Don Blanding (1894-1957) was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He graduated from high school in 1912, and then went on to the Art Institute of Chicago. After he saw the play, ‘The Bird of Paradise,’ in Kansas City, and its portrayal of Hawaii, he left for the Islands. In Honolulu he worked as a cartoonist for the Honolulu Advertiser, painted portraits, and produced an amateur play for the Junior League. He returned to the mainland as a private in an U.S. Army Infantry unit in 1917. He subsequently was sent to Camp Grant, Illinois, for officer training and was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant, but the Armistice was signed before he was scheduled for overseas duty. READ MORE »
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Joy Is an Inside Job
by Don Blanding
Don Blanding has written a treasure of a book that is filled with his spiritual reflections in the form of outstanding inspirational poetry and prose. All of his writings seem to touch our hearts and many reveal those breathtaking “ah ha” moments. Don has a fascinating way of writing because he thinks outside of every box and reframes what people normally think and see. With this gift every single page ends up being a much-awaited surprise and a great joy to read. This book is filled with short fascinating snippets which make this book ideal to pick up and open a page at random and discover the gem of the moment. “This book is my honest attempt to pass-along to you the ‘Road-Maps’ which set me on the Joyous Journey to Joy-Age (whatever your age, your Joy-Age is now … if you can realize it). “Whether I have failed or succeeded … I have tried. ... read more »
Comb-bound – 8½” x 11″ – 159 pp.