously after clearing the obstacle.

I like to ride difficult technical trails and I often ride with riders who are better than me but I always wondered: why so few?

I always wanted to learn to bunny hop because it looked so cool, so fun, and so handy — especially to fly over a big log across the trail in one fluid motion without having to slow down.

When I repeatedly failed to learn to bunny hop on my own, no matter how many how-to videos I watched, I took Ryan Leech’s Bunny Hop Master Class this spring, and after a 10-week struggle, I’ve gotten to a beginner level — not much height or distance yet, nor am I consistent at landing both wheels simultaneously — but I’m far enough along to where I’m putting it to use on the trail and having a huge amount of fun doing it.

I thought it would help to share my struggle in hopes that it’ll help you adjust your expectations if you decide to try to learn what my colleague Carl Roe says is the most difficult skill in mountain biking: the bunny hop.

So here are my top 5 reasons, in order of importance.

#1: The coordination and timing required is complex and requires significant body awareness

On a whim, I looked up the definition of a bunny hop on the Wikipedia. I’m not going to read it to you now in a way that you’ll understand it  — I’ll put a link to it in the show notes — but it’s a mouthful”:

“The bunny hop is executed by approaching an obstacle with a medium rolling speed, arms and legs slightly bent. Upon reaching the obstacle, the rider first needs to shift their center of gravity towards the rear wheel of the bike and pull back on the handlebars, causing the front wheel to lift as if doing a manual. As the front wheel reaches maximum height, they ‘scoop’ up the rear of the bike by pointing their toes downwards and applying backwards and upwards force to the pedals, while pushing down and forward on the handlebars. It helps to think about the lifting of the back tire as snapping one’s wrist forward and shifting their weight at the same time. The combination of these two motions allows the rider to first raise their centre of gravity, and then tuck the bike underneath them, to achieve greater ground clearance.“

Got that?

I alerted the MTBSN Community on Facebook about the topic of this episode, asking them for their thoughts about why learning to bunny hop was so hard. I’ll put a link to that discussion in the show notes, too. Here are a few comments related to the coordination and timing challenges:

Jeffrey Neitlich, who’s one of the online coaches for Ryan Leech, commented:  “Lifting the front too early, too late, etc. not lifting the rear wheel quickly enough. Not extending at the hips when the rear wheel leaves the ground. It took me months to put all this together.”

Tiffany Hutchens cited her “struggle to stay tall enough on the manual” as well as to “keep my weight back then up and forward.”

Coob Vaj  (“Chong Vang”) wrote that the hardest part for him to overcome was “the one motion of pulling to hips and transitioning right away to pulling up and then pushing forward to get more height.”

Sean Lawrence wrote, “the one thing I battled with was getting the timing and full compression of my weight on the rear wheel. I think I was trying to pull up with my feet way too early. An important point was also to explode upwards off the rear before the front wheel starts descending from the manual.”

Kyle Springer listed some of the problems he’s seen or experienced, such as  “Pulling with bent arms instead of straight, not using a bounce to get a free lift out off your suspension & tires, lifting with your feet before you get the front up, lifting with your arms and shoulders like you’re performing an arm raise instead of tensed arms as in a dead lift.”

I could go on but you probably get the idea.  I think of myself as being pretty coordinated but I learned that that wasn’t enough. I needed more body awareness along with an increase in my ability to focus and hold my attention on whichever movement I was working on.

#2 of my top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop correctly: Additional flexibility, strength, & posture improvements are often needed.

I wasn’t very long into the manual portion of Ryan’s course on learning to bunny hop before I started to experience some aches in my neck and lower back. Other people in the course mentioned having sore arms & shoulders, elbow strain, leg and hip aches. Some had to quit completely.

Ryan Leech states in his course, “The transition from pushing on the bar to hanging with your weight off the bar can also be jarring for your arm muscles, so it requires some conditioning.” He suggests and links to a stretching routine for your shoulders, chest and upper back.

There’s also the jarring from the front wheel slamming down repeatedly when learning to manual, as you need to develop confidence in your ability to apply the rear brake to prevent you from going over backwards.

In the MTBSN group, Kyle Springer emphasized the importance of strengthening your core strength, as well as your back and glutes. He also cited posture, as “a rounded back puts too much slack on the system.” I made significant progress once I noticed my rounded back posture in my videos and took steps to address that.

Jeffrey Neitlich noted the importance of flexibility when you have to jump off the back of the bike. I’d add hanging straight back with your weight over the rear wheel, epitomized by Ryan’s butt buzz drill which sounds a little, um, weird maybe? It’s actually a really helpful drill, trust me.

So as you can see, learning to manual and bunny hop is physically stressful and may require that you take steps to address this before you tackle the demands of the drills and exercises required to learn.

#3 of my top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop correctly: Practice (frequency, duration) is significant for each stage.

Michelle Roe’s comment in the MTBSN Community brought this to my attention. She wrote, “I’ve tried a few times but haven’t dedicated time yet to learning this skill, so I’d say the main thing holding me back at this point is lack of practice.”

I learned that for me, a practice session of approximately 30-45 minutes was best. Long enough to think carefully about what I was trying to accomplish that day and often to review the text or video from Ryan’s lesson, to pause between ‘attempts’ to both relax and sometimes visualize my next attempt, to do enough attempts to where I was either experiencing some success or complete failure, and not too long that I was exhausted.

I rarely practiced consecutive days, preferring every other day or every third day. Some of that was because I needed recovery days – the strain on my body that I mentioned earlier. Other times it was because I just wanted to go for a ride or I was busy with other stuff.  I pretty much practiced 3 times a week over 12+ weeks. I did take a 2-3 week break in the middle when I needed time for my slightly hyper-extended knee to heal. But I didn’t experiment doing fewer sessions per week, mainly because I was leading the online class and felt obligated to walk the talk!

So I think the upshot of all this is that’s it’s a significant commitment of practice time. It’s tempting to go for a fun ride with your friends instead of slugging it out by yourself doing drills in a hot parking lot.

#4 of my top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop correctly: Fear is ever-present at the start.

Learning to do a manual front wheel lift is flat-out scary initially. Until you get confident in your reflexes to bring down the front wheel by applying the rear brake, your self-preservation instincts have the upper hand. “You’re going land on your tailbone! Remember how that hurts! Remember how long it takes to heal!” Ryan’s lessons help you deal with this fear — lots of braking drills and even deliberately jumping off the back of the bike — but I always wore my shorts with tailbone pads for that additional peace of mind.

Rear wheel lifts on flat pedals require pedal pressure opposed by hand pressure against the bars — Ryan’s Bowl Theory.  Even if you’re experienced at that like I was, the complex timing of the leap will sometimes cause your feet to fly off the pedals and in your attempt to deal with that, the traction pins on your flat pedals sometimes find your shins. There goes your modeling career. Ryan’s strong recommendation: wear shin pads. I concur.

When it comes time to start trying to hop over an object of consequence — a curb, log, or rock — it enters your mind that if your execution and timing are lousy, your front wheel could slam down into the object, possibly pitching you OTB. And if you’re like me, if you think too much about that, you get tentative instead of confident and that’s a recipe for, well, if not disaster then at least sucking.

#5: The final of my top 5 reasons why it’s so hard to learn to bunny hop correctly: Patience & persistence needed is substantial.

A couple of times during the course, I was discouraged at the lack of progress. Why is this so hard for me?!! Taking the time to capture a video of my session and then watch it when I got home was often helpful to see what I was doing wrong.  

Also, there were times when I the progress I thought I’d made in the previous practice session had disappeared. The idiom is two steps forward, one step back but sometimes it felt like one step forward and TWO back.

Yes, I kind of knew in the back of my mind that this would happen, as it usually does when learning any new physical skill that’s difficult. But it was still  gumption sapping. Some of that was just ego. I want to show people my progress! But some of it was just unrealistic expectations that my progress would be linear.

But probably the most important factor in persisting was having a supportive group of people learning with me. 1) Watching the videos of others who were struggling like me (“I’m not the only one”); 2) seeing the videos of others who were progressing more than me (“Cool. They’re getting the hang of it. If I persist, I bet I can get the hang of it, too”); and 3) getting feedback and encouragement when I posted videos of my own practice sessions.  All three helped to keep me going.

And then there were the breakthrough days. The first time I experienced the bunny flop, my brain went That’s it! That’s it! That’s it! I couldn’t repeat the maneuver right away but the visceral experience was so strong, I was confident that permanent progress would eventually take place.

So those are my top 5 reasons why’s it so hard to learn to bunny hop. I hope I’ve not discouraged you from trying to learn, but rather that I’ve helped to prepare you for the challenge in a way that sets some realistic expectations.

If you’re listening to this podcast episode prior to July 17, considering joining me in an online class — a private Facebook group — that I’ll be leading as a group of us go through Ryan Leech’s courses on Bunny Hops and Manuals together. There’s no extra cost for this but you do need to have a Ryan Leech Connection membership. See the show notes for a link on what you need to do or contact me.

Update – MTB Skills Network Community (Facebook Group)

Alright, before I close, I want to give a quick update on the MTBSN Community, my free Facebook Group that anyone can join. It’s completely devoted to mountain bike skills. I moderate all new submitted posts to make sure they’re skills-related. And I keep a close watch on all the comments to make sure civility rules.
We’ve managed to attract a relatively large percentage of women mountain bikers, a rare thing in the online world of mountain bike groups and forums.

And we’ve got a lot of members from all over the world and quite a few coaches and instructors. That’s a good mix for a dynamic community that, as of this recording, is approaching 2,000 members, with 475 active during the month of June, posting nearly 800 comments.

If you’d like to join the Group, you can get redirected to it quickly by going to Or you can do a Facebook search.

So that’s it for Episode 4..

You can find today’s show notes over at

I’m interested in your feedback and suggestions so comment there on Episode 4 or, if you’re on Facebook, find your way over to the Mountain Bike Skills Network Community Facebook Group and attach your comment to the Episode 4 post.

Also in the show notes is my affiliate link to instructor Ryan Leech’s web site. Ryan has many comprehensive online courses for learning mountain bike skills, many of which I’ve taken.

Thanks for listening today. I’ll chat with you in Episode 5, coming in August.

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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:44pm

The shortstop has worked so hard for so long that he no longer thinks. Nor does he act. By this I mean that he does not generate action. He only reacts, the way a mirror reacts when you wave your hand before it.

-Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding (2011)

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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 4:14am

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

-Romans 7:15

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July 2017

Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 2:14pm

9 Sunday
– Being in a new space, an old place, with people you’ve never met who shake your hands like they are familiar friends, and a new friend know is happy to see you by the light that goes off in her eyes the moment those eyes land on you, by surprise, and then she greets you right there, in front of everyone, the whole congregation, even though she’s leading the proceedings and has more important things to do.
– Prescient remarks.
– Country roads on summer days.
– Deciding at the last minute.
– A moment of unexpected peace that sneaks up on you.

7 Friday
– Living proof that you are stronger than ever.
– Good friends that come back.
– Being the fastest. And so winning a small prize.
– The healing power of art.

6 Thursday
Working at a place where they ask you to take time to do a Gratitude Journal (of sorts).

5 Wednesday
The strength, not just the calmness but also the strength, that comes from a deep breath.

4 Tuesday
– Wine with a wine chaser.
– Being up in the middle of the night. Outside. At the desk. In the kitchen. Wherever! It’s summer.
– America. Even during trying times.

3 Monday
– Working knowing you won’t be tomorrow.
– Partner workouts … while carrying more than your share of the load … yet being pushed all the same.

2 Sunday
– Running into a friend at the coffeeshop.
– Slowly sipping coffee.
– Cooled-off coffee. Yes, really.
– The calming effect of books.

1 Saturday
– Canada.
– Coffee.
– Saucy Saturday workouts.
– Running errands with the little buddy in tow.
– Summer days.
– Summer nights.

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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 8:14am

Unless we fully give ourselves over to our endeavors, we are hallow, superficial people and we never develop our natural gifts. We’ve all known people who, like monkeys, mimic whatever seems novel and flashy at the moment. But then their enthusiasm and efforts wane; they drop their projects as soon as they become too familiar or demanding. A half-hearted spirit has no power. Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes.

-Epictetus, Manual for Living (1994, Sharon Lebell translation)

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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 10:44pm

Bunk Moreland: “So, you’re my eyeball witness, huh?”

Omar nods.

Bunk: “So, why’d you step up on this?”

Omar: “Bird triflin’, basically. Kill an everyday workin’ man and all. I mean, I do some dirt, too, but I ain’t never put my gun on nobody that wasn’t in the game.”

Bunk: “A man must have a code.”

Omar: “Oh, no doubt.”

The Wire (Season 1, 2002)

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Photo album: testing Welch Village’s new lift-served gravity flow trails

Mountain Bike Geezer - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 12:52pm

Last week, Welch Village General Manager Peter Zotalis hosted two test sessions for two of their lift-served gravity flow trails (total four to be built). I was there for both days, and got to ride with two experienced local guys, Clay Haglund (MAMB) and Jason Decoux (CROCT).

Grand Opening is July 29. They expect to be open one or two weekends prior. I’ll be teaching beginner-level downhill clinics (for experienced XC riders who are new to bike parks) there soon.  Watch for details on the Welch Village Facebook Page and on General Manager Peter Zotalis’ blog.

See the album of 20 photos:

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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 9:14pm

Sleep softly my old love
my beauty in the dark
night is a dream we have
as you know as you know

night is a dream you know
an old love in the dark
around you as you go
without end as you know

in the night where you go
sleep softly my old love
without end in the dark
in the love that you know

-W.S. Merwin, “Good Night,” In the Shadow of Sirius (2009)

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Now Available: Aeschylus, Oresteia: An Adaptation

Rob Hardy - Rough Draft - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 3:56pm
Now available from Hero Now Theatre: Aeschylus, Oresteia: An Adaptation by Rob Hardy. Paperback. 72pp. $16.95

In his adaptation of Aeschylus's classic drama, first performed at Carleton College’s Weitz Center Theater in May 2012, Rob Hardy delivers the essence of this famous trilogy in a single play that speaks forcefully to today’s audiences. 
In lean, lyrical poetry, Hardy’s Aeschylus highlights all the glory of the original, including epic tales of lust, war, family strife, and revenge; choruses that echo the religious influences behind Greek drama; and Aeschylus's pride in Athenian law, philosophy, and oratory. 
In his Oresteia Aeschylus gave Athenians reason to believe that institutionalized justice, not revenge, would tame the savagery of human beings. His message resonates in our time, and Hardy’s accessible adaptation is a steadfast modern guide to this ancient wisdom. 
“A heady bouquet of new wine drawn from an old wineskin.” —Eric Dugdale (Gustavus Adolphus College), reviewing the 2012 Carleton College production in Didaskalia: The Journal for Ancient Performance 
The book comes with an introduction by Professor of Classics (Emeritus) Thomas Van Nortwick, of Oberlin College, describing the political, social, and aesthetic context of the trilogy, and offering high praise for Hardy’s adept, graceful adaptation. Hardy has added numerous explanatory notes to help the non-specialist with unfamiliar names and concepts, and a map shows the location of important place-names mentioned in the play.
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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 6:44am

Walon: “Look, forgiveness from other folks is good, but ain’t nothin’ but words comin’ at you from outside. You want to kick this shit, you got to forgive your own self. Love yourself some, brother. And then drag your sorry ass to some meetings.”

Bubbles: “Meetings?”

Walon: “What the fuck do you wanna hear? That you’re strong enough to do this by yourself? Gettin’ clean’s the easy part. And then comes life.”

The Wire (Season 1, 2002)

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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:14am

The trouble with pleasure is the timing
it can overtake me without warning
and be gone before I know it is here
it can stand facing me unrecognized
while I am remembering somewhere else
in another age or someone not seen
for years and never to be seen again
in this world and it seems that I cherish
only now a joy I was not aware of
when it was here although it remains
out of reach and will not be caught or named
or called back and if I could make it stay
as I want it to it would turn into pain

-W.S. Merwin, “One of the Butterflies,” The Shadow of Sirius (2009)

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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 4:44am

By pretending to be impervious, you became so.

-Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding (2011)

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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 07/04/2017 - 10:22pm

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.


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Tom Swift - Untethered Dog - Tue, 07/04/2017 - 2:44pm

Man On Stoop: “I’m sayin’, every Friday night in an alley behind the Cut Rate, we rollin’ bones, you know? I mean all them boys, we roll til late.

McNulty: “Alley crap game, right?”

Man On Stoop: “Like every time, Snot, he’d fade a few shooters, play it out til the pot’s deep. Snatch and run.”

McNulty: “What, every time?”

Man On Stoop: “Couldn’t help hisself.”

McNulty: “Let me understand. Every Friday night, you and your boys are shooting craps, right? And every Friday night, your pal Snot Boogie … he’d wait til there’s cash on the ground and he’d grab it and run away? You let him do that?”

Man On Stoop: “We’d catch him and beat his ass but ain’t nobody ever go past that.”

McNulty: “I gotta ask ya: If every time Snotboogie would grab the money and run away, why’d you even let him in the game?”

Man On Stoop: “What?”

McNulty: “If Snotboogie always stole the money, why’d you let him play?”

Man On Stoop: “Got to. This America, man.”

The Wire (Season 1, 2002)

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