Friday, May 11, 2018

The Party's Over Weekly Link Round-Up

It was a whirlwind two weeks with our niece, Daisy, who's now home in Milton Keynes, England, resting up before she goes back to work in the emergency room of the local hospital. It's been an honor to watch this very special person grow up; she's enough to give a cynic hope for the future of the human race.

Daisy at the Vulture City gas station.

We wound up her last full day here in Arizona by taking her outside Wickenburg to explore the old ghost town of Vulture City and the Vulture Mine. Gold was discovered there in 1863, and it became the largest gold mine the state has ever seen-- $500 million in gold, $5 million in silver. The town of Phoenix came into being to supply Vulture City with food. The mine was closed in 1942 due to World War II, so it's been a long time since that gas station Daisy is standing in front of has seen any business.

I'm still slowly wading through hundreds of photos, so be patient with me. In the meantime, I hear links out in the corral that are demanding to be turned loose. Head 'em up! Moooooooooooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves, the revolutionary feminist health book, will no longer print new editions. 
  • How to prune your book collection, according to professional book people.
  • The first novel for children taught girls the power of reading.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge's remains have been rediscovered in a wine cellar. "Weave a circle 'round him thrice, And close your eyes with holy dread, For he on honey-dew hath fed, And drunk the milk of Paradise..."
  • More people in the UK are now reading mysteries than any other type of fiction.
  • Four teenagers stole rare books from a university library in 2004, and now their heist is being made into a movie.

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • The sad, sad story of Laika the space dog and her one-way trip into orbit.
  • A dead sperm whale had sixty-four pounds of trash in its digestive system-- and, no, it hadn't just swum through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 
  • A new discovery on a fish's face has changed science.
  • A turtle that breathes through its genitals has landed on the endangered reptiles list.

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • These are America's ten most endangered rivers.

►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. So glad you had a good visit with Daisy, Cathy! I can't wait to see the 'photos once you've gone through them. In the meantime, there's a whole ancient language for me to explore!

  2. I love that picture of Daisy! Will watch for more once you get them sorted out. So glad she got to come be with you guys!

    1. I got the first batch of photos and videos posted to Facebook, so the blog won't be far behind! LOL

  3. So glad Daisy and you both had a great time. Wonderful adventures and great memories for her to have for years to come.

    Am slightly dismayed that Our Bodies, Ourselves will no longer be updated and published. That book was a bible for so many women of my generation. I even knew someone who got life-saving medical care after reading about her symptoms in the book and getting quickly to a hospital.

    I learned so much from that book and so did friends and other women. It's a shame, but I understand the reasoning that the Internet provides health information for women.

    I enjoyed the article about mysteries now being the top-selling fiction in Britain. I think readers like investigations. That goes back to the Great Detective Holmes. His books taught me about scientific investigations and evidence-gathering.

    But I disagree with the author who says that "feminism" became associated with man-hating and victimhood. I and all of the women I know who would call themselves feminists or supporters of women's equality do not hate men. We want women's equal rights in all spheres, and now, and end to all sexual misconduct and violence against women.

    I also take issue with the "victimhood" label. Most women don't see themselves as victims -- unless they are subjected to violence or oppression. They see themselves as empowered to demand their rights. And those who are abused are victims, without the feminist label. That's what they are unless they get out of the situation and call themselves "survivors."

    And the women's advocacy groups do help women deal with and escape from abuse. They set up shelters and crisis centers, whether they call themselves feminists or not. They help women. A good thing.

    Anyway, a question: Would you consider Chester Himes' books classics? His writings are undergoing a rival. I'm reading "Cotton Comes to Harlem," published in 1965. It feels like a classic to me, but I'm not sure how to define that word.

    1. I'm not going to be of much help, Kathy, on the classics question since I haven't read any of Chester Himes' books.

  4. It sounds like you had such a wonderful visit! I imagine the emergency room will seem tame after all that zip lining! I look forward to more pics--interesting to hear about the ghost town.

    1. She's already sent me a link to a place where you can zipline 1,000 ft. above the floor of the Grand Canyon! LOL


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