Fragile as ash
a memory stirs
and the past comes back.

It could be
another person
you now see, stepping between

the torn-
paper leaves
of the trees, and moving down

to the dry creek.
There are birds
in the underbrush

—finches, you assume—
and a plume of smoke
rising beyond

that distant ridge.
One single breath
returned this world

a single breath
can make it
crackle and burn.

Gary Catalano, “Breath,” Slow Tennis: Poems 1980-83 (University of Queensland Press, 1985)

Today’s the day I remember my sister, April. It’s been two years since your body decided it’d had enough and you were gone. I still remember the moment I found out. It’s still weird. Life is just plain harder w/o you here.

You were the least judgmental person I’ve ever known. Even when you didn’t agree, you’d listen, wanting to hear more, learn more. 

You never met a stranger. After losing your daughter, you never minded people asking about her. Random strangers somehow found you - people who’d lost their babies, too - how did they know you’d felt the same loss? But they’d find you and before long, they were confiding in you, telling you their story - and you never judged, only loved and helped and offered what they needed to make it through another day. 

So even though I’m grieving and heartbroken - I want to celebrate your life today. You carried joy and peace every where you went. This world could certainly use more people like you - especially these days. I’m beyond proud and grateful to call you my sister and my friend. Till we meet again…

I love you.

You may not remember what you were doing a few minutes ago. But your dog probably does.

A study of 17 dogs found they could remember and imitate their owners’ actions up to an hour later. The results, published in Current Biology, suggest that dogs can remember and relive an experience much the way people do.

That’s probably not a big surprise to people who own dogs, says Claudia Fugazza, an author of the study and an animal behavior researcher at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. Fugazza owns a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog named Velvet.

“Most dog owners at least suspected that dogs can remember events and past experiences,” she says.

But demonstrating this ability has been tricky.

Your Dog Remembers Every Move You Make

Photo: Mirko Lui/Cell Press
Caption: Comparative psychologist Claudia Fugazza and her dog demonstrate the “Do As I Do” method of exploring canine memory.