I liked the early chapters best, found a lot of things I could relate to and laugh with.
I found it very interesting how Joanna's Mormon Heritage was s...moreI liked the early chapters best, found a lot of things I could relate to and laugh with.
I found it very interesting how Joanna's Mormon Heritage was so important to her even though she disagreed with many of the ideas. I also found it interesting how she is bringing up her children in both Mormon and Jewish culture.
I love how Provo, Utah! is always italicized with an explanation point! :-)
I think this little memoir will be best appreciated by individuals who were raised LDS. Outsiders may not appreciate the quirky weirdness quite as much as those who have been there. My favorite chapters include:
Chapter 3: Signs of The Times Chapter 5: Mormons vs. Born-Agains Chapter 6: Sister Williams's Tampons Chapter 7: Object Lessons
I also recommend Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck.
Robert Duncan is one of my favorite artists because he is able to capture the simplicity and beauty of a quiet life. This book contains great quotes a...moreRobert Duncan is one of my favorite artists because he is able to capture the simplicity and beauty of a quiet life. This book contains great quotes and paintings. The artist has a studio and shop located in Midway, Utah near Park City.
Some of my favorite quotes from Where Love Is:
Life is a splendid gift - there is nothing small about it. - Florence Nightingale
If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal - that is your success. ...Th true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched. - Henry David Thoreau
Life is what we make it - always has been, always will be. - Grandma Moses
We fill the hands and nurseries of our children with all manner of dolls, drums, and horses, withdrawing their eyes from the plain face...and nature, the sun and moon, the animals, the water and the stones which should be their toys. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
We cannot live only for ourselves. - Herman Melville
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. - Aesop
Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child, Listen to the DON'TS Listen the the SHOULDN'TS The IMPOSSIBLES, The WON'TS Listen to the NEVER HAVES Then listen close to me - Anything can happen, child, ANYTHING can be. - Shel Silverstein(less)
Ever since the 1980's and the golden era of the Golden Girls, I have been a fan of Betty White. To me, she is one the great amusements of my life righ...moreEver since the 1980's and the golden era of the Golden Girls, I have been a fan of Betty White. To me, she is one the great amusements of my life right up there with Lucille Balle and Ellen Degeneres. I like the fact that she is such an animal lover and I enjoy seeing her continue to play major roles in television and movies.
If You Ask Me is an easy to read and honest look at the thoughts and life of Betty White which features photographs and Betty's handwritten Forward and Afterword. At the library, I found an audiobook read by the author which was an enjoyable companion to my hardcover copy :-)
A few favorite passages from the book:
GROWING OLDER There is even a funny side to aging, if one has a warped sense of humor. If one has no sense of humor, one is in trouble.
ON REFLECTION In show business, the mirror obviously plays a big part in one's life, but early on - long before I started working - my beloved mother taught me another role the mirror plays. I can still hear her: "Bets, you can lie to anyone in the world and even get away with it, perhaps, but when you are alone and look into your own eyes in the mirror, you can't sidestep the truth. Always be sure you can meet those eyes directly. Otherwise, it's big trouble, my girl."
ENTHUSIASM I think everybody needs a passion. Whether it's one passion or a hundred, that's what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints. You might leave behind pleasant memories in the minds of friends and acquaintances, but those dissipate quickly. (less)
I found this book very informative and amusing :-)
Favorite parts from Chapter One - Scooter History: The left sidepanel of the Vespa has gone through v...moreI found this book very informative and amusing :-)
Favorite parts from Chapter One - Scooter History: The left sidepanel of the Vespa has gone through various and sometimes bizaree, transformations. The glovebox in this photo may seem like a good idea, but the the whole design of the Vespa carries the engine (and the heaviest part of the scooter) on the right side. Best put a brick in your glovebox to balance the weight. -pg 14
"Somebody in our sales department wanted a scooter that looked like a motorcycle with the gas tank between your legs. It turned out to be a hell of a good idea," said Robert Ammon. -pg 20
Another way to look tougher aboard your scooter is to give your scooter club a really nasty sounding name. No one is going to mess with a member of "The Defilers". -pg 23
Favorite part from Chapter Two - Buying The Right Scooter: This little maneuver is more difficult than it first appears, especially if you do it wrong. If you do it right, it's not that difficult. -pg 47
Favorite parts from Chapter Three - Safety: An added benefit of wearing a helmet is when the local police pull you over, they'll recognize that you're at least somewhat responsible... Leaving the straps undone is definitely cool, but makes the helmet worthless. If you're flung over your handlebars, the helmet will probably be shot from your head like a cannonball and leave your scalp open to the elements. -pg 50
I also learned in this section on helmets that there are "fake helmets" with Department of Transportation(DOT) approval stickers.
"You can always judge a happy scooterists by the bugs on their teeth."
Help your car-dependent friends and relatives to be the best drivers they can be and avoid having your scooter friends wiped from their windshields. -pg 60
Using the soft lane change means that once you've cleared the lane visually, you turn on your signal and slowly ease into the next lane instead of darting into the lane like a highly-caffeinated lab rat. -pg 61
Favorite parts from Chapter Four - Minimal Maintenance: The minimum maintenance of new scooters allows the mechanically uninclined to avoid the joys of being elbow-deep in grease -pg 67 :-)THANK GOODNESS!
...avoid lighting a cigarette unless a two-wheeled Molotov cocktail would impress your buddies. Idiot lights. If you have a modern scooter with warning lights, heed those immediately. Unfortunately by the time the light blinks, the problem is often serious
Repair Manual Unsympathetic publishers print oversized books that don't fit in the glove box. Either editors haven't been stranded on a date with a broken down scooter or they can afford to pay a mechanic to tune their ride (usually a motorcycle) perfectly. -pg 68
Favorite part from Chapter Six - Tours and Rallies: "The scooter serves as the material bridge between different generations, different cultures, different epochs, between contradictory desires. It is a sign of progress....It is a passport to the future." -Dick Hebdige in "Object as Image: The Italian Scooter Cycle" -pg 117
Favorite Parts from Chapter Seven - Clubs: One of these dangerous dames of The Secret Servix Scootin' Chicks echoed the feminist cry to get off the pillion: "My favorite part of being a scooter girl is convincing those girls on the back of bikes to get their own."
"If you buy a Vespa, your neighbors don't move out of the neighborhood. The Vespa is a motorscooter, not a motorcycle. There is no social stigma attached to driving one." -Vespa ad from 1964 -pg 127
"Every time I'm waiting at a traffic light, there is always at least one pedestrian who, rushing past me, does a double take. "Whoa, dude, Vespa!" he'll say (or some variation thereof). And he stops, right there in the middle of the street to admire what's between my legs." -author Bill Bulford pg. 131
In the beginning, there was the Big Bang, the molten masses cooled and the galaxies formed, life emerged from the seas, humans developed... ...and in 1...moreIn the beginning, there was the Big Bang, the molten masses cooled and the galaxies formed, life emerged from the seas, humans developed... ...and in 1902 the first motorscooter saw the light of day. It began with a Big Bang. It continues with a putt-putt.
I love the opening of this book :-) This is a nice collection of photographs and information, detailing the amazing history of the motorized scooter.
"Americans export Coca-Cola. Japanese export Sonys. Russians export Kalishnikovs. Italians export Vespas and Lambrettas." -Proverb
In the section about scooters in the movies, the following quote brought a smile to my face: "Everyone knows that damage is done to the soul by bad motion pictures." -Pope Pius XI
I have started really paying attention on the rode keeping an eye out for scooters. I will see a two-wheeled vehicle approaching and will say "Yep there goes one" or "Nope that's a motorcycle". I am getting really good at telling the difference :-)
"Motor scooters have always been Warm Puppy Good Things, symbols of happiness and frivolity in days when motorcycles were symbols of malevolence , darkness and perversity." -Cycle, September 1981(less)
This book was very good filled with great quotes, wisdom and ideas. Well worth the approx $5 that I paid for it at Barnes & Noble. I am very happy...moreThis book was very good filled with great quotes, wisdom and ideas. Well worth the approx $5 that I paid for it at Barnes & Noble. I am very happy with the investment I made with this book - I shall reap the benefits for the rest of my life. Highly recommended!(less)
I received a free digital copy from the publisher. Amazing photographs and information. Open this book and start daydreaming! :-) I like these kind of...moreI received a free digital copy from the publisher. Amazing photographs and information. Open this book and start daydreaming! :-) I like these kind of books because I believe simplicity is a gift - it's so easy to clutter our lives. Other similar books I've read and recommend: Treehouses of the World and America at Home(less)
This book is nicely put together. I like it much better than her previous volume. The Tattoo Chronicles reads like a journal with plenty of photos and...moreThis book is nicely put together. I like it much better than her previous volume. The Tattoo Chronicles reads like a journal with plenty of photos and artwork to keep readers interested. (less)
42 People, 42 Stories. This is the kind of tattoo book I like. I bought this book at a nearby Borders going out of business sale. The book tells the s...more42 People, 42 Stories. This is the kind of tattoo book I like. I bought this book at a nearby Borders going out of business sale. The book tells the story of Carey Hart, motocross champ and owner of Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company located in Las Vegas. The shop has been featured the A&E reality show, Inked.
The book features interesting profile stories & nice, big, clear pictures of their tattoos.(less)
This is one of my very favorite tattoo books. Not only does it have great pictures and information - it also has 150 temporary tattoos! I am excited t...moreThis is one of my very favorite tattoo books. Not only does it have great pictures and information - it also has 150 temporary tattoos! I am excited to try these temporary tattoos and freak people out. My co-workers are always asking me if I've gotten a new tattoo and now I'll have one every few days! This is going to be so much fun. I bought this book at a Borders Store Closing Liquidation Sale and I wish I would have bought the other copy that was still on the shelf because then I would have 300 temporary tattoos!(less)
Lots of information on different letters, languages & meanings, but there was a lot of information I wasn't interested in. I was just looking for...moreLots of information on different letters, languages & meanings, but there was a lot of information I wasn't interested in. I was just looking for different English scripts - not interested in creating some kind of secret, symbolic code. I liked the section on people using logos as tattoos and branding themselves. I also like the decorated/ornamental section. Overall, I like the book because because it is a source of ideas which the reader can adapt for their own use.(less)
I like this one better than the author's follow-up book on scripts and lettering. This design directory has pictures, flash, tattoo history and backgr...moreI like this one better than the author's follow-up book on scripts and lettering. This design directory has pictures, flash, tattoo history and background information on various popular tattoo images. I think it covers a wide spectrum in a simple way.
Love lasts forever, but a tattoo lasts six months longer. -ANON, as quoted on pg 19
Tattoos aren't meant for everybody and they're too goddamn good for some people. -Lyle Tuttle, Tattoo Artist, as quoted on pg 20
Good tattoos aren't cheap and cheap tattoos aren't good. -pg 28
I also enjoyed the information on zodiac signs. I was born in the year of the monkey and I now have a monkey tattoo - the three monkeys which hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. I am also a pisces - I have yet to get a fish tattoo :-)(less)