Friday Links: Amazing Bookstore, Natural Kids, Litany, and a Marley-Mumia Encounter

Livraria Lello:  I posted a couple of photos from this incredible bookstore in Porto, Portugal to my Pinterest account. Wow! That woodwork! That staircase! Natural Kids: Recent academic research shows that when nature elements are incorporated into playgrounds kids have more fun, are more active and utilize more motor skills. …

Friday Links: Cute Kittens, Mistaken Maples, and Siberian Hermits

Happy Imbolc or St Brighid’s Day, the awakening of the land to the coming spring. The days are getting longer and lighter! My friend Waverly has a great blog post about this part of the wheel of the year. The Power of Cute: New research has revealed that looking at cute …

Friday Links: Netherfield, Parisian Kale, Salted Chocolate, and Hay Hooks

Netherfield Ball +200: The BBC is staging a re-creating an entire Regency ball – to mark the 200th anniversary of Pride And Prejudice. I have always been enamored of the mannered domesticity in Miss Austen’s novels.  In a 90-minute special, experts will re-stage the planning and rehearsals for an early …

Friday Links: Alcoholic Monkeys, Swedish Candles, and Procrastination

Public Domain Class of 2013 The works of these authors go into the public domain this year across the European Union, Russia, Brazil, Israel, and other places with a sensible author’s life + 70 years copyright policy (not the USA…). Lucy Maude Montgomery! Get Up And Move About The Cabin …

Friday Links: Gingerbread Brownstones, Dangerous Dancing, and Ancient Trees

Cinema Bookstore: El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires is one of the most dramatic bookstores in the world, because the space was converted from an ornate cinema. Natural Playgrounds: In Canada, some cities are building “natural playgrounds” that swap swings, slides and monkey bars for boulders, grassy hills and …

Friday Links: Holiday Craft Projects

I’ve written before on this blog about simple gifts and “The Sanctity of Giving.”  I love gifts, and I don’t believe opting out of holiday commercialism has to mean a moratorium on giving.  This week I’m sharing a few suggestions from the Tangled Nest archives: craft projects that can bring …

Friday Links: Hobbit Home, Pigeon Code, Friendly Sharks

Maybe it’s the Hobbit zeitgeist, or maybe it’s the dark rainy Seattle days making me yearn for coziness–whatever it is, I want to live in this cottage! (Heidi’s blog details how she built it). What’s not to love about this feature on the ten grumpiest authors in literary history? Especially …

Friday Links: Beekeeping Donkeys and Rooster-free Eggs

Happy Friday! I’m trying a new feature where I share a roundup of links at the end of each week, for your weekend perusal. Let me know what you think. Beekeeping Donkey: I love this story from Brazil about Boneco the beekeper’s donkey, and his custom-made donkey-sized beekeeper’s suit. The …