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  • 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
  • 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
  • Who's your WFF?

    So, you've managed to avoid starring in a Youtube video or some other digital gaffe showcase that's "gone viral"? Don't congratulate yourself yet. As I was reminded this past weekend, low-tech and even no-tech modes of embarrassment lurk in the most innocuous places. As actual viruses...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-07-2012
  • Are tall people more energy efficient?

    Could be--and not just because they create more shade outdoors. I developed this theory following a recent local newscast (topic: Let's Avoid Blackouts) reminding us that the clothes dryer is a major electricity consumer. For those of us exceeding average stature, three-quarter length sleeves (a...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-29-2012
  • Enjoy a steady diet of surprises

    At one time or another, parents require the reassurance of that longstanding nutritional theory (that Junior's current fixation on nothing but peanut butter or cheese or oranges or cereal, etc. merely indicates his body's pursuit of a particular vitamin or mineral). You'd think that an empty...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 06-21-2012
  • At least pastrami will never go out of style

    Just my luck. According to Weather Underground 's Manhattan forecast, all the days I'll be vacationing in New York City next week indicate a chance of showers. Of course, the lowest probabilities coincide with the days I'd be indoors anyway at the Book Expo . Rainy weather icons for the 10...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 05-31-2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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