Another peaceful, balmy week has passed here at Casa Kittling. Rain is predicted by the weekend, and I hope we get some. Denis and I are planning a trip out on the Apache Trail soon to check on all the wildflowers that should be in bloom, and one to the Water Ranch to see how many of our feathered winter visitors are still here in town.
|February in Phoenix|
I know all about the gloom of February. Of the cold. Of walking outside and feeling your nose hairs freeze when you take a breath. Of the patches of black ice and piles of dirty, gritty slush lining the streets. Or... *shudder* That will be the end of that! There's even waist-deep snow in Monument Valley.
If you aren't fortunate enough to be able to escape the snow and cold, please stay safe and warm-- preferably with a hot drink and a stack of good books. Take a look at the tiny white blossoms beginning to cover my fence and know that spring will come to you, too.
But these links will arrive even faster. Head 'em up! Move 'em out!
Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
- Harper Lee isn't the only author who has a unearthed book being published this year. A discovered Dr. Seuss book will be in bookstores this summer.
- A new Pirates of the Caribbean movie starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow is currently filming in Australia. Dead men tell no tales!
- Statistics from the Cooperative Children's Book Center show that children's books are shifting toward diversity.
- J.K. Rowling is a treasure. Have you read the letter she wrote to a fan she met on Twitter?
- The Willard Library is considered by many to be the most haunted library in America.
- A lost Sherlock Holmes story has been discovered in a man's attic. Of course there's a bit of controversy surrounding it.
- Here's a businessman who knows how to treat his employees.
- How many of the greatest books by women have you read? (Me? 36 out of 102. Unfortunately I couldn't count the ones I started but didn't finish, or the ones sitting on my TBR shelves.)
Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
- A vast bed of metal balls have been found in the deep sea.
- Divers have found a record trove of gold coins (over 1,000 years old!) in the Mediterranean.
- The warship that inspired The African Queen is still in operation at age 100.
- A Mayan mural reveals an ancient photobomb.
- Two new works by artist Paul Cézanne have been discovered.
- Plague graffiti in a Cambridgeshire church reveals a heartbreaking find.
- Right here in the Phoenix metro area, a man found a $35,000 treasure at Goodwill.
- Earlier this month I shared a link about the sweater once owned by Vince Lombardi that sold at a Goodwill store for 58¢. The auctioneers thought it would sell for $20,000. The operative word being "thought."
- German archaeologists in southern Egypt have found two statues of the goddess Sekhmet.
- A CT scan has shown that there's more to this 1,100-year-old statue of Buddha than meets the eye.
Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett
- Get ready for an overload of adorable. Here's a film (and sound) clip of a hummingbird snoring. I didn't know these little guys could snore!
- The rarest big cat on earth is starting to make a comeback.
- 10 reasons why octopuses are awesome.
The Happy Wanderer
- Think you got it bad? Take a look at the world's coldest city.
- The last pie-o-neers of the American desert.
- 10 incredible historic sites we lost forever (due to stupidity).
- The secret libraries of Chicago.
I ♥ Lists
- Amazon's list of 100 biographies and memoirs to read in a lifetime.
- What books could be used to rebuild civilization? Some people share their lists of choices.
- UK bookstore chain WHSmith asked their customers which were the best crime authors of all time. Their customers responded. I have to admit that several names were completely unknown to me, which I found exciting. New authors! New books!
- 10 time travel books that need to be made into movies.
- 8 beautiful snow scenes from literature. I probably appreciate these more, living in warm and sunny Phoenix!
- Drool Alert! Put on a bib before you check out this delicious new bookstore that just opened in Romania!
- Someone with a sense of humor created his own book sections at a local bookstore.
- Books a Million asked Twitter followers for photos of their to-be-read piles, and the followers obliged.
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 wonderful weekend-- and read something fabulous!