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FAENZI: Can Kindle and books co-exist?

While on a long flight recently, I noticed that the woman sitting next to me was using a “Kindle,” the e-book
device that allows one to download books and click through pages. I mourn the fading away of the tangible,
the sensual—books, newspapers, letters.

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Consumers too connected to TV, telephone noise

Why are we so addicted to being “connected?” The cell phone, the BlackBerry, the television, all have “power off” buttons, but maybe that’s itâ??when we turn the power off, does the sense of being disconnected makes us feel less powerful?

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Indianapolis needs more to-your-door delivery services

There is an essential component missing that I believe service businesses have to pay attention to and offer if they truly
consider themselves “taking care of the city [of Indianapolis] dwellers.” One of them is to-your-door delivery, especially
for food, including groceries.

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VIEWPOINT: What is that buzzing in my ears?

Have we lost the desire for genuine conversation? Or maybe it’s more that our opportunities are being robbed. I ponder that statement whenever I find myself meeting a colleague or friend in a restaurant these days. What lengths proprietors go to to create the right first impression with furniture, lighting and finishes. (I work for a design firm, so I notice these things.) In the best situations, these elements create a sense of welcome. They can make you feel cozy…

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VIEWPOINT: Make the most of your sabbatical

I took a career sabbatical and bought a one-way ticket to Italy. Sabbaticals are mostly once-in-alifetime events with fixed expiration dates. My head, programmed to the world of deadlines, argued, “Pick a return date. Let’s stick to a plan!” My heart, weary of that world, and yearning for the blurred edges of Mediterranean time, pleaded, “Looks like there might be some wiggle room. Let’s just get on the plane.” Tuscany is my ancestral homeland, but I had never spent more…

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