Sunday, January 31, 2016

Betty MacDonald and a great team

Handball EM Finale - Deutschland vs. Spanien
Betty MacDonald in the living room at Vashon on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
Betty MacDonald fan club fans,
come on dearest Betty MacDonald fan club fans.
There are only a few hours left.
Pick Betty MacDonald's favourite flower, please  and send a mail to our email-address.
It's not too difficult to answer this question.

Betty MacDonald mentioned her favourite flower in several letters and in one of her books.  

Tell us Betty MacDonald's favourite flower, please.

Deadline: January 31, 2016

Betty MacDonald fan club birthday card contest is really a great idea.

The winner who sent the best and most original birthday card will be Honor guest of the next International Betty MacDonald fan club event.  

Deadline: March 15, 2016

A Betty MacDonald fan club birthday exhibit with many very special birthday cards by Betty MacDonald's family and friends.

You'll be able to see wonderful cards for Betty MacDonald with very touching messages for example by her daughter Joan MacDonald Keil or her good friend Monica Sone.  ( see info below ' Betty MacDonald and The plague and I )

There will be a Betty MacDonald fan club birthday event DVD available.

We'll have several International Betty MacDonald fan club events  in 2016.

Join us in voting for your favourite city, please. 

Seattle is my favourite.  

I'm fond of this great video.

You can see brilliant Brad Craft. 

"This is Me," by Bad Kid Billy. [Official Music Video]

Seems I'm in this for a hot second.  I remember being asked to participate one day on the street in front of the bookstore where I work.  I didn't think to ask what it was for, or even so much as the name of the song or the band.  Didn't want to be late coming back from lunch.  Silly bugger.  The very nice young woman with the green hair also featured herein happens to work at Magus Books.  She mentioned she'd seen me.  Told me the name of the band, and here we are.

Wolfgang Hampel's  Vita Magica guest was a very famous TV lady, author and singer and she is our new Betty MacDonald fan club honor member.

I bet  Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli  adores our new Betty MacDonald fan club honor member. 

I've read some of Tatjana Geßler's books and I like them very much.  

We are so happy that Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli is back.

Let's have breakfast at the bookstore with Brad and Nick. 

Enjoy Betty MacDonald's very beautiful Vashon Island, please.

Maybe this will be the next ESC  2016 winner.

We'll see! 

By the way I have a bad cold right now.

Many people are suffering from a bad cold right now.

What about gargling with kerosene?

The other ideas are really great but I don't like this one.

Enjoy a sunny Sunday.

Astrid & Greta

Don't miss this very special book, please.


Vita Magica
Betty MacDonald fan club

Betty MacDonald forum  

Wolfgang Hampel - Wikipedia ( English ) 

Wolfgang Hampel - Wikipedia ( German )

Wolfgang Hampel - Monica Sone - Wikipedia ( English )

Wolfgang Hampel - Ma and Pa Kettle - Wikipedia ( English ) 

Wolfgang Hampel - Ma and Pa Kettle - Wikipedia ( French )

Wolfgang Hampel in Florida State University 

Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel 

Betty MacDonald fan club interviews on CD/DVD

Betty MacDonald fan club items 

Betty MacDonald fan club items  - comments

Betty MacDonald fan club - The Stove and I  

Betty MacDonald fan club groups 

Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund



Germany wins European handball championship, qualifies for Olympics

Germany has ended its 12-year drought in the European handball championship, beating Spain 24-17 to advance outright to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The Germans are European handball champions, trouncing Spain 24-17 in the final of the European championship in Krakow on Sunday to lift their first title since 2004.
The victory not only gives Germany its second title, but also qualifies the team outright for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Following a tight semifinal with Norway, Germany was in full control against Spain. The team jumped out to an early 5-1 lead, with Friday's hero Kai Häfner scoring three goals in two minutes. Germany held that margin until halftime.
Germany widened it quickly after the break thanks to goals by Tobias Reichmann and Hendrick Pekeler. But despite three seven-meter goals in the second half, the Spaniards didn't seem to have a comeback in them.
Germany now join host country Brazil, France, Argentina, Qatar and Egypt in the Olympic field. Spain and Croatia, winner of the third place match earlier Sunday afternoon, now advance to the final Olympic qualifying tournament in April.

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  • Date 31.01.2016
  • Author Davis Van Opdorp
  • Related Subjects Germany, Handball, Norway, Spain
  • Keywords handball, Germany, Spain, Norway, Croatia, EHF 2016
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    Opinion: Germany's handball team win title with team spirit and confidence

    Germany's European Championship triumph in Poland is a story of team spirit and confidence, writes DW's Tobias Oelmaier. Can the sport of handball build on this success?
    Even the federal president cheered along. He watched the most games and was "impressed by the team's unity that led them to success," Joachim Gauck told the freshly-crowned European champions before the celebrations began in Krakow. How much Gauck really knows about handball, remains to be seen, but he felt what everyone appeared to feel whilst watching Germany play.
    "We haven't got a chance, so we'll take it," must have been coach Dagur Sigurdsson's motto as he lost more and more of his stars. Captain Uwe Gensheimer and three other starters were injured for the tournament. Gensheimer's deputy Steffen Weinhold and Christian Dissenger went down in the main round game against Russia. Sixteen European Championship debutants were in Germany's team in Poland. Care free, hungry and confident, the group was always looking ahead.
    "Finals are played to be won," proclaimed Julius Kühn ahead of the game against Spain. Kühn, like Kai Häfner, spent most of the tournament watching from the comfort of his sofa before he was called up to replace the injured players. Fittingly enough, it was Häfner who scored the last-minute winner against Norway to seal Germany's spot in the final.
    A victory of faith
    Oelmaier Tobias Kommentarbild App DW Sports Journalist Tobias Oelmaier
    Granted, the German handball team rode their luck at times. Outside of the 24-17 final win against Spain, nearly all of the games were close. Against Norway, it even went to extra time and had Germany lost there, there would have been no room for complaints. But they didn't want to complain, they wanted to win and luck can also be earned.
    The success is "not by chance", said Sigurdsson after the final. Germany have been playing good handball for a year and a half. Admittedly, having missed qualification for the 2015 World Cup, Germany were only invited thanks to a controversial wildcard. In the end, Germany came away with a respectable seventh spot. The wonder of Poland is no coincidence, but a result of meticulous work.
    Now is the time to conserve this sense of euphoria and to channel it. For two weeks, handball became a sport of the people in Germany. Network television in Germany showed the games, with eight million tuning in for the semifinal alone. This is not only a chance for this sport, but also plenty of others. If there's one thing that the victory in Krakow revealed then it's how inspiring the combination of persistence, talent and team spirit can be. If the belief is there, anything is possible. And with that in mind, who is to say the Olympics 2020 won't end in a gold medal? Maybe even in Rio this summer.
    Did you watch the handball? Do you feel more inspired to play the game? Did Germany's support of their team leave you feeling proud? Let us know in the comments section below!

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