This week seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. I've been trying to do some gardening, but it's like running a gauntlet. The next-door neighbors have bees that are building an ever-growing hive on the side of their house. Since we have a pool and several water features over here, the bees come over all day long to tank up and fly back to the hive. I can't do anything without having bees trying to come in for a landing. Grrrrr!
We've also switched from cable TV to satellite, so I'm trying to learn the ins and outs of the new program guide. I'm tickled that there's a dedicated horse channel, and I learned quickly that, if I ever want Denis to leave the room, all I have to do is turn that channel on!
Denis and I wandered around the Desert Botanical Garden through the late morning and early afternoon today. Our first stop was the Butterfly Pavilion where there seemed to be a never-ending line of grade school classes. After I'd taken my fill of photos, I sat on a bench in the Pavilion and watched the classes come through. It broke my heart to see how many of the children had no idea what butterflies were-- and that they were scared to death of them. These same children probably don't know the origin of milk, either.
|Stopping to smell the flowers|
Turn off your cell phones, stop fiddling with your cameras, and just be quiet while you walk and actually look around you. Have your children walk with you. And if none of you know what to look for, there are plenty of places like the Desert Botanical Garden that have helpful folks who'd be more than happy to show you. (Or you might even have a friend or two that would be happy to go on a walk with you.) Turn off the electronics-- it is possible to enjoy life without them... at least for periods of time!
Okay. Rant over. I feel better now!
Tomorrow I'm going to CozyCon which is a joint program of the Poisoned Pen and the Phoenix Public Library. A dozen cozy mystery writers in panels from 10 AM to 4 PM-- and I finally get to meet fellow book blogger, Lesa Holstine! Am I looking forward to this? You'd better believe it!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- For any of you who've read Cornelia Read's Invisible Boy, here's a short video about the documentary project about Prospect Cemetery that she's trying to get funded. Want to help? You can do that!
- An Australian billionaire wants to build Titanic II. (No comment!)
- The Book Loft of German Village in Columbus, Ohio looks like my kind of bookstore!
- Paul Revere's work found in an old medical text in Brown University's rare book room.
- President Obama the Poetry Critic.
I ♥ Lists
- 6 wordsmiths who couldn't spell.
- The 10 grumpiest living writers.
- There are two versions of Snow White making their way to the silver screen this year. Here are two quizzes aimed at seeing how well you know the story: the Under-the-Age-of-7 version... the Adult version.
- 10 beautiful buildings inspired by famous books.
- 10 of the best memoirs about mothers.
- A few favorite author vs. critic dust-ups.
- Carbon fiber bookshelves. Bring down the price, and these would be great!
- Using books to cover an eyesore.
- Apartment Therapy has a house tour that focuses on books and media.
- Dining rooms with beautiful bookshelves.
New to My Google Reader
- Book Tourist
- Between the Covers
- Bookmagnet's Blog
- e-Volving Books
- Bibliosaurus Text
- The Birder's Library
- The Literate Man, a Book Blog for Men
- one chocolate box
- Great Thoughts
- The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow
That's it for this week. I hope I found a URL or two that tickled your fancy. Join me next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!