Monday, March 21, 2016

Betty MacDonald's great work and unique personality

Betty MacDonald in the living room at Vashon on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

Betty MacDonald fan club event in Seattle was outstanding.

We are an International Betty MacDonald Community and we are always delighted to meet Betty MacDonald fan club fans. 

International Betty MacDonald fan club events are the best opportunity making wonderful friends.

We talked about jealousy and that's what I think about it.

I can imagine people act like this if they feel frustrated, unimportant und unsuccessful. 

They are very bitter, jealous and disappointed.

Most of them had a bad childhood. 

You won't find parents like Sydney and Darsie Bard in these families. 

They don't trust anybody because they are not able to believe in themselves. 

They suffer from a very serious inferiority complex.

Betty MacDonald suffered a lot because of their slanderous behaviour.

She was just the opposite. 

Therefore we love Betty MacDonald's great work and her unique personality.

I'm very happy and grateful to be in contact with so many kind and gracious people.

Great Betty MacDonald fan club news!

Many more wonderful interviews by Wolfgang Hampel with Betty MacDonald's and Mary Bard's family will be published. 

Wolfgang Hampel, author of Betty MacDonald biography and interviewer of Betty MacDonald's and Mary Bard's family and friends got first Betty MacDonald Memorial Award for his outstanding research and work. 

Wolfgang Hampel's new Vita Magica guest was a very famous TV lady, author and singer. 

Tatjana Geßler is an outstanding new Betty MacDonald fan club honor member.

Wolfgang Hampel  already introduced Betty MacDonald fan club honor member - artist and author Letizia Mancino -  in Vita Magica.

Other Betty MacDonald fan club honor members will follow.

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli  is back.

Enjoy a new breakfast with Brad and Nick, please.

Betty MacDonald very beautiful  Vashon Island is a magical place. 

Poland, Germany and Sweden  are hot favourites according to many Betty MacDonald fan club ESC fans from 40 countries.

We are going to start Betty MacDonald fan club ESC contest 2016 in April and you can win two ESC tickets.
More info will come soon. 

We are going to organize a great Betty MacDonald fan club ESC party in Stockholm.



Don't miss this very special book, please.

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Vashon Island - Wikipedia ( German )

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Wolfgang Hampel in Florida State University 

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Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund 

Rita Knobel Ulrich - Islam in Germany - a very interesting ZDF  ( 2nd German Television ) documentary with English subtitles

The situation in Germany and Sweden with many refugees is rather difficult. 

Betty MacDonald, Letizia Mancino, Mary Holmes and the second paradise


Ein lyrisches Portrait von Hilde Domin

Betty MacDonald fan Club honor member, artist and writer Letizia Mancino shares her delightful story THE SECOND PARADISE. 

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mary Holmes did such a great job in translating THE SECOND PARADISE.

Thanks a million dearest Mary.

We are really very grateful.
I'm one of Letizia Maninco's many devoted fans.

Letizia Mancino sent this connecting piece to " The Second Paradise".


Anita & Eartha Kitt II


Copyright 2011/2016 by Letizia Mancino

translated by Mary Holmes 

All rights reserved

That was how my friend Hilde Domin was, dear Betty! You would have liked her so much. She had also been in America. At that time you were a famous author but she was still unknown.

-Did she love cats like you do?

-Yes Betty, she sure did!! Otherwise how do you think she could have been a friend of mine?

-Oh Letizia, don’t boast! Hilde was famous!

-It’s all the same to me, Betty, whether a person is famous or not but that person must love animals

-Why was she as defiant as a cock?

-Well Betty, she was simply so!

-Like a pregnant woman in my “Egg and I”?

-No not so! Betty, Hilde was a whole farm!

- A farm, how was that?

- No Betty, Hilde was more! Almost a zoo! Even more. She was all the animals in the world!

-You loved her very much.

-As I love all animals. 

You Betty, if I had known you, I would have loved you exactly so because you loved animals.

-But as defiant as a cock from my Bob-farm!

-Yes and no! (Hilde really loved this double form of answer). Listen Betty , I’ll tell you a story about how Hilde was. You would certainly have loved her.
I’ll call my story “The Second Paradise”.


Copyright 2011/2016 by Letizia Mancino

translated by Mary Holmes

All rights reserved

The Lord God, one day, met Adam in Paradise and saw him lying under a palm.

And God spoke to him: Adam, my son, are you happy, are you content with Paradise ?

Adam answered: Oh Lord, it is wonderful!

And God said: But I will create a second Paradise and give you a wife.

Adam answered: Oh Lord, that is wonderful!

And God said: I will create the wife according to your wishes.

And Adam stood under the palm and thought hard.

And God said: Adam, are you ready?

Adam answered: My wife should be as lively as a bird but she should not fly. She should swim like a goldfish but not be a fish….. She should be as playful as a cat but not catch mice….. She should be as busy as an ant but not so small.

And God said: So shall she be: Like a bird, a goldfish, a cat, an ant…

Adam answered: Oh Lord, that is wonderful, but she should be as faithful as a dog.

And God asked: Adam, have you finished?

Oh Lord, cried Adam. She should also be as delightful and gentle as a lamb and as defiant as a cock!

….She should be as curious as a monkey and as pampered as a lapdog.

And God said: So shall she be.

And Adam said: My wife should be as courageous as a lion and as headstrong as a goat…

And God said: So, like a bird, a goldfish, a cat, an ant, a dog, a lamb, a cock, a monkey, a lapdog, a lion, a goat… and slowly and surely he wished to begin creating…

But Adam stretched himself under the palm and called:

Lord, Lord, she should be as adaptable as a chameleon but not creep on four feet.

She should have sparkling eyes like, like… real diamonds. She should be as fiery as a volcano

But … she should have crystal-clear thoughts like a mountain spring.

God, the Almighty, was speechless…

And Adam spoke: Also she should be as quick as lightening…

And God said: Man, have you finished????

No, said Adam! She should be as strong as a horse, as long living as an elephant but as light as a butterfly!

God found Adam’s thoughts were good and said: So, bird, goldfish, cat, ant, dog, lamb, cock, monkey, lapdog, lion, goat, chameleon, genuine diamonds, volcano, mountain spring, lightening, horse, elephant…. butterfly…

God wished at last to begin creating her…

Lord, called Adam… she should be as stable as steel, but as sweet as three graceful women in one…

And God asked: Should she also be a poet?

Yes, called Adam from under the palm…

And God said: Adam have you finished?

Lord, I wish that, in the second Paradise I shall be one and doubled:

So God according to Adams last words created:



Very best wishes

Letizia Mancino 

Donald Trump Courts Wary Jewish Voters

Donald J. Trump at a primary night event in Manchester, N.H., last month with his family, including his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, third from right. Ivanka converted to Judaism after meeting her husband. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

On paper, Donald J. Trump is the last candidate one would expect to raise eyebrows within the Jewish community.
He is from the city with the country’s largest Jewish population, and he made his fortune working among the Jewish machers in New York’s real estate industry. His Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, was effectively marketed as a Jewish alternative to the town’s private clubs that had historically excluded Jews. His daughter Ivanka married an Orthodox Jew and converted. He endorsed Benjamin Netanyahu for prime minister of Israel. (“Terrific guy, terrific leader.”)
And yet when he takes the stage on Monday at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the influential lobbying group known as Aipac, he will be facing a wary crowd.
Mr. Trump’s ostentatious disregard for the sensitivities of various religious and ethnic groups has hit a nerve among Jewish organizations, inspiring a barrage of denunciations from across the ideological spectrum. They cringed at his trafficking in Jewish stereotypes and recoiled when he hesitated before denouncing David Duke, the Ku Klux Klan figure.
Many Jews have said Mr. Trump’s comments about Muslims reminded them of when they had been singled out, and a group of rabbis said last week that it would walk out of his Aipac speech in protest. “What we’ve learned from our history is that we can’t stand idly by when a leader says those things,” said Rabbi Jesse M. Olitzky of South Orange, N.J., one of those who plan to eject themselves.

Mr. Trump also stumbled when he waded into one of America’s most charged foreign policy issues, promising to remain a “neutral” broker between Israelis and Palestinians.
For the many Jews who side with Israel in its dealings with Palestinians — a number of whom are Aipac members — “that was like fingernails across the chalkboard,” said Ari Fleischer, the former spokesman for President George W. Bush. Mr. Trump later modified his position to be more pro-Israel, but his wavering left many unconvinced.

So while Mr. Trump has proved to be a master salesman at rallies and debates, the crowd he is addressing on Monday, a leery group looking for meaningful specifics, may be his toughest sell yet.

Mr. Trump’s Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, was marketed as a Jewish alternative to the town’s private clubs that had historically excluded Jews. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times

“He’s said a variety of things over the years, much of it favorable to Israel, much of it ambiguous more recently,” said Josh Block, a former Aipac spokesman who now runs a pro-Israel nonprofit in Washington. “The speech is an important opportunity for this audience to hear what he really thinks on these issues that matter a great deal.”
As has often been the case with Mr. Trump’s campaign, it is unclear how much the revulsion over his comments and behavior matters in the voting booth. Little data exist on Jewish attitudes toward Mr. Trump, and because most American Jews are Democrats, they will not have a chance to weigh in on him unless he becomes the Republican nominee.
Bruce Balsam, 59, who was walking into Sabbath services on Friday at Temple Emanu-El, the stately synagogue a few blocks north of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, said Mr. Trump’s shifting position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “really disturbs me.” But, he added, “I’d want to hear more about that.”
He said he considered Mr. Trump’s take on national security and Muslim immigration to be more “anti-Islamic” than “presidential,” but agreed that caution needed to be taken. “People who are coming from certain parts of the world, where anti-American sentiments are high, we should be highly cautious of,” Mr. Balsam said.
Mr. Balsam pointed to Temple Emanu-El, one of the largest Jewish institutions in the world, as an example. “You have armed guards outside,” he said, gesturing toward the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism officers, who are frequently stationed at the synagogue. “You have armed guards inside.”

Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, said Mr. Trump “looks forward to speaking to a group whom he has tremendous respect for.”
“Mr. Trump has said, as president, there will be no one stronger on Israeli-American relations than him, and his consistent support and advocacy for Israel over many years is proof of this,” she said. “Additionally, Mr. Trump is the only candidate to speak with clarity about the deadly threat of radical Islam. ISIS and other Islamic terror groups cannot be defeated if we are politically correct.”
That Mr. Trump has found himself in the position of having to defend his pro-Israel credentials is something of a surprise, given his history. He has been honored by a variety of Jewish groups over the years, and, as he likes to point out, once served as grand marshal of the Salute to Israel Parade in Manhattan. He has also flirted with licensing a Trump Tower in Israel.

Mr. Trump speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington in December. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Mr. Trump has joked in the past that people assume he is Jewish because he owns so many buildings in New York. He has even claimed to be the victim of anti-Semitism.
In the 1990s, he accused the Palm Beach, Fla., government of blocking his efforts to open Mar-a-Lago because the club was going to be open to Jews. He went so far as to send the Town Council copies of the 1947 film “Gentleman’s Agreement,” about a journalist who poses as a Jew in order to expose anti-Semitism.
When the Anti-Defamation League objected to Mr. Trump’s characterization of his treatment, he summoned its national director, Abraham Foxman, to breakfast at the Plaza Hotel to complain. Mr. Trump did not apologize, though he did agree to stop claiming anti-Semitism and instead use the more general term of discrimination, Mr. Foxman recalled.
Now, Mr. Trump is the one who has come under attack, after rolling out a familiar anti-Semitic trope in a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition late last year.
“I’m a negotiator, like you folks,” he told the crowd. He then criticized President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, a deal opposed by many American Jews and Mr. Netanyahu. “Is there anybody that doesn’t renegotiate deals in this room?” Mr. Trump asked. “Perhaps more than any other room I’ve ever spoken in.”

Mr. Trump was widely criticized for the remark, but inside the room he was met mostly with laughs. “I thought it was kind of lightly phrased,” said Kenneth Bialkin, who was in the audience. “He knew he was in a Jewish environment.”
The jeers came from the group when Mr. Trump declined to commit to Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. That, coupled with comments he has made about remaining neutral, worried some pro-Israel Jews, who were not necessarily mollified by Mr. Trump’s subsequent claims that he is “Israel’s biggest friend.”
“Israel benefits from a strong, consistent, reliable America,” said William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, who has been one of Mr. Trump’s most vocal conservative critics. “I don’t think that would be Trump’s America.”

Graphic: 2016 Delegate Count and Primary Results

Virtually no one thinks Mr. Trump is anti-Semitic, and the invitation from Aipac is a sign that the group is open to hearing what he has to say. Three of the other four major presidential candidates are also addressing the conference, being held in Washington; only Senator Bernie Sanders declined to attend, saying he was going to spend the day campaigning in the West.
Notably, Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate and a major donor to Republican and Israeli causes, said recently that he would back Mr. Trump if he were the nominee, and a newspaper that he owns, Israel Hayom, has written favorably about Mr. Trump.
But there is still concern about Mr. Trump’s behavior, which if not anti-Semitic is at least seen by many Jews as overly accommodating of bigotry. “The way he dillydallied with David Duke basically sent a message that was perceived by many in the Jewish community as he’s looking for any votes he can get from the hard right,” said Alan M. Dershowitz, the defense lawyer.
To Mr. Dershowitz, the problem is not simply Mr. Trump; it is the white supremacists who have rallied around his candidacy. “It’s quite frightening to see who supports him,” he said.
Ms. Hicks, the campaign spokeswoman, said Mr. Trump had “disavowed David Duke and continues to strongly condemn any groups that share those hateful views.”

And for all of his critics in the Jewish world, Mr. Trump also has his supporters, including Sid Dinerstein, the former chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party in Florida.
Donald Trump’s relationship with Israel and the Jews is beyond fabulous,” Mr. Dinerstein said, noting that his wife displayed a Trump bumper sticker on the dashboard of her Mercedes-Benz.
Mr. Dinerstein said he trusted Mr. Trump to negotiate good deals for Israel — “he only negotiates from strength, he doesn’t know anything else” — and to make sure that America “doesn’t get pushed around.”
He and his wife are hardly the lone Trump supporters in their predominantly Jewish community, he said, though not everyone is outspoken about it.
“Sometimes people come over to me and quietly say, ‘Sid, I never thought I would say this, but I’m voting for Trump,’” Mr. Dinerstein said. “And I say, ‘Everybody says that.’ ”