1) The World In Pictures – Tuesday

a. From Christian Science Monitor slide show – National Parks In Winter http://tinyurl.com/4v3u3gy

Tourists stand at Mathers Point as snow blankets the upper rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

b. Another slide show from the CSM – The 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show http://tinyurl.com/6glpex6

Looking like a resplendent ivory mop, a Komondorak enters the ring. From formal up-dos to wash-and-wear hair, behold the classy canines of the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Question – Should animals be breed specifically because their appearance appeals to us?

c. From a Guardian slide show – Stunning Astronomical Images – http://tinyurl.com/4g3akle

These images from the Hubble Space Telescope showcase two dramatically different views of the spiral galaxy M51, nicknamed the Whirlpool Galaxy. The image on the left, recorded in visible light, reveals the curving arms, pink star-forming regions and blue strands of star clusters of a typical spiral galaxy. On the right, most of the starlight has been removed to reveal the Whirlpool’s dusty skeleton glowing with near-infrared light

2) A girl, a mummy, a love story:

Josh Ritter – The Curse