My leg is doing okay. I'm keeping it elevated, and I'm getting a lot of knitting and reading done. I won't say anything about those naps, though... With the new year, my insurance has changed, and some folks can't seem to be able to figure out who's paying for what. I refuse to let it raise my blood pressure even though talking about insurance is probably the best way to do that.
Denis has finally lost his cough, but he's getting checked out for valley fever-- something both of us had wondered about. One of these days, we'll actually spend some time doing something together that's not related to healthcare.
Since nothing's going on around here that's the slightest bit interesting, let's head out to the corral to check out those links. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The strange cultural legacy of Charlie's Angels.
- The Smithsonian elevates the frequently ignored histories of women.
- When will we pay attention to missing and murdered indigenous women?
- Katie Heaney admits (sadly) that she likes reading books on her phone now.
- Scientists have been able to 3-D print skin that develops working blood vessels.
- Modern women writers reflect on Emily Dickinson's influence.
- The secret life of the audiobook star.
- The joys of reading with a second-grader.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Ice Age footprints of mammoths and prehistoric humans have been revealed for the first time using radar.
- Tsar Nicholas II's last shipment of booze has been recovered from the Baltic Sea.
- DNA suggests that ancient Egypt's millions of ibis mummies were wild-caught birds.
- Evidence of fluffy dinosaurs has been discovered for the first time.
- Three portraits of a victorious Elizabeth I are being displayed together for the first time.
- An unidentified Botticelli painting spent decades hidden in a Welsh museum's storeroom.
- An art detective tracks down Oscar Wilde's stolen friendship ring.
- A rare British coin celebrating victory over Spain sold for $1 million.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Meet Mutley, the dog who crashed a wedding and helped solve his master's murder.
- What butterflies' colorful wing patterns can teach us about evolution.
- A newly-discovered tiny seahorse is the size of a grain of rice.
- Understanding how bison might help shape the future of the Badlands.
- A tiny parasitic wasp named after Idris Elba hijacks stink bug eggs.
- The dazzling marine life of the Salt Pier in Bonaire.
- The sandhill crane cam at one of my favorite places, Whitewater Draw in Cochise County, Arizona.
- Researchers have discovered a secret breeding ground of the world's most endangered crocodile.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- The Arthur Conan Doyle Room in the Toronto Reference Library.
- Along the remains of Route 66, road trip trash has become treasure.
- A spot in Washington State is one of only twelve silent places left in the United States.
- In Vulture City (Arizona)-- a once-forgotten ghost town-- haunted brothels and secret hideaways are being brought back to life. (We took Daisy there on her last visit.)
►I ♥ Lists◄
- "Decimate" and other common words from ancient Rome.
- New Delhi: crime books in the Indian capital.
- The crime fiction series that defined the last decade.
- Fictional models for real police officers.
- The 78 best book covers of 2019.
- The rising stars of crime fiction in the 2010s.
- Rural mysteries: crime authors get in touch with their agrarian roots.
- The ten best books about food that were published in 2019.
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!