Last week marked my last appointment with Dr. K at John C. Lincoln's Wound Care Clinic. When that four-layer compression bandage was cut off and my leg revealed, everyone's first reaction was "Look at that skinny leg!" It's been so long since I've had a skinny right leg that it still looks strange even a week later. I was instructed to wear a double layer of a compression product called Tubigrip and that a nearby lymphedema clinic would be calling me to set up an appointment, then away I went.
Alas, when I got home and tried on my "normal" shoes, the right one still wouldn't fit, so the flowery Crocs remain my best buddies. Fortunately, I'm not related to Imelda Marcos (you young'uns might not catch my reference), so I won't be going on an immediate shoe shopping expedition.
How's my leg doing with the change of bandaging? It's still skinny, I'm happy to say, and I'm even more thrilled to report that this week will be the first time in I don't know how long that I'll be enjoying TWO non-medical excursions. One is a trip to The Poisoned Pen to see author Joe Ide, and the other is a trip to the zoo. Yippee! Yahoo! I'm charging up camera batteries and making sure everything is ready. Even though I'm so thrilled that I can barely sit still, I know I need to exercise caution. After each event, I need to come home and put the leg up. I'm also looking forward to that first appointment with the lymphedema clinic. I want to make sure this leg is pool ready when it's time.
Now let's head on out to the corral for those links. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The office is the pivotal new terrain for thrillers and gothic fiction.
- This artist turns old CDs into stunning animal sculptures instead of throwing them away.
- Author Lee Child on why he never plots his novels.
- A proposed book banning bill in Missouri could imprison librarians.
- An ex-librarian and a bookseller plead guilty to stealing rare texts worth $8 million from a Pennsylvania library.
- How the government came to decide the color of your food.
- "Reading changed me": Prisoners at Jessup Correctional Institution are being inspired by books, from Obama to Outlander.
- Two states. Eight textbooks. Two American stories. American history textbooks can differ across the country, in ways that are shaded by partisan politics.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A long-hidden collection of ancient sculpture is making its grand debut.
- Five Old Master paintings have been recovered forty years after a German heist.
- A Dutch art sleuth has found a rare stolen copy of the "Prince of Persian Poets."
- A gold bar found beneath Mexico City was loot from Cortes' Aztec retreat. Here's what the Smithsonian Magazine had to say.
- This Inca idol survived the Spanish Conquest. 500 years later, archaeologists are unveiling its history.
- The best 18th-century toilets were designed to look like books.
- This Viking runestone may trace its roots to fear of extreme weather.
- Rare gold coins hidden for 1,200 years have been discovered in an ancient "piggy bank."
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Stray dogs may understand human signals, too.
- Coyotes are poised to infiltrate South America.
- A Japanese photographer captures a shy-at-first baby meerkat and its family in twenty-three pictures.
- The Cornell Lab has a What Bird Are You Most Like? quiz. (I'm an American Kestrel.)
- Angry geese interrupted a golf game by chasing an alligator down the course. (I know from experience that you don't want to mess around with an angry goose.)
- Eight species at risk of extinction in Arizona due to Trump's border wall construction.
- An unusual urban bobcat has been spotted in Washington, DC.
- A study found that "rollie pollies" (AKA pill bugs, woodlice, etc.) remove heavy metals from the soil and protect groundwater. How many times do we humans need to be shown that everything on this planet is here for a reason?)
►Elly Mae in Australia◄
- Air-dropped carrots might be a temporary answer to a threatened wallaby's prayers.
- Meet the team of dogs rescuing koalas injured in Australia's fires.
- Wombats are the heroes of the Australian fires, sheltering animals in their burrows.
- How Patsy the Wonder Dog saved her flock of sheep as bushfires raged.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Why Montana inspires so many great crime authors.
- Aussie firefighters have saved the world's only groves of prehistoric Wollemi Pines.
- Attention Bibliophiles: These book towns should be your next vacation stops.
- Forensic artist Betty Pat Gatliff, whose facial reconstructions helped solve crimes, has died at the age of 89. Here's what the New York Times had to say.
- Barbara Neely, the activist-turned-crime writer who inspired a generation.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- The New York Public Library wants to know Can You Ace Our Synonym Quiz?
- Ten fascinating facts about the thesaurus.
- Ten books about the mysterious world of audiophiles.
- The top fifty mystery blogs and websites for mystery lovers and authors in 2020.
- Top ten books about toxic masculinity.
- Writers who adapted their own screenplays.
- A beginner's guide to African crime fiction.
- Fifty words you might not know are trademarked.
That's it 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!