Thursday, May 31, 2007

outside the bee

Members of the Simplified Spelling Society, and me, outside the Grand Hyatt in D.C during the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The finals are tonight.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

words that dog

Taking a break from book research, I finally got a bare bones version of the Words That Dog Blog off the ground. Take a look, add a comment, and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

the little city that could

This news just popped into my inbox. Unabashed hometown rah rah? Probably. Interesting though.

Portland Joins NYC Climate Summit as "Teacher" to World's Largest Cities

New York, NY - Portland, Oregon, a city of less than a million people, was invited to participate with the world's forty largest cities in today's Climate Summit called by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former President Bill Clinton. The invitation reflects Portland's status a world leader in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. In 1993, Portland was the first U.S. city to establish a Global Warming Action Plan, with a goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2010. Since then, the city has successfully reduced per capita emissions 12.5 percent, and overall emissions have remained flat. This compares to a national increase of about 13 percent in overall emissions in the same period.