I grew up in the Augusta area, living in Waynesboro for as long as I can remember. I went to college in Indianapolis, interned at the Chronicle over summer and Christmas breaks, and landed a job as sports clerk the summer after I graduated. Eventually, the sports job turned into writing for the business section and now I report on local business happenings as well as writing for the Shopgirl column/blog.
Posted August 18, 2011 01:06 pm

Fall shoes, used book sale and Google's recent purchase


It will be awhile before you can pull out your corduroy pants and wool sweaters, but wearing fall shoes with summer clothes is a good way to ease into your cooler-weather look.

Loafers, boots and oxfords will be very popular, I predict, mainly because they look good with just about anything. A bright pair of driving moccasins can keep a fall-toned outfit from looking to drab, and desert boots create very flattering lines.

Shoes are often worth the investment, but if you're not sure whether a trendier look is right for you, buying an inexpensive knockoff pair is a good way to give it a try.

J. Crew and Aldo are good places to get shoes that will last a while, but aren't impossible to afford. For your experiment pairs, stick with Forever 21 or Target.



The Friends of the Augusta Library will be holding a used book sale Aug. 27, hitting two excellent Saturday occupations - reading and bargain shopping.

The sale will be held in the atrium of the downtown branch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The prices are usually incredible, but come prepared to pay cash.

I think libraries are often taken for granted - it's amazing that we all have huge buildings full of books that we all too often forget about. This sale is a great way to build your personal library while supporting area public libraries. The Friends of the Library uses the proceeds from the used book sales to help support all the area libraries.



Google announced earlier this week that they will be aquiring Motorola Mobility - for the cool price of $12.5 billion.

What does Motorola have to offer? According to Google, it's all about the patents. The technology world has become extremely litigious, with Apple suing Samsung over its Galaxy tablet because it is "shaped like a tablet" and similarly thin arguments from just about every other company.

Motorola was an early player in the mobile phone arena, and holds tens of thousands of patents that Google apparently thinks are worth billions.

What exactly does this mean? Besides making the Android platform even stronger, not much for now. It was probably a smart move enough for Google to arm themselves with innumerable patents against the storm of lawsuits that is currently plaguing everyone in the business.