Saturday, March 19, 2005

Bradford Pear

Bradford Pear blossoms Posted by Hello

Our neighborhood has several Bradford Pear trees in it. They are a showy white for just a few days, then the leaves quickly replace the blossoms. When fully leafed out, these trees have the classical "lollipop" shape. I'm not sure why they are called "Pear" trees, because I don't think there is any fruit involved.

The wildflowers are starting to show their faces. I'm going to have to start blogging about them.

Bradford Pear tree Posted by Hello

Friday, March 18, 2005

World Almanac

World Almanac Posted by Hello

The Ethnologue still is in hiding, but this book has recently been published and it contains some Ethnologue data. The World Almanac contacted us get the latest and greatest information on the languages of the world that have 2 million or more speakers.

Inside Posted by Hello

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Doctor, Doctor! I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

David phoned today with some really good news. Not only has he been accepted into the M.D./Ph.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine (also known as the Medical Scientist Training Program), he has been granted all tuition paid, health insurance, and $23,000 per year stipend for the entire program. Just think--in a mere 6 or 7 years, he will be Dr. Dr. Simons.

In other news, in the mail today arrived four tickets to a U2 concert in Paris, 58.20 euros each. I wonder how much they will sell for on eBay?

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse Posted by Hello

I know, this really isn't a very good photo. But it is hard to get these skittish birds to hold still long enough for me to make a good shot.

Rumor has it that a few advance copies of theEthnologue have arrived on campus, but are being kept under wraps until a formal unveiling in another week. Soon we get to see the results of all that editing. I'll be sure to blog about that when it happens.

It is nice having Rachel home for spring break. She worked at the Center yesterday and today to complete some required community service hours for one of her classes. She has a couple little papers to write, but no big assignments due like past spring breaks, which is nice. Today she made cheese broccoli soup which tasted pretty good.