Memories of a trusted friend

Cyrus, the last of my Brittany bird dog line — grandson of Rufus and son of Holly’s Bear — has joined them in that place of memory, where the mornings are forever frosty and the meadows are rich with quail.

A glimmer of hope in a land of affliction

The diseases of sub-Saharan Africa cripple, disfigure and diminish productivity. A child born there today, if he or she manages to survive to age 5, has a shorter life expectancy than an infant born in any other region of the world — just 54 years by the latest reckoning.