ISBN: 0679445358 Global Overview for this book
16 journalers for this copy...
sweetpea0678(FL)~~BOOK IS HERE~~
The book poses questions that begin with the word "if." The questions are all designed to make you think about yourself or the world around you. Some are fun and some are more serious in nature.
"If you had to sacrifice your life for one thing, what would it be?"
"If you could change the ending of any book ever written, which one would you pick and how would you change it?"
"If you could change one election result from the past so that the loser had won, which one would it be?"
"If you could commit one crime without being caught, what crime would you commit?"
"If you had to choose the title of your autobiography, what would it be?"
I selected only a few questions, but there are hundreds, so I am sure there is something for everyone.
For the bookray, I would like to have the recipients flip through and answer at least one, but really as many as they like, question in the BC journal entry for the book. That way all past and future journalers can also see the answers. The answer can be as simple or detailed as you like and also as personal or unpersonal as you are comfortable with.
Q. If you could, in retrospect, change one thing about your childhood, what would it be?
A. I wish I had not cared so much what people think. It seems like I made lots of decisions based not on what I wanted, but on what others would think of my actions. I was less involved in activities, I said or did things to others to look cool, and I talked to people I didn't even like because of what others thought of me. Seeing my son worry about what others think, in the same manner, drives me nuts for him. I hate for him to limit himself or not speak up because other kids might not approve. I know that, especially for children, what others thing is paramount in their lives as no one wants to feel different.
Q. If you could permanently alter one thing about your physical appearance, what would you change?
A. I want a flat tummy, like the gals on the Abs of Steel videos. I have had 3 kids and gained a lot of wieght with each one. Now that I have lost all the wieght, I still don't have "Abs of Steel" for sure.
Q. If you were instantly able to play one musical instrument perfectly that you never have played before, what would it be?
A. The guitar, most of my favorite songs feature a guitar.
Q. If you could kill the pet of anybody you know, whose pet would it be?
A. This is terrible, I know, but the neighbor's cat. It is constantly tearing up my flower beds and depositing mass quantities of cat crap in them. I don't want to dig around in cat poop when trying to maintain them. They don't seem to care about the cat anyway, in my defense.
Q. If you could have one specific power over other people, what would it be?
A. Mind control. I would never use it for evil, but it sure would be useful in getting my husband to take care of stuff he doesn't around the house for instance.
Q. If you could forever eliminate one specific type of prejudice from the earth, which would it be?
A. Sexism. It would revolutionize the world. It wouldn't be only stay at home moms anymore and working woman would get equal pay in the US for instance. Woman would not be considered sexual objects so the horrors of rape and child prostitution would be eliminated or greatly reduced. People might make better use of their time, rather than ogling woman on the internet, which is what the majority of internet traffic is about. The horrible treatment of woman in other countries, like being stoned to death for being raped or commiting adultry or being forced to dress a certain way and not partake in a full life like men, would be gone. I am sure their are hundreds of benifits I haven't even listed.
Q. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
A. Buy a bigger house. Five people in this tiny place with one bathroom is enough to drive me crazy.
Q. If you had to name your single worst fear, what would it be?
A. Something tragic happening to one of my kids.
Q. If you had to recall the worst date you have ever been on, which one was it?
A. I went out with this guy once in H.S. who always went everywhere with 2 other friends, I was to learn, even on dates. They pretended to smoke weed they didn't have. Then they pretended to steal the car we were driving by fiddling with the hatchback, then crawling in that way. I could go on, but that is enough to get the picture.
Q. If you could recover one thing you've lost in your lifetime, what would you wish to find?
A. A ring I lost in H.S. It was the first ring a guy ever gave to me, so it is of sentimental value.
Q. If you had to pick the most important quality for a leader of your country, what would it be?
A. Empathy. So much good would be done if people cared about how things affected others and not just the monetary aspects and benefits to them.
Q. If you could eliminate one habit you have, what would you stop doing?
A. Biting/Picking at my cuticles. They are always a painful mess.
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I am going to go ahead and send this out. Hopefully I will still get more participants while it begins the journey!
The Wind in the Willows (for the adventures)
Winnie-The-Pooh (for the friendship)
A Year in Provence (for the food and wine)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (for the gummy bears hanging from trees)
Jane Eyre (for the romance!)
The Magician's Nephew (for creation)
The Last Battle (for eternity)
Q: If you could teach your mate to do one thing, what would it be?
A: Snow ski (but I don't have the patience, so it'll never happen)
Q: If you had to choose the worst song ever composed, which one would you pick?
A: "Party All The Time" by Eddie Murphy
Q: If you could have any type of fresh cut flowers delivered to your home every week, what one type would you pick?
Q: If you could arrange a jam session with any three musicians in history, who would you include?
A: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steven Tyler and Jimi Hendrix
Q: If you could be a contestant on any game show, which would you like to be on?
Q: If you were stranded on a desert island and could have with you only one object you currently own, what would you take?
A: Photo album
Q: If you could live the life of any fictional character, which character would it be?
A: James Bond
Q: If you could see only one movie ever again, what film would you choose?
A: Breakfast at Tiffany's
Q: If you could possess one supernatural ability, what would it be?
Q: If you were instantly able to play one musical instrument perfectly that you never have played before, what would it be?
A: The banjo
I'll be sending this one on to AtHomeGoddess very shortly.... enjoy!
1)If you could have any music group alive today play at your birthday party, which group would you hire? - Toss up between Paul McCartney and Aerosmith!
2)If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what kind would you want to be? - A Dolphin
3) If you could sing any one song beautifully and perfectly, which one would you pick? - "Amazing Grace"
4) If you won a lottery, what is the first thing you would do? - Write a will! lol
5) If you had to spend all of your vacations for the rest of your life in the same place, where would you go? - Kauai, Hawaii
The book is on it's way to the next person in line!
- Somewhere in Canada, it doesn't matter.
* If you had to lose one of your five senses, which would you give up?
- Taste, I would be able to eat healthy foods that I just cannot digest. I would be able to eat fruits and more veggies!!
* If you had to name the most terrifying moment of your life so far, what would it be?
- When I was so depressed, I couldn't find a reason to live..nothing worth living for.
* If you could have been the author of any single book already written, which book would you want to have penned?
- The Last Family by John Ramsey Miller
* If you could only keep one of your five senses, which would you save?
* If you could decide how to spend your last day alive, what would you do?
- I would already be in Canada, but I would have my mom, brothers, and sisters with me. We would pick up my friend there and go spend the entire day out on the town seeing the sights.
* If you could decide what will be written on your gravestone, what would you have inscribed?
- Cat Mom. (because I love cats.. and have treated every one I have ever had like my kid)
* If you could be the current world champion in any one sport, which sport would it be?
* If you could relive one single day from your past exactly as it was the first time, what day would you choose to experience all over again?
- The day I was up in Canada (out of 3 days) when I spent the night at a friend's house - watched our fave show together and went to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The one day (also the other 2) that I will always hold dear to my heart.
* If you could dance any one dance perfectly, which dance would you choose?
- Tango, looks fun and it's the one song I find sexy/romantic.
* If you had to confess to one crime you hav ealready committed, what would you confess to?
- Realistically (punished for): trespassing.
- Unrealistic (wouldn't be punished but I do deserve some kind of punishment): letting my anger take the best of me and continuously hurting the person I love the most
* If you could give your parents one gift, what would you give them?
- Eternal happiness
* If you had to go tonight to be tattooed, where on your body would you have it done and what image would you select?
- Upper right arm, a rose (the exact one that I had a fake one of)
* If you had to change your race, what would you want to be?
- Native American
* If you had to name one thing that makes you angriest about a relative, what would it be?
- Constant gossiping
I know it has taken me a long time (sorry for this!!).
Sent off 8-2-2005
Thanks quinaveve for this fun book!
A. I would tell them about modern weapons and warn them of the ambiguity of the phrase "right to keep and bear arms".
Q. If you could realize a dream that you have had while asleep, what dream would you pick?
A. I'm standing at the white wood railing of a porch. The house behind me, pale blue with sheer curtains billowing through the open windowns, is at the edge of a beautiful white-sand beach with emerald waters. I'm looking down from the porch, smiling at someone standing on the sand. I love this person very much, and I feel totally serene. (Unfortunately, this was the total memory of the dream; and when I had this dream, I never saw who the person on the sand was!)
Q. If you could receive all the products from a single company for free (but could not resell them), which company would you choose?
A. L.L.Bean. Not only would my house and my family's clothes be taken care of for a long time, but I could also donate supplies to schools and scouting troops.
Q. If you could live on any one street in the world, which address would you choose?
A. Hotz Ave., Grayton Beach, Florida
Q. If you could be the owner of any current team in professional sports, which one would you want?
A. The Houston Astros!
Q. If you could decide what will be written on your gravestone, what would you have inscribed?
A. If you don't take chances, you never have adventures.
(This is on its way to Piper79 - 8/8/05)
If you were allowed to eat only one vegetable for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
It would have to be corn (though it isn't really a vegetable, but more of a starch). I'm a true midwesterner and I love corn on the cob. The other vegetable I love is carrots.
If you could change one thing about your city or town or neighborhood, what would you alter?
It would be the geography. I love the people in Lafayette (though I'm not that happy that the plague of students has returned to Purdue University for the fall). I really miss the mountains of western North Carolina where I went to school.
If you could, in retrospect, thank one teacher you had in school for what they taught you, what would it be, and what would you thank them for?
I've had very helpful professors in college, but I think there is a middle school teacher who taught history who I would thank. I think his name was Mr. Davis. He was not a young teacher, but not near retirement, either. Yet, he was so passionate about history and America. He was very adamant about first amendment rights and that passion filled me also. I continue to think of him when I need strength to speak my mind. There are still days when I can remember particular lessons in that class. I only hope there are more teachers out there like him, challenging students to think about their beliefs.
PMed sekach00. Awaiting an address.
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Sent to sekach00.
1. If you could accomplish only one thing in the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would have to be raising my children to be well rounded, respectable adults.
2. If you could completely eliminate one of your pet peeves, what would you get rid of?
I know this sounds weird, but I would get rid of the sounds people make while eating/chewing their food. I can't stand hearing "eating noises"!
3. If you could, in retrospect, have purchased a large quantity of stock the day it was first issued, which one would it have been?
Microsoft, of course!!!
4. If you could ensure that your children nevr have one experience that you have had, what would it be?
5. If you could choose the very last thing you would see before you die, what would it be?
A: The day we had my husband’s dog put to sleep. He was the most special dog I’ve ever known and his last year was just very very sad. The day we knew it was time is probably the hardest of my life. It was 15 years ago and it still makes me cry to think about it.
Q: If you were kidnapped and allowed to telephone one person for one minute only, who would you call?
A: My boss. She’s the most capable person I know and seems to come up with a workable answer to any problem almost instantly. I’m sure she’d find a way to save me.
Q: If you could eliminate one day from your past so that you had never had to live through it, which day would you erase?
A: I went to a Christmas party this past winter at my niece’s house—her first party in her new condo. I drank too much and tripped coming down the stairs and broke my ankle in two places in front of all of her friends I had never met before. I think I ruined her party and will personally never live it down.
Q: If you were to be successful in another profession, what would you want to do?
A: I think I’d like to be a doctor. It seems like fascinating work and If I’m going to be successful at it, more’s the better.
Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
A: Pay off everything I and my family owe (assuming this is a really big lottery and I can more than afford to be generous). This presumes there will be plenty left over!
Q: If you just learned that you had exactly one year to live, what would you do with your remaining time?
A: Travel for moderate periods followed by time at home with my dogs, who I would give a really good year.
Q: If you could have a voodoo doll that functioned for one person you know, who would that person be, and what would you use it for?
A: My husband and I would stab it with something every time he lights up a cigar or opens a beer.
Q: If you could have a servant come to your house every day for one hour, what would you have them do?
A: Clean, clean clean! I hate to clean.
Mailing this to timollie5502 today.
Here are a few of my answers:
If you could inherit a comfortable home in any city in the world that you could use but not sell, where would you want it to be?
-Right now, I love living in Philadelphia. My husband and I are enjoying ourselves here so much, with all of the people we've met and the things to do. So, at this time, I'd love to have a home here permenantly - especially if it was a free home :)
If you could have chosen your own first name, other than your current one, what would it be?
-When I was young, I really wanted to be a Kristy, or, during my Brady Bunch phase, Marsha.
If you had to paint your entire home, inside and out, a single color other than white, what color would you pick?
-Blue. I love blues, all of them.
If you were to be married to someone who is famous now, who would you pick to be your new spouse?
-Tom Cavanaugh. I think he's a naturally funny person, and I'm attracted to his body type. I love those akward, funny guys.
If you could find one thing, besides money, in your family attic, what would you want to discover?
-Journals & Diaries. I love knowing what's in peoples' heads - especially my family, who tend to keep their thoughts to themselves a lot.
This book was fun. Thanks for sharing it.
Sending this out 1/18/06.
Q:If you could change one thing in the world right now, what would you alter?
A:The unwillingness of so many to accept differences in others. Differing abilities, religions, ethnicities, thoughts, wishes...these all make us who we are and it drives me crazy when people feel that everyone else should think as they do.
Q:If you could inherit a comfortable home in any city in the world that you could use but not sell, where would you want it to be?
A:Not actually a city but...any house along the beach in Delaware would work just fine for me : )
Q:If you were to have your entire wardrobe designed for you by a single clothing designer for the rest of your life, who would you select?
A:Giorgio Armani. Casual or Formal-his clothes always look just right.
Q:If you could say one sentence to the current pope, what would it be?
A:Birth control and condoms are a lesser evil than unwanted children and HIV.
Q:If you were to be recognized by posterity for one thing, what would you like to be know for?
A:For doing my best to be a good and loving parent.
Q:If you had to choose the color that describes you most accurately, which color would it be?
A:That color that is right between blue-green and green-blue, where you can't quite make out if it is more blue or more green.
Q:If you could be guaranteed one thing in life besides money, what would you ask for?
A:My daughter's well-being.
Q:If you were to have your friends, in private, attribute a single quality to you, what would you want it to be?
Q:If you had to choose the single most valuable thing you ever learned, what would it be?
A:Never allow your self-worth to be determined by the opinions of others.
Q:If you were given one hour to spend an unlimited amount of money in any store in the world, where would it be?
A:Duh, bookstore...one of the really big ones.
Q:If you could eat one food in any quantity for the rest of your life no ill affects whatsover, what food would you choose?
A:Crab legs, loooove them and one of the very few foods that I will actually eat until I'm ill.
Q:If you could have the world's largest collection of one thing, what would it be?
A:BOOKS! : D
This was lots of fun. Thanks for sharing it : ) I'll post it out in the next few days.
posted out FRI 02/03/06
This book came as I was getting dressed for a funeral, and I opened and read the first question: "If you were to be granted one wish, what would it be?" There's only one possible answer - to save my sister from the cancer that took her life.
Scanning through the rest of the book, the questions are sometimes cute and often thought-provoking. I'll enjoy my time with this little book. I'll answer and pass along in a week or so.
Some of my answers:
Q:If you had to have a personal friend redecorate your house, who would you pick to do it?
A: Mila. She has impeccable taste and I love what she's done with her own house.
Q:If you could go back in time, as yourself, to observe any single event from history, what would you want to witness?
A:The signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Q:If you could read the mind of anyone you know, who would it be?
A:My husband. To find out once and for all what he's REALLY thinking. :)
Q:If you were to receive a letter today from anyone you have known during your lifetime, who would it be from and what would it say?
A:My dad, who passed away when I was 7. It would answer a lot of questions I've had for him over the years.
Q:If you could eat one food in any quantity for the rest of your life with no ill affects whatsoever, what food would you choose?
Q:If you could destroy a single tape or CD that your mate plays, what would it be?
A:O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.
Q:If you had to choose the color that describes you most accurately, which color would it be?
A:Purple so dark it's almost black.
Q:If you could accomplish only one thing in the rest of your life, what would it be?
A:To raise my daughters to be generous, confident and happy women.
Q:If you could change one thing about your city or town or neighborhood, what would you alter?
A:I would add someplace besides WalMart to shop at!
Q:If you could eliminate one habit your mate has, what would you have them stop doing?
A:Chewing tobacco. Disgusting.
Q:If you won a lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
A:Pay off bills and buy a house.
Q:If you had to choose the single most valuable thing you ever learned, what would it be?
A:To pursue your dreams, your goals NOW and not put it off for another day.
(page 13) If you could own one painting from any collection in the world but were not allowed to sell it, which work of art would you select?
Malja asetelma or Still Life With Bowl by Nils Schillmark from the Finnish National Gallery. It's too big to fit in my dining "nook", but with the sun shining through a white curtain onto lemon slices and the most gorgeous blue and white bowl I've ever seen, it'd be worth tearing out a wall or two so I could display it!
(page 37) If you were going to initiate a new charity, what would be its mission and who would it benefit?
It would benefit anyone in my city (which just lost 3,500 jobs when Dan River Mills closed, in addition to utility rates going up 40%) who wanted to use it, and it would hand out paper towels, toilet paper, and light bulbs to all comers. (Back when I was a struggling single mom, these were the three things that were hardest for me to keep in stock.)
(page 41) If you could choose the way you will die, how would you want it to happen?
I like the idea of being useful even after death, so I'd choose to be eaten by a tiger. (When I told this to my son, he opined, "But it would play with you first!") What can I say -- we're total cat-lovers.
(page 43) If you had to eat the same meal for the rest of your life, morning, noon, and night, without worrying about nutrition, what would you eat?
This question was the most fun to think about! I'd eat my niece's guacamole salad, the vegetable casserole the minister's wife at Golden Corner Baptist Church makes, my mom's sauerkraut and dumplings (easy on the kraut!), and the garlic steak I had in Mexico City. Dessert? One tiny piece of See's Candy.
(page 123) If you were to inhabit the world of any video or computer game, which one would you select?
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature. That is the most bucolic oceanside village ever! I'd spend most of my time in the hot spring.
Edited April 26: Mailed to glade1 this afternoon.
If you could eliminate one thing you do each day in the bathroom so that you never had to do it again, what would it be?
Well, it's not an EVERY day thing but I would love never to have to shave my legs or underarms again! I have dark hair and fair skin and it's a constant battle...
If you could have lived through any war in history (without actually fighting in it), which would it be?
I think World War II. As an American I envision that era as being a time when our country pulled together for the greater good and gave wholehearted support to the soldiers and the cause. Although war is not something anyone should have to live through, I think our country was better then than it has been since.
If you could be instantly fluent in one other language that you do currently do not read or speak, which would it be?
Spanish, as it has become so common in our area.
If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would it be?
The Resurrection of Jesus. (Just call me Thomas, but it would be nice to have seen it firsthand...)
If you had to choose the best television show ever made, which one would you pick?
Probably M*A*S*H, with The Simpsons and Seinfeld coming close behind.
If you had to choose the best telephone call you've ever had, which was it?
The one from my obstetrician's office with the results of the amniocentesis during my pregnancy with my daughter. That AFP test had come back showing a possibility of a genetic problem so we had to do the amnio. We were so frightened for our baby that it was wonderful to hear that everything was fine and we were having a little girl. I went out and bought a pink ribbon and all the pink flavors of Jelly Belly to surprise my husband with that evening.
If you could be the lover of any person alive, other than your current lover, who would you pick?
Johnny Depp, hands down. Of course that wish would also have to include my suddenly having a very sexy body as well :)
Thanks for sharing this one, guinaveve. I have the address for the next person so I should be able to move this along in the next day or two.
Update 6-12-06: Finally mailed this out on 6-9-06, via Media Mail, to sweetpea0678.
Q. If you could be guaranteed one thing in life besides money, what would you ask for?
A. True Love
Q. If a photograph of one part of your body were to be used in an advertisement, which part would you want used...
A. My eyes. I love them they are green.
Q. If you could have changed one thing about your first sexual experience, what would it be?
A. That I remembered it.
Q. If you had to eliminate one season permanently, which one would go?
A. Being in Florida, I'd say Summer....its too damn hot
Q. If you could wake up tomorrow and learn that the major newspaper headlines were about you, what would you want them to say?
A. Robyn Wins the Lottery.
Q. If you had to choose the single biggest mistake you hae made in life so far, what would it be?
A. Having an abortion
Q. If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single public building, which building would you choose.
A. The library
Thanks for including me in this bookring, jillmari3 asked to be skipped, as she is too busy right now.
I've PMed Busybeesfamily and am waiting for the address.
Thanks and sorry for holding on to it for so long.
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