It's been a good week. The therapy sessions at the lymphedema clinic are going well. Step machine, exercises with b-i-g rubber bands, massages, and the "golf bag" machine-- and book talk! I discovered that the volunteer there is not only a voracious reader but a voracious mystery reader, so I've been giving her loads of recommendations that she's been paying attention to. It helps when you can bring in one of your passions to something that's a bit of a chore.
As you can see in the photograph, Elly Griffiths' Dr. Ruth Galloway mysteries are worth the indulgence, at least to me. I'm being good and making myself finish the book I'm reading now before I start with The Lantern Men, but it's hard!
Before I let you take a look at the links (I'm acting like you simply can't ignore all this and just scroll down to them), I've been changing things around in an attempt to get my leg in good shape. One of the things I've had to change is my diet. No more dairy. I've been testing plant-based protein shakes, and some of them are nasty, so that's still a work in progress. I'm also using almond milk. Brazil nuts and walnuts are supposed to jumpstart the lymphatic system, but since I don't care to eat a handful of either (don't like the taste), I'm taking a selenium supplement. And I've decided to go vegetarian for the four days that Denis works. This is going to be even more interesting than I thought because Denis said he wanted to lose weight and would be doing the same thing. I'm making a personal, private bet with myself as to how long this lasts-- especially since he's at the airport those four days and has access to all sorts of food. We shall see. He just isn't a veggie man!
Meanwhile, let's get to these links!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- A shoe with a GPS insole lets you track loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia.
- Dozens of historic Mexican cookbooks are now available online.
- The rude, crude, and insulting "Vinegar Valentines" of the Victorian Era.
- How the earliest crime scene investigators identified murder victims.
- The 200-year-old diary that's rewriting gay history.
- The bizarre story of how one man stole $24 million from McDonald's.
- 700,000 ancient African books have survived in Mali's Timbuktu University.
- On the trail of Hollywood's stolen Oscars.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- How two 1950s kids playing on the railroad tracks found a national treasure.
- The missing fourth Great Pyramid of Giza may finally have been found.
- A Pennsylvania museum has discovered an unidentified Rembrandt portrait in its collection.
- New research is rewriting the demise of Easter Island.
- This glass gaming piece may hail from the first Viking raids in England.
- A man found an engraved 1834 gold ring and sought out the original owner's family to return it.
- How archaeologists are hunting history from space.
- The Egyptian pyramids may align with an ancient North Star. NASA scientists found that star undergoes never-before-seen eclipses.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- After an 8,700-mile journey, an endangered gray wolf is found dead.
- A preliminary census documents Antarctica's chinstrap penguins are in sharp decline.
- Please take a moment to meet some of Hollywood's legendary leading canines.
- The People's Choice Award for Wildlife Photographer of the Year has been named: two mice fighting in a London underground station.
- A cheetah changes his hunting strategy in a surprising way.
- Humans are the only mammals who rely on grandmas to babysit: orcas do, too.
- Scientists have resurrected the DNA of the world's last mammoths to investigate what killed them off.
- Hero beavers built a dam and stopped an oil spill.
- One hundred years ago, the world's biggest action star was a woman named Pearl.
- Playful pastry chef Matteo Stucchi turns ordinary desserts into delightful mini-scenes.
- Nine women whose remarkable lives deserve the biopic treatment.
- Niharika Rajput, a self-taught Indian artist, sculpts intricate birds from paper and wire.
- Reuben Peiss, the librarian-spy.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- A hidden three-foot-wide house separates two churches in Portugal.
- A supervolcano in Utah? It's thirty times larger than Yellowstone's.
- Drought has uncovered a lost Australian village complete with American tanks.
- Nairobi's unique brand of noir.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Agatha's back: Five mysteries that channel the Queen of Crime.
- Ten words for angry and upset.
- The best books about pandemics.
- Top ten tales about the rich.
- Fourteen authors like John Grisham.
- Eight compelling crime novels about people haunted by their pasts.
- The great Los Angeles crime novel and the women who are revitalizing it.
- Fifty-nine quick slang phrases from the 1920s we should start using again.
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!