Thursday, September 14, 2023

A Don't Just Think It Weekly Link Round-Up


It was a Red Letter Dial-a-Ride last Friday. The driver was friendly and skilled, and the trip to the doctor was smooth and uneventful. When I got off the bus, I looked the driver right square in the eye and said, "You are one of the best drivers I've had the pleasure of riding with. Thank You!" You should've seen the way his face lit up. My entire working life was spent dealing with the public. I know how easy it is for everyone to complain and pitch a fit, but how hard it seems for them to share compliments and happy thoughts. That's why one of my mottos is "Don't Just Think It. Say It." when it comes to appreciating something someone else has done. You  never know how much of a positive impact you'll make on someone's day.

Week after week, it seems that I've been doing nothing but sharing medical woes, and I'm sick of it. No, I wasn't released from my weekly doctor visits last Friday, but I am hoping that happens today. What I want to do is share a cuteness overload with you.

Who is this handsome lad and his faithful companion? Let me introduce you to Denis's youngest grandson, Ivan and Dora. Both were enjoying a recent family holiday. I love this photo!

Sending happy thoughts your way-- and a special thanks to a certain someone for a great Halloween card. Enjoy the links!

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

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
  • Rebel, the dog who served on both sides of the American Revolution.
  • Ospreys breed in Ireland for the first time in more than 200 years.
  • This interactive tool tells you which birds are migrating through your area.
  • Turtle shells keep a record of humans' nuclear history.
  • A dog named Moose found a forever home after saving his foster family from a boat fire.
  • Why thousands of brooding pearl octopuses migrate to thermal spring waters to create the Octopus Garden.
  • Farmers are breeding cows to withstand heat waves.
  • Every year, dozens of female hammerhead sharks mysteriously convene in French Polynesia under the full moon.
  • Why you shouldn't put out fake spider webs this Halloween.
►The Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
  • J.D. Salinger and wielding copyright as self-protection.
  • 19-year-old Garret Tarter made a 30-day solo trip sailing 2,400 nautical miles from Honolulu to Tahiti.
  • Moe Berg, the baseball player-turned-spy who went undercover to assassinate the Nazis' top nuclear scientist.
  • James Jesse Strang, the Mormon king of Beaver Island.
  • Sarah Bagley, the voice o America's early women's labor movement.
►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. Oh, I am so happy, Cathy, that your Dial-A-Ride went well! And I couldn't agree more about the value of saying something about it. People really do need to know when they make a difference. Spreading a little light around helps everyone. And that is the most adorable picture! So glad you got to spend some quality time with them. I'm off to Switzerland to check out those Roman walls; have a good weekend!

    1. Actually, the photo of Ivan and Dora was taken in the UK. We didn't get the chance to spend any time with them, unfortunately.

      Enjoy Switzerland and your weekend!

  2. Love your motto! It's such good advice. I need to do better at expressing gratitude and kindness. Hope you have a great weekend, Cathy! :D

  3. Too bad you haven't been liberated yet by your doctor. Fingers crossed. Yes, adorable photo. What kind of dog is Dora? Nothing like seeing a child and his or her dog. I'm racing to get in a grant proposal tonight, so can't linger and read the links yet, but I will get to them tomorrow. Hope your doctor's appointment goes well. And so glad you had a good driver; compliments are so important. When I see sanitation workers I thank them for their work and their smiles make my day. Always important at the library, in the building, on the street, at events to show gratitude. After all, it was essential workers who kept NYC and other cities functioning during the pandemic.

  4. I agree with your motto, Cathy! It's a great one. Denis' grandson and dog are adorable - they made me smile. Hoping those doctor visits come to an end soon. Have a good weekend!


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