Now that I’m done with my exams, I’m looking up to realize that much in the world around me has changed. I’ve certainly done my fair share of New York Times reading recently as I worked on the computer, but there are other kinds of news: among our acquaintances, friends, and family, there are four recently born babies and four upcoming weddings. Lots of life changes going on around us. Having done the wedding thing, we can nod in sympathy and be grateful we had it so easy. And, since we’re not expecting the gestation of anything other than our dissertation work, we can simply enjoy teasing and bouncing the babies of our friends when we get the chance.