The weather has certainly been screwy lately. Normally, the end of April through the entire month of May (and most of June) is as dry as a bone, but this week we've had downpours here in Phoenix. Any other time I'd be doing a happy dance for the rain, but not when our huge cactus is listing to one side like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The cactus doctor can't come straighten it until the ground drys out. Yikes!
|Gregory the Gila Woodpecker|
In the mean time, I thought I would share one of my taken-while-sitting-in-the-pool photos with you. Adult birds are being driven crazy by their young, and they appreciate the free oranges we provide. Which reminds me, I need to add that to my grocery list!
Here are this week's links. I hope you enjoy!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Buenos Aires, Argentina just might be the world capital of bookstores.
- Does reading Harry Potter have an effect on your behavior?
- The public will soon be able to see a rare Dylan Thomas notebook which had lain forgotten for decades.
- Obama has chosen Chicago to host his presidential library.
- Harper Lee has started a non-profit to keep the To Kill a Mockingbird play in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.
- Viola Davis will be starring in an HBO movie about Harriet Tubman.
- President Obama has a plan to give low income children access to 10,000 eBooks. One person calls the plan flawed, while another comes right out and says it's not going to work. The two make some valid points. In the mean time other organizations are working hard to put physical books in these children's hands.
- Netflix will be doing a TV adaptation of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham.
- Has Jane Austen's real Mr. Darcy been found?
- Judging a book by its spine.
- Masterful crime writer Ruth Rendell has died at the age of 85.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- The Nazca Line geoglyphs in Peru formed an ancient pilgrimage route.
- Picasso's Women of Algiers could become the most expensive painting sold at auction.
- Urban planning isn't a modern idea; at least one ancient Mayan city was built on a grid.
- An undersea volcano may be erupting off the northwest coast of the U.S.
- Cremated bones in a cooking pot that were found during the construction of the Crossrail in London may date from Boudicca's rebellion.
- Finnish archaeologists have found the wreck of a fifteenth-century ship laden with $56 million in treasure. Yikes!
- It doesn't pay to do sloppy work. There will be an investigation over some ruined Roman mosaics in Turkey.
- Archaeologists have found the 4,500-year-old statue of a little known Egyptian king.
- I'd love to go for a ride in this 1925 Yellowstone Park bus.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- I've seen a few of these 7 breathtaking natural cloud formations. How about you?
- Architectural Digest has compiled the latest list of the most beautiful bookstores.
- The world's 15 weirdest bridges.
- Which children's book countryside idyll suits you best? (Heidi for me.)
- 26 books from around the world that you need to read before you die.
- The 10 best T.S. Eliot poems.
- I've got just the place for this Nettlestone Library ensemble.
- The very first thought I had when seeing these fabulous fairytale book covers was "Harry Potter!"
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!