Never Sit If You Can Dance: Lessons from My Mother

Never Sit If You Can Dance: Lessons from My Mother

by Jo Giese


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Jo’s mother, Babe, liked to drink, dance, and stay up very late. When the husband she adored went on sales calls, she waited for him in the parking lot, embroidering pillowcases. Jo grew up thinking that the last thing she wanted was to be like her mother. Then it dawned on her that her own happiness was derived in large part from lessons Babe had taught her. Her mother might have had tomato aspic and stewed rhubarb in her fridge, while Jo had organic kale and almond milk in hers, but in more important ways they were much closer in spirit than Jo had once thought.

At a turbulent time in America, Never Sit If You Can Dance offers uplifting lessons in old-fashioned civility that will ring true with mothers, daughters, and their families. Told with lighthearted good humor, it’s a charming tale of the way things used to be—and probably still should be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631525339
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 184,517
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jo Giese is an award-winning radio journalist, author, teacher, community activist, and former TV reporter. As a special correspondent, she was part of the Peabody Award–winning team at Marketplace , the most popular business program in America. At Marketplace she won an EMMA for Exceptional Radio Story from the National Women’s Political Caucus and a GRACIE from the Foundation of American Women in Radio. She has contributed to Ira Glass’s This American Life. The author of A Woman’s Path and The Good Food Compendium, Giese has written for scores of publications, including The New York Times , the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, LA Weekly, European Travel & Life, BARK, Montana Outdoors , and The Malibu Times. She lives in Southern California and Bozeman, Montana, with her husband, Ed Warren.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Lesson 1 Never Sit If You Can Dance 13

Lesson 2 Maybe We All Need Someone Waiting for Us in the Parking Lot 26

Lesson 3 Never Show Up Empty-Handed 34

Lesson 4 Thank-You Notes Are Never Too Plentiful 38

Lesson 5 Make the Best of It 45

Lesson 6 Sharing Fun Is the Whole Thing 52

Lesson 7 The Happiness of Giving and Receiving Flowers 56

Lesson 8 The Good Goodbye 60

Lesson 9 People Don't Like to Be Around Depressed People 67

Lesson 10 Don't Be Drab 72

Lesson 11 Never Leave a Compliment Unsaid 82

Lesson 12 Go! While You Can 94

Lesson 13 Sometimes Life Begins Again at Ninety-Five 105

The Last Lesson 119

Timeline 131

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