I'm still eyebrow deep in photos--which wasn't helped by the visit Denis and I made to the Desert Botanical Garden Wednesday where I took 283 more photos. So I'm going to chat about this and that.
If we lived in Tucson, I know we'd be members of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which is the best of both worlds as far as I'm concerned-- both zoo and garden. The photo to the left is one that I took when Daisy, Denis and I were there. Why did I take it? Because I'd never before seen flower buds on a teddy bear cholla. May not mean much to you, but it was pretty special to me. I just wish we'd been there when they were in full bloom!
And while I'm on the subject of gifts, I received a book from someone this week, the latest in a series that I once enjoyed but no longer read. I greatly appreciate the gift, and although I won't be reading the book, I have passed it along to someone who was absolutely thrilled to receive it. That's what it's all about, isn't it? Getting the right books in the right hands at the right time?
Ack! Before I begin stumbling into philosophy, I'd better head on out to the corral. Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- According to author Sophie Hannah, it's no mystery that crime is the biggest-selling genre in books.
- There may be hope for eliminating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch-- scientists have accidentally produced an enzyme that devours plastic.
- How small local presses have turned Los Angeles into a publishing town.
- Rare nineteenth-century books were found unexpectedly during a police investigation.
- The jaw-dropping city of books at Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico City.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Skeletons from a Napoleonic battlefield shed light on the soldiers' health.
- The wreck of a rare German U-boat has been found after 73 years.
- A thirteen-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a legendary Danish king's treasure trove in Germany. Here's another article about King Harald Bluetooth's trove.
- This remarkable charm bracelet chronicles life inside a concentration camp.
- 1,200 artworks were stuffed into a three-story Quincy, Massachusetts home. Now a collection is being unveiled.
- Mysterious 600-year-old dodgy dice have been discovered in a medieval gambling den.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Top ten books about miscarriages of justice.
- Can you guess which famous writer created these words? (I didn't do very well, only getting three correct: superman, yahoo, and pandemonium.)
- Eight great meta-stories with thrillers nested inside, or... the novel within the novel.
- Twenty-six crime writing poets.
- The best of 1970s conspiracy thrillers.
- Eleven movies based on poems.
- The seventeen best stoner mysteries.
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!