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  • 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
  • Mad Men and Englishmen

    Julian Fellowes has a lot to answer for. Why did he introduce us to the infuriatingly indecisive Lady Mary and Matthew and convince us of Sir Richard's capacity for revenge--let alone raise the question of who dispatched the evil Mrs. Bates--if he didn't intend to provide a new episode of Downton...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-22-2012
  • 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
  • Across a crowded room

    Rebound relationships are best avoided, but I think Destiny steered me into this one. It was springtime 2011, New York City. I'd left the convention floor of Book Expo America to lug a bunch more free prepublication books down to the mailing center. I piled my treasures into my designated shipping...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-07-2012
  • No applications, just send money

    I was that close--nearly made it out the back door before Elaine spotted me and inquired where I was headed. "The retirement system/457 plan seminar over at the McConico Building," I admitted, hastening to add, "but I'm only going to learn about investments, NOT because I'm about...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-31-2012
  • Where everybody knows your name

    Is it right that I appreciate bad book reviews more than good ones? By "bad", I mean uncomplimentary assessments, not poorly written texts. Book selectors aren't glass-half-empty folks, but we need to be pragmatists, given that library budgets can't accommodate all forthcoming titles...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-24-2012
  • The case of the cold blooded co-worker

    Well, if the rest of us hadn't already known who the Favored Employee around here is, we'd figure it out this week. One of our group has been lavished with attention--photos and videos online, a front page article in the Round Rock Leader , and parties. We see how the public adores her and how...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-17-2012
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