For the past week or so I've been sitting out in the back garden by the pool just to watch all the butterflies. I never get tired of them. All they are is beautiful. They don't bite or sting. They help pollinate plants. And I get to see them almost every single day here in Phoenix.
Every time I visit the Butterfly Pavilion at the Desert Botanical Garden, there is usually at least one grade school class visiting, too. My heart hurts each time I see a child who's scared to death of butterflies, and it's usually because they've never seen them before. I just can't imagine my life being so completely out of touch with the natural world.
My mind has been comparing the human world versus the natural world. Of a world with no agendas and the most basic of needs-- many of which can be met without harming anything else. Of a human world that seems bent on destruction and hate. If the haters can't ban people due to their sexual orientation, then they turn to trying to strip things from the poor. After all, we all have to hate poor people, don't we? If you're poor, it has to mean you're a loser, and America is all about winners, right?
A rather catchy song has a line that says "haters gonna hate." Why?
I'm a rotten philosopher, so let me round up some links!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- They're now letting us take a look at the cover of the fourth book to feature Lisbeth Salander, The Girl in the Spider's Web.
- A 20-year-old claims he can rid the world's oceans of plastic. It certainly needs to be done!
- Kevin Macdonald is set to direct the Stephen King mini-series 11/22/63.
- Finland-- with one of the best education systems in the world-- is doing away with the teaching of "subjects."
- Amazon has filed the first-ever suit over fake product reviews.
- President Obama will be asked to put one of four women on the face of the new $20 bill. (I never have thought Andrew Jackson was a good choice.) The Women on 20s website is where you can vote for your choice.
- A New Yorker copyeditor dishes on the wacky side of her job.
- Do our children think there are moral facts?
- What the world was like 90 years ago when The Great Gatsby first appeared.
- Truth is stranger than fiction: a man in the UK retired, moved, and discovered his doppelganger.
- Construction has begun on the new Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum.
- Book collecting is still going strong.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Archaeologists have unearthed a medieval graveyard beneath one of the colleges at Cambridge.
- Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient "spooning" couple in Greece.
- A 4-year-old boy found rare 100-million-year-old dinosaur bones in Texas.
- Paleontologists have uncovered a tyrannosaur skull that bears the scars of a fierce battle.
- Artifacts lost in a shipwreck 191 years ago are being returned to Hawaii.
- Hand me the aspirin. A medieval man may have had his head drilled in an exorcism.
- I don't think I'd want one of these terror birds stalking me!
- The battered remains of a medieval knight have been discovered in a UK cathedral.
- More metal detectors in the UK are finding treasure. One in Hertfordshire, and another near Kirkcudbright in Scotland.
- Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring: Who was she?
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- The world's first octographer? (I have to admit that this one blew my mind!)
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- The Happy Wanderer isn't quite so happy over the persistent rumors of a mega-mall/entertainment/hotel complex at the Grand Canyon. To cut to the chase... where's all the water supposed to come from?
- Improbable libraries- unusual places to bury your head in a book.
- Saving what's left of Utah's lost world.
- 5 must-do American road trips.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- 48 of the most beautiful lines of poetry.
- 28 things anyone who grew up loving books understands.
- Artists and their pets.
- 20 libraries you'd love to live in.
That's all for now. 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!