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  • Alice's adventures in Candy Land

    We can't ask Mr. Starbuck; he's a fictional character. But I suspect that other folks bearing popular brand surnames--the Heinzes, Bayers, Disneys, Wrigleys, Ferraris, etc.--would report favorably on that situation. It's not just the money. Sharing dynastic credit for entertaining, conveying...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-01-2010
  • Lightning bolts and sirens and snakes: oh, my!

    Driving to work yesterday, I caught an NPR review of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. When a respected film critic disapproves as that one did, I can proceed in one of two ways: relegate the selection to "Netflix but not big screen" status--possibly even the dreaded "don't...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-13-2010
  • Good news: no recalls for reading acceleration

    I'm living on the edge these days. And I'm not referring to the 2009 Toyota that awaits me in the library parking lot. The book bag on the front seat bulging with selections from five different reading discussions--that's what triggers my panic attacks. Yesterday, for example, I showed up...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-10-2010
  • Are cupcakes on the food pyramid?

    My colleague had the new display of cookery books and food writing well under way this morning. At some point, two different labels suggested themselves: "Just Desserts" or "Getting Your Just desserts". I concurred that "Just Desserts" was the less risky option. What if...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-03-2010
  • The thrill of victory...

    If you immediately added "...and the agony of defeat", you're dating yourself. You're in good company, however. Olympic Games spectatorship has evolved from grainy black-and-white to glorious panoramic digital color, but no one has encapsulated TV viewers' perception of the experience...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-27-2010
  • Our stormy relationship: it's over

    We knew it couldn't last. A library and its community-wide reading choice eventually have to part ways. Isaac's Storm: a Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History is a thing of the past. I'm on the Round Rock Reads! committee and will admit that we have a roving eye; we'll soon...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-20-2010
  • And now, a word from the football game...

    Super Bowl XLIV doesn't happen until February this year, but it already registers on the household radar screen. My husband, an old school Cowboys fan, entertains the dare-I-hope possibility that this really might be Dallas' year. My thoughts center on more practical matters, such as not touching...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-16-2010
  • Star-crossed and blindsided

    Describing Romeo and Juliet's attraction as "star-crossed" sounds romantic, but Shakespeare was just calling the situation as he saw it. If you check the origins of the word "disaster", you'll find that it amounts to something like "against the stars or fate". Attendees...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-11-2010
  • Families! Can't live with 'em...

    Leila Meacham's well-publicized new novel comes out later this week. If you've already heard that it's primarily set on an East Texas cotton plantation, the title may surprise you-- Roses. Explained early on, the flowers symbolize a unique tradition among the community founders. For me, this...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-04-2010
  • Welcome to Organizers Anonymous

    Not everyone arranges their spices in alphabetical order, I'm told. I do, but not owing to OCD or having too much time on my hands. Quite the contrary. When you're in the throes of cooking, knowing exactly where to reach for that ingredient saves both moments and frustration. Organizing is cheaper...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-28-2009
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