Tuesday, I went to a specialist to see about cataract surgery, and after a huge battery of tests (some of which made one of my eyes want to run screaming into the night), I learned that it's more complicated than mere cataract surgery. Both eyes need a superficial keratectomy first. For those of you who are interested, you can google it; I prefer to think of it as having my corneas sanded down.
- Honda Civic. I'd still be wearing the glasses I wear now, but the prescriptions wouldn't be as strong.
- Lincoln Town Car. My distance vision would be 20/20 for the first time in my life, but I'd still need reading glasses.
- Rolls Royce. Everything's corrected and I'll never wear glasses again.
I'm going to mull over my options while I mosey on out to the corral. Head 'em up! Moooooooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Women are taught to fear the bogeyman. The real threat is closer to home.
- Historical crime fiction is more than an escape.
- Nearly half the patents on marine genes belong to just one company.
- We need more stories about tough women.
- Looking back on Jurassic Park on its 25th anniversary. (I was there on opening day for the first showing, so I have an alibi for any cold case you're trying to solve!) In addition, here's an article about the movie's unlikely symbiosis with real-world science.
- DNA leads to a breakthrough in a French cold case.
- Why are there laws that restrict what people can wear to the polls?
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Divers have made an eerie discovery on the 1838 shipwreck that was "the Titanic of its time." This second article talks about some of the gold artifacts found aboard the Pulaski.
- Napoleon's Battle of Waterloo hat was auctioned for $325,000.
- Lincoln museum artifacts could go to auction due to a historic debt.
- An art expert has claimed the discovery of Leonardo da Vinci's earliest work. Here's another article about it from Smithsonian Magazine.
- Here's what archaeologists uncovered after digging up Woodstock.
- Peter Paul Rubens' "Portrait of a Gentleman" has been uncovered in South Africa.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Three ways bats could bounce back from devastating white nose syndrome.
- Groundhogs, not vandalism, were to blame for missing veterans' flags.
- Some animals take turns while talking, just like humans.
- A teeming manta ray nursery has been discovered in the Gulf of Mexico.
- A study suggests that dolphins and some whales grieve their dead. Doesn't surprise me one little bit.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Books to read when you're a fugitive.
- Six novels and memoirs written by Muslim women authors.
- Seven of the best books exploring Henry VIII's six wives.
- Twelve of the very best books published in the 1970s, from Le Guin to Haley.
- Ten fantastic books by Chinese and Chinese-American authors.
- Nineteen debut novels that will be breakout hits this summer.
- Eight of the worst fathers in modern suspense novels.
- Fourteen international bestsellers you may not have read, but should.
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!