Thursday, August 24, 2023

A Ranging Farther Afield Weekly Link Round-Up


Well, I'm halfway there. My leg is no longer buried under layers of compression bandaging, it's just my blasted toes that won't stop leaking. My doctor has referred me to another specialist because he doesn't know anyone else who can wrap toes like she can. I've been to this person before, and she's good, but... she's even farther away, and unlike the staff of the wound care clinic who gets me in and out in a flash, there's a lot of waiting and waiting and waiting involved with the place where Kathy the Toe Wrapper works. That might play hell with Dial-a-Ride getting me home after the appointment. But... I want these blasted toes to start behaving themselves, so if this is what I've got to do, I've got to do it. Four out of seven days in the week devoted to medical business. I don't know whether to yawn or do an eye roll!
Now for something completely different! How's about this graphic?

If I could only answer one, I think it would have to be Agatha Christie, although I have to admit that I'd be wondering why any of them would be calling me-- and how they got my phone number! Which call would you answer?

Enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning & Censorship◄


►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
  • Two baby condors at Pinnacles National Park are healthy, "adorable fluffballs".
  • A zookeeper cured an orangutan's morning sickness with pregnancy tea.
  • Watch a man try to trick a squirrel into charging his cell phone.
  • Nile crocodiles recognize and react to the sound of crying babies. (That made the hair on the back of my neck stand up...) More from Live Science.
  • Can peacock vasectomies save this Florida town?
  • Bison are being introduced to the Russian Arctic to replace extinct woolly mammoths. But why?
  • An injured cheetah remembers the photographer who helped him and becomes friends with him.
  • What parrots are saying when they mimic humans.
►The Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►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.

No matter how busy you may be, don't forget that quality Me Time curled up with a good book!


  1. I am sorry your toes aren't cooperating, Cathy. The trip further afield sounds annoying as far as time and logistics go, but I hope it helps. At least the specialist is very good at what she does. As for whose call I'd answer? It'd be Agatha Christie, no question. If you get a call from a Polish tunnel or an old whaling ship, pick up - it'll be me.

  2. Kathy the Toe Wrapper sounds like she's worth the effort, Cathy. I sure hope so, anyway, and that we get some good news from you next Friday.
    As for the phone graphic, boy, would I jump on that Jane Austen call. I have lots of questions for that woman...

  3. I would choose Toni Morrison, genius, to communicate with and to rave to her about her writing which brought her a Pulitzer and a Noble Prize. I'm still mad at Agatha Christie for her anti-Semitism and bigotry; she was still anti-Semitic even after WWII. I haven't read Jane Austen and I did read Margaret Atwood's books years ago; the Handmaid's Tale hits too close to home these days and that is frightening unless women rise up and protest, which women are doing in some states.

    1. I started watching the series that was adapted from The Handmaid's Tale, but I had to stop because it made me so angry.

  4. Agatha Christie was one of my earliest favorites. And Ian Rankin is certainly one of my favorite Scottish writers so I am not surprised to see him on that list. I'm delighted to hear of the baby Condors and may they continue to thrive. Every one is precious.

    1. Yes, they are. The first time I ever saw a condor was when I was at the Grand Canyon. I looked up and saw one riding the thermals above the canyon. Quite awe-inspiring.

  5. Sorry about your toes! What a pain. Hope they heal up quickly. And I'm torn with that phone call between Jane Austen and Agatha Christie...though Christie's conversation would probably be more fun. :D

  6. An fyi: Denise Mina wrote an excellent opinion piece in the NY Times on Aug. 27 called "What I Learned Channeling Raymond Chandler." She just wrote a book, "The Second Murderer," in his style, but, as she says, with her modern views, as society has changed a lot since his time.

    1. I plan to read The Second Murderer when I can find time. The links a re so good, especially on animals, books and bookstores. I will visit the stores' websites and found more books to read (sigh).

    2. I know. It's time for me to update The Poisoned Pen's Pinterest boards, and I almost always find myself ordering a book or two when I do.

  7. I don't do Pinterest, but I am often tempted by the PP's Zoom interviews.


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