Saturday, February 02, 2013

The Back in the Saddle Weekly Link Round-Up

Snow geese coming in for a landing.
Last week Denis and I spent a nice, relaxing time in a cottage in the Mule Mountains outside Bisbee, Arizona. We spent almost all of that time without any sort of internet connection. What did we do instead? Both of us read a lot, and we each pursued our own interests. We also spent an afternoon at Whitewater Draw in the Sulphur Springs Valley of Cochise County, Arizona. It is one of the premier birding spots in the world, and it's easy to see why.

When noon rolls around in the Sulphur Springs Valley, thousands of sandhill cranes stop feeding and return to places like Whitewater Draw to take an afternoon siesta, do a little grooming, and catch up on the latest gossip. If you've ever heard large numbers of sandhill cranes, you know that the racket they make is unforgettable (in a very good way). Each year we like to pay them a visit to say, "Welcome back, friends!"

Enough talk. Since there was no link round-up last weekend, I think they've built up a bit. Let me take a look to see what I've got for you....

Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff

Books in the Digital Lane
  • When it comes to eBooks, libraries are more important than ever for discovery.
  • An infographic on who reads eBooks.
  • Worldreader receives a donation from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
  • It's not available for the market yet, but I had to smile when I saw this concept eReader screen.

I   ♥  Lists & Quizzes

Book Candy

Well, that's two weeks' worth of links, so you should have plenty to investigate this weekend. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!


  1. I totally want P&P the board game!

    Also, did I totally just read a spoiler about Downton Abbey via the Italian Love Message story? Or did that happen in Season 2, the one I missed?

    1. It's season two. It's a good thing that I've already sussed out the big thing in season 3 because I stumbled across what could have been a HUGE spoiler in an online article. Needless to say, I did *not* post that link! Sorry that this one slipped past me, but at least this spoiler has little effect on the story as a whole.

  2. Cathy - I can't think of a better reason not to have posted links last week. It looks as though you had a wonderful trip and I like those rituals that couples have. Thanks for this double-your-pleasure links roundup :-)

  3. I'd like to visit Bisbee, Arizona some day. Sounds like a neat place. Are there nice places to stay there? Trails to hike? cheers. Glad you had a nice trip.

    1. Yes, there are some very nice places to stay there, including the reputedly haunted Copper Queen Hotel where Denis and I spent our honeymoon, lovely B&Bs, and small cottages to rent (like the place where Denis and I always stay). Many of them are converted from the original miners' shacks high up on the mountainsides there in town.

      There are trails to hike and trails to drive, and lots of real Old West history. Besides historic Bisbee, there's Tombstone, the Cochise Stronghold, and lots of wildlife sanctuaries.


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