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Horse Boy and Other Life Stories

Posted by Edith Cook on Friday, June 3, 2011, In : Reading Life 

When I grew up in postwar Germany, no animals existed in our home. For a short while, when I was eleven, we owned a dog, a nervous, yippy little fellow who was soon gone. My parents claimed he developed rabies and they got someone to kill him. I never believed the rabies story. A few years earlier, soon after my dad's return as prisoner of war from Soviet Russia, my mother raised a few geese, partly for canning the meat, partly for immediate consumption. She nailed their webbed feet onto post...

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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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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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