Commentary on the Politics, History and Culture of the Middle East and Central Asia, by Brian Ulrich
Monday, August 06, 2007
A Bird's Passing
It is with sadness that I report the death of Smurfy, my parents' budgie who was previously pictured here. She apparently suffered from a hereditary liver defect, and, as birds do, concealed the symptoms until it was too late. She will be missed, but the many birds whom she inspired others to buy and care for will live on.
I am an Associate Professor in History at Shippensburg University, where I teach courses in Middle Eastern and world history. My two major research areas are the Middle East from the 7th through 10th centuries and the Persian Gulf from ancient times to the present. Nothing on this site represents an official position of Shippensburg University.