I'm finishing up this post on Monday evening-- the evening when the northeastern part of the United States is supposed to be hammered with snow. I hope you all are safe and warm and have plenty of provisions (especially books).
Meanwhile, in this part of the continental United States, this is exactly what I saw today as I went in and out of my laundry room (which is accessed from the outside).
There's a wind spinner that does an excellent job of persuading the Gila Woodpeckers that they really don't want to drill a new home in the side of my house. (Yes, they did try once.) There's one of my Tombstone rose bushes growing up and over the fence with hundreds of blooms yet to open. (Thank you, rain!) And on the other side of the shed, you can see that my sweet acacia is still full of colorful pompoms. I love the Sonoran Desert!
Something tells me I'd better stop boasting about my Arizona weather and head on out to the link corral. They're sounding restless out there!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- How many volunteers does it take to transcribe Phyllis Diller's 53,000 jokes? (I miss Phyllis and her husband, Fang....)
- Behind the story of The Silence of the Flans with Laura Bradford. (Looking forward to seeing Laura tomorrow and getting my autographed copies!)
- How the stars of The Crown compare to their real-life counterparts. (Something's going on with Denis. Time was, the man wouldn't be caught dead watching historical costume dramas. Now I've got him watching-- and enjoying-- The Crown and Victoria....)
- The greatest French crime writer you've never heard of.
- Here's one way to fight the gender gap in literature.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Skeletons found under a Florida wine shop may be some of America's first colonists.
- Archaeologists in Alaska have uncovered a campsite used by survivors of the doomed Russian ship The Neva.
- A real Schindler's list is expected to make $2.4 million when it's sold.
- A colossus-- probably depicting Ramses II-- has been found in Egypt.
- 38,000-year-old cave paintings could have a huge impact on archaeology and modern art.
- Scientists have discovered the world's most ancient fossils.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Ten rare animal babies you've probably never seen before.
- Have you ever heard baby sloths making conversation?
- An octopus slipped out of an aquarium tank, crawled across the floor, and escaped down a pipe to the ocean. (Well done!)
- Surgeons removed 915 coins that had been swallowed by a Thai sea turtle. (Why do I suddenly have indigestion?)
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- These are the ten deadliest national parks in the U.S. (Never fear. I've been in seven of them and I'm still in one piece!)
- Singapore may have designed the world's best bus stop.
- Nine landmarks you probably had no idea were in Arizona.
- America's first writers museum is slated to open in May in Chicago.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Nine poets to remember during Women's History Month (and they're not all the usual suspects).
- Eight famous writers' desks you could have owned.
- Ten of the richest book deals of all time.
- Can you name the best-selling book title from the visual riddle?
- Notorious literary muses from best to worst.
- 100 years of the British royal family.
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!