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Better watch out
A certain approaching event conjures up a vivid image: busy workers frantically readying shipments of delightful items for wide, eagerly received distribution. Santa's elves are probably working overtime, too. But I was thinking of forthcoming books;...
Got the message?
Board meetings are like Thanksgiving; I'm much happier during and afterward than before. Wednesday's session was fine; after two years in this area of church administration the four of us can finish each other's sentences and interpret nonverbal...
Here we go again
Earlier in the week, two distinguished-looking individuals smiling determinedly, perfectly tailored, and sporting patriotic ties strode onto the debate platform. Witnessing this, my daughter and I echoed one another's' thoughts: There go two very...
Who's your WFF?
So, you've managed to avoid starring in a Youtube video or some other digital gaffe showcase that's "gone viral"? Don't congratulate yourself yet. As I was reminded this past weekend, low-tech and even no-tech modes of embarrassment...
Are tall people more energy efficient?
Could be--and not just because they create more shade outdoors. I developed this theory following a recent local newscast (topic: Let's Avoid Blackouts) reminding us that the clothes dryer is a major electricity consumer. For those of us exceeding...
Enjoy a steady diet of surprises
At one time or another, parents require the reassurance of that longstanding nutritional theory (that Junior's current fixation on nothing but peanut butter or cheese or oranges or cereal, etc. merely indicates his body's pursuit of a particular...
At least pastrami will never go out of style
Just my luck. According to Weather Underground 's Manhattan forecast, all the days I'll be vacationing in New York City next week indicate a chance of showers. Of course, the lowest probabilities coincide with the days I'd be indoors anyway...
A giant possum, hugelkulture, and the Ghost of Babe
The Spirit of Babe has haunted my house since last weekend, and I'm fine with that. Given her valuable assistance in my latest DIY effort, the least we can do is play host for a while. Babe Didrikson Zaharias entered the picture when I resolved to...
Celebrating the Poe in poetry
It's April, National Poetry Month , and the sad but timely news is that poetry and e-readers don't play well together. Craig Morgan Teicher observes in the 3/26 Publishers Weekly that it's " surprisingly hard" to recreate as digital...
Beware the sticker shock of March
Never underestimate the power of the shamrock. Determined to forgo the usual March themes for book displays--Irish-Americans, springtime--I first imagined a celebration of National Caffeine Month (maybe next year) but settled on horror fiction. Beneath...
Keeping up with the prizewinners
Following up Sunday night's round of thank-you's to the Academy, here's a note of personal appreciation. To National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen, for his entertaining essay about three of my favorite classics, published it in a favorite...
Mad Men and Englishmen
Julian Fellowes has a lot to answer for. Why did he introduce us to the infuriatingly indecisive Lady Mary and Matthew and convince us of Sir Richard's capacity for revenge--let alone raise the question of who dispatched the evil Mrs. Bates--if he...
Scooping the relocation market
Call me a concerned citizen: this issue has been on my mind ever since its mention on the Colbert Report. It touches on two subjects close to my heart: ice cream and Round Rock. Stephen Colbert boasts of his own Ben & Jerry's ice cream variety...
Across a crowded room
Rebound relationships are best avoided, but I think Destiny steered me into this one. It was springtime 2011, New York City. I'd left the convention floor of Book Expo America to lug a bunch more free prepublication books down to the mailing center...
No applications, just send money
I was that close--nearly made it out the back door before Elaine spotted me and inquired where I was headed. "The retirement system/457 plan seminar over at the McConico Building," I admitted, hastening to add, "but I'm only going to...
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