Monday, January 1, 2007

A New Year Begins

"Anna Quindlen enjoys a moment with Beau's pal, Bea. Her new book is about life with Beau, a black Labrador retriever. "Human beings wind up having the relationship with dogs that they fool themselves they will have with other people," she writes."

Excerpt from `Good Dog. Stay.

"Starting out, I thought that life was terribly complex, and in some ways it is," Quindlen writes. "But contentment can be pretty simple. And that's what I learned from watching Beau over his lifetime: to roll with the punches (if not in carrion), to take things as they come, to measure myself not in terms of the past or the future but of the present, to raise my nose in the air from time to time and, at least metaphorically, holler, `I smell bacon!'"

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