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This past Saturday was Armed Forces Day, and next Monday, May 30th, is Memorial Day.

As this newsletter is hopefully a testament, I try to be an advocate for peace whenever possible. One could argue, of course, that everyone is—generally speaking—in favor of peace. But given the glamorization of violence which seems to permeate today's culture, I believe promoting a peaceful and harmonious attitude is a worthy endeavor.

That said, I'm fully aware that I’m only able to safely sit here and extol the virtues of peace because of the sacrifices made by generations of American military personnel, without whom our modern peaceful lifestyle simply would not exist. My father was a U.S. Marine who was—against all odds—spared the horrors of war when he was assigned to Camp Pendleton as a weapons instructor at the height of the Korean War. Many of his fellow basic trainees from Quantico were not so fortunate: The majority of those in his platoon were killed or wounded in the Korean theater. How often do I stop and consider the tremendous debt I owe the men and woman throughout our nation's history who sacrificed their lives so the rest of us could live in peace and prosperity? Not often enough.

How many Americans have died in U.S. wars? Here's a breakdown by conflict

Highly recommended: The Fallen of WWII is a short but powerful interactive documentary that not only puts into perspective the horrific costs of war, but ends on a more hopeful note: the decline in battle deaths in the years since the Second World War. As mentioned in the film, peace can be a hard thing to quantify, but The Fallen of WWII makes a compelling attempt, and I would urge you to take the time to watch.
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"The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."
–Douglas MacArthur
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I've been intrigued by Toby jugs since watching Twelve O'clock High many years ago. (A Toby jug features prominently in the plot.) While researching Roald Dahl for a past newsletter issue, I stumbled across a photo of the Toby jug he used to store pencils in his famous writing hut. According to Roald's daughter Ophelia, the pencils played an important role in his daily writing routine. It's been reported that he was buried with them, along with other favorite items including chocolate, red wine, a power saw, and his snooker cues.
When I saw the photo above, I did a double take. A similar jug—passed down to me from my grandparents—sits on my desk and holds my favorite pens.
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My world-traveling daughter has promised to bring me a mug—Starbucks, if possible—from every city she visits. The two pictured above are just a small sample of my ever-growing collection.
"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." 
–Thomas Campbell
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Culled from the depths
of the Internet
What are the best illustrated non-fiction books for children? • A fascinating read: Unearthing the secrets of New York City's mass graves. • This new method for building antibiotics could produce 'thousands' of drug candidates. • The other side of the red planet… is blue. • Google’s design ethicist explains “How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds.” • How Industrial Light and Magic created the special effects for Star Wars and Indiana Jones… without the benefit of computer graphics. • Guy Clark, another one of my favorite 'Outlaw' songwriters, has died. Here are two articles about him worth reading: Guy Clark: One Last Look, via Texas Monthly, and Postscript: Guy Clark, via The New Yorker. An impressive talent to the end: His last song. • RIP, Cato.
"Be grateful for the unfinished song because it gets you back to work the next day." 
–Guy Clark
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"A good artist has less time than ideas." 
–Martin Kippenberger

May Print Giveaway

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That Will Be My Life

(Back by popular demand)
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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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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