Browsing Archive: May, 2011

Humans and Animals

Posted by Edith Cook on Saturday, May 28, 2011, In : Reading Life 
  In our quest to become fully human, we need close involvement with animals, asserts Temple Grandin. Where Frans de Waal reminds us of our affinity with the hierarchy-enhancing chimps and the hierarchy-attenuating bonobos, Grandin shows that we have much in common with wolves, who live and hunt in family units where dominance is largely absent. Dogs evolved from their ancestors, the wolves, she reminds us, adding that dogs in their association with humans have suffered a kind of arrested dev...
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Human and Animal Selves

Posted by Edith Cook on Thursday, May 19, 2011, In : Reading Life 


 

  

Yoga instructors often use animal imagery to prompt participants into a succession of moves. The downward dog, the monkey pose, the swan dive, the cobra, the cat, the cow: these remind us that the animal kingdom is part of our own being. We are induced to reflect that the often nasty or clichéd attributes we ascribe to animals are character traits of ourselves: cunning of monkey, viciousness of cobra, self-containment of cat, faithful-to-mate swan, gregariousness of dog, docility of cow...


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Energy Production & Consumption, Wyoming and Elsewhere

Posted by Edith Cook on Sunday, May 15, 2011, In : Reading Life 

 

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Steep prices at the pump affect our pocketbooks and the current news, and so are the speculators that profit from rising oil prices. Charging that Wall Street artificially drives up oil prices, U.S. senators sent a letter to the Commodities Futures Trading Commission on May 11, 2011, pressuring the authority to adopt limits on speculation in oil trading. “The sheer volume of new capital coming from hedge funds, financial trades, and other long-term passive investo...


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Hierarchies, cont.

Posted by Edith Cook on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Reading Life 

The picture above, circa 1960, shows a youthful group of German mandolinists and guitarists. (I am playing mandolin.) The group, previously all-male, had agreed to admit women into their circle. Three of us passed muster.

Malcolm Gladwell’s “Listening with Your Eyes,” his concluding essay in Blink, documents the struggle for fairness in symphony orchestras. Not long ago, he writes, the world of classical music was the exclusive preserve of white males. Musicians’ ranks ...


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About Me


Edith Cook Though I now live in Wyoming, I make frequent return trips to California with visits to travel club members along the way. At home I play classical guitar, enjoy gardening and cooking, and participate in group yoga. Getting together with family and friends is high on my agenda. I value people who write or make music and love it when my adult children and their offspring play their instruments, sing songs with me, or discuss what they read and write. Such gatherings help me cope with the losses in my life, which have been severe. Next year I hope to visit family in Germany.

 

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