Cool links for June 2, 2018
Hola! I’m on vacation (a vacation from retirement) and traveling between Arizona, Oregon and Canada. Here are my cool links for June 2, 2018.
Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge
Locals craft the root bridges of Meghalay, India, to cross rivers and streams that swell during the monsoon season.
They’re made of rubber trees and take ten to fifteen years to craft until they’re strong enough to walk on. Once they span the river or stream, the local inhabitants add stones to make a path. The rubber tree roots grow around the stones to strengthen the bridge. Some of the bridges in the area are five hundred years old or more.
Read more here.
Covered bridges of Oregon
Last week I traveled to Cottage Grove, OR, the site of many of Oregon’s covered bridges.
The Chambers Covered Railroad Bridge, built in 1925, carried logs from the Lorane Valley to a local lumber mill. It remains the only fully covered railroad bridge west of the Mississippi River.
A local housing development called Riverwalk has developed the old mill property, incorporating the bridge as part of its landscape. How wonderful that we preserve and honor this link to our past.
Edible Board Games
How about a game of chocolate chess? Or chutes-and-ladders Veggieland?
Game designer Jenn Sandercock has loaned her talents to creating board games using edible pieces.
From the article:
“The point of edible games is their “destroyability,” Sandercock says. “In traditional board games, you don’t want to destroy any of your pieces.” If a chess piece or card is out of play, it’s set off to the side. But in Sandercock’s games, pieces removed from play are eaten and gone forever. Destroying them is a pleasure. It’s a different approach to gaming, which adds an underused sense. “Flavor, texture, and the social construct of eating together with friends,” Sandercock says, can become part of gameplay.”
This month, she’s kickstarting The Edible Games Cookbook, a game manual, geared toward those who like to eat as well as play.
The coolest link for June 2, 2018 and beyond:
Love’s Brilliant Wreckage is available for pre-order for 99¢. Launching June 19th, the price is only available for one week. Order your copy now and receive it on your Kindle on launch day.
Love’s Brilliant Wreckage is a love story told through letters from WWII’s Pacific Theater and the stresses and trials of Annie Faraday on the homefront.
The first time she stepped into the pages of a book, she delivered a baby boy.
When graduate student nurse Annie Faraday enters books to deliver babies, she blames the illusions on multiple stresses. Her fiancé fights in the bloodiest battles in the Pacific Theater; her family is falling apart; and her boss, who is also her future father-in-law, controls whether she graduates from nursing school.
Now, with the end of the war within tantalizing reach, and the return of her beloved Jimmy, she can no longer find excuses for her visions. She must dig deep into her family’s unspeakable past to discover whether she’s traveling into an alternate world, or following the trail of insanity blazed by her mother. Which is real?
The paperback version is available here.
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