Thursday, August 17, 2023

The I Sense a Trend Weekly Link Round-up


After a scorching July, the Phoenix area has broken yet another weather-related record: the driest monsoon season. Rain in the Sonoran Desert is cyclical. We get winter rain (hopefully), and we get summer rain (hopefully), and for a place that barely gets seven inches of rain per year, these are vital. 

Thankfully, we did get a little rain here last night, and I had the chance to enjoy something that I seldom do: read a good book while listening to rumbling thunder and rain running off the roof and splattering on the ground.

It's been another quiet week here, and until I get cleared from my weekly visits to the wound care clinic, the weeks will remain so. When you're on home health visits, you're supposed to stay home, and I tend to abide by most rules (unlike some patients my nurses have told me about). There's an exhibit of Indigenous art that's opening at the Heard Museum on September 1, and Ann Cleeves and Craig Johnson will be at The Poisoned Pen on Labor Day, and I really really REALLY want to attend both! I'm hoping for Good News today when I board Dial-a-Ride to see Dr. K.

Back in 2020, I shared this photo with folks...

Laptop case, mask, Kindle cover, eyeglass holder... and I bet you'd never guess what my favorite painting is, right? Well, I needed a small pill box and after much searching, I finally found the one I wanted...

You should've heard Denis laugh when I showed it to him!

Enjoy the links!

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

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
►The Wanderer◄
  • Get a bird's-eye view on the Minnesota Zoo's new elevated walkway.
  • Airlines will be required to make bathrooms more accessible. (Which will give them anotehr excuse to jack up the fees they charge. Not that I'm cynical or anything...)
  • And while I'm on the subject: Why airplane legroom has decreased over time.
  • Gardiners Island in East Hampton, New York is still in the family after a 400-year history which includes a witch hunt and a pirate.
  • The Kindred Spirit mailbox on Bird Island, North Carolina saved a nature reserve.
  • The Italian town of Pienza silenced a historic bell that kept tourists awake. Now, the locals can't sleep.
  • View 15 beautiful lighthouses.
  • Take a look at a unique floating hotel room in Sweden covered in hundreds of sustainable birdhouses.
  • The 20 U.S. cities American tourists love and hate the most.
►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 love that painting, too, Cathy! I'm glad you got a bit of rain; we could use some, too. At any rate, I hope you get good medical news soon. I remember loving my visit to Chich'en Itza when my husband and I went there years ago. We didn't see the light show then, but someday I'd love to!

    1. We've been getting a little rain at night for the past couple of nights. I hope it continues-- and I much prefer getting a little rain every night as opposed to getting one huge gully washer!

  2. Fascinating round up as usual and I love your "Starry Night" stuff. We're desperate for rain here, too. It looks like we may have a chance for it early next week. Fingers crossed!

  3. Oh, man...Ann Cleeves and Craig Johnson appearing together; you are so lucky to have that bookstore within reach. Hope you feel well enough to make it there.

  4. I love Van Gogh's paintings...especially Starry Night. Have a great weekend! :D

  5. So glad you are improving. Hope you get to the exhibit and the PP. Sounds like quite a program there. I saw Naomi Hirihara there and she was so interesting talking about her books and more history of Japanese people in the U.S. Also, regarding the Night of Terror suffragists endured in 1917 in prison, there is a movie called "Iron-Jawed Angels," about the second wave of women's fight for the vote. It stars Hillary Swank and Frances O'Connor, and it shows the movement of Alice Paul and her allies, who did win the vote after incredible bravery. They were imprisoned and treated brutally until the story brokeout in the news. The prison authorities tried to break HIllary Swank (playing Alice Paul), but couldn't. While picketing in front of the White House, they were constantly attacked. One problem with that movement is that they kept out Black women, including the great journalist and anti-lynching campaigner, Ida B. Wells. The movie shows this. And it took until the historic Civil Rights Movement to win Black women the vote in the South. But the movie is worth watching about determination and heroism.

    1. Thanks for the heads-up about Iron-Jawed Angels, Kathy.

  6. i just read an article that said that Illinois became the first state to outlaw book banning. Hallelujah. Wasn't sure if you knew because your home state is Illinois if I remember correctly.

    1. Yes, I knew that, and I reported it a few weeks ago in my link round-up.


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