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Many Lives of the Crystal Ballroom by Tim Hills

ring_valerie, January 28, 2014

Not many local venues can say they have 100 years under their belt but then again not many Portland landmarks have the rich heritage of the Chrystal Ballroom. Tim Hill paints a vivid picture of the ballroom's beginning as a dance studio in 1914 all the way up to the present. I enjoyed the intimate stories of who has played there over the years and the trials and tribulations of a dance hall during the 20's, 40's and 60's. I recommend this book for locals and those outside Portland who want more insight into the flavor of the Rose City.
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My Life in France by Julia Child
My Life in France

ring_valerie, September 23, 2009

I'll admit I was a Julia Child fan before reading her My Life In France but I feel I know just a little bit more about Ms. Child and what it must have been like in an a male dominated industry such as cooking. Julia makes it easy to understand why she didn't get caught up in the politics at the Cordon Bleu cooking school. She identified with her purpose, to bring the ease of cooking into every household that she could. I only wish she was around to hear all of this much deserved praise.
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Help--My Kid is Driving Me Crazy
Help--My Kid is Driving Me Crazy

ring_valerie, September 23, 2009

Too bad Dr. Swanson's "Help, My Kid Is Driving Me Crazy" wasn't around for my parents to read. I doubt I would have passed along the same improper parental skills to my children. What makes this book standout among other self-help parenting books is Swanson's list of the many (17 to be exact)ways our children manipulate us and what to do about it. The author offers several ways of resolving parent/child conflicts. Even more important, the book is very easy to understand. I recommend it to everyone.
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My Life in France (Movie Tie-in) by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme
My Life in France (Movie Tie-in)

ring_valerie, August 23, 2009

Admittedly I am a Julia Child Fan. That, and the fact that I've seen the movie Julie & Julia made this book a given. Ms. Child has a great "roll up your sleeves"
type of attitude in the kitchen and that's easily translated into lines in this book. In fact, to say this book has "legs" is an understatement. Truly enjoying.
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God Calling by A. J. Russell
God Calling

ring_valerie, January 31, 2009

Imagine getting advise from God (or your Higher Power) on a daily basis. Then imagine your life's troubles and roadblocks slip away. That's what I have found reading God Calling and I'm only half way thru the book. I recommend this book to any and all who want to find a higher purpose to their life on Terra Ferma.
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