Nothing much to report this week, but that will certainly change in the very near future. A photo that my husband, Denis, posted to his Facebook page made me ponder. The political climate has been rather fraught the past few months, and Facebook has been filled with so much of it that I've curtailed diving into it from time to time. Then people finally began to get as sick of it as I, and they began posting "art breaks" or "Hollywood breaks" to ease up on the politics.
I've participated in the art and Hollywood breaks a bit, but I find that I've been posting my own versions instead. You can usually count on me to find cute animal videos, but my go-to political break objects have been photos of Arizona sunsets. Denis took the photo to the right at Sky Harbor International Airport here in Phoenix one evening.
Mother Nature can work wonders with the setting sun and some clouds, and Arizona is the only place I've lived that's consistently had one awe-inspiring sunset after another (and more than a few gorgeous sunrises, too). Looking at a sky filled with blazing amazing color combinations can really help to clear the junk out of my head. How about you?
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- George RR Martin says that the Game of Thrones spin-offs will all be prequels-- and he announces a fifth.
- How real books are winning out over eBooks.
- A luxurious reading snug has won the Grand Designs Shed Project.
- Amazon has started weekly bestseller lists for books.
- Imagine what it was like to sit down at Simone de Beauvoir's desk.
- The library of books and bombs.
- Tom Burns is nearing the end of bedtime reading with his daughter, and it's breaking his heart.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- The Viking treasure trove found in Scotland may net the finder $2.5 million.
- Archaeologists are puzzled by a tomb drawing showing a mongoose on a leash.
- Seventeen mummies have been unearthed in Egypt.
- A new dinosaur fossil has been found that's so well-preserved it looks like a statue.
- Beads made from a meteorite have revealed an ancient trade network.
- The site has been closed due to the theft of an ancient ornamental stud from Pompeii.
- An incredibly rare William Caxton print has been discovered.
- This painting just sold for a mind-blowing $110 million. (Let's just say that the buyer and I do not share the same taste in art....)
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- This family made a sign to explain why their dog is on the roof. (He's your Huckleberry.)
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- The obsessively detailed map of American literature's most epic road trips.
- A wonderful slideshow of photographs showing the tulip fields of the Netherlands.
- Frances Oldham Kelsey is the woman who stood between America and an epidemic of birth defects.
- Emily Dickinson was less reclusive than we think.
- Karin Salvalaggio, the crime novelist who writes poetry.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- These fifteen shelfies will help you up your book Instagram game, and even if you don't have a book Instagram game, other people's shelves are still fun to look at, eh?
- Thirteen little-known punctuation marks for us to try. Wish they were on my keyboard!
- Ten poems about summer that you can read online right now.
- Five significant books in the life of author Dennis Lehane.
- Ten songs about libraries and librarians.
- Top ten terrible houses in fiction.
- Eleven English words that make more sense when you know their Arabic roots.
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!