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  • Unless you're Anne Hathaway, selectivity is essential

    Lessons from this year's Academy Awards: (1) Announcing that the event is young and hip doesn't make it young and hip, and (2) Except for their fame and ownership of jewelry costing more than my house, film stars are just like the rest of us. Presented with a microphone and the object they've...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 03-01-2011
  • Light but not lite

    Technically, it isn’t eavesdropping if you’ve attempted to tune it out, right? The hospital waiting room was quiet, though, and one point of the conversation behind me definitely registered. While I’d brought a novel to occupy the hours I’d be sitting there; the ladies stationed behind me had opted for...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 02-15-2011
  • Stories that turn you inside out

    One should be careful what to wish for this week. Only infrequently do I fondly remember Midwestern weather, but those snowed-in days were wonderful (as long as the power stayed on). A pile-up of the white stuff invites cocooning and simmering vats of soup on the stove. Best of all, one is absolved from...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-31-2011
  • Whether you have one subject or millions

    The King's Speech could be one of the best horror movies ever. King George VI, forced to address audiences of millions despite having a noticeable stutter , surely experienced unimaginable dread before such occasions. The film conveys the terror of the king's predicament; he could clearly foresee...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-23-2011
  • Well, what did you expect?

    Ikea does it again! Their cleverly designed tier of wire document trays sitting to my left has just yielded the answer to an unavoidable question. Amid household receipts and insurance papers awaiting pre-income tax filing, I dredged up a snapshot of a popular book display from years ago. This feature...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 01-17-2011
  • If you can't be honest, hope you're photogenic

    If Sam Bass had resolved to change his ways on New Year's Day back in 1878, giving up his bank- and train-robbing habit, he might have lived past his 27 th birthday. Then, Round Rock probably wouldn't have been elected as his final destination . Perhaps it was already too late for Sam. A couple...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-27-2010
  • Thinking beyond our two front teeth

    For enduring satisfaction (on both sides), few gift options match the perfect book. However, after recently purchasing for this holiday season, I know how difficult it can be to find the right choice among thousands of offerings. So, I asked library co-workers for ideas, suggesting that they confide...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-13-2010
  • Want some fries with that book?

    We've just added a new magazine subscription: Living Without . It's designed for those with special dietary needs and provides gluten-free, diary-free, and allergy-appropriate recipes and advice. The food-sensitive demographic has only recently merited significant concern from publishers, at...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 12-06-2010
  • It's a makeover, Charlie Brown!

    It was just like the little tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas , except with furniture. In pursuit of a low-cost item for the living room, I'd exhausted my usual shabby chic sources in Round Rock and on Craigslist. Determined to locate a downtrodden but sturdy fixer-upper, I tried Austin Furniture...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-13-2010
  • Yet another approach to smart eating

    I'm savvy enough to know two important things about zombies: (1) They don't specifically feast on gray matter or shuffle around chanting, "Brains! Braaaaaains!". That's an unfair (and fun) stereotype based on one of those .... Living Dead films. (2) Zombies have now officially topped...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-06-2010
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