Tagged: dogs

Jun 29

Know Yourself By Knowing the World You Occupy

Before dusk one night watching lighting bugs charge the air around me, I was surprised I had never studied them more closely. All the times I ran and caught them as a child, all the moments the lights dotted the dark, and I remembered nothing about watching them as intently as I did at that moment. They stood upright with their tails or lights pointed down. After descending, they darted back up. On the cusp of that upward movement their bodies glowed. As night rushed in they flew higher in the sky. Every once and awhile one would come close and hover as if to inspect me eye to eye. At one point, I witnessed my dog examining them in the yard as keenly as I did. That interested and satisfied me as much as learning more about lighting bugs.

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Jan 03

Star Trek: Puzzle pieces and the Borg

My dog chewed up a piece of a puzzle we had almost completed except for an expanse of blue sky. A friend had two days prior asked me to glue the finished work together so she could hang the panoramic scene as art in her basement. Now, staring at the wadded glob, it occurred to me that the puzzle was trash. (Of course, not really trash. You can still work on a puzzle with one, several, or many pieces missing.) But the perfectionist in me saw no use with a puzzle that one could never finish. Conversely, the Borg operate as a collective, one mind, many hands. One downed drone would not disable the entire hive. Or in puzzle terms, one piece of puzzle would not make the entire puzzle incomplete.

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