Friday, December 23, 2016

A Peaceful Weekly Link Round-Up

Here it is, the last round-up before Christmas... and almost the last round-up of the year. I've been sitting here in the wee hours of the morning listening to some of my favorite Christmas music (Handel's "Messiah," Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad," and Andy Williams singing any Christmas carol you can think of). I've also been working on blog posts, thinking of trips Denis and I will be taking next year, and making sure I do have everything I need to make Christmas dinner. I get a lot of thinking and typing done at this time of night. I always have.

I've also been thinking of that cowl I was knitting. For some reason, I've hit a brick wall and keep making mistakes on something that was going so quickly and going to be so beautiful. I've unraveled it and rewound the yarn and started making something else. Hopefully, if I give my errant brain and fingers a rest, I'll be able to go back to it and get it done properly.

Yet another thought that's crossed my mind is what an incredible life I've had. I could not have dreamed this up in a million years, and I'm thankful for every minute of it-- even those times when I thought I was going to let go of the end of my rope. All those moments, good and bad, have made me the person I am now, and no matter what you're celebrating at this time of year (even if it's nothing), I wish you a peaceful heart and a peaceful mind. (A new book or two wouldn't go amiss either.)


►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
  • Bookselling in the 21st century: going way beyond the call of duty.
  • What it takes to open a bookstore
  • Who is the genius behind Merriam-Webster's social media
  • And so it goes... *sigh* ... A public library has reported hate crimes against Muslims in graffitied books
  • A book an Escanaba, Michigan, teacher read this summer inspired a new project for her classroom, and it's a good'un. 
  • Long unseen by readers, an H.G. Wells ghost story finally debuts in print. 
  • Why Nathaniel Hawthorne's daughter might become a saint. 
  • It was too dangerous for seven-year-old Bana Alabed to leave her home in Aleppo to buy a Harry Potter book, so she tweeted J.K. Rowling. Rowling made the little girl's dream come true, but things have taken an ominous turn. 
  • If it weren't for the climate, there are many reasons why I'd consider living in Iceland... like their beautiful tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve, the Jolabokaflod (Christmas Book Flood).

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • A massive sea otter jumped into a California man's kayak on the man's birthday. 
  • Once extinct in Washington, fishers have returned to Mount Rainier. 
  • A store owner's dog does the funniest thing with all the customers.
  • I can certainly see why these Manitoba polar bear photos won a grand prize and a spot in the Smithsonian.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►I ♥ Lists◄

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. Hope your Christmas dinner turns out wonderfully and also wishing you a restful and rejuvenating year end/new year. Happy reading

    1. Thank you, Bernadette. The very same to you and yours!

  2. Glad you're having a peaceful time of it, Cathy. Have a lovely Christmas, and thanks for sharing all of these links. I'll be looking forward to your great posts in the new year!


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