Tom Swift - Untethered Dog

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You Never Know Where He Will Go
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Tue, 05/26/2020 - 7:20am
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 […]
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May 2020

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 4:55am
25 Monday The birth of your father. A very generous gift from your parents. A kind offer from a stranger. Taking care of your fallen friend (tree). An offering to your neighbor who has been quite neighborly of late. A conversation with another neighbor. Car rides with your little buddy. A free celebratory meal with […]
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Rest In Peace (Just Not on the Walkway, Please)

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 5:36am
Only took one punch. I kid because I can. Not because I should. Sarcasm masks something. Oh you go ahead and figure it out. I had known this friend had fallen. Now I know she can’t get up. This was the view as of yesterday when I went outside for lunch. So sad. I had […]
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Two Lists

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 6:03am
“Character is destiny.” I had heard those words before. Last night I read that they were attributed to Heraclitus, a Presocratic philosopher who was said to practice social distancing several thousand years before it was cool. He was a hermit. There is a lot of wisdom in that view. Character is not a word you […]
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Let It Rain

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 12:28pm
Give me the smell of wet dog. And the sound of pitter-patter on my helmet. Let us walk, little buddy, until water squishes between my toes. I checked my go-to weather app this morning and, as I thumbed across the hours, and saw the rain showers icon appear, hour after hour, uninterrupted, I said go-baby-go-baby-go. […]
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Corona Jujitsu — Not

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 6:26pm
Turns out, I was wearing it upside down. My mask. My N-95. My first one. As I stood in line to get into the grocery store, I snapped a selfie to send to my friend as I thanked him again for the gratis covering. He politely pointed out my error. I didn’t receive his gentle […]
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The Eyes

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 8:44am
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 […]
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Quarantine Crankiness

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 8:48am
I go along thinking shelter-in-place hasn’t affected me much. For every adverse effect, I can find a positive. For every downside, I can see an upside. As one who is neither sick nor unemployed, it is, frankly, hard to muster a complaint. With so many in true duress, I am, by comparison, fortunate. No doubt. […]
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Reflection on a Reflection

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 11:14am
An hour after I drafted my previous post I had a dream during which I realized I had learned my own lesson about assessments all over again. It was like a paradox inside of a paradox. Like dreams often are, the moment didn’t make sense, not literally, not in waking life, and yet in dream […]
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Inputs, Outputs

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 9:55am
Time takes on new dimensions in quarantine. Some people have time to kill. Others feel urgency — a reminder that time is short. For no one, it seems, is the relation to time the same as it was pre-pandemic. This weekend, I did well with my time. I read a lot. I engaged in multiple […]
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Swing, Batter Batter

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 3:04am
While watching the 2007 Sean Astin vehicle The Final Season this weekend I was surprised to hear Chief Bender quoted — and by none other than Rachael Leigh Cook. From his Ten Commandments: “You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.” Have truer words been spoken?
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Thu, 04/30/2020 - 8:38pm
If a man has frequent intercourse with others either for talk, or drinking together, or generally for social purposes, he must either become like them, or change them to his own fashion. For if a man places a piece of quenched charcoal close to a piece that is burning, either the quenched charcoal will quench […]
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April 2020

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 4:10am
30 Thursday Doing the right thing. Doing well. Not trying to be perfect. Perfect weather. Mac-n-cheese. Cashing in rewards. Fast Thursday afternoons. Sardines. 29 Wednesday Reading time. Outside time. The crock pot. It’s been nearly two weeks since you went to the grocery store and you are easily going to make it. A great aunt […]
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