As I write this, Phoenix has been a mite toasty. The 120°F/49°C kind of toasty. Poor Denis has had to work through this, and he's been sitting in his rental car bus with the doors closed to keep in the air conditioning as much as possible. The company that runs the rental car shuttle buses at Sky Harbor is French, and it's obvious that they have no clue about heat-- the employees have to wear black out in this searing sun. And between the sun and the washing machine, you wouldn't believe how quickly his uniform shirts fade. Washing machine? you ask. The water lines run under the concrete and asphalt of our city streets. Concrete and asphalt that soak up that blazing sun all day long. Turn on the cold water tap here in the summer, stick your hand under the water, and you can get burned. Seriously.
Where have I been during this toasty weather? In the pool, in the shade, with a huge container of iced raspberry tea, and reading one book after another as fast as I can go. If a person has to be outside in this weather, it's the best place to be. Of course, I don't have to be outside, I want to be outside. While I read, I'm also being distracted by birds and dragonflies that are looking for shade and cool water. They're finding it because I make sure fresh oranges are put out and the birdbaths are filled. The aerator and the waterfall are also running, and all the birds love that waterfall-- especially the hummingbirds.
We're trying to treat the wildlife to everything they need during this weather, but I've also been treating myself, as you can see by the photo above. Book Depository delivered, and I can't wait to dive in! (Have you been treating yourself to any books this summer?)
But before I do any diving, I'd better head on out to the corral. Those links are looking mighty restless!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Why modern authors continue to adapt Jane Austen.
- When "interesting" isn't interesting.
- The world's greatest collection of Western movie posters finds an Arizona home.
- The nineteenth-century book of horrors that scared German children into behaving.
- Oh, the irony: Amazon files a patent to block you from online price checking in its stores.
- What happens to fiction when our worst climate nightmares start coming true?
- Parenthood has changed and so has the literature that comes out of it.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- The history of Koh-i-Noor, the world's most infamous diamond.
- A coloring book is found at a botanical garden and it's 256 years old.
- You can now view an almost-eight-foot-tall atlas from the seventeenth century online.
- 900-year-old jewelry has been found in a Crusader castle.
- Police found a hidden trove of Nazi artifacts behind a secret door.
- Swiss archaeologists are examining an extraordinary Egyptian faux toe.
- A construction worker has found an incredible 600-year-old sword in a Polish peat bog.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Some adorable raccoon babies make a human friend.
- France's Roze family-- silk weavers for twelve generations.
- Pine Leaf was a woman chief and warrior of the Crow people.
- When Buffalo Bill brought his Wild West show to Scotland.
- Yanosha was one of Geronimo's bravest warriors.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Ten cities every book lover needs to visit in their lifetime.
- Ten characters left out of the movie versions of popular books.
- Twenty-one books recommended by the Academy of New Zealand Literature that are written by Maori and Pasifika authors.
- Fourteen curious telegrams from (and to) famous writers.
- Top ten modern epistolary novels.
- Nine favorite children's book characters immortalized in bronze.
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!