Friday, October 03, 2014

A Squeaker of a Weekly Link Round-Up

Squeaker? Another storm rolled through the Phoenix metropolitan area last weekend. I probably should say "roared" because the high winds hit first, leaving thousands of people without power, then the rains pounded us. We came within a gnat's whisker of having the pool filled with mud again, but thankfully it stopped with leaving the front and back yards looking like a couple of the Great Lakes. Whew! 

I am getting rather good at walking around the property and filling up big black trash bags, but all this standing water has encouraged one of my least favorite insects, so wherever I go to pick up debris and pull weeds, I'm surrounded by clouds of mosquitoes. As long as they stay out of my ears, I'll survive!

Let me hang up my trash bag and round up this week's links!

Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • James Patterson is extending his indie bookshop largesse to Ireland and the UK.
  • One of my favorite authors, Betty Webb, used Facebook to solve a family mystery.
  • Why readers, scientifically, are the best people to fall in love with. 
  • If your life was a children's book, which one would it be?
  • Saving Paris's oldest bookstore.
  • This is what it was like to be the book censor for all of New England in 1930.
  • Shades of Harry Potter: New York scientists have unveiled an invisibility cloak
  • Who knew? A scorpion that's a friend to booklovers.
  • Stephen King believes books are going to be around for a long, long time.
  • A 13-year-old has invented a completely new approach to cleaning up oil spills
  • Colorado's rightwing Jefferson County school board is trying to ban the teaching of "social strife" in the United States, and the students have something to say about that.
  • Disposable plastic water bottles have been banned at the Grand Canyon and water stations have been built for visitors. Some of the four-legged residents have taken a shine to those water stations, too.
  • Gale, a division of Cengage Learning, has launched the "My Library Story" community project in which story submissions will earn donations to a library advertising fund. My Library Story's website.

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones

I  ♥  Lists & Quizzes

Book Candy

That's all for now. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Have a great weekend!



  1. Cathy - So good to hear that you were spared the worst flood damage. Near miss, that's for sure! Thanks too, as always, for those links. I love the fact that young people are actively trying to think of solutions to some of our big problems, like oil spills. And that story of the ancient human genome? Enticing!!

    1. Like you, I love it that kids are coming up with practical solutions to very real and possibly deadly problems!


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