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  • 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
  • Bedtime stories got your goat?

    Raise your hand if a youngster of your acquaintance ever fixated on an unlikable bedtime story, demanding this resented volume to be read nightly for weeks on end. Now, raise your hand and say "Hmmmm" if you ‘ve ever pondered pithy questions inspired by a story for three-year-olds. I'm...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-14-2012
  • Party clothed

    When this year's political conventions began, I considered information gathering my priority. But it's hard to claim any responsible-citizen cred when these events are so entertaining. The eclectic (but never random) mix of soaring rhetoric, artful film, celebrities, statistics, vision, and dramatic...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-07-2012
  • Why 7 is our lucky number

    "Cool!" my husband announced, displaying a missive from Saturday's mail. "It's addressed specifically to you; sounds like a ransom note." Fortunately, my cute sunroofed hatchback had not actually been taken captive, but someone clearly wishes to wrest it from my ownership...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-29-2012
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