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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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