Friday, February 19, 2016

Betty MacDonald and her life on Vashon Island

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

Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

the mentioned new Betty MacDonald fan club exhibit DVD  will be available in a few weeks.

The new Betty MacDonald fan club DVD includes lots of new and fascinating Betty MacDonald info including several interviews in Betty MacDonald's colourful house on Vashon Island and some excellent photos of Betty MacDonald and her cats. 

Betty MacDonald is beloved all over the World. 

We are going to introduce several new International Betty MacDonald fan club projects. 

More news in Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter March. 

Several Betty MacDonald fan club fans seem to have no idea who the two persons are in the photo.

Tell us the names of this mysterious couple please and you can win a very new Betty MacDonald documentary. 

Wolfgang  Hampel's  new very well researched  stories about Betty MacDonald, Monica Sone,  Robert Eugene Heskett, Donald Chauncey MacDonald, Darsie Bard, Sydney Bard, Gammy, Alison Bard Burnett,  Darsie Beck, Mary Bard Jensen, Clyde Reynolds Jensen, Sydney Cleveland Bard, Mary Alice Bard, Dorothea DeDe Goldsmith, Madge Baldwin, Don Woodfin, Mike Gordon, Ma and Pa Kettle, Nancy and Plum, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle are golden Betty MacDonald fan club treasures.

We adore Wolfgang Hampel's great stories, interviews and his satirical poems.

Betty MacDonald fan club honor members Letizia Mancino and  Mr. Tigerli  will be  guests at Vita Magica.

A very special surprise for many Mr. Tigerli fans. 

Mr. Tigerli will be back soon.

We know you adore the delightful stories by ' Italian ' Betty MacDonald, artist and writer Letizia Mancino.

Thanks a million dearest Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mary Holmes for the brilliant translation. 

It doesn't suprise me at all that Mr. Tigerli is so busy. We'd need more personalities who are able to change the World.

We know you'll enjoy Brad's daily dose very much.

International Betty MacDonald fan club event should be in Seattle.

Have a great Friday.


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Wolfgang Hampel in Florida State University 

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Refugee crisis: joint action with Turkey the priority, says Merkel, as summit called

Meeting likely to happen in early March as Donald Tusk and German chancellor say cooperation with Turkey is the focus

European Union leaders threw their weight behind efforts to work with Turkey to limit the flow of refugees to Europe, with German chancellor Angela Merkel labelling it a priority in an announcement early on Friday.
“The important statement for me today is that we have not only reaffirmed the EU-Turkey action plan, but we have said it is our priority,” Merkel said of the plan to address migration and border controls.
Merkel noted Austria backed the plan, despite its unilateral decision to introduce daily caps on migrants. “In Europe we are all always partners,” she said.
The European Council president, Donald Tusk, earlier announced the postponed extraordinary summit with Turkey would now be held probably in early March.
The “joint action plan with Turkey remains a priority and we must do all we can to succeed”, he said.

The meeting had been planned before the full summit on Thursday but was cancelled after Turkey’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, pulled out following a bomb attack in Ankara.
The EU has promised billions of euros, an easing of visa restrictions and fast-track membership for Turkey to persuade it to tighten border controls.
More than 2 million refugees are on Turkish soil, most of them from Syria.
Austria announced earlier this week it would let no more than 3,200 migrants and refugees into its territory per day – either to travel on to Germany or apply for asylum in Austria – and would introduce a daily limit of 80 asylum claims. The new rules come into force on Friday.
Speaking as EU leaders arrived in Brussels for their summit, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said “he didn’t like the decision” and promised to raise the issue with Austrian chancellor, Werner Faymann, later on Thursday. But Faymann appeared unrepentant, telling reporters: “Politically I say we’ll stick with it.”

Betty MacDonald Fan Club proudly presents:

The amazing, very witty, charming, intelligent story written by our brilliant Betty MacDonald Fan Club Honor Member - artist and writer Letizia Mancino.


Copyright 2011/2015 by Letizia Mancino
All rights reserved
Translated by D. Tsiaprakas

Betty, I love you! Your books „Anybody can do anything“ and „Onions in the Stew“ are really outstanding! I take them into my hand, and at a stone's throw I am right away in America ! Columbus and the egg: The great discovery!

Your bestseller „The Egg and I“ the greatest discovery. And you and I! I know America: It's true what you are writing: That's America: Absolutely right! No, even to the least detail! The landscape and the passion: Do you know the country where pistols blossom? Brava, Betty, you are describing the Americans vividly, genuinely, insufferably, brushed upon paper. If I like to read your works? To read doesn't even express it! I can even hear and see everything: Nature, culture, subculture.

America has almost remained unchanged! O those cool Americans! Calculating, stockmarket, Wall Street, the financial crisis (even back in 1930), the gamblers, the bankruptcy of companies! The swarming of dodgers and cheaters. People left without money. Dispair und hunger! A terrible „Worst Case“ (when I knew but little English I thought it is sausage with cheese).

Still how impressive is the ability to adaptone self of the Americans: They know how to enjoy life, acrobats of survival! In the twinkle of an eye they achieved to adapt themselves and effect the work of pioneers: In the morning you are a cleaningwoman, in the evening a brothel woman! No problem!

„The insufficient, here it's becoming an event; The indescribable, here it's done;“ Mary Bard Jensen, your sister, was the treasure trove of procuring work: My word, what a power woman with unlimited imagination! She has recommended you everywhere: Betty can do everything, also write novels! Go ahead, sister, hurry up! The editor wants to see your manuscripts! Up to that point you had not written a single line! Wow! And if still everything goes wrong? No problem: When you dream, dream big!

Just look, you have become famous.The Egg and I You know that, Betty? I'll slip into „The Egg and I“ and come and be your guest! I want to get to know your chickens. I hate chickens! I'm a chickens slave from North America! O Betty, without these damned animals, no chance of you becoming famous! „The Egg and I“ you would never have written! How many readers you have made happy!

Your book is so amusing! Your witty fine (almost nasty) remarks about your family members and roundabout neighbours made me laugh so much! You have been born into a special family: Comfort was not desired: I can't but be amazed: What did your father say to your mother? After tomorrow I am going to work elsewhere: Thousands of miles away...He sent her a telegram: LEAVING FOR TWO YEARS ON THURSDAY FOR MEXICO CITY STOP GET READY IF YOU WANT TO COME ALONG – That was on Monday. Mother wired back: SHALL BE READY, and so she was.That's America! Improvisation, change, adventure. You show no weakness: Let's go! Your descriptions, Betty, about the tremendous happenings in nature have deeply frightened me.

Continent America, I'm terrified by you! I feel so small and threatened like a tiny fly before an enormous flyswatter! Your novel is very many-sided! The reader may use it even as a cook book! „The Egg and I“ starts straight away with a recipe: „Next to the wisdom that lamb meat doesn't taste good unless it has been roasted with garlic“. Do you enjoy the American food?

O Betty, it's too fatty for me and I hate garlic! (Betty is presently cooking lunch for Bob. She's continually talking to „STOVE“: STOVE is Bob's rival; in the beginning I thought it was being himself). She turns round and says: Well, so no garlic for you. No lamb either, Betty. I don't eat any meat! I'd actually prefer only fried eggs. Betty, let me make them myself. Then you try it!

Blow! „STOVE“ out of order! I don't succeed in turning it on! Damned! It's got more of a mind of its own than „STOVE“ of my friend, Hilde Domin! Bob's coming! He must eat directly! „Men eat anything, the swines! Says your grandmother Gammy“. Is it true? Do you like my chickens? Bob asked me without introducing himself. Yes, Bob (rude) I love them! I'm vegetarian. Do you want to clean the henhouse with me tomorrow? A, you're always getting up so early at four o'clock! Bob, that's not a job for me! He looked at me disdainfully! A Roman cissy! You need a reeducation at once! Help, Bob's attacking me! I rather change the novel immediately and move to the „Island“! 

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I had no idea that Mr. Tigerli wears glasses.