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  • Trash talk about overachievers

    Driving to work today, I smilingly observed my subdivision's latest décor upgrade. Even amid the holiday displays, my gaze was drawn to the symmetry, precision, and pleasing arrangement of--the trash cans. It's not just that they all match now; City of Round Rock crews replace those brown containers...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-20-2010
  • Thinking beyond our two front teeth

    For enduring satisfaction (on both sides), few gift options match the perfect book. However, after recently purchasing for this holiday season, I know how difficult it can be to find the right choice among thousands of offerings. So, I asked library co-workers for ideas, suggesting that they confide...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-13-2010
  • Want some fries with that book?

    We've just added a new magazine subscription: Living Without . It's designed for those with special dietary needs and provides gluten-free, diary-free, and allergy-appropriate recipes and advice. The food-sensitive demographic has only recently merited significant concern from publishers, at...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-06-2010
  • You'd be surprised who reads steamy novels

    It's not the Nook's fault. At my house, we're creatures of habit; enjoyment of print books is a long-standing practice. Offered a chance to play with the trendy new e-book reader that I have on loan, we've thus far responded with a hearty "isn't that nice!", after which...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-29-2010
  • Ever been entertained and didn't know it?

    Since out-of-towners are coming to our place for Thanksgiving, we can safely state that we're having company. That potential assertion--that we'll be "entertaining" for the holiday--is sadly not a sure thing. We might overcook the vegetables, or choose activities for which our visitors...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-22-2010
  • It's a makeover, Charlie Brown!

    It was just like the little tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas , except with furniture. In pursuit of a low-cost item for the living room, I'd exhausted my usual shabby chic sources in Round Rock and on Craigslist. Determined to locate a downtrodden but sturdy fixer-upper, I tried Austin Furniture...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-13-2010
  • Yet another approach to smart eating

    I'm savvy enough to know two important things about zombies: (1) They don't specifically feast on gray matter or shuffle around chanting, "Brains! Braaaaaains!". That's an unfair (and fun) stereotype based on one of those .... Living Dead films. (2) Zombies have now officially topped...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-06-2010
  • Opting for the bare bones approach

    In a neighborhood festooned with 8-foot inflatable jack-o-lanterns, tree-borne fabric ghosts, and polystyrene tombstones, our house looks like the abode of the Halloween Grinch. Our yard is unadorned, bereft of its customary display, a life-sized bendable skeleton who would normally lounge on our front...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-29-2010
  • TBF or not TBF?

    Last weekend's Texas Book Festival was, in the words of local Barnes & Noble public relations manager Frank Campbell, "the perfect storm". Owing to ideal weather, immediate follow-up to ACL, and over 200 notable authors on site, TBF 2010 was pleasantly swarming. I've heard that...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-20-2010
  • The most exclusive book club ever

    If and when I write my novel (did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month ?) I'll be thrilled if even one person deems it a "page-turner". Speed reading, however, isn't the sole indicator of reader involvement. Call me eccentric, but I can suggest a more significant benchmark...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-13-2010
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