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Like Attracting Like

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Being drawn to people who look like ourselves is a common phenomenon firmly based in science. A number of recent articles provide an explanation, here, here, and here. When finding another person attractive, your standards will relate to aspects of your own appearance that you know best — your face, the shape of your head and body, your coloring, etc.

Does this “like attracted to like” phenomenon apply beyond our evaluation of other people?

I think so.

It’s often remarked how the pets people choose, especially dogs, look like their owners. From anecdotal evidence, and my practice as an armchair psychologist, I believe a strong case can be made that this gravitational pull extends even further — to inanimate things that catch our eye in the material world. I’ve posted about this subject once before, here. Yesterday brought to my sight another example.

At Costco there was an indoor display of pumpkins. It was huge, while maybe not yoogeWhen autumn arrives, who among us — whether a person or a cartoon character — can resist the spell of ripe pumpkins? The scene was worthy of being photographed and so I snapped several pictures of it.

Here’s one:

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Pumpkins at Costo

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Later at home, while looking through the full set of photos, one picture jumped out. It includes a woman who, amid the crowd attracted to this harvest of pumpkins, I remember reacted to the display with special delight:

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I rest my case.

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Attention All Quick Brown Foxes: Now’s Your Chance!

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

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On this lazy Sunday morning:

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[Referencing the “sleeping” version of the pangram used by typing teachers.]

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The Common Joyfulness of Golden Retrievers

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

The other day a catalog arrived in the mail. On its cover was the 2014 Orvis Cover Dog, a golden retriever named Hunni. Though we see only a profile, the look on her face is the unmistakable mien of Goldens: happiness rising to delighted contentment. The picture prompted me to dig out two photos of my own dog Jesse, from nine years ago.

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(I think I see in Jesse’s eye a silhouette of the head of the photographer, me.)

One Mo’ Time: Snow falling in DC, March 30, 2014, at 5pm

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

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“Snowflakes on my head and shoulders make me happy …”

[Apologies to John Denver]

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Jesse with soon-to-bloom daffodils

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“A treat please?”

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Jesse in Glover Park (February 8, 2014)

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

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Early December Photos

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

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Trunk of an aged sycamore tree, outside Rosedale Conservancy:

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Autumn leaves, viewed from an office window overlooking 19th Street, NW:

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The second of three morning yawns:

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Dogs Hangin’ Out on the Street — a Google Street View, No. 2

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

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Location: Intersection of Las Illusiones and Las Margaritas, Santiago, Chile. Image dated January 2012.

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Dogs Hangin’ Out on the Street — a Google Street View, No. 1

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

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Address: 8 Rue des Noisetiers, near intersection with Rue des Acacias/Rue des Tamaris, 78114 Magny-les-Hameaux, France. Image dated September 2008.

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