What book has inspired you?

I’m on vacation this week and with the weather iffy this morning we decided after Kyla’s tennis lesson to go indoors to the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Besides, it was the first Thursday of the month and admission is free (Thanks, Supervisor Steve Taylor for the reminder).

Upon entering we had a favorite must-do photo-op.

Yes, that’s the work of Dale Chihuly behind Kyla and me.

Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin!

Did you know that?

In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice. There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today.

His work is included in more than 200 museum collections around the world. Chihuly has won many awards, including twelve honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

After our photo-op we then moved on to the galleries after Kyla was spoiled with a snack at the cafe. One of the exhibits asked patrons to write on supplied sticky about a book that has inspired them  and then place the note on a display wall.

The entire Fischer family participated, and though I could have chosen any number of books I went with one I’ve read in the past 5-7 years. It’s by one of favorite conservative columnists, Doug Giles, a no-nonsense guy, and it’s entitled, “Raising Righteous and Rowdy Girls,” and he’s done just that.

His daughter Hannah helped take down ACORN in 2009, when she partnered up with James O’Keefe to produce revealing undercover videos. Giles’ other daughter, Regis, started the campaign “Girls Just Wanna Have Guns,” which, among other things, aims to instruct young women on how to protect and defend themselves against predators.

Here’s what Giles wrote in promoting his book:

RAISING RIGHTEOUS & ROWDY GIRLS is here to help fathers with daughters. In my book, I table scores of road-tested, historically proven, can’t miss principles for raising girls with a fighting spirit, discernment, a winning attitude, and a holy vision to overcome this feces filled culture.

You will learn in the next 150 finger-burning pages how to teach your daughters to fight, shoot guns, sense BS, be classy, despise anti-intellectualism, be visionaries, party without going Britney, the value hunting and the outdoors, the importance of traditional convictions, and how to avoid the date from hell.

And here’s what a news release said about Giles’ book:

What will this book teach you? Raising Righteous & Rowdy Girls is here to help fathers with daughters. In this book, Giles tables scores of road-tested, historically proven, can’t-miss principles for raising girls with a fighting spirit, discernment, a winning attitude, and a holy vision to overcome this feces-filled culture. You will learn in this quick read how to teach your daughters to fight, shoot guns, sense BS, be classy, despise anti-intellectualism, be visionaries, party without going Snookie, value hunting and the outdoors, esteem traditional convictions, and avoid the date from hell.

Warning: for those with a literary palate for mild evangelical fare, this book is Habanero hot. It’s a PG-13 kick in the pants for fathers trying to bring up righteous and rowdy girls in a XXX world.

Dads, read the book. You’re little princess will thank you – right after she mops the floor with that first unfortunate schmuck to get a little too handsy.

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I saw quite a few books named on those sticky notes.

Harry Potter.

Of Mice and Men.

The Diary of Anne Frank.

And while I didn’t/couldn’t read them all (far too many and I had a daughter anxious to hit the gift shop), the most frequently mentioned  book was obvious.

Do you know?

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In this day and age, albeit not scientific, but still refreshing and reassuring.Save

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