A simple story with profound ideas about family, friends, identity and environment. With beautiful illustrations, Stellaluna offers thoughts on how aA simple story with profound ideas about family, friends, identity and environment. With beautiful illustrations, Stellaluna offers thoughts on how a life is shaped & educates on a fascinating flying mammal. A perfect bedtime story to enlighten young minds. ...more
This is the first book I've read by David Sedaris and I find myself wondering what took me so long? The good things is I will have lots of catching upThis is the first book I've read by David Sedaris and I find myself wondering what took me so long? The good things is I will have lots of catching up to do. Sedaris sees the world as it really is. This book was a fun trip.
Some Favorite Passages: .....Wait a minute. Did I see a diploma on his wall? Could "Doctor" possibly be the man's first name? ______
.....I bypassed the freezer in the kitchen and the secondary freezer in the toolshed and went to the neglected, tundralike one in the basement. Behind the chickens bought years earlier on sale, and the roasts encased like chestnuts in blood-tinted frost, I found a tub of ice milk, vanilla-flavored, and the color of pus. It had been frozen for so long that even I, a child, was made to feel old by the price tag. "Thirty-five cents! You can't get naught for that nowadays." ______
"That's right," she said. "I want you to marry someone exactly like m, with a big beige purse and lots of veins in her legs. In fact, why don't I just divorce your father so the two of us can run off together?" "You're disgusting," I told her. "I'll NEVER marry you. NEVER!" I left the room in a great, dramatic huff, thinking, DID I JUST REFUSE TO MARRY MY MOTHER? and then, secretly I'M FREE! ______
The thing about Hawaii, at least the part that is geared toward tourists, is that it's exactly what it promises to be. Step off the plane, and someone places a lei around your neck, as if it were something you had earned - and Olympic medal for sitting on your ass. Raise a hand above your shoulder and, no matter where you are, a drink will appear: something served served in a hollowed-out pineapple, or perhaps in a coconut that's been sawed in half. JUST LIKE IN THE TIME BEFORE GLASSES! you think. ______
I remember that in the basement there were two restrooms, one marked "Men" and the other marked "Gentelmen." Inside each was a toilet, a sink, and a paper towel dispenser, meaning that which ever you chose you got pretty much the same treatment. Thus it came down to how you saw yourself: as regular or fancy. ______
I handed the rifle back to Shaun, and as he brushed the hair from his eyes and peered down the scope, I tried to see what I imagined he did: a life on the other side of this, something better, perhaps even majestic, waiting for us to grow into it. ______
After returning to London we got on the Internet and found two properties that were within our price range. The first was called Faggotts Stack and was located between the hamlets of Balls Cross and Titty Hill. Sight unseen it had everything going for it. ______
I was in London during the inauguration and watched the ceremony on the BBC, which reminded me every three seconds that Barack Obama was black and would become America's first black president. At first I thought that this was for blind people, a little reminder in case they forgot. Then it became laughable: BARACK OBAMA, WHO IS BLACK, IS ARRIVING NOW WITH HIS BLACK WIFE AND TWO BLACK CHILDREN, A GROUP THAT WILL FORM AMERICA'S FIRST BLACK FIRST FAMILY, WHICH IS TO SAY, THE FIRST GROUP OF BLACKS ELECTED TO THE WHITE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHITE AND NOT BLACK LIKE THEM. ...more
I have not met any burrowing owls in person, but they are the owl that I am connected to. I have 2 burrowing owls tattooed on my leg based on a photogI have not met any burrowing owls in person, but they are the owl that I am connected to. I have 2 burrowing owls tattooed on my leg based on a photograph by Rob Palmer and I might get another someday. I love these quirky little owls. Maybe next Spring & Summer I will visit the prairie dog colonies more and hopefully I shall one day meet these special creatures. I love Digger, the burrowing owl featured in the film Legend of the Guardians.
2011 Original Reading:I love owls! Today I met the author/photographer at the Twenty Ninth Street Mall Art Festival in Boulder. I passed by his booth and I could not resist. I bought 3 owl photographs for framing and got this amazing book for free, signed by Rob Palmer. I am very happy :-) It should be noted that 2 of the 3 photographs I bought were done by his photographic associate Fi Rust. Rust and Palmer live in Colorful Colorado. Here are their websites for more information: