Hopefully, by the time this posts, I will have heard from the lymphedema clinic. The message the person has on her voicemail makes me wonder what's going on. Has everyone gone on vacation, gotten sick, transferred, all at the same time? Here's me, wanting to get my show on the road, but I'm being held up by unknown forces. For all I know, my insurance may be what's causing the problem. (Not that that's ever happened before. *cough*) If I haven't heard back, I'll be contacting the wound care clinic again.
From the baby animal nursery to the giraffes, we strolled around in lots of bright sunshine and cool breezes, doing our best to wear out our camera batteries. Of course, you know that this means you'll be seeing some of my photos in future posts.
I've been posting from time to time on my Instagram account, and I decided to share the meerkat photo that you see here. It's not that great a shot, but I could stay around those meerkats all day and not get bored. I love 'em! These two kept striking that pose, and it was obvious they were watching for someone or something. I captioned the photo "Did you hear the ice cream truck? I could swear I heard the ice cream truck!" Seems that I'm not the only one who loves meerkats. That particular photo has gotten more likes than any of the others I've shared! (And by the way, they'd heard the lunch wagon.)
But it's time to mosey out to the corral to check on those links. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- How we pay attention changes the very shape of our brains.
- Naming a child for a fictional character is high stakes.
- The strange rural noir of Wilma Dykeman's The Tall Woman.
- Watch Lil Nas X and Sam Elliott have a cowboy dance-off to "Old Town Road". (Sam Elliott... *sigh*...)
- Have we reached peak literary parading?
- Scott Adlerberg talks about his love of locked room mysteries and John Dickson Carr's classic The Crooked Hinge.
- Knitted anatomy kits offer cruelty-free dissections.
- This bakery in Japan makes corgi butt buns filled with jam or custard. (You've just got to take a look!)
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A mysterious Bermuda Triangle "ghost ship" has been discovered 95 years after it vanished.
- Who owns the art recovered from shipwrecks?
- This 2,600-year-old mummy died in a violent backstabbing.
- Archaeologists unearth a trove of medieval artifacts in a London cesspit.
- A newly unearthed Anglo-Saxon monastery may have hosted England's first coronation.
- See Charles I's stained execution shirt.
- The Australian wildfires have revealed an ancient water system older than the pyramids. More from Smithsonian Magazine.
- Renovations at Lincoln Cathedral have unearthed fifty mysterious medieval burials.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- After a decades-long battle, cheetahs can be reintroduced in India.
- Week-old cheetah cubs were spotted taking their initial steps into the world at Serengeti National Park.
- The French missionary and the English duke who saved a Chinese deer from extinction.
- Australia's droughts and fires present new dangers to the platypus.
- Félicette, the first cat in space, finally gets a memorial.
- Budweiser announces the first Clydesdale born in 2020, and it's a girl. (These are such beautiful animals. I've been up close and personal with them, and a man from my little hometown was a farrier for one of the teams.)
- 10,000 rare bees feared dead after an attack at a UK castle.
- Nuthatches heed chickadees' warning calls, but they're wary of false alarms.
- Tracy Chevalier on Louisa Pesel, the unsung heroine of British textiles who taught shell-shocked soldiers how to sew.
- Chris Toledo, a miniaturist who perfectly recreates historical interiors at a staggering 1:12 scale.
- The women behind the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Inside the painstaking restoration of America's most historic artists' retreat.
- Crime novels set in Prague.
- Southeastern Arizona's Middlemarch Road.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Fifty fictional booksellers, ranked.
- Seven words we get from Robert Burns.
- There's a new generation of western mystery series.
- Seven crime novels where murder is a group activity.
- Pissabed. mare's fart, dead man's fingers: curious old plant names.
- This list is an absolute riot: Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village.
- Top ten books about trouble in Los Angeles.
- Five books that invoke invisibility.
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!