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Our next book club pick is Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay. According to Mary, it’s an easy read, which is exactly what we need at this point! We’ll be meeting at Shannon S.’s house for brunch at 11am on Sunday, March 29th. See below for details about the book and click here to find your favorite indie store. Feel free to post a comment if you need directions.

Here’s the starred review from Publisher’s Weekly:

De Rosnay’s U.S. debut fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the Vélodrome d’Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz. Forty-five-year-old Julia Jarmond, American by birth, moved to Paris when she was 20 and is married to the arrogant, unfaithful Bertrand Tézac, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter. Julia writes for an American magazine and her editor assigns her to cover the 60th anniversary of the Vél’ d’Hiv’ roundups. Julia soon learns that the apartment she and Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand’s family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers—especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive—the more she uncovers about Bertrand’s family, about France and, finally, herself. Already translated into 15 languages, the novel is De Rosnay’s 10th (but her first written in English, her first language). It beautifully conveys Julia’s conflicting loyalties, and makes Sarah’s trials so riveting, her innocence so absorbing, that the book is hard to put down.

See you then!

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In my endless search for dogs and continual failure to commit, I’ve been fortunate enough to run across the dog adoption and training program run by Colorado Correction Industries. Through this program, Colorado inmates rescue dogs from shelters in our state (and surrounding states) and train/prepare them for adoption into households of all kinds. The program is not only a saving grace for dogs in need of a last chance, it provides participating inmates with valuable training skills, unconditional love and bonds where you’d least expect them, and the opportunity to actually earn a salary based upon their performance. Talk about rehabilitation.

At this point, I’m still at the look, but don’t touch phase.

Check them out and prepare to have your heart melted my friends…

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Thanks to Chris, I’ve recently broached the question of how long one should store “ex” numbers in their cell phone. When it comes to former friends and flames, when do you finally hit delete?

I’ll be the first to admit that I store them longer than necessary, as Boulder seems smaller every year and you never know who you’ll re-encounter next. In Mavenland, the benefits of caller ID (i.e. call avoidance) seem to last long after the sweet talking and text messaging ends…

So, how’s a girl to know when the coast is finally clear?

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Boulder, Colorado–come on down!

I’m so excited about being the first SmartGrid City, I can hardly stand it. After all these years of frivolous use and use and use, we finally have the chance to see exactly where all that energy actually goes when it leaves the plant and to reduce our current M.O. of oversupply and excess consumption. The SmartGrid works by monitoring the amount of power used by households/businesses and distributing energy according to where and when it’s needed.

The ability to route power according to specific area requirements allows us to use the energy available (i.e. using naturally occurring wind or solar supplies, as opposed to always having to manually generate energy),  reduces the need for more power plants, and combats the threat of costly power disruptions.

While it’s scheduled to be built out in June 09, the real deal won’t be in full effect until 2010. Time flies, so it will be here before you know it…

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I recently heard that the Big Red F restaurant group is opening yet another venue in town. At their newest location, Asian cuisine and handcrafted cocktails combine to form Happy Noodle House, which will occupy D’Napoli’s old spot at 835 Walnut Street. From the looks of their dinner and drink menus, they’re off to a running start.

Doors are scheduled to open any day now–I’ll certainly share my first impressions here when the time comes.

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The Boulder International Film Festival is returning to the Boulder Theater next weekend with what sounds like an outstanding lineup of films and an absolutely delightful time. With only a few more hours in each day, my show wish list wouldn’t stand a chance. Until my “27-hour-days potion” takes effect, it looks like some paring down is in order.

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison is top of the short list, followed closely by Unwinking Gaze, School of Thought, Come Back to Sudan, The Conscience of Nhem En, Red Gold—decisions, decisions, decisions…

5-4-3-2-1-action!

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When our tough economy and the dining establishments in downtown Boulder go head to head, the foodies win every time. As I discovered last weekend after encountering 45-minute waits at all my favorite dinner spots, if times get tough, our need for food and libations only grows stronger!

Top your favorite meal with Downtown Boulder’s Mid-Winter Sale (occurring next weekend), and you’re officially in business.

Dig in, folks…

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