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"A light heart lives long." 
–Irish proverb

Finding Cash in Dublin

Next Thursday is St. Patrick's Day, and that, of course, brings to mind Ireland…
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…and Ireland makes me think of Dublin. If you haven't been to Dublin, you might just want to check it out because, well, it's sort of a magical, mystical place. Or at least that's how it felt to me when my daughter and I visited several years ago on our tour of Trinity College. (Talk about the luck of the Irish, I even stumbled onto a little cash while I was there. More about that in a moment.)

As universities go, Trinity is one of the best, or as our cabbie explained in his thick Irish brogue, "Oxford and Cambridge are good, but Trinity takes the biscuit!" (Watch this video for a quick tour.)

Once inside the massive wooden front door (click my drawing to see the actual door)…
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…you'll find one of the most amazing libraries in the world (click photo to enlarge.)
And inside the library, you'll find the Book of Kells, which I'm fairly certain I would have worked on by candlelight had I been born a Scottish or Irish monk a thousand years ago. Frankly, the work would have suited me (the artistic part, not being a monk ;-), because the Book of Kells is really cool, especially if you're into drawing and painting and hand-lettering, etc. (Here's a sample page and a link to a multi-part documentary about the illuminated manuscripts.)

After our campus tour, we met the daughter of an old friend for a hearty Irish dinner of pot roast at O'Neills (recommended) and strolled the Temple Bar area—memorable for me because it's where I first sampled black pudding (NOT recommended, though I have subsequently developed at least a limited appreciation of haggis, but that's a different story for another time).
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Anyway, as we walked past the open door of an old pub, we heard a singer with a very thick Irish accent belting out Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire." We all looked at each other and burst out laughing. And that… is how I found Cash in Dublin.
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire." 
–W.B. Yeats
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Bits, Bytes & Nybbles,
culled from the depths of the Internet…

Ireland is famous for Guinness beer, sure – but did you know it's also known for milk chocolate? • Flights ease Britain’s biscuit crisis • Where does your name come from, and what does it mean? Find out how many people share your surname across the world: Search your name. • The incredible power of ignoring everything • U2's Bono once wrote a song for Willie Nelson, and the two also plan to collaborate on an upcoming feature film. • How to do an Irish accent. • By the way, it's Paddy, not Patty. • Tony Dyson, the man who created R2-D2, has died.
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"Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there." 
–Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
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"The heart that is soonest awake to the flowers is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns." 
–Thomas Moore

March Print Giveaway

My Garden Fine Art Print

That Will Be My Life

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

  • SIZE: Artwork is 10 x 10 inches, matted to 8 x 8 inches (fits in 12 x 12 inch frame).
  • EDITION: Artist proof.
  • 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).
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"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." 
–Oscar Wilde


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"But the greatest love – the love above all loves, even greater than that of a mother… is the tender, passionate, undying love, of one beer drunken slob for another." 
–Irish ballad

   Until next week…

Have a Happy and Safe St. Patrick's Day, everyone. Off ya go then, Boyo!
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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.

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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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