Amber Decreed it

Sez Amber:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

Ok, this was hard for me becaue I just PACKED all my books for the move…. gaaargh. This first book I touched was SQL for Dummies, and page 123 was full of queries and whatnot and I did NOT want to retype it. So, the next book was, and try not to fall in love with me here, Tax Planning and Compliance for Tax-Exempt Organizations: Rules, Checklists, Procedures (Fourth Edition) by Jody Blazek.

Page 123, sentences 6, 7 and 8:

The organizational documents of both organizations dedicated the assets to charitable purposes so that, as a practical matter, either organization could have survived. For tax purposes, however, the assets of the (c)(3) organization could not have been transferred to the (c)(4).

[Chapter heading: Qualifying and Nonqualifying Civic Organizations]

The primary characteristic of a qualifying civic league is that it operates to benefit the members of a community as a whole, be it the world or a small town, as opposed to operating a social club for the benefit, pleasure, or recreation of particular individuals.

I promise that the next time I talk about a book, it will be much more interesting. In fact, I have been asked to review three new books, two of them children’s books sent to me by their publisher, and one advance copy of a novel sent to me by the author. I stayed up late with Daphne passed out on my chest reading the first fifty or so pages, and it’s looking great. It’s about a soccer mom who battles demons while her kids and husband aren’t looking… sort of Buffy meets… um, me, I guess. And of course I am all excited because one of the characters is named Mindy!

More later, as I get deeper into the novel and test drive the others with my kids!

0 Responses to Amber Decreed it

  1. pam March 1, 2005 at 1:05 pm #

    Fun! I’ll do it, but I’ll use a book from here at the office. If I make you read three sentences of a policy textbook, you’ll black out and hit the keyboard.

  2. Wendy March 1, 2005 at 1:23 pm #

    Oh boy……when you work in a police station, you have some pretty interesting books on the shelves!!  LOL

  3. Kristin S March 1, 2005 at 1:41 pm #

    Thanks for the fun.

  4. Gail March 1, 2005 at 2:28 pm #

    No, no, no, that’s not what I mean.  It would be a staged suicide attempt.  A ruse.

    Running with Scissors: a memoir
    by Augusten Burroughs

  5. MetroDad March 1, 2005 at 5:23 pm #

    Can’t wait ‘til they make the movie.

  6. Mindy's Mom March 1, 2005 at 7:40 pm #

    oh, yes, anything about books, I’ll play, but as Mindy will take infinite pains to let you know, I am an independent very independent woman and will only follow orders to a certain point (that point tonight is instruction #3). So here’s my take on the instructions: 1) find the nearest book—ok, rummaging through all my meager supply of books in my little apartment where I can’t remember the phone number for just the right one—yes, yes, yes, it’s Meditations for Women Who Do too Much by Anne Wilson Schaef; 2) turn to page 123—ok but not easy because the pages are unnumbered, by dates, so, including leaping February, May 2 represents the 123rd day (or close enuf so don’t start counting as numbers don’t turn me on much); 3) read certain sentences—no, the May 2 entry is too good to shorten: Courage: “‘Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.’” Faith Wittlesey. “That’s right! Ginger Rogers was amazingly good at what she did, and so are we. It takes courage for women to acknowledge how good we are at what we do. We are caught in a strange cultural expectation of having to be simultaneously competent and passive. This often results in a kind of humility that really is a denial of our expertise. Also, women who do too much seem to vacillate between exaggerating our competence and feeling that we are worthless and totally incompetent. This vacillation between extremes is part of the addictive disease. The real test of courage is being realistic and letting ourselves know that we really are competent at many things. Being good at what we do isn’t a curse. It’s a gift that comes from ourselves and from a power greater than ourselves.” [I think “power greater than” is a reference to our mothers and foremothers, who have taught us both courage and competence, right? right.]. And if any of you fellow mostly-lurkers have any doubt, my secret word is “girl.” Now, that’s female power. Are you listening, Daphne? Courage.

  7. Don March 1, 2005 at 11:27 pm #

    Who here thinks Mindy’s Mom was just saving that quote on a slip of paper until she could work into a post?

    /waving hand
    //not that there’s anything wrong with that

  8. mindy March 2, 2005 at 4:49 am #

    YIKES! Is she gone yet?

    *comes out from under covers*

    *rearranges covers for third child crawling into bed, rebalances laptop, and shifts manuscript scattered across quilt from last night’s reading*

    Um, do you think we really do too much? And BTW folks, I bought her that little meditation book some years ago and I don’t know whether it is a good sign or a bad sign that she took it to her little apartment where she sleeps while at work 2,000 miles away. Is it because she could spare it from her CA collection? Is it because she wanted it handy? Or is it because she needed it in case her daughter called up weeping (from her office on Executive Row) about how she just can’t do it all and was feeling like a total failure?

    And people, I shit you not, my word is “child.”

    I am so her child.

  9. jMom March 2, 2005 at 9:33 am #

    Okay, hmmm:

    “The air was so wet that sweat could hardly evaporate. It ran down Calvin’s neck and back and legs, and when he mopped his brow with a handkerchief, it came away sopping wet.

    “Nobody’d mind if he coooled things off a little.”

    From OS Card’s “The Crystal City”—from the library and easy to read while breastfeeding. And you GO, Mindy’s Mom! Word is “boys,” as in , well, you know …

  10. redclay March 2, 2005 at 5:51 pm #

    “She was weak and helpless, shaken in mind and nerve. It was to take her at a disadvantage to obtrude love upon her at such a time. Worse still, she was rich.”

    from the complete sherlock holmes

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