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My kingdom for a repair estimate
If a significant artifact on the order of Richard III's skeleton is ever unearthed around here, I like to believe that the find wouldn't instigate an internationally publicized squabble between,say, Round Rock and Pflugerville. Emotions run high...
Maggie Smith's Bacon number: 2
Did you know that the library's getting a new webpage? Watch for it this spring. We're already generating content ideas, including more "If you like.." features: additional reading options inspired by favorite authors or themes. Susan...
Try our 2 percent solution
Could have been the caffeine: twenty ounces of home-brewed latte consumed in a brief commute produces an adequate jolt. But I suspect that NPR's "2 percent" story (thank you, Neda Ulaby) was the real morning brightener. Pop culture blogger...
...and a beastly New Year
Hi there. What's your sign? Sounds just as creepy online as it does in person, but it relates so well to a New Year observation. According to Chinese astrology, February 10, 2013 opens the Year of the Snake . Given the popularity of library mascot...
This November, success is in the bag
If you hear an odd metallic noise anytime in November, just ignore it. It's the sound of literary standards being ratcheted down another notch. Under normal circumstances, we readers maintain the loftiest of expectations, which of course do not include...
We must be counter intuitive
You've heard that caution about never asking a question to which you don't know the answer; it's generally referenced in legal contexts but could be dicey for public services, too. Ever since Michelle, our director, announced that a consulting...
Yes, Yoda, there is a "try"
Those Texas Book Festival planners are geniuses. Imagine not only producing a weekend of superb literary presentations but also conjuring up October weather that feels like October? I, however, am not brilliant and consequently found myself at TBF with...
What's in a meme?
Statistics can really class up a blog, but let's avoid those undecided voter polls (too changeable). This data is rock solid: 1 television, 3 people, 2 dogs,1 crockpot full of barbecued brisket--our household's inventory for an evening of Presidential...
The kindness (and efficiency) of strangers
From the "that was awkward" memory file: I'm applying for a driver license in another state. Peering into the hood of the vision screening device, I focus on the foggy surface and announce, "OK, you can turn it on now." Brief pause...
Bedtime stories got your goat?
Raise your hand if a youngster of your acquaintance ever fixated on an unlikable bedtime story, demanding this resented volume to be read nightly for weeks on end. Now, raise your hand and say "Hmmmm" if you ‘ve ever pondered pithy questions...
Party clothed
When this year's political conventions began, I considered information gathering my priority. But it's hard to claim any responsible-citizen cred when these events are so entertaining. The eclectic (but never random) mix of soaring rhetoric, artful...
Why 7 is our lucky number
"Cool!" my husband announced, displaying a missive from Saturday's mail. "It's addressed specifically to you; sounds like a ransom note." Fortunately, my cute sunroofed hatchback had not actually been taken captive, but someone...
Hooked on funny
Have you produced any amigurumi lately? Do you know what that is? What's great about this question is that your chances of answering correctly are about equal no matter which side of the generational divide you inhabit. Amigurumi (translation: "knitted...
If you think librarians don't use four-letter words...
…you’re in for a shock. Clearly, some days are better than others here at the library, but an event we have planned for this week has inspired a whole string of brief but expressive terms. Brace yourself. FREE. That’s right, I said it. If you drop by...
Hardboiled novel, scrambled blog
When my husband phoned from his seminar in Seattle last night, I'd already been asleep so was mostly noncommittal. Lucky for him. I'd been reading about a hardboiled private eye earlier; had I been more alert, he might have heard this: "So...
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