Friday, June 17, 2016

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

I'll be writing a post about it later, but it was a fun two weeks with our niece Daisy; however, time went by faster than the speed of light. Now Denis is back to work. Daisy is back at work for the NHS at her local hospital in England, and me.... Well, I've got to try to get back in my routine. That means getting back in blog post writing mode.  Did I say that the past two weeks went by way too fast?

Daisy's a convert!
We took Daisy to Kingman, Oatman, the Grand Canyon Skywalk, the Diamond Creek Trail down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, a certain street corner in Winslow, Arizona, Meteor Crater, the Painted Desert, and the Petrified Forest. She and I did some fun stuff here in Phoenix, too. Since the temperature reached 115° on one of the days she was here, we spent that afternoon out in the pool with our books. 

You see Daisy to the right wearing her traveling-back-to-England clothes. The print on her t-shirt tells you that I took her to my favorite bookstore. (Was there any doubt that I would?) 

Before I sit here and start talking non-stop about her visit, I think I'd better head on out to the corral. I have a lot of restless links I've got to head up and moooooooove out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • There was a third hero in that historic 1968 Olympic photo, and he was Australian Peter Norman
  • Lina Cavalieri, the girl behind the wallpaper.
  • Seaman Calvin Graham, a decorated World War II veteran... at the age of thirteen. 
  • The hidden histories of a million women from all over Great Britain during World War II. 
  • Garth Williams, illustrator of (my) American childhood. 
  • The story of Laszlo Biro, the man who invented the ballpoint pen.
  • Max Perkins, one of America's greatest editors.
  • Bill Millin, the mad Highland piper of World War II.

►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄

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!


  1. Omigosh, I can see I have a lot of reading to do here, which I will do later.

    But, lucky Daisy, going to all of those sites -- and to the Poisoned Pen, too. Except for the heat, it sounds like fantastic fun, and I bet she went back to England full of stories about her adventures and foray into crime fiction. Do you think she'll become a fan?

    1. She went back to England already planning her next trip to Arizona!

      As for becoming a fan of crime fiction, I don't know. I'll divulge a few more things in my Monday recap of the event featuring Laura Bradford, Paige Shelton, and Kate Carlisle.

  2. I'm so happy to hear that you had such a good visit, Cathy. And I know Daisy must have had a wonderful time, too. Now, off to explore that Roman fort...

    1. When I was a child, I built a few forts of my own. I wonder how many millennia children have been doing that?

  3. Hmm. I got Sherlock as well, and passed the English quiz. Like the 100+ who commented on the English quiz, it would be nice to know what I missed.

    Looking forward to reading more about Daisy's visit.

    1. Yes, I hate quizzes that don't tell you what you missed.

      You should see a Daisy post Wednesday. Stay tuned!

  4. I got Atticus Finch as my literary counterpart, but there were so many ways to answer the questions, the answer could have been quite different.

    As far as being compared to him in To Kill a Mockingbird, OK, but I absolutely reject his portrayal as a Southern segregationist racist in the "Watchman" book, which I think should have never been published.

    1. No, it should not have been. Publishing that rough draft is the most blatant example of greed that I've seen in a long time.

  5. I'm in that 5%, too, but then again I read, edit and proofread -- and have a good friend who is a strict copy editor from whom I have learned a lot. She said she learned her trade while in he 20s and working for a publishing company -- where, she said, she worked for women who were like nuns, but without the rulers.


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