“What I would do for wisdom,”
I cried out as a young man.
Evidently not much.
Or so it seems.
Even on walks
I follow the dog.

~ Jim Harrison, Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry

Source: Thank you Hammock Papers for poem. Photo: Brian Guest with a Vizsla


  1. Ooooh, I SEE – THE TIME HAS COME….. for the new long eared baby 🙂

    Brilliant words! I so relate to them….. Only in my case, my tiny long-haired beauty pulled me along behind….. the wisdom came MUCH later!

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  2. How quickly time catches up to us only to realize, we haven’t done what we thought we would! 😉

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  3. A great conversation with poetry and the dog looks quite a man of wisdom too.

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  4. I see that puppy inching closer to the Kanigan household…😁

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  5. i see yoda in those ears and wisdom in those eyes. a good one to follow in your ongoing quest to learn.

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  6. I drive by Jim’s studio/museum a few times a month while taking the backroads. I’m afraid to go inside as we continue to downsize and simplify. Alicia would not be pleased if I came with a car load of “Harrison Art”

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  7. Thanks for the smile, and the reminder that dogs make good leaders 😉

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  8. freddiegeorgia says:

    My dogs are my leaders for sure. I often think they are wiser than I. Love that Jim Harrison wit (and wisdom).

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    • Oh they are wiser…so much wiser. And who was better than Jim Harrison. What a lover of life.

      “Barring love, I’ll take my life in large doses alone — rivers, forests, fish, grouse, mountains. Dogs.”

      Jim Harrison, Wolf False Memoir (Published January 1st 1982 by Delta; first published 1971)

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  9. Who better to follow than the dog? He/She will lead you to places you would not consider and allow you to stop and smell the roses as they stop and smell EVERYthing 😉

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  10. I can’t think of anything better to do than follow the dog. They help put life into perspective and show us how to enjoy the simple things in life, as well as appreciate the moment 🙂

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  11. Sometimes it’s better to follow…than to try and lead….

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  12. It’s always wise to follow the puppy

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  13. So true indeed

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Great photo! I think you and Susan need to settle in to be grandparents of Racheal’s new pup…

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  15. Anonymous says:

    What you won’t be furry baby grandparents- babysitting her pup? Have you held the puppy yet? Girl or boy pup…

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  16. Knowledge can go either way. It can make egoists or wise men of us all. Our canine friend by instinct, not knowledge, is not in danger of egoism, for he always responds to things as they are. In that he is wise for he lives by truth.

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