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  • 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
  • Why wait for the 2020s?

    You'd think it was Valentine's Day already. I can practically see the little cartoon hearts and Cupids floating around. The reason: two Christmas-gift Kindles and their newly smitten recipients in my family. With these devices on site (neither belongs to me), our Focus Quotient has declined markedly...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-10-2012
  • Entering the resolution-free zone

    For all I know, the Twilight Zone marathon (original 1950s-60s iteration) on Syfy Channel could still be broadcasting. It certainly underscored many of our household activities on New Year's weekend. As I stirred blackeyed peas, unhooked tree ornaments, and dragged boxes of lights back up the attic...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-03-2012
  • The advantages of being two-faced

    The second day after Christmas--time for two annual post-Yule pursuits: eating cookies and confronting my holiday hypocrisy. I have no qualms about scooping up epic post-season markdowns mere hours after The Day, yet I choose to be deeply offended by the sight of a discarded tree consigned to the curb...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-27-2011
  • We believe Yule love these

    Our family's new holiday ritual: If the Christmas lights are on when you pull into the driveway, proceed to the row of aging candle lights outlining the flower bed. Twist the bulb on the fifth candle from the end. It will come back on, which means that its neighbor will stop flickering, thus encouraging...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-19-2011
  • Mary had a little stereotype

    At our house, It's a Wonderful Life is only the third most popular Christmas movie, after the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol and Love Actually . It's a very solid #3, though, and we happily anticipate the 2011 viewing. My husband and daughter never miss an opportunity to laugh and...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-13-2011
  • ...And a squirrel in a live oak tree

    I have elected not to heed the holiday gift suggestions from major advertisers (i.e., buy everyone on your shopping list a car, big-screen TV, or smartphone.) But here's a prime reading tip for you or for a guest who arrives at your house having already finished all his/her bestsellers while languishing...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-06-2011
  • Writing for amateurs, bowling for vampires

    Should I go with the classic "You like me, you really like me!" or the even more classic "Thank you, thank you very much"? Of course, my novel will deservedly never see the light of day, so my National Book Award acceptance speech is not a major concern. (However, if I ever need a...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-28-2011
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