It's a given. Some things just never change. You may not always know why, but they don't. Sunshine always makes me happy. I don't know why; it just does. I can't stand the taste of coffee. My mother said it was because my very first taste was of my grandmother's notorious brew. She may be right.
I always want to know the names of birds and flowers and trees wherever I go. Why? Search me!
I would imagine that I share the next item with several of you: I don't feel comfortable leaving the house unless I have something to read with me. Sound familiar? I've been that way since I started carrying some sort of purse.
I may also share the next tidbit with a few of you as well. I imagine you've been peeking at the photo to the right. Yes, that's me. Someone woke me up one morning, and I was not amused. I am not a morning person. I never have been. I love to watch the sun rise, but I'd much rather it be on my way to bed, not because my alarm's gone off at the crack of dawn.
It takes a while for the morning fog to clear my brain, and heaven help you if you wake me in the middle of a deep sleep and make me talk! I may be perfectly coherent to my ears, but whatever I'm saying will be complete gibberish to you. Can this night owl get up early? Of course-- when I've got a good reason to. I got up at 4 AM every day for years. (Money was involved.)
I have to admit that I do like being able to indulge my nocturnal ways. There's something about writing in the wee hours of the morning that is so peaceful and satisfying. But it's time to stop blathering. Let me grab a flashlight and head on out to the corral. These links I've been saving are going to be rudely awakened by a bonafide night owl. Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Douglas County, Oregon is using dirty ballot tricks to finish off the slow murder of its libraries.
- How banning books marginalizes children.
- Finding a forgotten book on surviving the Holocaust.
- One of the best books I read last year was A Man Called Ove. Here's the trailer for the movie they've made based on Fredrik Backman's novel as well as a related article.
- Here's an infographic on child literacy.
- Your signed books and artwork just got harder to sell in California.
- The educational backgrounds of some of your favorite poets.
- So many books, so little time: How do you choose what to read next?
- Amazon is cracking down on incentivized reviews.
- People are not visiting bookstores or libraries anymore.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A treasure hunter in Cheshire, England has found a rare Roman pendant (and it's gorgeous).
- 5,000-year-old swirling rock art in Scotland remains a mystery.
- Two stolen Van Gogh masterpieces have been recovered in Italy.
- An ancient gate-shrine discovered just outside Jerusalem supports the Biblical story of temple desecration.
- Decades after being hidden by Stalin, the Shchukin art collection is finally on display.
- How a Nazi-looted painting made its way to the University of Oklahoma.
- Scatological graffiti was the ancient Roman version of Yelp and Twitter.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- The South Hills Crossbill is evolving in a seriously bizarre way.
- Meet Jonathan Livingston Crab, the world's most venerable pet hermit crab.
- Meet Irena Sendler, the female Schindler who saved 2,500 children during World War II.
- How black women did the math that put men on the moon.
- How my grandfather (MacKinlay Kantor) went from the Pulitzer Prize to complete obscurity.
- Ann Cleeves, master of the village noir.
- The pep talk that helped Monet create his most beloved work.
- John Chrenka, a World War II D-Day veteran who was awarded the Legion of Honor, has died at the age of 94.
- William Playfair, the Scottish scoundrel who changed how we see data.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Fictional houses for sale.
- Seven gorgeous waterfalls to chase in Taiwan.
- Welcome to Wigtown: A photo tour of Scotland's National Book Town.
- Let's visit Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey.
- The dark secrets of this now-empty island in Maine.
- Time to visit a ghost, an iconic department store that was the "Bloomingdales" of Paris.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Nine great books where women save the day.
- Nine novels with really long sentences.
- The 150 most commonly mispronounced words, explained.
- Hollywood's twenty-five most powerful authors in 2016.
- The most feared books of all time.
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!