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  • 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: AmeriCone Dream--vanilla with fudge-covered waffle...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-14-2012
  • ...And a squirrel in a live oak tree

    I have elected not to heed the holiday gift suggestions from major advertisers (i.e., buy everyone on your shopping list a car, big-screen TV, or smartphone.) But here's a prime reading tip for you or for a guest who arrives at your house having already finished all his/her bestsellers while languishing...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-06-2011
  • Gambling on the perfect book

    For someone who's not a big risk-taker, I venture possible rejection and failure on a daily basis. I can't decide which is the more serious gamble--recommending books to total strangers, or assuring friends and family that I have just the title for them. People near and dear to you generally...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-22-2010
  • Book of virtue?

    I don't own any of the "So Many Books, So Little Time" paraphernalia marketed to librarians and other book lovers. I'm not sure whether it's because those items are so common as to be no longer fun or because they sound a little boastful. A love of reading belongs in the same category...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-27-2009
  • Movies better than books? Not inconceivable

    A couple of expert movie watchers have shared their views (see comments for If Film Viewing is Wrong... ), even raising this question: Are we allowed to believe that some movies are better than books? I hope so, because a couple instantly came to mind. Surpassing the quality of an excellent book is a...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-23-2009
  • Getting a Reputation

    It's a momentous week to launch a new blog. Michael Jackson's death has inspired all sorts of musings regarding what his music meant to whom and when. His legions of fans include so many in our area, and yet I heard someone on KUT radio observe that "Austin isn't really Michael Jackson...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-26-2009
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