My quiet, restful summer continues. Other than some of the marvelous reading I've managed to get done, the most excitement I've been getting is when a monsoon storm tries to blow through town and take my umbrella with it. Since that umbrella creates most of the shade I sit in while I'm in the pool, I've gotten pretty good at the old read-with-an-elbow-on-the-umbrella-stand ploy to keep it from blowing out of town.
To the left you see a bloom on a barrel cactus at the Desert Botanical Garden. I find it interesting that almost all the types of barrel cactus bloom during the hottest part of a desert summer before the monsoon sets in.
Perhaps I shouldn't be so surprised. I already knew that they were stubborn and strong. There's a barrel cactus out in our front garden that withstood repeated onslaughts from the neighbor boy's BB gun. But we won't go there... I hear those links calling to me from the corral. Head 'em up! Moooooooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Inside the original Shakespeare and Company Bookshop in Paris.
- Kindle debuts Singles Classics.
- Stephenie Meyer has a new adult novel being released in November.
- A Stephen King adaptations update.
- Seventy years ago, the U.S. military detonated a nuclear bomb underwater, and it went very badly.
- Ben-Hur gets a modern remake, including greater roles for women characters.
- Growing up in the book desert.
- American literature needs Indie presses.
- Why Calvin and Hobbes is great literature.
- Why do we write about orphans so much?
- When a bookstore is also a safe haven.
- The sales for adult coloring books remain hot.
- The episode count and premiere date for Game of Thrones Season 7 has been revealed.
- People are saying that Star Trek Beyond is a smart, funny Sci-Fi action- adventure movie.
- What it's like to write crime fiction on the era of Black Lives Matter.
- Why libraries are everywhere in the Czech Republic.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Cave art is revealing religious encounters between Europeans and Native Americans.
- China is striving to become the leader in the world of archaeology.
- A 91-year-old woman recently filled in a crossword puzzle, not knowing that it was an $89,000 work of art.
- After a museum revamp, a full view of Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose is available to visitors.
- An ancient logbook documenting the Great Pyramid of Giza's construction has been unveiled.
- A 2,000-year-old dog graveyard has been discovered in Siberia.
- An ancient Roman soldier with an ornate belt has been discovered in a grave in the UK.
- A rare Civil War sword was put up for auction.
- Would $4.4 million change your mind about collecting baseball cards?
- The Apollo astronauts' "graffiti" inside the historic moon capsule is being revealed.
- Da Vinci's "irrelevant" doodles actually contain his most revolutionary physics discovery.
- Ancient Silk Road hygiene sticks lead to a fluke discovery.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- The incredible things a hammerhead shark's nose can do.
- A friendly manatee propped itself up on a woman's paddleboard.
- The mystery of the Beast of Dartmoor has (apparently) been solved.
- China tried to drive a furry mammal to extinction. Maybe that wasn't such a good idea. (It usually isn't.)
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Inventing the beach: the unnatural history of a natural place.
- Ten infamous islands of exile.
- The top ten historic small towns in America, and I'm tickled pink at the town sitting in the #1 spot!
- The best places to see meteorite impact craters.
- Jane Austen's London Instagram account.
- Skye and Orkney get set to benefit from The BFG boom.
- The science behind Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring.
- The first and only foreign-born first lady: Louisa Catherine Adams.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Eleven simple facts about Henry David Thoreau.
- Twelve literary candles every reader will love.
- Ten "lost" books you should read now.
- Want to work in eighteen miles of books? First you have to take a quiz.
- 39 facts about English.
- Forty-five haunting photos of the Romanovs' last days.
- Ten George R.R. Martin quotes on writing, fantasy, and feminism.
- Ten memorable opening lines.
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!