Another quiet week, but quiet weeks aren't always good. I may have mentioned in an earlier round-up that I'm trying to keep things off my mind, and my "waters of Lethe" are reading and knitting. Well, I've finished a third afghan, and I'm about to start on another. When it starts taking me my usual two to three years to complete one, I think things will be back to normal.
I was looking for a graphic that portrayed my true feelings, but gave up. I didn't want to waste any more time, so I thought I'd share something that caught my eye. This is a reading station crafted by Charles Hindley and Company around the year 1890. It's got a lot going for it, but I think instead of two wingback chairs, build it a bit larger and have a comfy full-size couch. The reading stands should both fold so that they are completely out of the way when not needed. They should also have the capability of being tray tables for snacks. Just think...larger, so room for more books. Set it up facing a window with a view, the shelves protecting you from interrupters... sweet!
Monday, Denis came home from work and told me something that made my heart sink to my sock tops. Rumors are flying that one bus driver who works for the same company has died from COVID-19, and that ten others have tested positive for it.
I've found that reading isn't quite as effective at keeping my mind off things as knitting because I always knit while watching television. My hands are busy, I'm following a pattern, and I'm keeping track of a British crime drama. More parts of my brain engaged. I think I'm in for the long haul, so I've got four more afghan patterns lined up. But first, I'd better mosey out to the corral. I think I'll give the links some extra sugar.
- How America once fell in love with mystery "wheels".
- Playing cards around the world and through the ages.
- COVID-19 has resurrected single-use plastics. Are they back to stay?
- Rethinking the meaning of "border noir".
- In a groundbreaking crime novel, Black lives matter in the rural South.
- Elly Griffiths on why marshes capture our imaginations-- and inspire some of our most unsettling folklore.
- Public libraries have been vital in times of crisis-- from conflict to COVID-19.
- In Great Britain, there's a crime fiction boom as book sales rocket past 2019 levels.
- England's libraries begin to reopen, but grave fears remain over their long-term futures.
- The history behind the Greyhound movie.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Police recover 4,600 archaeological treasures from an international gang of thieves.
- An Aztec palace and house built by Hernán Cortés has been unearthed in Mexico City.
- An Iron Age murder victim's skeleton has been found in England.
- Millennia-old rock art in Israel offers a window into a lost culture.
- Hatshepsut's myrrh tree.
- New research suggests humans invented string at least 120,000 years ago.
- Tesla's patents, Einstein's letters, and an enigma machine are up for auction.
- How students built a 16th-century engineer's book-reading machine.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Wild bison will roam Britain for the first time in thousands of years.
- See birds dive, splash, and play in these prize-winning photos.
- Meet the strangest pigs in the world.
- Why hummingbirds don't like flying in rainy conditions.
- A robotic spy bear cub attempts to join a family of hungry grizzly bears for an afternoon of fishing.
- A dog is confounded by his human's reflection in the bathroom mirror during a game of hide and seek.
- Hummingbirds learn to count to find their favorite flowers.
- Archaeology dogs can help scholars sniff out the past.
- María Elvira Bermúdez, the Agatha Christie of Mexican literature.
- The U.S. Navy welcomes Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle, their first Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot.
- Kazue Togasaki: one pioneering doctor's journey from internment camp to delivering 10,000 babies.
- Forensic artist Carrie Stuart Parks: Forensics and faces from the past.
- Meet Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman to get a pilot's license.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Bad fathers, and the readers who love them.
- Five scientific achievements that happened during the Coronavirus lockdown.
- Safe as houses: The "property-porn thriller" is here to stay.
- The top ten best-dressed characters in fiction.
- The top ten books about tumultuous times.
- The 100 most iconic book quotes.
- The twelve greatest, strangest, most transfixing dance scenes in the history of crime movies.
- Six novels that prove lakes are the perfect setting for a murder mystery.
- The twenty-four best mystery novels featuring Native American detectives.
- Eleven crime novels that explore tensions between police and communities.
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 curl up with a good book!