It's an overcast, drizzly day here in the Valley of the Sun-- a day that many of us who live here would describe as a lovely day. Only those of us who live with a surfeit of sunshine could get away with that description. It's also a bit chilly here in the house, but I'm not about to turn on the furnace. Nope, I'm going to gather together my nesting materials: books, tea, and afghan. Once I'm finished here, it's off to curl up with a good book.
But I'll share a photo first. It was taken at Sand Harbor Beach, Lake Tahoe. Personally, this is the way I like my beaches. Uncrowded. Peaceful. The lifeguard station is closed. You can tell it's fall in the Sierra Nevadas because of the golden color of a few of the trees. But... you know what catches my eye most on this stretch of beach? It's that tree stump. First of all, I think it's a bit odd that they left it there. (Health and safety and all that jazz.) But that dead piece of wood catches a corner of my imagination. Doesn't it look as though it's making a run for the water?
On that silly note, I'll head on out to the corral. I have some books calling my name on this quiet, contemplative Thanksgiving weekend!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The book rescuers.
- One of the country's oldest bookstores will probably be staying in the family.
- Reading crime fiction in hard times.
- Philip Roth will be donating his personal library to the Newark Library system.
- The New York Public Library has adopted a very unusual sorting system.
- Colin Firth has been cast in Disney's Mary Poppins sequel.
- Netflix's Anne of Green Gables adaptation has cast its Anne Shirley.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A Bronze Age city has been discovered in Iraq, close to ISIS territory.
- Britain is in the middle of a treasure-hunting boom.
- A toilet break led to the discovery of a 49,000-year-old Aboriginal site.
- Archaeologists have accidentally discovered dozens of ancient shipwrecks at the bottom of the Black Sea.
- X-rays are revealing mysterious writings in mummy coffins.
- Protect your library the medieval way-- with horrifying book curses.
- The ancient tomb of a Celtic prince is being uncovered.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- This wolf sanctuary in Norway lets you watch the Northern Lights while you cuddle with wolves. Sign me up!
- Happy retirement, Jasper!
- This made me laugh: a Russian fishing boat found a big surprise in their net.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- The world's tallest tropical tree is as high as three blue whales stacked end to end.
- Cuba's underwater jewels are in tourism's path.
- With the death of another Navajo Code Talker (George James Sr.), I thought I'd share the website with you. Lots of fascinating history and stories-- including interviews with some of the Code Talkers themselves.
- Barbara Newhall Follett, the wunderkind writer who disappeared without a trace at age 25.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Sixteen literary puns that only readers will understand.
- Book and sandwich pairings.
- Eight Jane Austen mugs you might just fall in love with.
- Pet names in literature.
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!