You've probably noticed that my posts have been hit or miss this week. That's because I was being a bit optimistic about the infection I have on my leg. The oral antibiotics didn't work. My doctor sent me to the ER. For some reason, I thought they'd pump me full of drugs and let me go on my merry way. See what I mean about being optimistic? It comes from being healthy as a horse most of my life and being a novice in the ways of doctors and hospitals.
I was in the hospital from Thursday to Monday. I HAVE to keep my leg elevated if it's ever going to heal. This pretty much puts my lovely desktop computer out of bounds. I'm either in bed or here in the recliner. Denis bought me a laptop to tide me over until I'm healed and can be back to normal. Problem is, I do not like working on laptops. I've tried it more than once. So... I'll do what I can so you all know I'm still around, but it's going to take me awhile to get back to regular programming.
I'm going to be good. I'm going to keep my leg elevated even though the weather is gorgeous and it means that I will be missing out on all sorts of marvelous things to do. I'll pump my daily dose of antibiotics into my arm and ignore the fact that my butt thinks it's taken root to the furniture.
Hopefully, my desire to be good will last just as long as I need it. Wish me luck!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- These Sherlock Holmes films have gone missing. UCLA and Robert Downey Jr. are on the case.
- A privacy law expert on the evolution of cyberthrillers. (How do you live safely when there's nowhere left to hide?)
- Why are books that shape? From codices to Kindles, why this rectangle stays golden.
- Literary Paper Dolls: Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca.
- Tonga is opening its first public library system with thousands of books donated from New Zealand.
- The best 1990s rom-coms are detective stories in disguise.
- People who read before bed not only sleep better but eat more healthily and make more money.
- One hundred years ago, the country debated arming women to combat sexual assaults.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- The Los Angeles Police have recovered a huge trove of artwork twenty-five years after it was first stolen.
- Found in a Record Store: Kurt Cobain's royalty check.
- Have archaeologists discovered Emmaus, the town Jesus appeared in after his resurrection? And more information from an Israeli source.
- A 15,000-year-old Idaho archaeology site is now among America's oldest.
- Drought has revealed the Dolmen of Guadalperal, better known as the "Spanish Stonehenge."
- Hurricane Dorian unearthed Civil War cannonballs at a South Carolina beach.
- A large 1,400-year-old Pictish cemetery has been uncovered in the Highlands of Scotland.
- Prehistoric farmers' teeth show humans were drinking animal milk 6,000 years ago.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- A man got a tattoo he found on his pup, not knowing what it meant.
- Baby sea turtles' fossilized tracks have been found in South Africa.
- The ten wealthiest pets in history.
- Pasadena's screaming parrots are super annoying, but they may save their species from extinction.
- Good News! Arizona bans wildlife killing contests.
- Fifteen incredible images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
- Wolves gave Tibetan Mastiffs their mountaineering genes.
- DNA research has revealed two entirely new species of electric eel in the Amazon basin, including one capable of delivering a record-breaking jolt.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Amazing literary festivals to add to your bucket list.
- There's a new sort of ugly tourist afoot in the world.
- The world's loneliest tree happens to be in New Zealand.
- Ann Cleeves ended the Shetland series because it was "too painful" after the death of her husband.
- Polish street artist NeSpoon paints delicate, traditional lace patterns on urban buildings around the world.
- Kursat Ceylan, a blind man, has developed an innovative interactive Smart cane with GPS navigation for visually impaired people.
- Diet Eman, the Dutch Resistance fighter who helped Jews escape the Nazis, has died at the age of 99.
- Karen Uhlenbeck, the first woman ever to win the "Nobel Prize of Math."
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Fourteen writers choose one book that gives them hope in a dark time.
- Top ten books about fake news.
- Eighteen books from smaller publishers that deserve your attention.
- It's time to read more spy fiction by women, about women.
- Four iconic crime protagonists who are even more memorable than their stories.
- How Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Dorothy Hughes, and other crime icons addressed (or didn't) World War II in crime fiction.
- Eleven forgotten books of the 1920s that are worth reading now.
- Books set in a world without books.
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!