List of Links June 2018

I read a lot. One of the best ways to be a better writer is to read, and I take that advice seriously! There is a lot out there to read, and as someone who is curious to learn about new things, I always have a lot of links to check out. When I find something good, I want to share. I put 4-5 links in my monthly newsletter (click here to subscribe), but there are more I share on Twitter and Facebook. This type of post will be a monthly feature where I share the most interesting, entertaining and enlightening links I’ve come across the past month. Sometimes I’ll add some comments, sometimes I’ll let the story speak for itself. I hope you enjoy them, and please, share anything interesting you have found in the comments.

So, without further delay, here is the List of Links for Curious Minds from June 2018.

Why You Should Become A Literary Tourist

Great idea for your next trip – plan to visit libraries in locations you go to! Should be interesting to see the differences – and similarities – of libraries throughout the world.

America’s First Female Map Maker

I love maps! GPS can be handy, but I still prefer to plan road trips, whether across town or cross-country, with a paper map. (You can read about one of my map reading adventures later this month). So this naturally caught my eye. In the early 19th century, Emma Willard, an educator, used maps to help teach history in new and creative ways.

Finding Peace at the Rothko Chapel

I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Rothko Chapel, 25 years ago on a one-day whirlwind trip to Houston with a grad school class. This article reminded me of the peace and calm I felt inside. In this article, the author shares what the Chapel has meant to him in his life in Houston, Texas.

The Bats Help Preserve Old Books But They Drive Librarians, Well, Batty

There are many unique things you can find in libraries around the world, but bats that eat the bookworms (thereby helping protect the books) is a strange one indeed. The bats have turned into a tourist attraction, frustrating the librarians who want this library known for its wonderful collection. I’ll be honest, if I happened to be nearby, I would definitely stop in to see the bats!

How Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree Spread Across The World

Part science, part history, this article explains how the apple tree that is thought to have inspired Sir Isaac Newton’s to develop the theory of gravity has spread across the globe. The variety, Flower of Kent, has been spread by cloning by grafting while others have been grown from seeds from the apples the tree produces. Best of all, take a look at the map and see if there is one near you!

The Gnarled History of Los Angeles’ Vineyards

Did you know Los Angeles was once known as the “city of vines” because winemaking in California was centered there? Neither did I. Then again, how many of us have heard of the intersection of Hollywood and Vine? I have but never associated the Vine with grape vines.  Some of the original vines have been discovered and this article looks into a part of Los Angeles’ past and how it changed as the city grew.

The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life

I was a huge Nancy Drew fan in my early teens and given I still love to read adventure and mystery books, obviously struck a chord with me. I enjoyed learning more about the woman who first brought her to life. Take a look and see if you agree with me that Mildred Benson’s own life may have influenced the character she helped create.

How We Discovered Three Poisonous Books In Our University Library

We explore books in libraries to expand our knowledge, not to be poisoned! However, old books may contain substances, especially used for color, now know to be dangerous. Read to see how arsenic was discovered in three books in a library in Denmark.

This Musician’s Songs Give Voice Powerful Voice to a Language in Crisis

I’ve always struggled to learn another language, so the very fact that she can communicate in multiple languages impresses me. The fact she is trying to preserve her native tongue through her music is impressive. It also makes me wonder how many languages (and dialects) are in the world, and how many have already been lost.

When Americans Started Bathing

Mid-19th century saw a change in Americans attitudes toward bathing. Thanks to improving technology, what many of us consider a daily routine (bath or shower) was becoming more fashionable. Which makes me wonder…what on earth did it smell like to be in a room full of people before then???

Is It A Problem If Kids Don’t Know How To Use Dictionaries?

When I was growing up, if I asked my dad how to spell a word, his reply was “look it up.” As mentioned in this article, I often looked at the words around the one I was looking for, yet these days, if I need to check the spelling of a word, I’ll often google it. Still, I am grateful that I know how to look things up, and how fun it can be to check other listings nearby. You never know what you will learn!

Do America’s Reading Habits Explain Today’s Lack of Clear Thinking?

I suspect I’m like many of you and have always loved to read. It has been an escape from bad times, a way to entertain myself when alone and bored, and has provided me with an ongoing education. Looking at the chart, my average daily reading is well above my age group, and I hope it never decreases. I also realize that some people just do not enjoy reading. No great thought on this, just found the article interesting.

That’s this month’s list of links. Please share in the comments any interesting links you have found.

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