So far, most folks would think that our monsoon season here in Phoenix is a bust. If I paid much heed to the comments left on Facebook weather reports, I would think that many people don't think it's a successful monsoon season unless trees are uprooted, roofs caved in, power lines are down, and streets are flooded. I'd say those folks don't own their own homes. Any monsoon season is successful to me as long as Denis isn't out there getting mud out of the swimming pool and the inside of the house is dry. Simple pleasures, eh?
|Monsoon storm at Sky Harbor Airport|
The last monsoon storm to visit us came in with a roar but left after four hours of gentle rain. All three patio umbrellas were blown over (a first), the chaise cover was almost blown into the neighbors' yard, and I'm still sifting pine needles out of the pool, but there's no mud in that blue, blue water and the inside of the house is dry. Like I said, simple pleasures.
And now it's time to mosey on out to that corral. I wonder if any thunderheads are forming to the northeast? Head 'em up! Moooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- This Portuguese library has a very interesting way of protecting its books: Bats.
- How Jupiter may have gifted early Earth with water.
- A childhood virus may have a role in Alzheimer's disease.
- How well do you know your fictional bookshops?
- Pick your favorite movie from each series, and we'll guess the exact year you were born. (They guessed I was six years older than I really am.)
- BookXcess has launched the first 24-hour bookshop in Malaysia.
- Which books do famous authors read and recommend most?
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Who were the Wyndham sisters? The history behind the Sargent painting.
- Harry Potter auction: How much are signed books worth? (I always thought it was whatever someone was willing to pay for them...)
- A particle accelerator is revealing the hidden faces in damaged 19th-century daguerreotype portraits.
- The oldest extract of Homer's Odyssey has been discovered on a clay tablet in Greece.
- A heat wave is revealing centuries-old sites in Wales.
- Take a VR tour of an Egyptian queen's elaborate tomb.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Mustard is a product of evolutionary warfare between plants and caterpillars.
- Australian reptiles and a toad named after Gollum are on the latest endangered species update.
- How humans created the ultimate super pests.
- Deep-sea explorers found mysterious creatures and one "horror" off the Carolina coast.
- Alice Bolin, the daughter as detective, trying to understand her father through his favorite Swedish mystery books.
- Harlan Ellison, famously difficult Sci-Fi pioneer, is dead at the age of 84.
- Daisy Kadibil's story of escape called attention to the "Stolen Generations" of Aboriginal Australians.
- Mildred Wirt Benson, the adventurous writer who brought Nancy Drew to life.
- Ann Cleeves talks crime writing, hit television shows, and creative tips.
- The visionary John Wesley Powell had a plan for developing the West, but nobody listened. (Powell's foresight might have prevented the 1930s dust bowl and-- perhaps-- today's water scarcities.)
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Five international crime novels to read this summer.
- Top ten books about the afterlife.
- Twenty-three new summer books recommended by librarians.
- Eleven books that have won awards in 2018 so far.
- Eighteen thought-provoking novels for your book club.
- Fourteen heartbreaking books to read this summer.
- Follow six Greek detectives and discover amazing holiday destinations.
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!