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  • 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 like the old one), those can be difficult to appreciate...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-29-2012
  • 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; yesterday I read a review for Cathy Marie Buchanan's...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-21-2012
  • 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 cliché's, repetitive word choices, or plot...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-15-2012
  • 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 firm would conduct focus groups and surveys for...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-06-2012
  • 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 25 precious minutes available for reading--and no...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-30-2012
  • 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 debate viewing. Add to that 1 laptop on,...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-20-2012
  • 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 shorthand. If you're going to serve as...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-12-2012
  • 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 brave men. Imagine millions of people scrutinizing...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-05-2012
  • 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. "It is on." I could have told them...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-28-2012
  • Can't take it with you: your reputation

    I saw one of those annoying commercials again last night. It's not political ads I find exasperating; it's the appeals for us to charge vast sums on our credit cards to finance theme park vacation packages so we can "make memories" for our families. Surely this approach aims directly...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-21-2012
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