Category Archives: Friendship

Aktis R.I.P.

On this thanksgiving day I want to share the story of the death of a¬†great and beloved dog. Some readers will know Aktis from earlier posts or from my book. He was an 85-pound German shepherd; we brought home on … Continue reading

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A Book, A Resolution, and An Offer

One of my resolutions for 2014 was to make an effort on behalf of my first child, by which I mean my book Willing Dogs & Reluctant Masters: On Friendship and Dogs. A year later, I’m determined to follow through … Continue reading

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A Birthday Appreciation

My dog Aktis celebrated his tenth birthday by treating himself to the naughty¬†pleasure of a nap on our bed. I found him fast asleep, head on my pillow, and curled in a fetal position. Until recently, Aktis has never been … Continue reading

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On Giving Thanks

Most human traditions celebrate the harvest as a time of thanks giving. George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with … Continue reading

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Cold Comforts: Dogs, Death, and Saying What We Can

In the last few months, several friends have had to suffer letting go of their dogs. What do you say to a friend grieving the loss of their dog? For that matter, what do we say to comfort ourselves when … Continue reading

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The Pleasure of Aktis Eating (in the Shadow of Death)

For Erda and her friends, in memoriam The way Aktis relished his dinner last night made me so unreasonably happy that this morning I want to share a little of my pleasure with you, if I can. It may be … Continue reading

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Meditation of the Day: On Friendship

Aristotle is emphatic on the point: friends thrive on being-together (sunousia) and suffer from separation. With such thoughts in mind, I found this notion of Walter Benjamin’s stimulating and provoking, in the very best sense. Friendship…does not abolish distance between … Continue reading

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