I’ve never really considered a trip to Brazil, but this particular Brazilian archipelago is pretty cool-looking. Fernando de Noronha lies about 200 miles off the coast of Brazil. The islands are actually what you can see of an underwater mountain range. It has lovely beaches and scuba diving opportunities. And the towering mountains are pretty cool to see.

Today in history:

  • 1898 – Actor/singer Paul Robeson was born.
  • 1901 – Actor Paul Willis was born. He was one of the best known child actors of the silent era.
  • 1903 – Actor Ward Bond was born. He’s probably best remembered for his role in the TV series Wagon Train.
  • 1939 – Opera singer Marian Anderson sang at the Lincoln Memorial, after she was denied the right to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Constitution Hall. For the sin of being black. :roll: Not the DAR’s finest moment.

On TV tonight: Hawaii Five-O and a Titanic special on NatGeo

Reading: I’m currently re-reading Unnatural Death by Dorothy L Sayers which is the third Lord Peter Wimsey book.



We’re off to Mexico (thankfully, only virtually) to visit the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities. The ruins are federal property and is run by the National Institute of Anthropology and History. An estimated 1.2 million tourists a year visit.

Today in history:

  • 1910 – Henri Fabre became the first person to fly a seaplane.
  • 1920 – Actress Mary Pickford married actor Douglas Fairbanks. She’d been divorced from her first husband just three weeks before.

On TV tonight: Ghost Hunters International, Psych, and Top Guns

Reading: Back to reading children’s mysteries. :)



We’re headed to the Indian Ocean (thankfully not in person because that’s another dangerous area) to visit the island of Mauritius. Interestingly, Mauritius was the only place one could find dodos before they became extinct. There are mountain ranges and beautiful beaches. 90% of the agriculture of the island comes from sugar cane. Also check out this site for more information and pictures.

Today in history:

  • 1895 – Auguste and Louis Lumière filmed their first footage using their newly patented cinematograph.
  • 1909 – Actor Louis Hayward was born. He’s probably best known for playing Simon Templar in one of the many Saint movies. His third wife was actress Ida Lupino.
  • 1918 – The U.S. Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time. Boo!!! Hiss!!! Especially that latter one! :pullinghair:
  • 1931 – Gambling was legalized in Nevada. Bring on the mob!
  • 1954 – Joey Giardello knocked out Willie Tory in round seven at Madison Square Garden in the first televised prize boxing fight shown in color.
  • 1954 – Willie Mosconi set a world record by running 526 consecutive balls without a miss during a straight pool exhibition at East High Billiard Club in Springfield, Ohio. The record still stands today.

On TV tonight: Alcatraz, Hawaii Five-O, and Castle.

Reading: Over the weekend I read Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay which I really enjoyed, Murder Buys a T-Shirt by Christy Fifield which was also really good, and now I’m reading Little Shop of Homicide by Denise Swanson.

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