Friday, May 03, 2019

A Thriving Weekly Link Round-Up

Monday night, I was sitting in my comfy chair, knitting and watching an episode of Waking the Dead. I had the sound turned up a tad because our dishwasher is older and not very quiet (rather like my joints). Around 9 PM, my ears picked up a different sound: rain. Dishwasher, TV, and I still heard the rain-- which wasn't hammering on the window by any stretch of the imagination? No wonder Denis calls me Bat Ears!

But that sound of rain reminded me of how long it's been since we've had rain here in Phoenix at this time of year. No wonder everything is thriving! When I pulled up the weather app on my phone to see how long the rain was likely to last, I checked out the rest of the country and saw wide swaths of snow. Mama Nature, it's May-- stop torturing those poor Northerners!

As you can see by the photo, we're not having snow here. No indeed. Last Thursday, Denis and I went to the Desert Botanical Garden and had an absolutely marvelous time. Between the two of us, I have about 500 photos to go through, but I hope to share our visit with all of you next Wednesday. I might even have to split it into two posts. We shall see.

Meanwhile, I'd better see about those links out in the corral. Head 'em up! Moooooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • A new type of Arctic dinosaur has been discovered in Alaska.
  • Cats may recognize their own names, but that doesn't mean they care. 
  • Russia will free 97 orcas and beluga whales that have been held in a cramped "whale jail" since last summer. 
  • A record-breaking 17-foot-long Burmese python was found in Florida. 
  • A crotchety African grey parrot was caught on video ordering Amazon's Alexa to stop playing Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York."
  • How a porcupine's razor-sharp quills are helping doctors create surgical staples that ward off infection.
  • Why this owl raised a duckling as its own.

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • Stunning drone footage of the picturesque landscape within the canyons of Moab, Utah.
  • The jail in Clifton, Arizona, built into the side of a cliff, was said to be inescapable.

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Casimir Pulaski, the famed Revolutionary War general for whom the Pulaski Skyway is named, may have been a woman.
  • How Virginia Hall, a spy known as the "limping lady," helped the Allies win World War II.
  • How Margaret Dayhoff brought modern computing to biology.
  • Sam Howe, the scrapbooking lawman who documented 19th-century Colorado. 
  • Eric Jones, the unsung Bletchley Park hero whose role in D-Day preparations was equal to Alan Turing's.

►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. That's an absolutely beautiful 'photo, Cathy. And, yes, the rain does bring everything alive, doesn't it? I love that about it. Now, I'm off to visit that shipwreck. I look forward to seeing your Botanical Gardens 'photos.

    1. It's Saturday, and I still haven't gotten through all of them. Yikes!

  2. Yes, I echo that sentiment about the Desert Botanical Gardens photos. That nature preserve is just an endless source of beautiful flora and fauna. Wish I lived near it, but the photos surely satisfy my desire to see those scenes.

    And that gray parrot! They are amazing and smart. One singing "I Left my Heart in San Francisco," on the old Tonight Show had me laughing so hard.

    And more books by Alexander McCall Smith! This reminds me to check in on Mma Precious Ramotswe. I am behind in her adventures. But now a new series which sounds delightful.

    Even though I'm reading a lot, I'll never catch up. Maybe I should give up sleeping, TV, bill paying, errands.

    1. I remember that parrot on the Tonight Show! I laughed so hard I had tears running down my face.


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