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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.…