Busy typing furiously to get this translation done and out of my hair once and for all. The translation is for a requirement, so there’s nothing remarkable to share with you; it’s just me trying to learn a language, and I don’t have anything to offer from it that might be worth talking about.
- NPR, “A Flowering Tribute to Emily Dickinson” (h/t Elizabeth) – from the article: Todd Forrest, who designed the garden, says it is filled with the types of flowers Dickinson might have planted around her family’s home. Foxgloves, daffodils, zinnias and hydrangeas all bloom at the same time in this hothouse atmosphere and overflow the garden beds. There is even a small orchard nearby, blanketed in flowers that might have grown naturally near Dickinson’s home. In something of a shock, Forrest made sure the mix of flowers included dandelions, a move that he says raised an eyebrow or two around the Botanical Garden. Long adds that they have to keep the staff gardeners from uprooting the tiny yellow flowering weeds.
- There’s plenty of news from Afghanistan that would indicate the coalition is making progress. In addition to the killing of Mustafa Abu Yazid, al-Qaeda’s leader in Afghanistan, there’s the fact that “the Taliban’s top leadership in the north has been hit hard over the past year.” And there’s more than that; just browse Long War Journal and take a look.
- Megan McArdle, “No Good Answers on Public Pensions” – depressing, but has to be read. More than likely, these are the options we’re facing.