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Archive for September, 2013

September 2013 in Black Lamb

Volume 11, Number 9 — September 2013

September 1st, 2013

The All-Pets Issue

In this September issue devoted to domesticated creatures, Terry Ross confesses that he misses his recently deceased cat Jimmy more than he misses his dead relatives. Elizabeth Fournier celebrates life with goats in Peaceable kingdom. John M. Daniel describes a neighbor’s unfortunate animals in Randy’s menagerie.

In All I want for my birthday is a horse, Susan Bennett details her fascination with equines. Toby Tompkins admits that he fears dogs in Dog stories. In Must love dogs, Gil Johnson recounts his research concerning single women and canines. Dan Peterson bids Goodbye to his wife’s pet in sign language. In My life is song, Karla Kruggel Powell says her budgies have brightened her existence. Gregory McNamee reviews a book on zoos in Rattling the cages. In Life & death Christine Canfield reviews a book about killing dogs and cats. Terry Ross reviews primatologist Frans de Waal’s latest book on the similarities between apes and humans.

Two figures from the world of literature — Englishmen H.G. Wells and William Golding — assume their status as Honorary Black Lambs. Bridge writer Trixie Barkis checks in with more puzzles. Our delicious monthly lamb recipe is for an intriguing-sounding southern French dish called Weeping Leg of Lamb. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall again answers readers’ questions. And Professor Avram Khan gives us another challenging Black Lamb Word Puzzle.

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Must love dogs

September 1st, 2013

BY GIL JOHNSON

Out of perverse curiosity, I recently Googled “A dog is man’s best friend,” trying to discover the origin of this old saying. After a good five minutes of following false leads on the Interwebs,
I never found the name of the proverb’s author, though I constantly bumped into a paraphrase attributed to Groucho Marx: “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend; inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

The benighted sage who first uttered those words about canine congeniality had his genders confused. Clearly, as conclusively demonstrated by scanning the social media, a dog is woman’s best friend. Or perhaps, it should be “A woman is dog’s best friend.”

Recently I created a profile on the online matchmaking site Okcupid — strictly, harrumph, for research purposes, of course. What follows is a summary of my initial findings.

First, the photos, because let’s face it, men are visual and always check out the photos before reading the words. One of the most common photos in Okcupid ads is the obligatory glass of wine, usually set at a rustic table against a hillside in Tuscany. I was fairly astounded, as well, by the number of middle-aged women who have rafted the Colorado River rapids, explored Amazon jungles, climbed Mt. Everest, and survived skydiving. This could be a bit intimidating to the average schmoe who once made it to New Orleans for the Super Bowl or drove an old VW bus from Cleveland to Santa Fe. But for a seasoned world traveler such as myself, one who has read every book by Paul Theroux, these ventures fazed me not at all.

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