Friday, September 29, 2017

An Arizona Autumn Weekly Link Round-Up

A lot of folks don't like southern Arizona because they think there aren't four distinct seasons. There are; you just have to know where to look. When you're in the southern part of this state, you usually have to be at elevation to find the distinct signs of season change. There's nothing like a thousand feet here and there to bring about the changes most people are used to.

I remember the first time I traveled through Cochise County in the southeastern corner of Arizona (a county that's larger than some states). It was autumn. The spine of the Dragoon Mountains was jagged and sharp in the clear air, and I was looking out over tall spires of yucca plants, huge agaves, and more mesquite and creosote bushes than I'd ever know what to do with... until I came up over a rise.

Now... it's usually easy to tell where there's water in this state because all of a sudden a brilliant green ribbon will appear seemingly out of nowhere. But at this time of year, I saw gold. When I drove up over that rise, the winding ribbon of the San Pedro River was laid out in bold strokes of gold. Much like the photo above, only all the trees had turned, not just most of them. I rank it as one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen, and when I think of autumn, that's usually what pops into my mind's eye first. I may not care much for autumn, but it can be beautiful.

Now it's time to head on out to the corral to get those links ready for you all. Head 'em up! Moooooooooove 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
  • Danielle Steel's desk is unlike anything you've ever seen. 
  • #ProjectLiteracy's bedtime story with Idris Elba. Love his voice! 
  • Amazon defends deleting one-star reviews of Hillary Clinton's new book. (#1-- read the book first!) 
  • Why books and reading are more important than ever. 
  • "Spinster" and "Bachelor" were, until 2005, official terms for single people. 
  • A Spanish crime novelist who killed two people and cut up one of the bodies "was acting out his own novel's plot." Yes, truth is stranger than fiction....
  • And it gets stranger: There was a real-life drama recently as police found an actual dead body on the set of the new BBC serial killer thriller Rellik.
  • When Chicago was the real literary capital of the United States. 
  • Accessing Africa through science fiction.

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Three things to know about Francesca Caccini, the Renaissance musical genius you've never heard of. 
  • Hans Christian Andersen was a terrible houseguest, according to letters written by Charles Dickens. 
  • Stanislav Petrov, the "man who saved the world," has died at the age of 77.

►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. I know just what you mean about the change of seasons, Cathy. They change where I live, too. It's not as obvious, but they do. Thanks for sharing the 'photo. :-) - Now, that Mayan tomb is calling to me...

  2. Some people do not understand the difference between reviewing a book and criticizing the writer. Ah well...

    You have an email from me.


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