Last week, I told you in Miz Kittling Knits that my grandmother had made my prom dress. I was tempted then to show you old photographs of the dress but didn't. Since nothing much has been going on lately, I thought I could show you now and then cut straight to the links. Let's go for it!
|My grandmother let me choose the pattern, fabrics, and trim.|
|Was I prom queen?|
Heavens, no! But as you can see by the sash, flowers, and tiara, I was Queen of my hometown's big Fourth of July celebration. Never thought anything like that would ever happen to me in a billion years!
Now, let's get to those links!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Vasily Grossman's lost epic.
- The accidental invention of the Slinky.
- The misogyny of climate deniers.
- Merriam-Webster finds out where "run-of-the-mill" comes from.
- Designing your grandfather's book (when he's James Thurber).
- Barbie celebrates the Day of the Dead with a special edition (and I'm tempted to buy one).
- The not-so-chill history of Hawaii's breeziest shirt.
- A new app helps domestic violence victims collect the evidence needed to charge their abusers.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- For Sale: A signed copy of King Edward VIII's abdication speech.
- A major hoard of £5,000,000 worth of Norman coins is an early example of tax avoidance, the British Museum says.
- A Canadian shipwreck offers up secrets of a lost 200-year-old expedition.
- DNA will solve the mystery of Napoleon's general who was lost in Russia.
- Why Roman soldiers were pretty scared of Britain.
- An Iranian cave, a Neanderthal tooth, and an Ice Age murder mystery.
- Climate change is bad for the planet, but groundbreaking for archaeology.
- The wreck of a paddle steamer throws light on British support for Confederate slave states during the U.S. Civil War.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- There is a flower with petals that look like hummingbirds.
- A parasite that's spread by house cats is killing California's sea otters.
- The wildlife trade conference imposes a near-total ban on sending wild African elephants to zoos.
- The world's only pure blue lizard, the blue anole, lives exclusively on Gorgona Island.
- A wildlife summit has voted down a plan to allow the sale of a huge ivory stockpile.
- The last fourteen loa water frogs had to be rescued from their natural habitat.
- Half a billion bees have died as Brazil approves hundreds more pesticides. (I am convinced the world has gone crazy.)
- A $58,000 reward was offered after more than forty wild burros were found shot dead in the Mojave Desert.
- Remembering the Gilded Age's long-lost, real-life lady detectives.
- Althea Gibson, who smashed through racial barriers in tennis, has been honored with a statue at the U.S. Open.
- Author Ann Cleeves on a sense of place, character development, and success after fifty.
- Some of the deadliest samurai were women, but history forgot.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- The longest walkable distance on Earth.
- Why Molokai, with all its wonders, is the least developed of Hawaii's islands.
- The nine best places to see the Salt River wild horses. (Yes, there are wild horses not all that far away from the Phoenix metropolitan area.)
- Take an easy one-mile hike through twenty-five ancient cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument in Arizona.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Fifteen crime novels as funny as they are gritty.
- A brief history of academic mysteries, campus thrillers, and research noir.
- Who would your literary sister be? Evidently, mine's Jo March.
- The top ten caregivers in fiction.
- Fiver series to read if you're still upset about how Veronica Mars: Season 4 ended.
- Fourteen romantic suspense books you won't be able to put down.
- Women writers who published their first book after they turned 70.
- Seventeen of the best books for fall.
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!