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Moonlight in old Austin
Resolution someone should make for 2013: solve the question of acceptable vs. inconsiderate digital multitasking. Before the term came into being, we felt virtuous when accomplishing things simultaneously. Haven't we heard the stories about pioneer...
What this world needs
...is another version of "The Night Before Christmas". What if Santa paid a visit to downtown Round Rock the week before his annual delivery? The Night Before Christmas at Round Rock Public Library ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all...
Why holiday notes are even better than cards
This time of year, surprises should arrive tied with a bow or layered in a tin with other similarly delectable items. As for the other kind of eye-opener (say, the dawning realization that the updated flower bed shape doesn't fit our Christmas lights...
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...
It'$ only money
"Let me tell you about the very rich," advises the oft-quoted passage from an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, "They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them..." What it does is render...
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...
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