Thursday, December 23, 2021

A Holiday Hugs Weekly Link Round-Up


This is the perfect time of year for hugs, regardless of what you're celebrating (or not, as the case may be), and I wish I could give all y'all a big one for coming through yet another interesting year.
The past couple of weeks, I've found myself focusing more and more on 2022. I've already mentioned obtaining tickets for a Ladysmith Black Mambazo concert in February. Now I've also got my hands on tickets to the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest at the Heard Museum, which is also in February. Add that to Left Coast Crime that Denis and I are planning to attend in April, and it's obvious that I'm working toward feeling more a part of the human race again instead of being a hermit. (Denis, too!) It goes without saying that I sincerely hope all of you have a dazzling 2022; we certainly all deserve it, don't we?

Enjoy the links!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Nathan Shipley uses AI to recreate how famous historical figures would look like in real life.
  • Doña Viviana created a candle empire from her ancestral village in Mexico.
  • Ethel Lina White, the Abergavenny writer who inspired Alfred Hitchcock.
  • Marthe Hanau, the greatest confidence artist in French history.
  • How Dolly Parton became the world's best-loved celebrity.
  • S.A. Cosby on the conversation around policing in America-- and why it needs to change.
  • Tichkematse, the first Native American employee at the Smithsonian.
  • The measureless, omnipresent influence of Stephen Sondheim
  • Luigi Galvani, the Italian electrical scientist who (may have) inspired Frankenstein.
►The Wanderer◄
►More Best of 2021 Book Lists◄
►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.

Happy Holiday Hugs for You All!


  1. Well, I came to this blog to see the good cheer for the holidays. I was determined not to tear up, but then I read about Lily and Kinley. That did it. Dogs are the best. And Kinley knows sign language. Amazing.
    And then I read the "Best of" lists and the list of books authors like to give. I haven't heard of many of them, so I better get reading. I know I'll gall back on mysteries no matter what I slip in between crime books.
    My best wishes for the holidays and the new year to you and Denis, a healthy, COVID-free 2022 And one of many good books.
    And my gratitude for this blog.

    1. Thank you, Kathy. It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) that I'm sending all my best wishes for this holiday season and the new year to you, too. And that hug.

  2. I hope you'll have a great time at both the LBM concert and the Hoop Dance competition (and LCC, of course). I hope 2022 treats you well, and you and Denis have a happy, healthy, peaceful holiday. Thank you for all you do with your blog! Now, I'm off to visit that synagogue...

    1. Thank you, Margot. All my best wishes to you for this holiday season and the coming year.

  3. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! :D

  4. Our wishes for a very happy Christmas.

  5. Merry Christmas to you and Denis, Cathy. I hope you guys have a wonderful day. Like you, I'm looking forward to 2022 being even better than 2021...which was some better than 2020. We do seem to be making progress, but we're not there quite yet. I'm still hoping for The Left Coast Crime thing next year to happen the way it used to be. I really miss book festivals a lot despite all the virtual ones that have done such great things this year. Happy Reading!

  6. Merry Christmas and I join you in cheering on a wonderful 2022!


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