Friday, June 28, 2019

The I Can See Clearly Weekly Link Round-Up

Casa Kittling was built in 1952, and with the exception of three, all the windows are original to the house. Having recently finalized a reverse mortgage (what a bloomin' headache!), Denis and I decided that there were two main things that we wanted to do. Replacing the rest of the windows was first on the list.

Can you imagine how much we will save in cooling costs alone with brand-new windows? Yowza! We've still got a person or two to give us estimates, and I know that installation is bound to be a nightmare (because doing anything to this old ranch house never goes smoothly), but I'm certainly looking forward to the finished product!

As I write this, the weather prognosticators are trying to tell me that it won't even reach 100°F. this weekend. Toward the end of June? In the Sonoran Desert? I'll believe that when I see it!

Time to mosey on out to the link corral. They got quiet all of a sudden, and now I'm suspicious... Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
  • Poet Willie Perdomo on the value of writing letters in a digital world.
  • Are there any subjects too dark for crime fiction?
  • Watched plots-- Hilary Mantel and the writers under pressure from fans.
  • HGTV invites the Brady Bunch cast members to restore the real-life Brady home interior to the original set design.
  • Counting down the greatest crime films of all-time: #54, The Fugitive (1993). 
  • Thomas Harris introduced the world to Hannibal Lecter, and pop culture would never be the same. 
  • Readers can't get enough World War II fiction, and authors are happy to keep the books coming.

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Twice as many fishing vessels are chasing fewer fish on the world's oceans. (Maybe we should be learning how to eat and digest plastic?) 
  • For the first time, an albino panda is photographed in the wild.
  • An elderly porcupine with only one remaining tooth samples a variety of fruits to determine his favorite.
  • K9 Cinemas: a pet-friendly movie theater in Texas that shows dog-themed films and serves free wine.
  • Traffic waits as pedestrians help a flock of hundreds of ducks waddle across a busy Bangladesh road.
  • Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhinoceros has died.
  • Green monkeys borrow their cousins' eagle warning call when drones are near.
  • If you're ever in the Phoenix area, here are the nine best places to see the Salt River wild horses.
  • Here's what really happens when you let go of a balloon.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄

►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
  • Eight books that explore the world's most awe-inspiring jungle.
  • Top ten books about Sudan
  • The top ten teenage friendships in fiction-- from Dickens to Ferrante.
  • Twelve noir crime books that will have you reaching for your trench coat.
  • Merriam-Webster wants to know: How strong is your vocabulary?
  • The many mysteries of Oxford, a university town that inspired a booming crime fiction scene.
  • The New York Public Library wants to know: How well do you know foodie kidlit?

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. I hope your window installation will go well, Cathy. Anything to save some energy and make sure you're comfortable, too! I saw that Newgrange tomb link, and I will go there. But those Anne Frank letters...they come first.

    1. The new windows have a lot to do with energy efficiency, but they also have a lot to do with security. I locked my keys in the house once and got in through a window that was locked...without damaging the window in any way!

  2. Good luck with the windows, Cathy! Bet they will be much more energy efficient - most things are that we replace these days. And they won't even have a 'mother board' to short out. Ha!

    Loved the article about Sara Paretsky. Loved it.


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