It has definitely been a week of ups and downs here at Casa Kittling. The down was when Denis's cell phone rang in the middle of an appointment at the bank to tell us that the alarm system in our house had been set off. The thieves were evidently in the right spot at the right time and saw that both of us were leaving the house at the same time. They did manage to get away with a few things (the most upsetting to me being my father's and my grandfather's dogtags), but (and I can't stress this enough) it could have been a lot worse. The gap in our alarm system that we didn't know we had has been taken care of. It's going to take time for my anger to fade, but it will.
past blog posts has born some splendid fruit. The owner of the marvelous house in the photo to the left came across my post and emailed me with some of the history of the place, and it's fascinating! I've emailed back to ask for permission to share the information with all of you, so a follow-up post is definitely in the works, but I will share a tidbit with you: this is one of the oldest homes in the UK. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book! No wonder it pulled me in like a magnet as I walked past!
Once again I seem to have lost the plot. (Good thing I'm not trying to write a book, eh?) Let me go round up those links!
Books & Other Interesting Tidbits
- Richard H. Hoggart, one of the most well-known defenders of banned books, has died at the age of 95.
- Even if your ancestors don't hail from Yorkshire (as some of mine do), you should find Ghost Legends of Yorkshire downright fascinating.
- The library eBook situation is appalling.
- 54% of adults in the USA read eBooks.
- When parents are the ones too distracted by devices.
- Americans who read more electronically read more, period.
- Is reading antisocial (to which I reply, "Who cares?")?
- Previously I shared a link concerning one of my favorite author's books being banned in a school in Idaho. Now these Idaho students will be getting copies of that book to read.
- How to decode that the British really mean when they talk.
- How scandalous is your reading history? (Not quite as scandalous as I'd hoped, unfortunately. Must do something about that!)
- How much of a book addict are you?
I was born a traveling (wo)man...
- 7 places in America history nerds need to see.
- America's coolest desert towns.
- I would love to travel the forbidden road of the French Alps!
- The abandoned secret cinema of the Sinai Desert.
- There's a webcam in Scotland keeping track of Lucy, a 50-year-old osprey who's laid 60 eggs, raised 50 babies, and is currently sitting on her next clutch of eggs. Now that's a momma!
- America's most scenic waterside drives.
- On our next trip to the UK, we're going to Lavenham, Suffolk!
Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
(Art, Architecture, Archaeology...)
- In this digital age, you can find lost art in more places than your granny's attic.
- At home with the first feminists-- A La Ronde, the eccentric Devon home built by women.
- Drones unearth more details about Chaco culture in northwestern New Mexico.
- Ancient puppy paw prints have been found on Roman tiles.
I ♥ Lists
- If you're a member of Goodreads, have you voted on their "100 Mysteries and Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime"?
- How many Pulitzer Prize-winning novels have you read?
- 10 scientific ways reading improves your life.
- Amazon's 100 Mysteries and Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime (not the same list as Goodreads).
- Not that Denis has had any influence on me, but I use several of the 15 British insults most commonly used.
- 50 incredible novels under 200 pages.
- 5 ways to fit a home library into a small space.
- These are the 21 female authors you should be reading.
That's all for this week. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Have a great weekend!