By Sharon Parker
As we slink into the sultriest days of the summer, you might want to rise early to enjoy the cooler morning air. And if you rise early enough—say, before dawn—you might catch a glimpse of Sirius, the dog star, twinkling brightly low in the southeast.
At least, that's what they say. I am not an early riser, so I wouldn't know.
It's the appearance of the dog star at sunrise at this time in the season that led the ancients to call these days of late summer heat the dog days (read more about that on Wikipedia here).
As for me, I'll take a cat nap when I can in the heat of the afternoon, dreaming of dogs ...