Beginnings

Sunday is for beginnings, where we take a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. Since the subject of college novels came up this week, here’s the beginning of my third campus venture (following Hard Rain and Revolution #9) – Crying Wolf:

One should not avoid one’s tests, although they are perhaps the most dangerous game one could play and are in the end tests which are taken before ourselves and before no other judge. (Beyond Good and Evil, section 41) – Introduction to the syllabus for Philosophy 322, Superman and Man: Nietzsche and Cobain (Professor Uzig)

A rolled-up newspaper spun through the air, defining place. What kind of place? The kind of place often described as idyllic, where a boy on a bicycle still tossed the paper onto lawns and porches, sometimes over actual picket fences, where the newspaper still brought news.

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4 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    12:48 pm on May 22nd, 2022

    Good day to all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    2:53 pm on May 22nd, 2022

    Greetings!

    It is very hot and humid here today. BAH!

    RIO! This article about your kind makes me sad. :^(

    https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-61494094

    Good afternoon to all!

  3. Herd of Hounds
    5:29 pm on May 22nd, 2022

    Hello all. So many dog issues, shouldn’t we just appreciate the 4 leggers that we have and that love us?
    Huge storm is interrupting doggy dinner here. Fear it will be off and on for several days. At least we were warned about it and can comfort the dogs.

  4. mlaiuppa
    5:30 pm on May 22nd, 2022

    It has been decades since boys delivered newspapers by bicycle. My parents have grown men delivering by car. Pretty sure. Or it’s a boy being driven by a parent.

    They still refer to them as paper boys. I suspect women could also be involved.

    I haven’t subscribed to a paper since around 1988. I did for a year or two right after I moved into my house, but found I didn’t read them much and they piled up real fast so I stopped the subscription. When I got a computer and the internet in the early 90s, I stopped bothering to even read the paper when I visited my parents. The only thing I would read is the Sunday funnies and the Parade, which they would save for me. Now, not even that.

    That is an interesting article. I read something similar in The Whole Dog magazine about all of the brachycephalic dogs. That they all need to be bred back for longer noses and less bulgy eyes. Not mentioned was also the birth problem. No dog breed should be unable to have a natural birth and so many of these also need Caesarians to give birth. Vets now do routine surgery on Pugs and the other breeds to help them breath better. Surgery on the soft palette and nostrils.

    They aren’t the only ones.

    Golden Retrievers in the U.S. are more likely to die of cancer at a younger and younger age. Their life span has been greatly reduced. This also from breeding. There are DNA tests that can now spot some of these problems but not all breeders either test both parents or care. That is why when buying a Golden Retriever, Labrador or German Shepherd it is safest and healthiest to buy a dog from a working line. The GSD dogs in the U.S. have a horrible slant to their backs they look like they are crouching or slinking all the time. I think the incidences of their debilitating dissease, (DM?) is on the rise as well. I know the shepherd rescue that lived down the street from my parents died of it. He got it when he was 7 and struggled with it the last year or two of his life. Poor thing eventually couldn’t move his back legs at all.

    When it comes to these “extremes” I blame the AKC and other “dog show” organizations. They are what drove this and the only way they can fix it is to modify their “breed standards” away from these extremes. Just like they now allow dogs that have not have their ears or tails docked just for appearances. That won’t stop puppy mills or backyard breeders but it will at least give these breeds a chance at a healthier life.

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