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Responses to our Dog Days Issue of Summer 2010
I was happy that you mentioned the "dog days of summer". It reminds me of how language carries the past to us long after we have forgotten why we have such expressions. The idea of the dog days is associated with Sirius the Dog star and the dog constellation which the Egyptians noted to speak of the Nile processes. So, also it was noted by Greeks and Romans and Christians and so on. Somehow I just love this sense of the thread of humanity that reaches way back. Long, Long ago, people looked at the same stars, the same sun and moon. It gives me a new perspective.
Speaking of dogs, I enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's book, What the Dog Saw. It is a collection of articles from the New Yorker ( I believe). Each of them gives a new perspective on things including the exploration of what dogs may be noticing when being "trained" by Caesar. There are other thoughtful articles about doctors, the homeless, other professions.
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Love, Ann Katherine
And so now we need to look up the expression "dog days of summer." To me, it sounds like an intrepid little puppy walking along in the sunshine, undaunted by the heat. On Saturday, although for puppies, every day is Saturday.
I looked it up and it means the hottest, mostly sultry days of summer, from July 3rd to August 11th. It is also associated with Sirius, the dog star, the star that rises and sets with the sun during this time of the year, which supposedly adds to the heat. Extra star power. The 20 days before and 20 days after which Sirius becomes in conjunction with the sun are the dog days.
Betsy, the A
Here's a message that new contributor Dennis McDougle included in his pitch letter to us:
Going in Circles, (is) inspired by a comment of
yours I read regarding auto racing (a reference to the Phantom's
blog). ... I particularly enjoyed the two stories you published
by Randall W. Pretzer. I too have a
soft spot for romance, though some think that soft spot is in my head.
Thanks for all you do,
More Lion kudos:
I was pleased to see the Confederate lion guarding the graves of the
Confederate dead. Although my great-great-grandfather died at the battle
of Chickamauga and was no doubt buried in a mass grave at that site, I
will hereafter think of this as his honorary memorial. I also have a
family tie to one of the Swiss Guards who were murdered at the onset of
the French Revolution. God bless the brave lions of Lucerne and all
others who die in the line of duty
(We'll be catching up on our Lion Investigations in the Spring of '10.)
More on Hunza Bread (it just keeps on coming in...)
After the devastating earthquake in China, our hearts go out to the Chinese people, and to Jill Robinson who is hard at work in Chengdu, trying to save the displaced animals, as well as the moon bears.
Here's an email from one of our contributors, Terri Coffman, on the subject:
Editor's Note: Yes, we will continue to carry Jill's blog on our home page.
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