Author Archives: garyborjesson

Aktis R.I.P.

On this thanksgiving day I want to share the story of the death of a great and beloved dog. Some readers will know Aktis from earlier posts or from my book. He was an 85-pound German shepherd; we brought home on … Continue reading

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In Defense of Making Mistakes

In my first year on the faculty at St. John’s College, a senior colleague sat down beside me at lunch and asked what classes I was teaching. After I told him, he grinned and gave me some hopeless advice: “It’s … Continue reading

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First Day of Spring

Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring is well underway. Crocuses are up, the trees are leafing out, and this delicious morning I found my first morel of the season. But not so elsewhere.  This poem is for readers and friends … Continue reading

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Joni Mitchell on the Advantages of Solitude

I like to just kind of free-agent it. I always was a loner. I like walking around in cities by myself. I can see things better. I mean, I’ve had some companions that I’m comfortable enough or compatible enough that … Continue reading

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From the Annals of “Easier Said than Done”

I recently came across this gem in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s fine book, Wherever You Go, There You Are: So, if you stop trying to make yourself into more than you are out of fear that you are less than you are, … Continue reading

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A Book, A Resolution, and An Offer

One of my resolutions for 2014 was to make an effort on behalf of my first child, by which I mean my book Willing Dogs & Reluctant Masters: On Friendship and Dogs. A year later, I’m determined to follow through … Continue reading

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Buttons, Butcher Knives, Hearts, and Bombs

Buttons make things easier, sometimes too easy, as anyone who has drafted an angry email and then accidentally clicked “send” knows all too well. (My solution is to leave the “To:” field blank until I’m ready to send it. In the meantime I get … Continue reading

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