Thursday, January 21, 2016

Betty MacDonald, her family and friends

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

Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

i can't wait to see this very special Betty MacDonald fan club event in March 2016.

Just imagine!

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.  

Will there be a Betty MacDonald fan club birthday event DVD available?

If so I'm very interested in receiving it. 

Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter January is outstanding with many Betty MacDonald fan club surprises.

Thanks a million!

Don't miss current Betty MacDonald fan club contest, please. 

There are several documents and letters in Betty MacDonald fan club letter collection you can use to answer the Betty MacDonald fan club contest question:

Tell us Betty MacDonald's favourite flower, please.

Deadline: January 31, 2016

International Betty MacDonald fan club events  are simply great and highlights for every Betty MacDonald fan club fan.

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

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerl is beloved all over the World.

We are so happy that our 'Casanova'  is back.

Don't miss breakfast at the bookstore with Brad and Nick. 

I'd like to visit Betty MacDonald's paradise on Vashon Island.

I adore Betty MacDonald's Onions in the Stew.

I guess this song will be in ESC 2016 TOP 5.

Take care,


Don't miss this very special book, please.

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Egg & I Road and the Poetry of Western WA Place Names

Anyone who has driven up to Port Townsend has most likely noticed, with a neck swivel, Egg & I Road off of State Route 19 in Beaver Valley. The road is named after the best-selling book The Egg and I, which was written in the 1940s by Betty MacDonald about her amusing experiences acclimating to life on a chicken farm located on that actual road, later renamed after her famous book.

It’s not every day that you see road names like that. And yet, since moving to Western Washington, I’ve often found myself intrigued and delighted by the place names here, which outrank in humor, mystique, or just plain oddness much of what I’ve seen elsewhere.

Maybe it’s just my literary imagination, but I find Whidbey Island’s Useless Bay and Deception Pass irresistibly alluring. Marrowstone Island’s Mystery Bay is a good one, as are Paradise Cove in Sequim and our own Hidden Cove on Bainbridge Island.

Toe Jam Hill Road

Sequim is lucky enough also to claim Kitchen Dick Road, Jimmycomelately Road, and the impossible to forget or live down Schmuck Road. And here on Bainbridge we have Oddfellows Road and the widely beloved Toe Jam Hill Road.
I simply don’t know how to explain Zelatched Point Road and Go Onna Road down near the south end of the Hood Canal or for that matter Net for Dev Road west of Lake Crescent. Near Port Angeles, these doozies capture the imagination: Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, Tongue Point, and Goblins Gate.
Near Quilcene, places like Linger Longer Road are poetically pleasing. And lake names, too, are often worth lingering longer over: Lost Lake, Mud Lake, Silent Lake, and Dragon Lake.
Strangers Lake near Port Townsend makes you wonder, and up in Hansville so does Point No Point. To the west, Skunk Bay, Foulweather Bluff, Heart O the Hills Road, and Sourdough Mountain are fun, and Buck Knoll just sounds good. Whidbey’s Hide Away Lane, Get Away Lane, and Cozy Place are themed counterpoints to its lurid Spy’s Island and Gun Point.
Another poetic one is Embody Road along Route 19, practically right next to Egg and I. I could go on, but you and egg and I get the point—Tongue Point, that is.
Photos by Julie Hall and Sarah Lane.

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Europe set to scrap 'first country' rule

The European Union looks set to scrap rules that say refugees must be dealt with by the first European country they enter.
The change will "revolutionise" Europe's migration policy and "shift the burden from its southern flank to its wealthier northern members", says the Financial Times.
The present policy, which has become "politically toxic" for EU leaders, essentially broke down last year, when Germany waived its right to send hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers back to other EU member states, says the newspaper.
Nevertheless, "frontier countries" such as Greece and Italy have faced criticism for failing to properly shelter and register more than one million people who have come into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa.
Brussels says the current rule is "unfair" and "outdated" and is expected to reform the system, part of the so-called Dublin Regulation, in a proposal to be unveiled in March, officials told the FT.
As a consequence, Britain may find it more difficult to send refugees back to neighbouring EU states, further encouraging them to head to the UK – a change that could be "problematic" for David Cameron ahead of Britain's EU referendum, claims The Independent.
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"One of the main arguments of the British campaign to remain in the EU is that the regulations allow the UK to deport asylum-seekers if Britain is not the first European country that they arrived in," it says.
"If those regulations were to be changed, the UK might be forced to accept refugees who have managed to enter the country from across the Channel, regardless of where they first arrived in Europe."
However, the newspaper notes that "with no land border with any other country in the passport-free Schengen zone, Britain is not expected to see a strong surge in migration".
According to the Daily Telegraph, Britain is currently allowed to deport around 1,000 failed asylum-seekers a year to other EU states. A move to change these rules would "present Downing Street with a bruising battle in the middle of the renegotiation".