There's no doubt about it, these are tough times for so many. A person can want to help but still be confused as to the best way to go about it. One of the easiest ways to help is something very simple: suck it up and wear a mask. Don't whine about it. Don't make excuses. Wear a mask. Denis wears hearing aids, and the normal masks you see most people wearing play merry hell with those hearing aids. What did he do? He found a style that keeps him safe and still allows him to hear fuss-free.
How else can we help? Someone in Washington, DC wants to gut the U.S. Postal Service. I don't want to see this happen, so I'm buying stamps. I'm giving the USPS some of my hard-earned money. Now I'm writing snail mail letters and sending cards, and at the rate I'm going, I'll need to get online and order more international stamps soon. If you don't want something to disappear, USE IT. (Same principle for muscle tone and strength, eh?)
Well... I'm ordering books from The Poisoned Pen Bookstore. I work on their Pinterest boards, and it never fails that, when I start pinning the new books they have for sale, I find several that I have to have. I order the books online and have them shipped to me. It helps my favorite bookstore stay open during these very confusing and complicated times-- and it often leads to giveaways.
I found this week's photo on Facebook. I really like watching the reboot of Star Trek with actor Chris Pine starring as Captain James T. Kirk. It did my heart good to see that he's doing his part to keep his favorite bookstore open, too. That's a big bag of books... AND he's wearing a mask. Now that's sexy! (Never thought you'd see me use the word "sexy" here on the blog, did you? I may not talk about it, but I know what it is! *grin*)
I know what so many of you who read this blog are lending helping hands, too, but don't forget to be kind to yourself as well. This is new territory for all of us. We need all our wits-- and our kindness-- about us.
Now on to those links! Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The symbolism of a red front door.
- The British Book Awards gave their top prizes to Black authors for the first time in their thirty-year history.
- Author Sulari Gentill believes that crime fiction trains us for crisis.
- Booksellers say the customer is sometimes right.
- Counting down the greatest crime films of all-time: #12, The Sting. (One of my personal all-time favorites.)
- Discovering the women authors behind Hitchcock's movies.
- Google teams up with The Conscious Kid on a book list to promote racial equity in classrooms.
- The commas that cost companies millions.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Ancient Australian Aboriginal sites have been discovered underwater. More from Smithsonian Magazine.
- The death mask of Pakal the Great.
- How a long-lost perfume got a second life after 150 years underwater.
- Roman-Era structures have been found near a sphinx-lined Egyptian avenue.
- The remains discovered in a Parisian chapel may belong to guillotined aristocrats.
- Archaeologists have unearthed a trove of artifacts from a 19th-century Australian Chinatown.
- A sensational shipwreck has been found in northern Italy-- one of the largest vessels of the sixteenth century.
- The oldest Viking settlement ever discovered in Iceland totally changes Viking history. More from Smithsonian Magazine.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Stop what you're doing and look at all these baby animals just born at the Columbus Zoo.
- Hundreds of elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana leading experts to fear that there could be a dangerous neurotoxin spreading through one of Africa's largest conservation areas.
- Scientists have proposed a new name for nature in the time of COVID-19: the "Anthropause."
- Why fireworks scare some dogs but not others.
- North American rabbits face a deadly virus.
- Horses make window calls during an uplifting visit to an Indiana nursing home.
- Norway lobsters crush ocean plastic into even smaller pieces-- and that's bad.
- An army of hungry ducks keeps this historic South African vineyard pest-free.
- Charlotte Cushman broke barriers on her way to becoming the A-List actress of the 1800s.
- Retired librarian Ola Mae Spinks, dead at the age of 106, helped organize the "Slave Narratives."
- Sharlott Hall's name is writ large in Arizona history.
- Millie Ginnett, South London's lockdown book angel.
- Peter Norman, the white man in that photo.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Eleven novels of vacations gone horribly awry.
- Eleven essential books to read by Black Canadian authors.
- Lee Child and fellow crime writers on their creations.
- Ten crime novels about returning home.
- Ten gripping legal thrillers for fans of Last Trial author Scott Turow.
- Ten of the best books set in Ireland.
- The top ten books about remaking the future.
- Seven adventurous novels that will whisk you away on an epic journey without leaving your couch.
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! --and don't forget to spend some time curled up with a good book!