The Day After Christmas

Christmas present nicely wrapped

‘Twas the day after Christmas,
The presents now open

And strewn, as if by a kangaroo mouse,
All through the house,
The stockings once hung by the chimney with care
Now emptied of all their loot,
And left on the floor like chimney soot

The children, thank God, asleep in their beds, out of sight
Exhausted, because they stayed up all day and all night;
And mamma and I not quite coping
With how to pay for the bills

Christmas present nicely wrapped

‘Twas the Day after Christmas

In Ireland, it’s Wren Day, and elsewhere, St. Stephen’s Day.

But what interests me most,…

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Who nose, that dogs are smarter than humans?

cocker spaniel puppy brown and white

cocker spaniel puppy brown and white

My dog he sniffs from head to toe,
It is such a funny sight,
But ah, my friends, oh my foes,
He knows with his nose.

Friend or Foe?

Dogs are smarter than their masters. That is a fact.

At least when it comes to smells. And here is the proof. With your nose can you tell friend from foe, find a bomb in a suitcase or a car, tell time, distinguish ground chuck from filet, diagnose cancer, or find your way home? Of course not.

Have you ever noticed how a dog flexes his nose, like a weight lifter flexes his pecs? The dog is not showing off, but using his stereoscopic sense of smell to locate, operating each olfactory locator to zero in on that piece of pizza you dropped on the floor that fell under the sofa. Have you ever noticed the stylish slit at the side of the nose? It looks like a question mark or the shape of a human ear. It is there as a path to exhale, while dogs keep their valuable nostrils keyed in on the vital task of smelling.

Dogs listen with their nose.

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The nose knows

Now let’s get to the brainy part, your dog has 300 million olfactory receptor cells. By comparison, you only have just 5 million, making your dog’s sense of smell 60 times more powerful! Oh my Lord, how a rose must smell to a dog. And the Beef bourguignon stewing in the pot must drive a dog mad with desire. Don’t let it be said that it is all in the nose. So why you are admiring the bouquet of your favorite rose, consider this. Dogs put a lot more brain power into smells, evaluating, and distinguishing scent information in concentrations 100 million times less than what we can detect. Austin Powers might not conceive of the difference, but that is a lot.

Not so smart, you say.

Or, our brains are bigger, you say. Consider, we only use a small part to think, and some, like those in Congress don’t think at all. Why, as President Truman once said, if you want a friend in Washington, one you can truly trust, get a dog.

Now, mister smarty pants, what about that, what about this?

A well-paid sniffer

Before you go to that highly educated and well-paid doctor for your next check-up, consider your dog. Without a medical degree, or the most advanced equipment, with nothing but his nose, a dog can detect skin cancer melanoma by just sniffing the skin lesions, and prostate cancer by simply smelling patients' pee.

I’d say that is better than the average GP.

Follow your nose

Propac Images presents this series of dogs all dealing with the wonderful qualities of a dog's nose. You can shop for and buy them online and we will ship them free of charge in the continental US.

Adorable gift, even better if it is for you and your best friend.

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What is Art?

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf. Albert Schweitzer

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Art completes what Nature starts

Plato saw art as the imitation of nature in an imperfect world, an imperfect form, an illusion of something that exists for a moment and then is gone. Take for example a leaf, and its many forms, in winter it is a mere bud, and in spring bursts forth in the lightest shade of green, and by summer become full and green, in fall, to color the world in shades of gold and red, before, the winter wind shakes it roughly from its perch.

His student, Aristotle saw art as the imitation and perfection of nature. Art completes what nature cannot bring to a finish.

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urban direction

Truth is beauty

Art is man's search for beauty and truth, but these are but concepts and the forms take many shapes. A flower is formed, it blooms, and then it fades. Its beauty exists for a moment, is appreciated, then mourned. This is the same thought behind Robert Herrick's oft advice to young maidens:

"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying."

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Intoxicating though beauty may be, it is not the only emotion that art attempts to stir, for art is more than form. Art is an attempt to convey both sense and meaning in a world of inanimate objects. Art is beauty, but so much more. Take for example Picasso's Guernica that conveys the horror of war, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, that portrays the mystery of life, and even Edvard Munch's The Scream, which speaks to the absurdity of life. The last example, more so than the first two, expresses the dilemma that the artist in attempting to convey an idea, must let the viewer become the final arbiter of the meaning of art. Context, culture, and and civilization all contribute to man's appreciation of art. It is therefore an evolving art, and one must say that Aristotle spoke with hubris in believing that art makes nature complete in its perfection. Still we try.

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We come full circle in discussing art. Art is beauty, art is truth, but truth is not always beautiful, but it is true. Perhaps, we should leave the question with the closing lines to Robert Keats poem Ode on a Grecian Urn:

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty, — that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”.

That, my friends, is something to sleep on.

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By the sea

This may seem like a strange premise to start with, but once upon a time Kansas was ocean front property to a vast inland sea.

This was during the late Cretaceous period and into the very early Paleogene period, some 70 million years ago, lasting ten or so million years. It is not something we think about much today unless one happens to notice the sandy soil that makes up large parts of Kansas. Or out for a walk, one can pick up a rock here and there and discover fossils that look like tiny seaweed and clam shells. A…

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Can you canoe?

paddle

 

It rained thirty days and thirty nights
Dirty water was everywhere in sight
Noah said,
Pick a puddle to paddle
The ark is parked out back
And I need more milk
To feed the kids, so
If I canoe, can you?

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