Friday, August 07, 2015

The Young and the Old Weekly Link Round-Up

One thing I've noticed over many years of observing wildlife here in the desert is that-- like humans-- the very young and the very old suffer from extreme heat more than those right in the middle. I can be sitting in the pool as cool as cool can be, but if I see a young hummingbird with its beak gaping wide open in an attempt to lower its body temperature, all of a sudden I'm hot, too. I guess you could say that's one reason why I have birdbaths and the like all over the back garden. I want all my resident critters to be as comfortable as I am.

Young Hooded Oriole feeling the heat.
Of course that goes for guests, too, like the young female Hooded Oriole you see to the right. "All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small...." Sorry. I must be having a James Herriot moment!

Another quiet week here at Casa Kittling, but I did shock the owner of the plumbing company we use. After a month of not receiving a bill for services rendered, I called and asked when I could have the invoice in order to pay it. After listening to him string together five or six extremely complimentary adjectives, I finally broke in with, "It's just how I was raised!" Now... isn't it terrible that doing what's right has become rather uncommon?

But what's not uncommon are some hand-picked links for y'all. Head 'em up, move 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
  • A family in Florida has found $1 million in treasure from a sunken Spanish galleon.  
  • Those darned cats has gotten into all sorts of places for millennia! 
  • Jackie Kennedys handmade scrapbook shows a rare glimpse into the creation of the White House Rose Garden
  • After his death, this grandfather's family found an old trunk he'd left behind. 
  • The remains of four early colonial leaders have been discovered at Jamestown, Virginia. 
  • Color photos of the Hindenburg show what luxury air travel was like 80 years ago. (No cattle class for those folks!) 
  • An ancient hillfort in Lochaber, Scotland, will soon be excavated.
  • Ground-penetrating radar has uncovered the remains of a Nazi-destroyed synagogue.

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • 15 ancient cities you need to visit right now.
  • 25 lonely little winter houses lost in majestic scenery. Some might be the perfect place to get snowed in so you have plenty of time to read.... 
  • 17 satellite photos that will change how you see our world. (I posted something similar recently, but these are different photos. I like getting a bird's-eye view!) 
  • This map shows the locations of the most endangered animals in the world. (Cecil, your death may wind up having some meaning after all if it means that people wake up and start doing something.)
  • I'm always happy to find wonderful photographs, so how about the 2015 National Geographic Traveler photo contest winners?

►I ♥ Lists◄

►Book Candy◄
  • The book covers of graphic artist Mike Mahle.
  • Thanks to one of my favorite readers (that's you, Reta!) for the link showing a cover collection for I Captured the Castle.

That's all for this week. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. I've made calls like that too, Cathy, and people are surprised. As you say, it's sad that it's so unusual to see people doing - gasp! - the right thing. Now off to check those links, for which thanks. Oh, and I saw that article with those Hhindenburg 'photos - amazing!

    1. I still love the Hindenburg's smoking lounge-- NOT!

  2. Interesting about the reasons why some men are choosing gender neutral names to write under. I've even seen a man writing under a female name (he was writing romance, so he probably had a necessity to do so).

    That trunk was full of a lot of varied stuff. Those four-headed winged creatures they couldn't figure out in the artwork toward the end were from the book of Ezekiel. There have been a lot of attempts in recent times to turn the vision Ezekiel saw into extraterrestrial visitations.

    I'm right there with that Hooded Oriole. Nasty heat. Pant pant pant.

    Will be back to look at more later.

    1. It's the old men-won't-read-women/women-won't-read-men conundrum. I'm an omnivore when it comes to books! :-)


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