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  • tjmarkle@earthlink.net
    Barbara: Welcome to the group and aren t you pleasantly surprised! It was 1962 in Seattle that I was introduced to Don Blandings Vagabond House book. Here
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      Barbara: Welcome to the group and aren't you pleasantly surprised! It was 1962 in Seattle that I was introduced to Don Blandings Vagabond House book. Here it is, 41 years later and I'm still hooked. I have been lucky enough to find and buy about 6 of DB's original art pieces. None are of the spectactular category, but owning them is still fun. Go to Keith Emmons website also, he has a beautifully displayed website full of information. tj

      -----Original Message-----
      From: hervelamp <kuhne@...>
      Sent: Nov 30, 2003 4:12 PM
      To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [aloha-donblanding] new to the group


      Dear Group,<BR>
      I am very new to the e-group world of Don Blanding.  I never dreamed <BR>
      that my own interest in a man who wrote a short poem so long ago of <BR>
      which I am very fond (One lei I will wear, it will not fade...) <BR>
      would be shared by a community of people.  As one individual wrote<BR>
      previously, my introduction to Don Blanding has been kind of a<BR>
      mystical experience.<BR>
      I am a designer and a painter.  Two years ago while researching<BR>
      Hawaiian textiles I came across his poem above in a book about <BR>
      Hawaiian shirts.  I wrote down the poem and would glance at it now<BR>
      and then.  My 7 year old daughter and I memorized it. My interest<BR>
      in Don Blanding seemed odd in a way; all I had was a short, albeit <BR>
      sweet, poem.  But for some reason, I was intrigued.  Who was this man <BR>
      Don Blanding. I hoped to come across more of his poetry.<BR>
      My paintings are figurative and influenced by both early Chinese <BR>
      figurative painting and by Hawaiian art, and some paintings have more <BR>
      of an "island" feel than others.  But coming across Don's little poem,<BR>
      I had no insight into his interest in illustration and art, or that<BR>
      somehow my own paintings would relate so much to who it seems Don <BR>
      was/is all about.<BR>
      I checked our on-line library cataloge to see if this author, who I <BR>
      assumed to be pretty obscure, might have a book by him...they did...I <BR>
      read several, and here I am...introducing myself to you all.<BR>
      Yes, I do feel a connection to this man.<BR>
      Barbara in Seattle<BR>
      Don, I copied the poem and filed it away.  <BR>


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