Opening Lines: My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where II am interested in reading the sequel 'Tis.
Opening Lines: My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where I was born. Instead, they returned to Ireland when I was four, my brother, Malachy, three, the twins, Oliver and Eugene, barley one, and my sister, Margaret, dead and gone.
When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.
Closing Lines of Chapter One: The ship pulled away from the dock. Mam said, That's the Statue of Liberty and that's Ellis Island where all the immigrants came in. Then she leaned over the side and vomited and the wind from the Atlantic blew it all over us and other happy people admiring the view. Passengers cursed and ran, seagulls came from all over the harbor and Mam hung limp and pale on the ship's rail.
A few other passages: I know that big people don't like questions from children. They can ask all the questions they like, How's school? Are you a good boy? Did you say your prayers? but if you ask them did they say their prayers you might get hit on the head.
The master says it's a glorious thing to die for the Faith and Dad says it's a glorious thing to die for Ireland and I wonder if there's anyone in the world who would like us to live. My brothers are dead and my sister is dead and I wonder if they died for Ireland or the Faith. Dad says they were too young to die for anything. Mam says it was disease and starvation and him never having a job. Dad says, Och, Angela, puts on his cap and goes for a long walk.
Brendan Quigley raises his hand. We call him Question Quigley because he's always asking questions. He can't help himself. Sir, he says, what's Sanctifying Grace? The master rolls his eyes to heaven. He's going to kill Quigley. Instead he barks at him, Never mind what's Sanctifying Grace, Quigley. That's none of your business. You're here to learn the catechism and do what you're told. Your not here to be asking questions. There are too many people wandering the world asking questions and that's what has us in the state we're in and if I find any boy in this class asking questions I won't be responsible for what happens. Do you hear me, Quigley? I do. I do what? I do, sir.
I think my father is like the Holy Trinity with three people in him, the one in the morning with the paper, the one at night with the stories and the prayers, and then the one who does the bad thing and comes home with the smell of whiskey and wants us to die for Ireland.
I like everything I have heard from Bernie. The cautionary tales have been told in The Hunger Games, V for Vendetta etc. Now it's time for America toI like everything I have heard from Bernie. The cautionary tales have been told in The Hunger Games, V for Vendetta etc. Now it's time for America to decide if enough is enough. Bernie has a vision, a plan and answers. Some people complain about the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer. Some people complain about politicians being dishonest and owned by corporations. Some people complain about the cost of medical care and student loan debts. Maybe it's time to do something about these issues instead of just complaining. Lets fix what is broken, even if it means for The United States of America looking to what other countries have done right.
If we want real change and real hope it is time to elect Senator Bernie Sanders in 2016 - otherwise, yes there will be more of the same. It is time for a drastic change and Bernie can do it. Think Franklin D. Roosevelt for the twenty first century.
Some favorite quotes:
It is no secret that there is massive discontent with politics in America. In the mid-term election in November, 63 percent of Americans did not vote, including 80 percent of young people. Poll after poll tells us that our citizens no longer have confidence in our political institutions, and given the power of Big Money in the political process, they have serious doubts about how much their vote actually matters and whether politicians have any clue as to what is going on in their lives.
Combating this political alienation, this cynicism and this legitimate anger will not be easy. That's for sure. But that is exactly what, together, we have to do if we are going to turn this country around - and that is what this campaign is all about.
And to bring people together we need a simple and straight-forward progressive agenda which speaks to the needs of our people, and which provides us with a vision of a very different America.
Health Care for All: The United States remains the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care for all as a right. Despite the modest gains of the Affordable Care Act, 35 million Americans continue to lack health insurance and many more are under-insured. Yet, we continue paying far more per capita for health care than any other nation. The United States must join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee health care to all as a right by moving toward a Medicare-for-All single-payer system.
College for All: And when we talk about education, let me be very clear. In a highly competitive global economy, we need the best educated workforce we can create. It is insane and counter-productive to the best interests of our country, that hundreds of thousands of bright young people cannot afford to go to college, and that millions of others leave school with a mountain of debt that burdens them for decades. That must end. That is why, as president, I will fight to make tuition in public colleges and universities free, as well as substantially lower interest rates on student loans.
I don't think there is a great debate on whether our infrastructure is crumbling.... The debate, of course, comes down to how you pay for it.
There are many of out here, barely holding onto health insurance. And there are more than a few who are taking the chance of living uninsured. -Nancy S. Buck, Aurora, Colorado
When people like us are working sixty hours a week, and can still barely afford to survive, but people like the Waltons are getting tax breaks of more money than I will see in my lifetime, there is something wrong. -Levy Morrow, Colorado resident at Sanders rally in Denver
He is revered. He's very consistent with where he stands. He's the first politician that I've believed in my life. -Paul Loebe, a thirty-one-year-old who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan during eight years of active duty
Anything published with J.K. Rowling as the author is gonna sell. This is the commencement address given at Harvard University, filled with lots of doAnything published with J.K. Rowling as the author is gonna sell. This is the commencement address given at Harvard University, filled with lots of down to earth wisdom, truth and honesty. I really liked it.
Some favorite parts: ...rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
So given a Time-Turner, I would tell my twenty-one-year-old self that personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement.
And many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They to choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are. They can refuse to hear screams or to peer inside cages; they can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know. I might be tempted to envy people who can live that way, except that I do not think they have any fewer nightmares than I do. Choosing to live in narrow spaces leads to a form of mental agoraphobia, that brings its own terrors. I think the willfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid.
One of the many things I learned at the end of that Classics corridor, down which I ventured at the age of eighteen in search of something I could not then define, was this, written by the Greek author Plutarch: "What we achieve inwardly will change our outer reality." That is an astonishing statement , and yet proven a thousand times every day of our lives. It expresses, in part, our inescapable connection with the outside world, the fact that we touch other people's lives simply by existing.
We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already; we have the power to imagine better.
Nothing lasts, and yet nothing passes, either. And nothing passes just because nothing lasts. - Philip Roth, The Human Stain
I have quickly become a fNothing lasts, and yet nothing passes, either. And nothing passes just because nothing lasts. - Philip Roth, The Human Stain
I have quickly become a fan of Ann Patchett. Until 2015, I hadn't read any of her books and now I have read most of them. I think I will need to read Autobiography of a Face now too.
It is fascinating how each of us have our own story to tell. We must find ways to share our story - the story of our experience on this earth. We may view the same things and yet see them differently.
In this book, while Ann is the author, much of the story is also told through letters written by Lucy Grealy.
Ann: One night after work I was sitting on the edge of my mother's bed, reading her Lucy's letter.
"Save all of those," she told me when I was finished.
"I save some of them," I said, but she and I both knew I never was much on saving anything.
My mother said it again. I was to save them all. "Someday you'll both be famous writers," she said. "And these letters will be very important to you."
Lucy: .....the arbitrary accidental meeting in the street, arriving or waking up just one moment late or too soon. From these moments of arbitrary "real" moments are forged by the characters through their own passions, which insist on taking moments in time and conditions of emotion that will eventually pass: anger, grief, and transforming them through actions into "forever," irrevocable conditions.....
Ann: We were a pairing out of an Aesop's fable, the grasshopper and the ant, the tortoise and the hare. And sure, maybe the ant was warmer in the winter and the tortoise won the race, but everyone knows that the grasshopper and the hare were infinitely more appealing animals in all their leggy beauty, their music and interesting side trips. What the story didn't tell you is that the ant relented at the eleventh hour and took in the grasshopper when e weather was hard, fed him on his tenderest store of grass all winter. The tortoise, being uninterested in such things, gave over his medal to the hare. Grasshoppers and hares find the ants and tortoises. They need us to survive, but we need them as well. They were the ones who brought the truth and beauty to the party, which Lucy could tell you as she recited her Keats over breakfast, was better than food any day.
Ann: Lucy had spent too much of her life alone in the hospital. She checked in alone, had surgery alone, and awakened alone in recovery without anyone she knew to smile at her. Yet even the most impossible things become routine if you repeat them often enough ...more
Beautiful, Perfect, & Happy! You will feel so good about yourself and about life after reading this book :-)
I won't list my favorite passages/partBeautiful, Perfect, & Happy! You will feel so good about yourself and about life after reading this book :-)
I won't list my favorite passages/parts of this book because if I did, I would have to copy the text word for word. Everything is perfect. I love this little book. The words and the images are beautiful. Reading this book puts me in a happy mood :-)
Are you ready to live In the Garden of Happiness?...more
I live in The People's Republic of Boulder. I bought this book from The Boulder Public Library used book sale. I have the original edition. The new edI live in The People's Republic of Boulder. I bought this book from The Boulder Public Library used book sale. I have the original edition. The new editions have color photos and can be bought at any Boulder bookstore.
Boulder Hiking Trails by Cushman and Cushman is the best hiking guide I know of for the Boulder area. The Cushmans have decades of experience and often write featured hiking guides for the local newspaper, Daily Camera.
If you want to explore Boulder - get your hands on a copy of this book. A very informative guide that will really take you places.
My favorite trail is the Ann U. White Trail off of Lee Hill Road in North Boulder. Unfortunately, this trail is closed indefinitely due to historic flooding that occurred in September 2013. The trail is planned to be rebuilt but no further information has been given.
During 2014, I used the Cushman's guide to find new favorite places to hike. My personal favorite hikes include:
Long Canyon Royal Arch Mallory Cave Bear Peak via Fern Canyon Green Mountain via Greenman McClintock Trail Old Kiln Trail Woods Quarry
I still have several trails I want to try :-) ...more
Many people mistakenly believe that circumstances make a person. They don't. Instead, they reveal him or her. Our circumstances don't define us; they represent our unique curriculum - our tests, challenges, and opportunities for personal growth, acceptance, and detachment.
No one is getting up in the morning with the intent of ruining your life (except perhaps some very disturbed people).
Because our thinking and moods are unique to each one of us, we each live in a separate reality.
"I didn't do anything but sit quietly and pay attention to the fact that my hollow chest was still beating. I was still alive and could see that the n"I didn't do anything but sit quietly and pay attention to the fact that my hollow chest was still beating. I was still alive and could see that the new normal wasn't so bad. In fact, it was quite beautiful . . . and that made me feel like the empty inside was just as full as the empty outside, which wasn't empty at all." - Dee Williams, THE BIG TINY
I am fascinated by the Tiny Home Movement. In 2013, I was able to purchase my first home in The People's Republic of Boulder. Most people said it was too small at 498 sq feet, for me it is perfect. As I read these memoirs I can only imagine how it would be living in 84 or 120 sq. feet. I am a great advocate of the simple life. I don't own a car. I don't do commutes. Weather permitting (as long as there is no ice on the road & temperatures are 25 degrees or above), I will ride my KYMCO scooter, named Harley, 10-15 minutes to work. On days I can't ride, I take the bus.
While reading The Big Tiny I started thinking about how long Dee would be able to carry her dog up and down the ladder to the sleeping loft. Towards the end of the book as the author describes (view spoiler)[ a fall and significant injury, I was saying "Yikes!" (hide spoiler)]
I am not interested in a Tiny Home on wheels. I am interested in permanency. Many cities/counties have size minimums such as 300+ sq feet and other cities/counties do not allow trailers. It will be interesting to see how the Tiny Home Movement Develops. I have been seeing some creative, beautiful & intelligent designs using space wisely.
I don't have cable or satellite. I still have my old school flip phone. I still watch VHS tapes and use my Sony Discman on a daily basis. I like to keep things simple & old school. The simple life sounds appealing, just like riding a scooter sounds fun to some people, but when you get down to it - not everyone is ready to live small or live the scoot life. Whether one decides to live small in this drastic of a fashion, it is important to ask yourself "How much do I really need?" and "Is all this stuff worth it?".["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Drift is interesting. I don't read a lot of non-fiction but I am going to try to change that. Chapter 9 on deteriorating nuclear weapons was the mostDrift is interesting. I don't read a lot of non-fiction but I am going to try to change that. Chapter 9 on deteriorating nuclear weapons was the most interesting to me. The author does an excellent job of making her points, providing sources and an extensive index of subject matter in the back of the book. ...more
I was so happy to find this book at the library with new non-fiction. The book spoke to me from the shelf and the ideas spoke to me from the pages. II was so happy to find this book at the library with new non-fiction. The book spoke to me from the shelf and the ideas spoke to me from the pages. I am fascinated by the idea of tiny homes. It was enlightening to see Tammy & Logan downsize from their 1,200 sq ft apartment to their 800 sq ft apartment to their 400 sq ft studio and finally to their 128 sq ft home. I enjoy of simple life and this book was very encouraging. I would like to read more books like this. What do we really need? And if we aren't owned by stuff then we can enjoy life more. I love this shit!
It's okay to be yourself. from INTRODUCTION: Rethinking Normal
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 sI 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 aRobert 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.
This art book has quite the eclectic collection of words paired with paintings.
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
... The 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...more
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 righEver 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. ...more
I found this book very informative and amusing :-)
Favorite parts from Chapter One - Scooter History: The left sidepanel of the Vespa has gone through vI 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 1In 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...more
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 happyThis 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!...more
I listen to this whenever I need reminding to stay positive :-) This a powerful book which can lead to life-changing happiness. I like to read/listenI listen to this whenever I need reminding to stay positive :-) This a powerful book which can lead to life-changing happiness. I like to read/listen to The Power at least once a year. The information presented herein have inspired me to get two different tattoos: one with the power sunburst symbol to represent love and the other of the monkeys that hear, see and speak no evil. Enjoy!...more
I received a free digital copy from the publisher. Amazing photographs and information. Open this book and start daydreaming! :-) I like these kind ofI 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
I found a paperback copy at the library in 2014 and re-read this. In 2013, I was able to become a first-time homeowner. My home is under 500 sq feet, very cozy and colorful in Colorado. I love tiny homes and the ideas of minimalistic living. ...more