Friday, September 18, 2015

A Faster Than the Speed of Light Weekly Link Round-Up

The past week has flown by faster than the speed of light, but that's always the way, isn't it, when there are a lot of things you must get accomplished?

Saturday I headed to The Poisoned Pen to see two favorite authors: Jenn McKinlay and Mary Anna Evans. Jenn has a devoted following so I've come to recognize several folks who always turn up to see her-- like "the other Jenn" who comes all the way from Tucson. As we sat chatting away before the event started, I happened to look over at the section of seating farthest away from where the authors would be sitting. There sat another author, Paige Shelton. Since there was plenty of room where we were, I motioned for her to come join us. Paige is so nice and funny (and an extremely talented writer); I've been enjoying getting to know her since she moved here to the Valley from Utah. Needless to say, it was a fun event that I'll be telling you about on Monday!

But before then I have some links to round up for you, don't I? Head 'em up! Move 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • National Geographic put a GPS tracker inside a fake ivory tusk, and here's where it went.
  • This brings back some memories: 26 dogs hugging their humans. 
  • My favorite story from the anniversary of 9/11: Bretagne, the last surviving rescue dog to work on 9/11 pulling survivors from the rubble celebrated her sixteenth birthday in a hero's fashion in New York City.
  • Public pool parties for dogs are the best thing about the end of summer. 

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • I like the middle of nowhere-- to visit. Some of these houses are just a bit too difficult to get to!

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week. The weekly link round-up is heading out on a trail drive, but the chuck wagon will be back on October 9 with a heaping helping of fresh links for your surfing pleasure! I have other goodies for you to post in their stead.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. Thank you for this round-up done at superspeed. I haven't read all of the links, but I appreciate the article on the "war on women." It really is a war on women's rights and health and medical care.
    This is an issue I've followed for decades and was for years an activist in this movement. I sometimes write about it.
    I find it particularly galling that the GOP candidates (and I use that word loosely) are outdoing each other attacking Planned Parenthood, which helps millions of low-income women with health care screening and treatment as well as family planning. There really has to be a resurgence of the women's movement.
    This article is just terrific in explaining the consequences of the restrictive state laws.

    I used PP myself as a young woman with no funds and no doctor. It was great, a sliding scale, nice people.

    And I, as well as so many other women, saw the terrible hassles that women went through pre-1973, which are recurring now, as the article points out.

    Thanks for posting this.

    Now to read the other links, always a good Friday task.

    1. Basic needs that were fought for and won have to be fought for all over again. We should band together and start legislating what men can and cannot do with their own bodies. Wouldn't that create an uproar?

  2. Oh, how neat that you had such a great trip to PP, Cathy!! Looking forward to reading about it. And as always, I love those links! Off to that great one about Ancient Egypt!!!

  3. I am over the moon to discover your blog (through Kay's) and to have all these wonderful links to now check out. I am excited about your "Indiana Jones" section, a big wow, and thanks!

    1. You're so very welcome, Rita. I'm glad you found me! (Thanks, Kay!)

  4. Let me begin again after deleting my comments. Sorry. Great list. Very interesting things here. Loved the quotes from the kids lit. Loved the horror movie list. Sounded like a fun trip to the PP.

    1. I understand why you deleted your comments, Kay, but I will let you know that I had the same thoughts as you. Shame on us!

  5. I'm back to say that I'm in disbelief about the criticisms about the Henrietta Lacks' book. It is such an important book, and parents should grow up. Their children will find out about human anatomy at some point in their lives. And, for gosh sakes, answer your children's questions, don't hide them away from reality. That book has much bigger meaning than this trivial issue!

    And my other disbelief is about The Girl on the Train being such a hit. I read it because it's a best-seller and I was curious about it, as are many readers who ee it on the top book lists. It is unputdownable because it's a psychological thriller which pulls one right in. But is it a great book? No. Am I glad I took it out of the library and didn't spend money on it? Yes. Am I recommending it? No. Did it waste my time? Kind of in-between about that. It was a page-turner. I learned nothing, but spent my weekend reading it because I could not stop. It's up to each reader to make up their own minds, as is true of all books.


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