Archive for November, 2012

Snowhook Auction


November 30th, 2012 Posted 9:46 am

“Maybe we should say something about Snowhook Kennel,” Admin says, “for newcomers to the blog.”

“A pleasure,” says Spence. “Snowhook is a wonderfully humane racing kennel based in Willow, Alaska, that competes in sled dog races, including the famous Iditarod. Rebecca and Justin are a great couple who run the kennel (Justin’s the musher) and we at plus a lot of people who come here every day love to support their efforts. Maintaining a racing kennel and taking good care of all those beautiful dogs is expensive. This evening there’s an auction – closing Sunday – to help raise money, with lots of good stuff available. All you have to do is go to the Snowhook site ( and a link to the auction will appear when it’s time for the auction to begin. Did I leave anything out?”


Welcome Baby, Might Maude. 

And here’s Spence in NYC with Liz Perl (an extremely able and important person at Simon and Schuster):


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November 29th, 2012 Posted 9:40 am

We’re traveling. See you tomorrow!

(Saw a great Winslow Homer last night.)


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R.I.P.: Marvin Miller


November 28th, 2012 Posted 8:43 am

“Maybe,” Spence says, “the most important non-player in baseball history.”

“Got the players off the plantation,” Admin says.


Dog Breeds


November 27th, 2012 Posted 8:16 am

“This piece is all about changing fashions in dog breeds,” Admin says, “but I’ve been thinking about breeding in general, and how – going back maybe ten thousand years – humans selected individual dogs who liked us. So we’ve sort of bred these friends.”

“And how about the dogs?” says Spence. “I think it’s worked the other way, too.”

“Dogs selecting humans who liked them?”

“Exactly. A human who had a good relationship with a dog would be more likely to survive to breeding age.”

“Dogs being good at finding game? And sounding the alarm at night when a predator is near? Maybe we should write a scientific paper.”

“That sounds like not fun.”

Welcome Katie & Tika, leapers extraordinaire.


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