Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Today I met with Deb Cavanaugh-Grant and Hania Galas out current exchange student from the Poznan Economics University. Deb is an expert in sustainable and organic agriculture with U of I Extension and we hope to have her participate in this year's agritourism project in Poland.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Blogspot sure does some strange things with multiple images. Anyway we had significant hoar frost this morning. It is actually frozen fog but the effect is dramatic. The cardinal was sitting in one of our trees and you can see the glitter of the frost. The image above shows that it really is a thick collection of ice crystals. These crystals attach themselves to big trees as well as bushes and weeds. These pictures were taken at sunrise as by 9 or 10 it all had disappeared.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
This as at the conclusion of the Institutional Entrepreneurship Committee I'm on. This group is trying to think of ways to make the U of I more entrepreneurial. We discuss a lot but I'm not too sure what the outcome will be. We sure can fill up a lot of poster paper with suggestions.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I had a meeting today with a faculty member representing the Civic Leadership Program about collaborating with ESLARP. I think we may be able to make something good happen. That meeting was in Lincoln Hall one of the most significant structures on our quad. This bad picture is of the marble staircase at its entrance. The bust of Lincoln is hardly visible. Apropos, as today commemorates his 199th birthday.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Most weekends we have something coooked on the grill and this is a flank steak one of our favorites. What is significant about this is that the air temperature is 8 degrees with a wind chill well below 0, and for my international friends that is "F" not "C"!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
This is Lee Byenog Cheol and Hania Galas, two students working with me on rural tourism development. Byeong Cheol is from Korea and Hania from Poland. We have decided to meet weekly for lunch at a different place - our version of culinary tourism.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
This is the Salt Fork River that ultimately runs about a mile from our home. This picture shows what happens when it rains heavily on saturated an frozen ground - the river goes over its banks and creates a lake. BTW, those white spots are snow.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Thursday is Lunar (Asian/Chinese) New Year. A tradition is for the young to get "Red Envelopes" from their elders. The beloved envelopes contain cash and as one can imagine are eagerly anticipated. Well.... no "Red Envelopes" from me to our grad students but I do have jade plants for everyone that I have rooted and grown the past year
Sunday, February 3, 2008
It is pretty hard holding on to a big dog and taking a picture at the same time but you get the idea. On weekends our paper is delivered in the morning and whenever we meet up with the family delivering the News Gazette Yoshi gets super excited about carrying the paper home. At times he has carried the heavy Sunday paper well over a mile usually without dropping it.