It's hard to believe but roughly eight years ago, Casa Kittling was filled with family visiting from England. I look at the photos I took, and I can't get over how much children can grow.
Yes, we took them to Tucson, the Grand Canyon, and other places in the state, but there's something magical about a pool and sunshine when you're a certain age.
One of the things that happened while we were taking them to the Grand Canyon was being forced to clothes shop in Flagstaff because it had suddenly turned cold-- and some of us hadn't packed warm enough clothing. We hadn't gone many miles north of Flag before it started snowing.
Yes, it's supposed to be spring, but I've been watching videos of it snowing in Flagstaff and remembering that earlier visit. I've also been remembering a visit from a dear friend in Seattle. On a bright sunny early April morning, I took him up to Wood Canyon Lake in the White Mountains where we played in the snow. That afternoon, he was sitting in the pool and telling all his friends in Seattle how he'd spent the day. As it was gloomy and raining, they were not amused.
It's remarkable how weather can feature in our memories. But before I start thinking about that again, I'll head on out to the corral to sort out those links I've been saving for you. Enjoy!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The weird things people leave in books.
- This bookstore's clickbait headlines on Facebook are actually the plots of classic novels.
- From the mouth of Laurie R. King herself: a British production company wants to make a series of her Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
- Ask the publicists: What's the difference between marketing and publicity?
- The Oxford comma helped drivers win a dispute about overtime pay. (And you thought commas were unimportant!)
- The first description of allergies was published on March 16, 1844.
- Scientists have found that intelligence is passed from mothers, not from fathers.
- Toni Morrison is more Hemingway than Hemingway himself.
- Trying to avoid the news? This person recommends Stump the Bookseller.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- The fart jars of seventeenth century Europe. (You just can't make this stuff up....)
- A piano gold hoard is a life-changing sovereign stockpile in Shropshire, England.
- An ancient Egyptian statue recently uncovered is not of Ramses II but a different pharaoh.
- The typewriters used to write Lonesome Dove have sold for $37,500 at Heritage Auctions.
- Researchers have unveiled a unique view of Edinburgh from 470 years ago.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Researchers have found the first naturally fluorescent frog species.
- A man is shocked to see five mountain lions crossing his property. Luckily it's on video.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Thornbury Castle, honeymoon spot of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, is on sale for $10.3 million.
- Six dream properties are for sale in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
- Sometimes my mind just... boggles. They built a luxury marble palace for horses in China.
- New York's incredible lost rooftop theatres.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Photographs of readers around the world.
- Ten spectacular museums around the world.
- Thirty-two women writers on the life-changing books they read in their twenties.
- Poet activists throughout the years.
- Twenty-five jokes guaranteed to make grammar nerds laugh.
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!