Monday, March 31, 2008

Spring break

Don't worry, no jello wrestling here. Instead of following the lead of the collegiate crowd, we hit DC and Baltimore with a throng of jr. high and high school groups. Keith spent a few days doing some research at the NIH. Miles and I walked around DC for a day. The cherry blossoms were in bloom and it was suprisingly warm.

Miles snapped this picture of me in front of the Capitol Building. I really was that blurry that day!

Then it was off to Baltimore to spend the weekend with Keith's brother Jeff's family. We had such a fun time. Miles loves nothing more than long visits with his cousins. Thanks Jeff and Tikva for having us stay with you and for all the lovely meals. Special thanks to Emuna who took so many great photos.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Origami at MIT

Here are a couple of the entries from this year's origami contest at MIT. There were a few other interesting creations, but the way they were displayed made them hard to photograph.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Career counseling from Miles

Miles:  Hey Mom, I know a job you could do when we get home.
Beth:    Great -- tell me more.
Miles:  You could be a reverse psychologist.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Miles' newest invention...

..."The Mustache Mirror". It gives you the best of both worlds -- personal expression with facial hair minus all that bothersome grooming.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Meeting Noam

Sometimes, for example on the rare occasion when you get to meet and coverse with Noam Chomsky, you only get one shot at a picture. Sometimes you have to entrust your half-blind friend with taking that shot. And sometimes you forget to set the camera up in advance to ensure a good photo. Sometimes all of these circumstances converge ...and this is what you get. A blurry under-exposed picture of Keith and Noam Chomsky shaking hands.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Day at the sugar house/farm

Today we went to the Drumlin Farm to check out the sugar house. They walked us through the process of tapping maples and boiling the sap down to syrup. I didn't realize that it takes 40 buckets of maple sap to make one bucket of syrup!

Miles snapped a picture of these sweet lambs that are just a few weeks old. There were also some very new baby goats huddling under a heat lamp in the barn and tiny baby mice. There were quite a few animal babies and from the looks of it there soon will be many more. Spring must be close, despite all the snow.

On an unrelated note: Last week, Miles shot this image of the lunar eclipse. Pretty nice for a beginner with a beginner camera!

Keith's award

Forgot to post that on Feb.15, in the spectacular Boston Museum of Fine Art, Keith was presented with an award for excellence in science reporting from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

There was no flash photography allowed due to the artwork in the room, so I couldn't get any decent shots.