It's been three weeks since I last left the house. That time, it was to go to the lymphedema clinic. Guess where I went to Wednesday? You got it. The lymphedema clinic. Wow, such an exciting life I lead, but-- you know what?-- I have what I need, I'm healthy, and (if I ignore my cabin fever) I'm happy. That is what matters.
Now... whenever things like this fight with lymphedema happen to me, I have to find some sort of humorous spin to put on them. It's how I roll. I've already told Denis that I feel like I'm an understudy to the Michelin Man, and last week, I compared getting into my gear to donning a suit of armor. But when I look at this photo of what I'm wearing on both legs from foot to groin, I know what's really going on.
I'm an understudy for the next blockbuster movie featuring The Mummy. Hollywood, here I come!
Enjoy the links!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Pakistan hired 63,000 people, unemployed by COVID-19, to help plant ten billion trees.
- The bizarre newspaper hoax that nearly ruined Lizzie Borden.
- A doctor finally explains the age-old question: Why do paper cuts hurt so much?
- Book clubs and the Blitz: How World War II Britons kept calm and got reading.
- Oops! A cleaner went into a library in England during the lockdown, gave the place a thorough clean... and rearranged all the books in size order.
- How the pandemic is affecting the Navajo Nation.
- More ways to help librarians and archivists from home.
- From the best of times to the worst: a tale of two Phoenix-area bookstores. (Yes, one of them is The Poisoned Pen.)
- The brothers who hoarded 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer avoided a fine after donating all their hoard.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Coal miners in Serbia discovered a Roman-era shipwreck buried in their mine.
- Disturbing evidence has been found of an ancient Paleolithic village that was wiped out by a comet.
- Researchers reveal hidden details in Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring.
- Researchers uncover new evidence that warrior women inspired the legend of Mulan.
- Why Scottish archaeologists are building a replica of an Iron Age stone tower.
- Archaeologists have unearthed remnants of a lost Scottish wine-bottle glass factory.
- A 300,000-year-old stick suggests that our human ancestors were skilled hunters.
- Three U.S. planes lost during World War II have been found in a Pacific lagoon.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Take a virtual dogsled ride in Fairbanks, Alaska.
- A hero shrew's extreme, superstrong backbones are the stuff of legends.
- Hurricanes make lizards evolve bigger toepads. (Necessary when you have to hang on for dear life!)
- A new vaccine offers hope in the Chincoteague ponies' battle against swamp cancer.
- Mama leopard stops traffic to teach her cubs how to cross the road. (Why is there always one child who won't cooperate?)
- Paleontologists have found Antarctica's first frog fossil.
- Meet the new species of snake named after Salazar Slytherin of the Harry Potter franchise.
- Despite their differences, dogs and horses find common ground in play.
►Mother Nature Responds to COVID-19◄
- Whales are basking in newfound silence.
- COVID-19 restrictions may boost leatherback sea turtle nesting.
- Air pollution in major cities has dropped by as much as 60%, thanks to shelter-in-place policies.
- As people stay home, the Earth turns wilder and cleaner. These before-and-after images show the change. (Let's face it, we're the worst thing that ever happened to this planet.)
- Washington, DC has its cleanest spring air in twenty-five years: how air quality has improved during the coronavirus crisis.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- I loved looking at all the photos of this old mining hotel in Jerome. (It's on the market for a mere $5.9 million.) Daisy has added Jerome to her itinerary the next time she visits.
- Twenty-three of the best 3D virtual tours of British museums, castles, churches, and stately homes.
- This Driftwood & Sand Festival in New Zealand turns detritus into offbeat art.
- More reasons to move to New Zealand: a literary guide.
- At Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's garden is still growing.
- Laura Lippman uses fashion to tell stories during quarantine.
- Catherine Aird: A Crime Reader's Guide to the Classics.
- Gilded Age women who got away with murder.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Seventeen light and uplifting feel-good British movies you can stream right now (and one you can't).
- Nine deliciously distracting family sagas.
- Twenty-four of the best feel-good books.
- Crime novels in the time of plague.
- Fifty things we've learned about the Earth since the first Earth Day (which I participated in).
- Ten iconic crime fiction series of the 1960s.
- Twenty-one new and classic books to keep you in touch with the natural world.
- Ten virtual book clubs you can join now-- and how to start your own.
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. Practice social distancing by curling up with good books!