Friday, November 4, 2016

Betty MacDonald, Dorita Hess, the devil and no culture

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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

we know that Betty MacDonald wasn't fond of November.

Betty MacDonald describes November as a very grey and depressive month in her book The Egg and I.

Our November weather today is just the opposite.

The sun is shining and the birds are singing.

It was a bit misty in the morning  but my family and I enjoy a wonderful day.

Many greetings from Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund.

We are very happy that Betty MacDonald fan club got so many fans in 40 countries.

At the current time I'm rather busy because my father got a very serious heart attack some time ago.

There is reason to be optimistic according to the doctors but we need lots of time and patience.

Therefore I'm really very grateful that author Heiderose Teynor is going to support us with activities on Facebook establishing a new site promoting her literary work ( which I adore )  Betty MacDonald fan club and Vita Magica.

Thanks a million dearest Heiderose and Thomas!


We adore the new outstanding Facebook site.

You both did a great job!  

Now let's introduce our good friend and author Heiderose Teynor! 

My name is Heiderose Teynor. I live with my family in Neckarsteinach near Heidelberg.

I’ve  studied history and politics at Heidelberg University and  I was always interested in journalism and wrote my first articles during my study. Later I worked on short stories and started my writing career. 
I adore criminal stories with meaning and understanding, when the reader has to reflect about it.

2. My favorite writer:

I like  Donna Leon's stories  in book form or on TV.

3. The kind of literature:

It is not very easy to write good stories, and a teacher said to me “You can do anything, just do not get bored!” I try to entertain my readers that they cannot stop. In holidays I visited Italy and the Tuscany. I love these old towns like San Gimignano, Siena or Pisa. Another aspect is my home region round Heidelberg. Visitors from all over the world visit this town, the castle and the river Neckar. So why is it so much interesting? I tried to research it.

My book “Im Bann der Omertà” is about my home region around Heidelberg and the Tuscany. It is a story about organized crime and the duty of silence. The special feature in “Im Bann der Omertà”  are the regional stories both around Heidelberg and in Tuscany.

4. My opinion to Betty MacDonald

Betty MacDonald’s “The Egg and I” is very funny and amusing as Betty MacDonald wrote about her childhood and youth, and later about her experiences at the chicken farm. This is a wonderful gift to describe everyday life  like she does it! Some other people would not even see it, but she was able to write a whole book in a very amusing and witty style.

I heard about Betty MacDonald and The Egg and I  in Vita Magica  from Wolfgang Hampel. Through facebook and net I met Linde Lund.  It is very interesting to attend Vita Magica  last Tuesday every month. The program is always very interesting with quiet different writers and musicians.

5. My appearence in Vita Magica

I will read together with other writers on 30th of May 2017, when Heidelberg is on program and with “Im Bann der Omertà” I will be guest reader on 28th of November 2017.


Heiderose Teynor

A very warm welcome dearest Heiderose to Betty MacDonald fan club and thanks a million for your outstanding support! 


Linde Lund 

As a special Betty MacDonald fan club surprise Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter November includes a very exciting Betty MacDonald fan club story by Anita and Eartha Kitt II. 

The two ladies are currently working on the biography of Betty MacDonald's best friend Stove.

There will be an interview with Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel. 

Work and life of Betty MacDonald will be honored by Wolfgang Hampel in Vita Magica. 

Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter November  includes the updated Betty MacDonald fan club essays ' Betty MacDonald in Hollywood' and  ' Betty MacDonald and Dorita Hess '.

We hope to hear from Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund, Betty MacDonald fan club research team and  Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli very soon.

Don't miss new breakfast with Brad and Nick, please.

Good luck for your Betty MacDonald fan club projects and outstanding activities!

Dear Betty MacDonald fan club fans, enjoy a very colourful November without any grey and boring days.

We'll have lots of fun because as Betty MacDonald said: We don't like Saddos!!!

Mount Rainier National Park is a magical place.  

Tippi Hedren had a very hard time with Alfred Hitchcock who ruined her Hollywood career.

He acted like a devil. 

Perhaps poor Tippi should have acted the same way like Jamie Lee Curtis. 

Simply great! 

We hope you'll enjoy Aaron's great music as much as we do.

Warm regards,

Julia & Brigitte

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Don't miss this very special book, please.


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

Fat. Pig. Dog. Slob. Disgusting animal.
These are just some of the names that Donald Trump has called women over the years. Yes, a man who's hoping to become President of the United States and presumably persuade a few women to vote for him, too.
The billionaire has been widely called out for his objectification of women - he has a tendency to criticise them for their looks - and sexist remarks.

This guy got no culture.

Donald Trump’s FBI: James Comey’s department is filled with pro-Trump, anti-Hillary Clinton partisans

The bureau seems to be filled with partisan hacks hell-bent on investigating Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump's FBI: James Comey's department is filled with pro-Trump, anti-Hillary Clinton partisans 

FBI Director James Comey speaks during a news conference Tuesday afternoon June 7, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minn., while in town as part of a two-day regional visit. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT(Credit: AP)

Under the FBI’s director, James Comey, whose ethically challenged letter sent last Friday put wind in Republican Donald Trump’s sails, the bureau appears to be ready to kick off a partisan witch hunt against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — and it’s all because the agents harbor a pro-Trump bias.
As The Guardian reported on Thursday, sources within the FBI told the newspaper that many agents were outraged that Comey decided to not recommend an indictment against Clinton in July in connection with her use of a private email server. Last Friday Comey signaled in his letter that the agency is reviewing newly surfaced emails to see if they are pertinent to the now closed Clinton investigation.
“The FBI is Trumpland,” one agent told The Guardian, with another describing how Clinton is “the antichrist personified to a large swathe of FBI personnel” and “the reason why they’re leaking is they’re pro-Trump.”
While some of The Guardian’s sources disagreed that the FBI is overwhelmingly pro-Trump, all indicated that the attitude toward Clinton is extremely negative.
“There are lots of people who don’t think Trump is qualified, but also believe Clinton is corrupt,” said a former FBI official. “What you hear a lot is that it’s a bad choice, between an incompetent and a corrupt politician.”
One of these partisan agents is feeding Fox News’ Brett Baier, who claimed on Wednesday that he had sources in the FBI personally assuring him that Clinton is going to be indicted.
“Two separate sources with intimate knowledge of the FBI investigations into the Clinton emails and the Clinton Foundation tell Fox the following,” Baier said on his show. “The investigation looking into possible pay-for-play interaction between secretary of state Hillary Clinton and the foundation has been going on for more than a year. Led by the white-collar crime division, public corruption branch of the criminal investigative division of the FBI.”
There have been hints at an anti-Clinton bias in the FBI before now. Two days before Comey released his October surprise, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (who has very close connections to the FBI) told Fox, “I think [Donald Trump’s] got a surprise or two that you’re going to hear about in the next few days. I mean, I’m talking about some pretty big surprises.” When asked what he meant by that, he said, “We’ve got a couple of things up our sleeve that should turn this thing around.”
After Comey released his letter last Friday, Giuliani appeared on radio saying that many FBI agents believed that not charging Clinton was “completely unjustified and almost a slap in the face to the FBI’s integrity. I know that from former agents. I know that even from a few active agents.”
Matthew Rozsa is a Ph.D. student in history at Lehigh University and a political columnist. His editorials have been published on Salon, The Good Men Project, Mic, MSNBC, and various college newspapers and blogs. For a full review of all his published work, visit

Axel Schappei The Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber June 16, 1983

Go into any ordinary German bookstore and ask for former Islander, Betty MacDonald's paperbacks and you'll be handed - at least - three books: Die Insel und ich ( Onions in the Stew ), Das Ei und ich ( The egg and I ) Betty kann alles (Anybody can do anything).

Scholars in the Pegasus German courses on the Island may notice that the German titles of Betty MacDonald's famous autobiographical novels have been translated appropriatley.
Betty would like them. Betty MacDonald, who lived on Vashon Island, is tremendously popular in Germany. She once was one of the most well known and widely read novelists in the United States. But would you guess that more than two million paperbacks and hard-cover books of Betty MacDonald have been published and sold in Germany during the last 30 years? 

Her bestseller The Egg and I reached about half a million in July 1981. From March 1964 until October 1980, 107000 copies of Anybody can do anything were sold in 12 editions. Onions in the Stew - her novel about living on the Rock - sold 103000 copies from May 1964 until September 1980, also in 12 editions. "She is incredibly successful, really, not only her novels. Her books for children like Nancy and Plum or the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle-Stories still belong to the most successful childrens' books after all those years," says Wolfgang Hampel, who is so convinced about Betty MacDonald. 

He simply loves Betty MacDonald and her books: "She's so homorous, her stories about everyday-life's and awkward situations are just incomparable. It's like a good friend taking you be the hand and leading through her life." 

That's why Wolfgang Hampel and four other German Betty Fans plan to launch an extensive exhibition about Betty MacDonald, her life and her work.

Originally they wanted to open the exhibit on February 7, 1983, 25th anniversary of Betty MacDonald's death. But the five friends didn't manage to get enough exhibits together. "We're still looking for pictures, photographs, letters - in short all sorts of personal mementoes about Betty. Our exhibition has been planned for the last few years and we have written zillions of letters and bought hundreds of books, here in Germany, Europe and from the States," explains Wolfgang Hampel.They tried to get further information about their preferred author from American publishing companies. "Some didn't answer and others know less than we did already! It was like finding the different pieces of a jigsaw-puzzle without knowing what it will look like in the end." 

Why all this activity?"We think that Betty MacDonald is such a fascinating person that many people here should know more about her . Apart from our endeavors to our exhibition together we've also been in contact with publishers to convince them that a new edition of Nancy and Plum would find its readers still today.

Betty MacDonald's readers come from all ages and social groups," says Wolfgang Hampel. Of course he and his friends know that Vashon is the Onions in the Stew Island and they also know that Vashon is part of the Pacific Northwest and - more specifically - of Puget Sound. So imagine their amusement when some publishing firms told them that Vashon is somewhere up to Alaska. 

Actually, Wolfgang Hampel knows quiete a lot about the Rock, though he's never been here. All his information comes from Betty MacDonald's Onions in the Stew. So he's got the idea of the terrific view of Mount Rainier, and he also knows about her coyness.

Wolfgang Hampel has a pretty good impression about the house where Betty lived with her folks. "What we dearly need for our exhibition are pictures of the Island, books all sort of visuals to show people here in what a beautiful scenery Betty lived. So people can understand that she simply had to write books like that in such a fascinating rural enviroment.

Wolfgang would be grateful for any help he could get from the Island. "Really, the most substantial help came from Vashon so far. We got some great personal impressions about Betty from Islanders who knew her."Wolfgang is amazed about the friendliness and amount of help and encouragement that reached him from the Rock. Still it's a long way until the exhibition is ready. 

Anyone with anything they'd like to send for the planned exhibition can write to Wolfgang Hampel. 

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Anne MacDonald Canham



Beijing Airpot

Mr. Tigerli in China

Copyright 2016 by Letizia Mancino
translation by Mary Holmes
All rights reserved  

Yes Betty, either or it seems he wanted to fly only with Singapore Airways.

Boeing or Airbus, it’s just the same isn’t it? Aren’t they both just fat birds with 500 passengers?

Yes, but Singapore Airlines has the most beautiful airhostesses: delicate, fine, graceful…  Mr. Tigerli had looked forward to the flight so much!

So the little man was disappointed?

You just can’t imagine how disappointed he was.
 But thank God one of the hostesses was a pretty Chinese girl. Mr. Tigerli purred loudly but she didn’t hear him because the purring of the Airbus 380 was even louder.

The poor cat!

You’ve said it Betty. Mr. Tigerli was in a very bad mood and asked me for a loud speaker.

I’m sure you can get one in 1st Class.

“”Russian Girl” had even heard you over the roar of the Niagara Falls” I said to Mr. Tigerli. “You are a very unfaithful cat. You wanted to get to know Asiatic girls. That’s how it is when one leaves one’s first love”.

And what did he say to that?

“Men are hunters” was his answer.

Yes, my dear cat, a mouse hunter. And what else did he say?

Not another word. He behaved as if he hadn’t heard me.

The Airbus is very loud.

I told him shortly “Don’t trouble yourself about “Chinese Girl”. There will be enough even prettier girls in China. Wait till we land in Guilin”.

Did he understand you?

Naturally Mr. Tigerli understood me immediately. Yes, sweetheart, don’t worry. They will find you something sweet to eat.

And he?

He was so happy.

No problem going through the immigration control?

Naturally!  Lots of problems. How could I explain to customs that the cat had come as a tourist to China to buy shoes?

Fur in exchange for shoes…

Don’t be so cynical Betty!

Cat meat in exchange for shoes?

I said to the officials. He isn’t a cat, he is Casanova.

He came through the pass control with no trouble!

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