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  • What this world needs

    ...is another version of "The Night Before Christmas". What if Santa paid a visit to downtown Round Rock the week before his annual delivery? The Night Before Christmas at Round Rock Public Library ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the shelves Resounds pitter-patter of holiday...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-19-2012
  • Why holiday notes are even better than cards

    This time of year, surprises should arrive tied with a bow or layered in a tin with other similarly delectable items. As for the other kind of eye-opener (say, the dawning realization that the updated flower bed shape doesn't fit our Christmas lights like the old one), those can be difficult to appreciate...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-29-2012
  • 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
  • It'$ only money

    "Let me tell you about the very rich," advises the oft-quoted passage from an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, "They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them..." What it does is render them fascinating to readers from the not-mega...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-06-2012
  • 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
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