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The Giving Tree

I try to read a lot of different types of books to Adrian, and since if I can't read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" again without sacrificing my sanity, I've decided to take some of the more advanced children's books down from the shelf for our nightly reading.

Stockhausen: R.I.P.

Karlheinz Stockhausen died today.

Stockhausen, who gained fame through his avant-garde works in the 1960s and '70s and later moved into composing works for huge theaters and other projects, died Wednesday, Germany's Music Academy said, citing members of his family. No cause of death was given.

He is known for his electronic compositions that are a radical departure from musical tradition and incorporate influences as varied as the visual arts, the acoustics of a particular concert hall, and psychology.


Adrian has been turning over from back to front, and vice versa, for some time now, although once he gets up onto his hands and knees he seems stuck. He'll turn over, look pleased with himself, and then start wailing. It seems like he knows there's supposed to be something more, but he can't quite figure out the next step.