One of the things I did while our house guest was here was take him to the Desert Botanical Garden. We arrived a bit later than usual, so we missed all the critter traffic at the Patio Cafe. It was a bit disappointing-- and I wouldn't be at all surprised if another reason why most of the critters were taking cover was due to all the humans.
It's spring training time here in the Valley of the Sun, and spring break, and who knows what else. That means the streets are congested and most joints are jumping from all the visitors escaping here for some sun. Believe me, they're getting it!
Even though Mike and I didn't see many critters, there were tons of flowers in bloom-- especially cacti. Although the photo to the left isn't of cactus blossoms, it is a popular spring wildflower here in the desert, globemallow. I thought I'd share it with you instead. You see, I'm planning on meeting another friend for lunch there, so I'll probably come home with a ton more flower photos. I might just have to put together a post to share some of them with you.
In the mean time, this is me heading out to the corral. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Why is Amazon removing thousands of Kindle eBooks?
- Here is the full Author Earnings Report from Digital Book World 2016.
- Censor bans first publication in Ireland in eighteen years.
- Scientists may have just made a huge breakthrough in explaining the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.
- Harper Lee's sister must be spinning in her grave. The latest news on To Kill a Mockingbird shows how big corporations control copyright law-- and they're not a bit interested in a writer's enduring legacy. With the mass market edition of the book going out of print in April, HarperCollins is offering schools a discounted price on the trade paperback edition. But will it be enough?
- J.K. Rowling responds to a touching letter from a cancer patient's mother.
- Facebook is a growing and unstoppable digital graveyard.
- Amazon files a pay-by-selfie patent while Microsoft's own face authentication languishes.
- A signed Anne Frank book is up for auction.
- How to understand America one pattern at a time.
- A book-shaped library is being built in Dubai.
- The triumph of Bookchat on the internet.
- Two Indians and their traveling library are on a long road trip to promote books.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- An Israeli hiker has found a "second of a kind" Roman coin.
- Metal prospectors have discovered astonishing treasure hoards from Anglo-Saxon England.
- The site of a 1503 shipwreck tied to Vasco da Gama has been found off the coast of Oman. Here's another article about the shipwreck.
- A pregnant T. Rex may contain the Holy Grail of all dinosaur fossils: DNA.
- A special squad of Italian art police have cracked the case of a Verona museum theft and arrested 13 suspects.
- Archaeologists have uncovered another branch of the Silk Road.
- A tiny Viking crucifix could rewrite history.
- This 12,400-year-old puppy may be brought back from the dead through cloning.
- Ancient Romans had almost perfect teeth because their diets were low in one substance....
- Scans of King Tutankhamun's tomb may have revealed Nefertiti's burial site.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- See how death fires up memory and learning in a crow's big brain.
- 12 dogs mesmerized by the magic of reading (or the readers).
- Meet the Amazonian terminators of Dahomey, the most feared women in history.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- 13 bedrooms for bookworms.
- 10 books with unexpected plot twists.
- 6 scientific reasons reading is amazing for your health.
- The best umbrellas for bookworms.
- Top ten clerics in fiction.
- History buffs need to see these Netflix period pieces.
- Top ten historical mysteries.
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!