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  • Nelson Black
    Jun 12, 2001
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      Cadia: Thanks for the information. I was reading one of Blanding's books
      last night and placed his time in Carmel before the marriage to Dorothy. I
      keep meaning to send an e-mail to Dorothy's grandaughter with a thanks for a
      delightful book (I have the son's address through the DuPont registry) but
      have yet to do so. Still doing an inventory on the book collection and it's
      mighty time consuming; thank goodness for abebooks. Surprising to me that
      so many people, outside of Hawaiki, don't know who Blanding was. Since his
      poetry has been out of print for so long, I guess it should not be too much
      of a mystery. I describe him as a Rod McKuen (sp?) for the 30s and 40s but
      perhaps that label is not fair to the memory of D.B.

      Nelson
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      From: "Cadia Los" <duchess@...>
      To: <aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, June 11, 2001 9:36 PM
      Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Tempski


      > Nelson,
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      > Quoting from DB's March 3, 1956 column in the Star-Bulletin:
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      > "This brings another memory. Armine von Tempski and her husband, Al
      > Ball, were living in my house in Carmel while she was writing the
      > first half of her book, Born in Paradise. We were taking a walk along
      > the Carmel shore to get the typewriter cramps out of our fingers. A
      > group of Sicilian fishermen and their families were seated on the
      > grass. They were eating. They had big loaves of delectable dark
      > bread. They had wine, garlic, onions, etc.
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      > "But Armine and I spotted something else, and began to drool. They
      > were opening and eating beautiful sea-urchins. We paused. A big fat
      > happy looking woman saw us staring. She said something to the others
      > and mockingly offered us one of the sea-urchins. We practically broke
      > her wrist snatching it. She saw the happy reminiscent expressions in
      > our eyes and realized we were veterans to this fare. We were invited
      > to join them. After that, these nice people would call us when they
      > went sea-urchining, and we'd drop whatever we were doing and speed to
      > the feast."
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      > DB lived in Carmel from about September 1936 through early 1940,
      > though he traveled far and wide during this time. He married Dorothy
      > Putnam on June 13, 1940 in Florida. DB died in Los Angeles on June
      > 9, 1957.
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      > I believe Armine's books were published by Dodd, Mead.
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      > ~~Cadia
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