As of this writing (Monday, April 6), people are still flying into Phoenix with their clubs so they can play golf. When Denis told me that, my first thought was that the gene pool needed a good dose of chlorine. The airports are still open, people are still flying, and Denis has come to the conclusion that, if people are silly enough to travel and play golf during a pandemic, he's going to stay at his end of the bus, and they can deal with their own luggage. I heartily approve of his decision.
Speaking of golf bags, I received a pump and have it set up in the bedroom so I can keep on fighting the good fight against lymphedema. I told you in a previous round-up (and provided a photo) that this pump consists of the machine brain and two golf-bag-looking things that go on my legs and hook up to the brain. Compression then forces excess fluid up from my feet and on up my legs and further north eventually to be flushed out of my system. The therapists did make compression garments for my thighs, but I've found them impossible to wear. My name for them is "hellish instruments of torture" and the only way they could work is if I never moved a muscle. Ha!
On a much brighter note, I've been having fun watching and listening to Elly Griffiths read The Crossing Place on Facebook and Instagram, and I've come up with a couple of ideas for recurring blog posts. You'll see what I mean next week.
Now it's time to mosey out to the link corral. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Scientists have discovered a plastic-munching microbe in a waste site.
- Dolly Parton is reading children's books on a weekly Youtube series.
- The Texas Roadhouse CEO is giving up his salary and bonus to pay his workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Delirious paintings of anthropomorphized books.
- They were meant to be the season's big books. Then the virus struck.
- Coronavirus and the new words we added to the dictionary in March 2020.
- How to start a love affair with audiobooks.
- Sir Patrick Stewart reads one Shakespeare sonnet each day in order to keep the doctor away.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A Maine shipwreck has been identified as a Colonial-Era cargo vessel.
- A Van Gogh masterpiece was stolen from a Dutch museum shuttered by COVID-19.
- Archaeologists in Leeds have unearthed 600 lead-spiked, 19th-century beer bottles.
- Who was the Man in the Iron Mask? A classic historical mystery explained.
- The fantastic underwater discovery of Heracleion, Egypt's "Atlantis."
- Community-researcher collaboration has revealed an ancient Maya capital in a rancher's backyard.
- Archaeologists unearth the remnants of a kitchen behind the oldest house still standing in Maui.
- Egypt deep cleans the site of pyramids that has been emptied of tourists.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- I tend to be rather ambivalent about spiders, but I think these little Australian peacock spiders are gorgeous.
- Nature is taking back the world's empty city streets.
- A zoo in Belgium shares adorable pictures of orangutans playing with their otter friends.
- A French theme park has been teaching birds to collect litter.
- When squirrels were one of America's most popular pets.
- A reporter reacting to an approaching bison herd has the internet in tears.
- Researchers warn that COVID-19 could threaten the great ape populations.
- The true origin story of Madagascar's forest cat.
- Meet the world's first known author: Sumerian high priestess Enheduanna.
- Charles Wilkes, the forgotten American explorer who discovered huge parts of Antarctica. (Read Nathaniel Philbrick's Sea of Glory!)
- Esther Pohl, the pioneering health officer who saved Portland from the plague.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Strand Magazine's top ten female sleuths.
- Twenty hilarious ads for obsolete technology that used to be insanely expensive.
- Eight great novels where things disappear.
- Five books about women's choices and consequences.
- Eleven authors like Agatha Christie.
- Thirteen mind-bending psychological thrillers for C.J. Tudor fans.
- Ten novels and stories about shame.
- Ten refreshing books about new beginnings.
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.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Curl up with some good books!