Thursday, August 26, 2021

The Out and Out and About Weekly Link Round-Up


Last week, Denis and I went to the Wildlife World Zoo. Even though the humidity was a bit too high for us desert dwellers to be tromping around the place, we did enjoy ourselves. The other desert dwellers seemed to be giving the zoo a miss, and it was almost as though we had the place to ourselves. What bliss! The only sad note was that it was easy to see that the zoo had been hit by several of the strong monsoon storms that the Phoenix area experienced recently, and when I got to my favorite mongoose exhibits, I saw that their system of tunnels had been completely obliterated by the downpours. The mongooses are off-exhibit now, and I look forward to seeing them again in the future.

There were some gorgeous water lilies in the pond in front of the baby animal nursery, which was totally empty. What a bummer! On the other hand, the alligator wasn't in the water as he'd always been during all our other visits. He must've been enjoying the extra humidity.
I didn't take nearly as many photos as I usually do. I think I was just enjoying being outside in the sunshine with a strong, fresh breeze blowing through my hair. Never fear! I will be sharing a few that I did take-- mostly head shots because I seemed to be getting stared at a lot. Hmmm...
This week, we'll be out and about again as we go to the opening day of the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in Scottsdale. Opening day would have been my grandmother's 104th birthday. Since Starry Night is my all-time favorite piece of art, I've been looking forward to this ever since I bought the tickets. I'm expecting a very powerful response when I get to that part of the exhibit; I just hope that I don't come unglued! (Cue hanky alert) I can't remember if they will be allowing photographs. If they do, you know that I'll share some with all of you.

Enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
►The Wanderer◄
►Craftsmanship & Artistry◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
  • The dramatic life and mysterious death of Theodosia Burr.
  • Juliane Diller fell nearly two miles... and walked away.
  • Author Mo Hayder is dead at the age of fifty-nine.
  • Wayan is a 90-year-old Balinese fisherman who catches plastic instead of fish.
►I ♥ Lists◄

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!


  1. I'm so glad that you're able to get around, Cathy. What a great feeling, isn't it? And you're so lucky to get to go to that Van Gogh exhibit. I like his work very much, and an immersive exhibit sounds fantastic! I hope you'll debrief us. As for me, I'm off to that Anglo-Saxon monastery...

    1. I loved the experience and so did Denis, which was something I worried about. He's not the type of guy who puts you in mind of a big art lover.

  2. How exciting to see the Van Gogh exhibit! Glad to know that you and Denis are getting out and about some. Thanks for the links. :)

    1. You're welcome! I hope you find one or two that tickle your fancy. :-)

  3. I went to the Immersive Van Gogh here in Charlotte last week, so I'll look forward to your review. They were allowing photos and video, but did not want any flash photography, which is understandable.

    1. Yes, very understandable. I got some lovely videos, but I won't be sharing them due to the music and possible copyright infringement. I don't want to get my butt in trouble!

  4. So glad you were able to get to the zoo and Van Gogh exhibit and enjoy it.

    Thanks for the links.

  5. I'm so glad that you and Denis were able to get out to the zoo! I love Starry Night as well and look forward to hearing about the Van Gogh exhibit.

    It's so wonderful that you still think about your grandmother on her birthday. We just returned from a memorial service for my husband's grandmother, who lived to be 94. She left an amazing legacy and will be missed. She always remembered birthdays by sending a card or calling. Those family connections are so important.

    I'm off to look at some links. Hope you have a nice weekend!

  6. I've been exploring the links, but the one that grabbed me first was the one on the ethics of selling ARCs. I used to see them everywhere in Houston used-book bookstores, but in the last few years they have completely disappeared. I started collecting them even before I became a regular reviewer just because I always figured there were fewer copies of them out there than even the smallest first printing of a book. That just appeals to me for some reason.

    Now that I have so many of them, I can get anyone to take them even as donations when it comes to bookstores or even the local Friends of the Library group. So I push them off on friends, purposely leave them in common areas, or bring them to the assisted living facilities or hospitals (back when they were still accepting books, that is). It's a shame to throw them away, but if they are bad enough, I've even done that. There's only so much room.

    1. Yes. It's too bad we can't have elastic rooms like they can in cartoons.


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