Another week of Not-Much-Going-On. I've finished most of my smaller projects and have begun knitting yet another afghan. I have vague ideas about what I'm going to do with them all, but nothing concrete. Yet.
Denis, the non-multi-tasker, has taken another crack at cleaning out his side of the office closet. By the time he's done getting rid of outdated computer do-dads, his side might be empty. He just this second told me that hoarding is a hard habit to break. I agree, but I've had to do something he hasn't: go through the worldly goods of hoarders after they've died. Having had to do that makes me more aware of the job the loved ones I leave behind will have to face.
On that cheerful note, here's a photo of a t-shirt that's been doing an excellent job of keeping me smiling--
Our niece Daisy has been teaching herself how to knit, and I sent this to her, asking her how her knitting was coming along. She replied that the t-shirt contained several things that she'd have to check out on YouTube. The t-shirt does make knitting lingo look like some sort of code, doesn't it? Wish YouTube had been around when I was learning to knit, but I can't really complain. I've got it now when I need to decipher a bit of code!
Enjoy this week's links!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The Black book club takes it to the next level.
- Allison Montclair on how to start a long-running mystery series from scratch.
- Michael Robotham believes lying is fundamental to who we are as humans.
- Congress makes Jeff Bezos listen to stories from crushed businesses. "We called it Amazon heroin."
- Counting down the greatest crime films of all-time: #3, Chinatown.
- How hurricanes have shaped the course of U.S. history.
- How the Australian finger lime could save American citrus.
- When mums go bad: how fiction became obsessed with the dark side of motherhood.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Art historian Wouter van der Veen has identified the spot where Vincent van Gogh painted his final work.
- A woolly mammoth skeleton with intact ligaments has been found in a Siberian lake.
- Enormous Iron Age temples have been found at Northern Ireland's monumental Navan Fort.
- 14,000-year-old fossilized poop is among the oldest traces of humans in North America. And you thought it disappeared forever...
- An archaeology student found a Viking trading post in Norway.
- Archaeology in Mexico: Pre-Hispanic ruins have been found on a mountaintop.
- The genetic impact of the African slave trade has been revealed in a DNA study.
- A site in Jerusalem has revealed an ancient Judean tax center.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Scientists have cracked the mathematical mystery of stingless bees' spiral honeycombs.
- New evidence suggests that ancient crocodiles swam from Africa to America.
- How do dogs find their way home? They might sense the Earth's magnetic field.
- I loved seeing this huge black bear that was spotted relaxing a a pool.
- The incredible condor can soar for one hundred miles without flapping its wings.
- Protections for grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone area were upheld in court.
- A pigeon that can't fly and a special needs Chihuahua have formed a fast friendship at a New York rescue.
- Birds sing to their eggs, and this song might help their babies survive climate change.
- The Brontës: the unfortunate and unlikely tale of the world's greatest literary sisters.
- "Rest easy, I pack a gun": true tales of the first Chicago policewomen.
- Greta Thunberg wins a $1.15 million prize and pledges to donate all of it to environmental groups.
- Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, a determined FDA scientist, saved American children from a birth defect catastrophe.
- At 102 years old, neuroscientist Brenda Milner is still unlocking the mysteries of the brain.
- Granville T. Woods, an innovative Black engineer.
- What Geraldine Brooks is reading.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
►I ♥ Lists◄
- The best book covers of July.
- Obsession thrillers.
- The fifty most iconic heist movies, ranked from worst to best.
- The essential crime novels of Los Angeles.
- Sixteen of the best books to read in August according to Kirkus Reviews.
- Fifteen must-read mysteries and thrillers by diverse authors.
- Seven captivating historical fiction novels about real and iconic women.
- Six heart-melting stories about furry friends that show the healing power of animals.
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! Don't forget to curl up with a good book!