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Girl in the Moon Illustration copyright D.E.Uhlig
"Yours is the light by which my spirit's born: –you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars." 
–E.E. Cummings

The Girl in the Moon

One of my favorite moments as a father happened many years ago, when—having just pointed out the 'Man in the Moon' to my very young daughter—she turned to me and said, "But Daddy… why isn't it the 'GIRL in the Moon'?"

Here are 12 Empowering Children's Books To Add To Little Girls' Bookshelves.
Heart Illustration copyright D.E.Uhlig
"A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future." 
–Author unknown
Title: 5 Things
1. The New York Public Library just made 187,000 digital items available for high resolution download — and they're all in the public domain. Click here to visualize and explore everything contained in this release (you can browse by century, genre, collection, or color.) And this public domain remix lets you juxtapose photos of New York's Fifth Avenue circa 1911 with modern day Google Street View images. Be forewarned: as rabbit holes go, this one runs deep. (By the way, the handwriting in the "5 things" title above… is from the 1700's.)

2. Want to know what the world’s oldest song sounds like? (Click here to listen.) And did you know the oldest living animal in the world is a giant tortoise named Jonathan? He's losing his eyesight and they just put him on a diet. (Welcome to my world, Jonathan!) Speaking of old, have you ever wondered what the earth looked like a billion years ago? Would you drink water that was a billion years old? One scientist did. Here's what it tasted like…
3. NASA watched the sun for three years. Here’s what they saw… condensed into a remarkable, three minute video.

4. Zoltan Levay (now that's a name) is the official photo editor of the Hubble Space Telescope. Check out how (and why) he does what he does: Gallery – The Art and Science of Space Photography.

5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown remains one of the most popular children's picture books of all time. Here's an interesting article about things writers can learn from Goodnight Moon. Also interesting: When the author died in 1952, she bequeathed royalties of the book to the nine-year-old son of a neighbor. Here's his strange and intriguing story.
"There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls." 
–George Carlin
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Did You Know?

Jerry Parr, the Secret Service agent who helped save Ronald Reagan's life during the assassination attempt on the president's life on March 30, 1981, was inspired to join the service after seeing Code of the Secret Service, a 1939 film in which Ronald Reagan played a Secret Service agent.

Snails can have over 25,000 teeth, and their teeth… are located on their tongues!
Snail illustration copyright D.E.Uhlig
"There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures."
Josiah Gilbert Holland
Weekly Doodle Illustration
"I am still learning." 

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Each month, we give away a signed, limited edition fine art print to one loyal subscriber of this newsletter. Current subscribers are automatically entered, so if you're not already subscribed, click here or on the orange button below. Winners are selected at random during the last week of each month, notified via email (so be sure to keep an eye on your inbox!) and announced in the first newsletter issue the following month. Here's January's print…
My Garden Fine Art Print

My Garden

This print started out as many do — a gift for one of my children.

  • SIZE: Artwork is 8 x 10 inches with a 2 inch white border to accommodate signature and numbering (fits in standard 11 x 14 inch frame).
  • EDITION: 1 out of a total of 20 artist proofs.
  • MATERIALS: Hand-signed, limited edition, Giclée fine art print, matted but unframed.
  • PAPER: Printed on Hahnemuhle William Turner — a 310g, acid-free, natural white, mould-made paper with 100% rag content (highly archival).
"For those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation." 

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   Until Next Week…

Well, we've covered history, space, the moon, and the public domain. Hmmm… how can I tie all these together? Anyone remember that really strange, old movie from 1902 by Georges Méliès called A Trip to the Moon? No? How about this iconic image from the movie? Here's an article about it from Time magazine. They say it's the first science fiction film ever made. It's short. It's weird. It's a classic. And the music alone is worth the click. Watch it here.
"Laugh, my friends. Laugh with me, laugh for me, because I dream your dreams." 
Georges Méliès

By the way, did you know that for all of history, until 1959, nobody had ever seen the far, or dark, side of the moon? It looks completely different from the side we're used to seeing. Here's the Secret of the Dark Side of the Moon. (Oh, for Pete's sake, just click it already!)

See you next week!
Peace Signature copyright D.E.Uhlig
"As far as the moon is concerned, he is always full." 
–Terri Guillemets
RedSneaker Logo copyright D.E.Uhlig

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About Me

Hi. I’m D.E.Uhlig. I’m an artist, author, husband and father.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. Years ago I gave my wife a hand-drawn card for our anniversary, and she loved it so much she made me promise to ALWAYS hand-draw her cards. Then our three kids made me promise to do the same with their birthday cards. And when I posted some of my drawings online, people began asking how they could purchase my work—so I created this newsletter. I believe in something I like to call “The Happiness of Art” and I hope it makes you smile.

Official Bio

D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's Pinterest and Facebook pages. In 1989, Mr. Uhlig co-founded Uhlig LLC, a leading provider of cross-media publishing and communication services in industries ranging from residential housing to book publishing to cancer care. Mr. Uhlig is married with three children and resides in Kansas City. He is currently working on children’s books, ebooks and apps.

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