It's almost as if the weather has been apologizing for mudding me out of the pool for a week. We've had storms almost nightly for the past seven days, but if it rains, it does so at about 3 AM and doesn't make much fuss. A few gusts of wind, a couple of bolts of lightning, a little rumbling, and some rain. More like how monsoon season used to be before we turned the area into a sweltering heat island.
I think I'll leave you with a pretty before heading out to the corral to round up all the links. They're getting restless!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series of books is slated to become an Amazon TV series.
- Finland's hot new karaoke bar is a public library.
- These editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone are fetching thousands of dollars due to a typo.
- The amazing benefits of being bilingual.
- Even people with locked-in syndrome respond to Hitchcock movies.
- During the Nazi occupation of Norway, humor was the secret weapon.
- A study shows people with high IQs are actually happier with less social interaction.
- The rules about how to address the U.S. flag came about because no one wanted to look like a Nazi.
- Immersing yourself in art, music, and nature might reduce inflammation and increase life expectancy.
- The pros and cons of getting inside a villain's mind.
- Could this painless brain stimulation help treat depression and Alzheimer's?
- Is it story that makes us read?
- To all the characters I've killed off, who haunt me still.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A two-century-old shipwreck is emerging from the sea on a Devon beach in England.
- Tourists in Hawaii accidentally discovered ancient petroglyphs.
- It's time to scrap the idea that humans arrived in the Americas by a land bridge.
- Bidders are paying a pretty penny for two rare coins.
- A rare fourth-century mosaic of a chariot race has been uncovered in Cyprus.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- New spider species have been named for Canadian authors Michael Ondaatje and Shyam Selvadurai.
- This mama bear knew just what to do when her cubs tumbled over a waterfall.
- A koala bear broke into a woman's home to try out... pole dancing?
- When it comes to West Nile Virus, Atlanta's cardinals may be our feathered saviors.
- Fourteen fun facts about dragonflies.
- How Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall ended the deadly feather trade.
- Father Columba Stewart on saving ancient religious texts from theft, wear, and war.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Let's visit Farley's Bookshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
- Writer Amanda Brooks takes us inside her English country home. (Don't miss the library!)
- Why the Grand Canyon's new distinction is life-changing for stargazers.
- The world's oldest hotel has been run by the same family for more than 1,300 years.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Ten authors you buy without looking at the blurbs.
- Fourteen new World War II books to read.
- The eleven best teachers in children's literature.
- Ten questions only well-read people will be able to answer.
- Twenty-one sayings about reading for bibliophiles.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to join me 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!