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What Happened to Yesterday?

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August 8th, 2009 Posted 7:58 am

“Hey,” Bernie says, looking up from the newspaper. “This is pretty interesting. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts and Hampshire College – isn’t that a hippie place? – have come up with a reason for why dogs bark.”

Whoa! Too much at once. Hippies? I know hippies – you can find old ones out in the desert. I like their smell – there’s something about that in Thereby Hangs A Tail. But a whole college of hippies? I could smell that from very far away. And what was the other thing?

“They’re saying dogs bark – ” Right, that was the other thing. ” – when they feel conflict. The old theory was that the domestication of dogs turned them into a kind of adolescent, since mature wolves and coyotes seldom bark. But now they think the stresses of unnaturally confined lifestyles are behind all the barking.”

Stresses? What were those again? I barked for no reason.

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Answers to B. Stover and Diane B.

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August 3rd, 2009 Posted 8:41 am

Bernie says Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival was good. Spence read the beginning of Chapter 5 of Dog On It, something about barking, a kind of hazy memory, speaking for myself. As for Elvis gospel, we caught it on the radio in the Porsche. We’re burning oil, by the way, whatever that means. It makes a smell I like, but Bernie’s not too happy about it.

Tomorrow: key facts revealed!

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