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Autism

A Broken Piano

My favourite piece of music is Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concert, an hour-long piece improvised, as all of Jarrett’s concerts are, on a solo piano in front of a live audience.…

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Vaccines and the Spectrum of Illness

  Last night, yet another person told me I was deluded to imagine any adverse effects on my kids after their childhood vaccinations. I hadn’t gotten two sentences into expressing my concerns before he…

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Odd Ducks

Last month, I wrote about a cat in Ireland that adopted a nest of newly hatched ducklings and raised them with her newborn kittens. While normally she might have attacked the ducklings,…

Blogs On Dogs

Dogs, Cats, and Descartes

  I went to a lecture during which photographs of dogs and cats were presented on a screen and students were asked to state what emotion the animal was showing.…

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Ducks & Hopelessness

Across the street is a neighbour whose daughter has grown from mindless swearing and hanging out in cars with her boyfriends to having her own children, who she treats carelessly, or worse.…

Blogs On Dogs

Less Barking, Please…!

 (first published by Huffington Post, October 25, 2016) All dogs bark. Even the Basenji, a Central African breed known for its unusual silence, will yodel or howl. Two of my dogs…

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Why Not Go To Trial?

Earlier this year, I wrote an article for Redbook in the US. I don’t know if I am allowed to post the whole thing on my blog now, but this…