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photo_060106_001Once in a while, as we move through life, we are fortunate enough to meet people who make a profound and lasting impression on us. Dorothy Haslam is one of those people.

Al and Dorthy Haslam moved their family to Canada when their girls, Linda and Julie, were young, but because Dorothy suffered from rheumatoid arthritis decided to move to a warmer climate and ended up settling in Salt Lake City where they opened a print shop, Seagull Printing Services.

When my husband and I started our print brokering business in 1990, Seagull Printing quickly became one of our favorite vendors to work with. Al and Dorothy were just nice people, and the working relationship developed into a very rewarding friendship.

In the early years, Bill worked the new business almost exclusively, while I had my full time positions with other companies. He had the benefit of knowing the Haslam’s long before I did. That all changed in 2001.

On October 31st 2001 Bill and I remarried. We decided that since we were footing the bill, we would have the kind of party we wanted. We settled on a medieval themed ceremony, complete with medieval attire, we even had the wedding party dressed for the occasion!bill-tami
The medieval theme intrigued Dorothy. Being from England, I guess it just felt natural to her. She really got into the mood of the celebration! The first time I met Dorothy was at our open house. Bill was standing by me when she and Al walked in with their daughter Linda and her husband, Tom. “That’s Al and Dorothy Haslam, you know, the owners of Seagull Printing.”

I had heard of them of course, but this was the first occasion I had to be introduced. Dorothy walked up to me with her hand outstretched in the most elegant, lady like manor. Smiling, she curtsied, and in the most charming of English accents said, “You must be the beautiful lady Tamara!”

Talk about a first impression! Have you ever had the feeling that you already know a person, even if you had never met them before? That’s what this first meeting with Dorothy was like for me, I felt a deep, sole-stirring bond with this lovely English bred woman. I have told her many times that I thought that I was English in another life!

I always looked forward to any time that I got, to visit with her. Sometimes I would ask to go to press checks just to be able to chat with her for a minute. I started to write little faerie stories that I would send along with business faxes, she liked them so much that she would take them around the office to show everyone else what the fairies were doing that day.

She asked me one day if I had thought about writing a book about fairies.  My little paragraphs were so delightful that she thought they should be published.

That conversation was several years ago now. I had filed it away with all my other warm, wonderful memories of Dorothy. We lost her about a year and a half ago. I feel it a privilege to have known her for as long as I did.

A few months ago, I was thinking about Dorothy. Bill had been writing a book that he titled “The Whistling Salamander”, it was very good and I started thinking again about what Dorothy had said about the fairie book.

I started to write, one thing lead to another, and ended up with “The Misty World of Arial Hollyberry.” Sometimes, when the words come easy, I can almost feel Dorothy standing by my side saying, “Oh, I like that!” in her charming English accent.

I miss you terribly Dorothy and I want you to know that you are my greatest inspiration and support. Bill is my motivation, but you are the reason I write. If it wasn’t for your enthusiastic support I don’t think I would have had the courage to even try to put my thoughts down on paper.

I look forward to the day that I will be able to greet you again. Smiling like you did so many years before, you will  hold out your hand to me and we will  courtesy to each other. You will say,”Lady Tamara”, I will bow my head and reply, “Lady Dorothy.”
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You Know a Fairie is Present When...

You hear a whispering of leaves.
You see a whirlwind.
You feel a tingling sensation in your hair.
You have an unexplained loss of time.
You laugh uncontrollably, or feel exceptionally silly.
You see blades of grass bending when there
is no one around.

The Most Likely Place for Fairie Portals Are...

Lake shores
Islands
Glades in the forest
Where two roads intersect
Fences and border hedges (this is Arial's favorite)
Stairwells, hallways and landings
Tidal pools
Bends in a road
Thresholds

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I would like to give special thanks to Gail Schimmelpfennig for allowing me to put her wonderful poem "Seeking the Muse" on my site. You can read her poem in the fairy poetry section under "Fairies in Word and Song". Gail is Utah State Poetry Society's 2009 Poet of the Year, and I'm proud to say, a dear friend. You can find her on FaceBook where there is a group for the Utah poets.