Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rain Returns/Poll about Spring Break/First Woman Doctor

WEATHER
Temperature-wise, I think everyone will be enjoying the spring warmth on Monday. Highs will be in the 30s and 40s across the northern central states, Great Lakes and the northeast. Highs will be in the 40s and 50s across the west. And in the southeast and southern plains, highs will be in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Look for rain across the southern plains and in the west.

Houston, you will need the umbrellas Monday (especially during the afternoon). Temperatures will continue mild through Wednesday (highs on Wed. will be in the 70s) when a cold front drops temperatures about 10 to 15 degrees for Thursday through Saturday. Dry air arrives Sunday and brings sunny and pleasant weather from Sunday to mid-week of the coming week.

SPANISH WORD OF THE DAY
Let's do doctor or doctor or m├ędico, pronounced dohc-TORE or MAY-dee-coh respectively. Find out about the 1st woman doctor in the AND MORE section.

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AND MORE
My poll, on when you complete your income tax return, is closed. Only one answer was allowed. 28% said right after W2s and 1099s arrive, 57% said some time in March and 14% said a few days before April 15th. 0% said right after the 1st of the year, 2 weeks before 4/15, 1 week before 4/15, very last minute or usually file and extension. Thanks to all who participated.

My new poll is about spring break--what are you planning to do? More than one answer is allowed. Thanks in advance for participating.

Well, I continue to learn from Sarah's library books. You know that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. But, did you know that he worked with deaf (before and after he invented the telephone). Also, did you know that he helped found The National Geographic Society? I learned those 2 things from Wil Mara's book, Alexander Graham Bell.

We also picked up a book about Elizabeth Blackwell, 1st woman doctor. I remember I found her most fascinating when I was Sarah's age. Elizabeth Blackwell could not find any medical schools that would take her. Finally, what was then known as the Geneva Medical College in New York, accepted her. The male students there had voted to let her in as a joke. They didn't think she would come. But, she did, and finished as one of the best students. She became a doctor, but no one in the United States would hire her. So, she went to Paris, France and took a job as nurse in a hospital. There, she watched the surgeons' work. After returning to the US, she opened a hospital for womena and children. Then, in 1866, she opend a medical college for women in New York City. She was 45. Soon after that, she opened another college in England. I read all of this in a book by Liza N. Burby, Elizabeth Blackwell, The First Woman Doctor.

Well, it is time to trim the dead plants, and weed and feed the lawn. Remember...use weed and feed. The weed part will keep those unsightly weeds out of your yard.

Enjoy the spring warmth!
Cecilia Sinclair
Wonder Weather Woman