The increasingly cold grip of fall and the horror of near endless winter

There’s no doubt fall can be beautiful and the first arrival of cold weather invigorating, but trees don’t lose their leaves because they want to.  Energy is scarce in winter, and all living things have been shaped by the timeless evolutionary challenge of how to spend it wisely, even ourselves. Unlike many, I can’t bring… Continue reading The increasingly cold grip of fall and the horror of near endless winter

What a dog knows and what it tells us about ourselves

Our canine companions can be more intelligent than we might think.  They know a lot of things, from their family to the layout of their homes, to the functioning of doors and gates, to their daily routine.  They can tell the difference between themselves and other animals including us.  They can also eat themselves to… Continue reading What a dog knows and what it tells us about ourselves

Dogs rule the world, from essential worker to best friend and now master of their domain

Dogs began their descent from wolves some 130,000 years ago when an enterprising pack discovered a new source of food and warmth ripe for exploitation.  Today, there is little doubt who is in charge in most households, as canines have transitioned from essential workers for hunters and farmers to loveable, furry, spoiled parasites, doted over… Continue reading Dogs rule the world, from essential worker to best friend and now master of their domain