The water in the pool has chilled to the too-uncomfortable-for-reading point. The tap water is cool when I first turn on the water. Autumn is coming fast to the Sonoran Desert. It's odd, but autumn always makes me a bit nostalgic, and I caught myself going through some photos that I'd scanned to my computer.
This is a photo of my grandmother. One of the last things we did before she was stolen from us by breast cancer was go on a road trip to Kentucky, she, my grandfather, and me. For the first time, I was the one in charge of driving, and it turned out to be eventful when one of the tires on that huge old Buick blew out on the interstate at 70 MPH. (My grandfather was quite impressed that I never lost my cool and got us safely to a gas station.)
For most of my life, my focus had been on my mother and grandfather. They were the ones with the charisma. They were the ones who could draw people to them like moths. They were the ones who could make me laugh so hard that I would have tears rolling down my face. They were the people I wanted to be.
But on this Kentucky trip, I finally began to realize the person I truly was... and that person was more like my tiny grandmother. I may have inherited my height from my father, but I inherited my premature gray hair from my grandmother. I also inherited a love of travel, a love of birds and flowers, a love of creating pretty things, a love of photography from her. I also inherited something much deeper. My grandmother was an introvert, and so am I. I didn't realize all this until it was too late, and it breaks my heart. I hankered after something I could never be while my grandmother probably felt like an outsider in her own family.
Ack! Nostalgia isn't always a good thing, is it? I'm going to head on out to the corral for those links I've been saving for you all. Then I'm going to go outside and take some photos. My grandmother would've loved my camera.
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The 118-year-old Eleftheroudakis,the largest bookstore in Greece, is closing.
- Temple Grandin signs a deal with Penguin Young Readers.
- MIT has invented a camera that can read closed books.
- The manuscript of failed novelist Napoleon Bonaparte is expected to bring $250,000 at auction in New York.
- Do you know the meaning of the Oxford English Dictionary's newest words?
- Throughout September the D.C. Public Library has been conducting a scavenger hunt for banned books.
- 80,000 students have received digital library cards in Anne Arundel County, Virginia.
- A philosopher's 350-year-old trick to get people to change their minds is now backed up by psychologists.
- Can you guess the reasons why these books were banned?
- A hundred years on from Agatha Christie's first novel, crime fiction is going cozy again.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- The winter of 1609-1610 was the Starving Time in Jamestown, Virginia. The skeleton of a 14-year-old girl proves how bad things really were that winter.
- If people knew their family history, there would be a lot less bigotry, a lot less racism. George Washington's family tree is biracial.
- A Roman bronze wing that was unearthed in Gloucester, England will be going on show.
- The greatest shipwrecks that are still out there.
- Archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest fishhooks in Okinawa.
- Archaeologists are restoring the flooring that adorned the Second Temple of Jerusalem.
- A Bronze Age settlement has been found in roadworks excavations for the Norwich bypass in England. (It's in an area where Ruth Galloway could be in charge.)
- They're also unearthing artifacts in roadworks in the Inverness area.
- A rare Roman gold coin has been discovered in Jerusalem.
- The HMS Terror has been discovered in pristine condition 168 years after its doomed Northwest Passage attempt.
- An ancient synagogue mosaic may depict Alexander the Great.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- They thought they'd rescued a puppy caked in dirt at this construction site, but truth is, it was something else entirely.
- Dutch police have demonstrated how they use trained eagles to knock illegal drones out of the sky. Very impressive!
- Bark Rangers are helping lick dangerous wildlife encounters in Glacier National Park.
- Documents are shedding light on Jane Haining, a Scotswoman killed at Auschwitz.
- Captain Sir Alexander Burnes, a relative of poet Robert Burns, was the Victorian Era's James Bond.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Nine things book lovers do in the fall.
- Here's a list of all the new word entries in the Oxford English Dictionary.
- Ten books featuring subversive women.
- The twenty-five most beautiful places on earth.
- Five of the best historical (mystery) heroines.
- Five fascinating literary scandals.
- Sixteen pickup lines from classic literature.
- Twenty-one magical tattoos inspired by the works of Roald Dahl.
- Ten breathtaking aerial photos of Iceland.
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!