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◄
- As Mongolia melts, looters close in on priceless artifacts.
- The mystery of Tutankhamun's "missing" wife could be solved in a new dig.
- Archaeologists have found an ancient knife-hand prosthesis on a medieval warrior.
- A large cache of texts may offer insight into one of Africa's oldest written languages.
- A rare menu from the first meal served aboard the RMS Titanic has been put up for auction.
- An ancient Chinese teapot worth $600,000 which was discovered by a British family goes up for auction.
►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◄
- There's nothing like a bookmark contest.
- Check out what music your favorite authors love.
- These fake book covers based on popular songs are amazing. (The third one made me laugh.)
- An ode to the secretive woman: ten heroines who kept their motives hidden.
- Ten great clerical sleuths.
- Eleven ridiculously overdue library books.
- Ten surprising former librarians.
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!