Most of you probably knew something was up when I mentioned that there would be no link round-up last week. Well, there was. Denis and I spent a relaxing week down in the Mule Mountains outside of Bisbee, Arizona, about eight miles north of the Mexican border.
|Male Scott's Oriole|
Pictures of the cottage and the surrounding land may not look too prepossessing, but this is a prime wildlife viewing spot, and I came home with close to 250 photos to sort through-- like the one to the right. I'm undecided about writing up a Bisbee post to share several of them with you. (Cuts into my pool time!)
You may also be interested in knowing that I spent the entire week sans computer or internet. I had my laptop with me, I just didn't feel like turning it on. To be honest-- other than my photos-- I really wasn't interested in turning on my desktop when I got home, but that feeling went away quickly. It's good to get away from routine once in a blue moon, isn't it?
Now on to those links!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The New York Public Library will be giving away 15,000 literacy kits.
- I love how some folks are trying so hard to discover the location of the American Hogwarts.
- Can reading make you happier? (I think most of us know the answer to that.)
- I applaud Rhianna Pratchett's decision not to continue her father Terry's Discworld series.
- The new Robert Galbraith novel gets a publication date.
- Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor for the Manson trial, has died at the age of 80. His Helter Skelter remains one of my favorite true crime books.
- Chances are, your child is not going to read this summer.
- The BBC's radio adaptation of The Beekeeper's Apprentice is available on iPlayer Radio for the next three weeks.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Art sleuthing has revealed a Leonardo Da Vinci engraving.
- Why some indigenous cultures may not have back pain.
- Estonian construction workers have discovered the remains of medieval ships.
- It was very interesting reading about the man who stole Nazi-Era history from the streets.
- Theodore Roosevelt's home is reopening after a $10 million rehab.
- Is Indian Camp Ranch going to help or hurt the cause of archaeology?
- A Norfolk graffiti survey has uncovered medieval selfies.
- Scientists have identified scribes responsible for two of the four original copies of the Magna Carta-- which will be celebrating its 800th birthday this year.
- Ancient graffiti showing gladiator fights has been uncovered in Turkey.
- The 2,000-year-old remains of a woman archaeologists call "Sleeping Beauty" have been discovered in Ethiopia.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Mount Everest isn't the Earth's tallest mountain.
- This map shows that each U.S. state is basically its own country. (Arizona = Greece? Hmmm....)
- 29 unbelievable locations that look like they're on another planet.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- The best websites to discover new books.
- Memorable animals from literature.
- 23 books that everyone with wanderlust should read.
- 21 famous authors' favorite books.
- You know you're a serious book collector when...
- 8 truly feminist lessons from Jane Austen that every 21st century woman can use.
- Top ten books about the British in India.
- 7 stories that Stephen King refuses to publish.
- The ten greatest movie sequels of all time.
- 8 things you probably didn't know about Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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 great weekend and read something fabulous!