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  • Does environmentalism sound fishy to you?

    Name the trend-- Hunger Games, Downton Abbey, cupcakes, social networking, recycling and eco-friendly lifestyle, financial education for kids, apps, eBooks--and you can count on us to offer enlightening resources. We know that our customers will be hungering for a full accounting. But not for lionfish...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-10-2012
  • 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 remedy the last traces of the Possum Who Ate Through...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-03-2012
  • What can you say about a 70s hit?

    It's like a dare in reverse. Assure me that "you have to read this book", and a little neuron deep within my gray matter commences to flash in a no-I-don't- you-can't- make-me sequence. Not coincidentally, I'm often the last in my crowd to pick up trendy titles-- The Hunger...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-26-2012
  • Birdbrains, unite!

    It's true what they say--tweeting on the job is sooo distracting. But the dove, sparrow, and grackle families outside the library windows intent on nest arranging and procreation are definitely in twitter mode. One of the two dove nests currently defies several laws of physics by somehow accommodating...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-19-2012
  • 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 display the irregular line lengths and distinctive...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 04-04-2012
  • The good, the bad, and the literate

    While brooding about our Western Problem this week, it's been easy for me to imagine Sam Bass and A.W. Grimes finding some aspects of downtown Round Rock--just a few blocks from the Chisholm Trail --pretty familiar. You can still mosey in off the street through a set of double doors for music, relaxation...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-28-2012
  • This old thing? I only wear it when I want to feel uninformed.

    "So, you guys are still in it, then? Way to go!" The kind gentleman in the queue at Walgreens was addressing me--why? A quick self-survey revealed that I was sporting a favorite T-shirt, emblazoned with the image of a smiling mythical bird wearing buckled shoes . The giant letters proclaiming...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-21-2012
  • Award-winning silence not reserved for the Oscars

    Did you catch the article about Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary in last weekend's Parade magazine? My favorite change-is-good reference was the singularly 21st-century merit badges. According to the GS website, Scouts can now achieve recognition for geocaching, entertainment technology, digital...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-14-2012
  • 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 a graphic that co-worker Kate judged "really...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-07-2012
  • 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 magazine: I liked it; I really liked it. Not...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-29-2012
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