Family Listen, Read, Say #4

If you’re looking for a meaningful and inexpensive Mother’s Day gift, consider a “listen, read, say” combo. I like to customize and combine a playlist, book, and quote and give it as a heartfelt gift. (Yes, I also like to receive it too.)

For this edition of Family Listen, Read, Say, I randomly chose songs, books, and quotes from my collection. (Actually, iTunes, Kindle, and Word chose them.) Of course, these are all family-friendly selections.


  1. The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett
  2. Life Is Just A Bowl of Cherries – Doris Day
  3. My Sugar Is So Refined – The Hi-Lo’s
  4. Magic Touch – Golden Silvers
  5. Valentine – Kina Grannis
  6. Mason – Crystal Bowersox ft. Brian Walker
  7. Come Here – Kath Bloom
  8. Quelqu’un M’a Dit – Carla Bruni
  9. Only Love Can Hurt Like This – Paloma Faith
  10. Sophia – Laura Marling
  11. Raise Your Love – Rhodes
  12. Harvest Moon – Neil Young
  13. Gold Canary – Cloud Control
  14. Confetti – 1, 2, 3
  15. Don’t Wait – Mapei
  16. Our Eyes Locked – Ace & Pearl ft. Jael KDLV, JFK and Larry Ramone
  17. Latch (Acoustic version) – Sam Smith
  18. Use Somebody – Lascel Wood
  19. Orange Moon – Erykah Badu
  20. Ka’ena – The Brothers Cazimero

Listen here.


  1. Standing For Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes by Gordon B. Hinckley
  2. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
  3. The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour (goes well with The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay)
  4. Harumi’s Japanese Home Cooking: Simple, Elegant Recipes for Contemporary Tastes by Harumi Kurihara (I keep this next to Martha Stewart’s Cooking School)
  5. Folks You Meet in Longs by Lee Cataluna (kept alongside Writings from The New Yorker (1927 – 1976) by E.B. White)
  6. Smart People Should Build Things by Andrew Yang
  7. Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction by Abe Kruger
  8. Cycles of Life: Civilization and the Biosphere by Vaclav Smil
  9. Lost Kingdom: Hawai’i’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Venture by Julia Flynn Siler (recommended reading with Hawai’i’s Story by Hawai’i’s Queen by Lili’uokalani)
  10. The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook: How to Start, Build, and Run a Business That Improves the World by Rupert Scofield

Read here.



“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists, it’s real, it’s possible, it’s yours.” – Ayn Rand

“What we are speaks so loudly that our children may not hear what we say.” – Quentin L. Cook

“Advice from a tree: Stand tall and proud, go out on a limb, remember your roots, drink plenty of water, be content with your natural beauty, enjoy the view.”

“We constantly change the world, even by our inaction. Therefore, let us change it responsibly.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Fill your mind with truth. Fill your heart with love. Fill your life with service.” – Thomas S. Monson