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Section 2, part 2

(1) Kai Elijah Hamilton: 

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(2) Amazon banning customers for too many returns

(3) How to Succeed Llike the Simpsons

(4) Natalie Kaye:  Saw RBG.  Loved it.  Highly recommend it.



Section 12A, NC events

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Note: I recently saw a preview production of the above play. It was a lot of fun. More details to follow next week.

(2) JUNE 10: Yoga & Your Dosha with Jamie
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Asheville Community Yoga
8 Brookdale Rd, Asheville, North Carolina
For tickets, please click:

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BLAINESWORLD #1129 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Pat Hannigan: PF Changs can be hit or miss. The one in Atlantic City is usually pretty good. But there is one in Warrington PA that is not good. I’m finding that it can be hit or miss with these Chain restaurants. Like Carabbas. They usually are always great! However, they had one in Pleasantville NJ near the shore and it was hit or miss. They actually closed.. But the one in Bensalem on Street road is excellent and usually its packed!!! Same with Olive Garden. One can be good and others are so so.

(2) Where you live has a bigger impact on happiness and health than you might imagine

(3) Six Actually Convincing Ways to Fake a Tan


Section 11, Thought for the day

A BETTER WAY TO FIGHT ANY WAR (long, but well worth the read):
Draft guys over 60!

I am over 60. and the Armed Forces thinks I’m too old to track down terrorists.

You can’t be older than 42 to join the military. They’ve got the whole thing ass-backwards. Instead of sending 18-year-olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys.

You shouldn’t be able to join a military unit until you’re at least 35. For starters, researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven’t lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. My back hurts! I can’t sleep, I’m tired and hungry.’ We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

An 18-year-old doesn’t even like to get up before 10am. Old guys always get up early to pee, so what the hell. Besides, like I said, I’m tired and can’t sleep and since I’m already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical son-of-a-bitch.

If captured we couldn’t spill the beans because we’d forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser. Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We’re used to getting screamed and yelled at and we’re used to soft food.

We’ve also developed an appreciation for guns. We’ve been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling. They could lighten up on the obstacle course, however… I’ve been in combat and never saw a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.

Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. … I’ve never seen anyone outrun a bullet. An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He’s still learning to shave, as well as how to start a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn’t figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head.

These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm’s way. Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple million pissed off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons, who know that their best years are already behind them.

HEY How about recruiting Women over 50 … in menopause! You think MEN have attitudes?? Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my God!! If nothing else, put them on border patrol. They’ll have it secured the first night!

Send this to all your senior friends. And make the font size larger, so they can read it.


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BLAINESWORLD #1128 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) A Surprise Medical Solution: Hypnosis




Section 11, Thought for the day

My Friend Tom

by Brian Biro*

Simple human dignity… Focus on character rather than reputation. For your character is who you ARE, your reputation only what others THINK you are… Humility… never thinking you know it all and always hungry to learn… Generosity and compassion to everyone in need no matter how tough things may be in your own life… Kindness even to those who treat you unfairly… A smile and irrepressible sense of humor even in the face of the cruelest blow one can receive… Love and joy centered…not self-centered. A lifelong friend who exemplifies the beauty of WE GO over ego…

My friend Tom is all these things and more. From the moment we met on our first day of junior high school more than 50 years ago we have been dear friends. Tom was my hero all through school…the fastest, strongest, and most athletic of all of us and yet without an ounce of arrogance, selfishness, or conceit. Whenever anyone was around Tom they felt energized, happy, and uplifted. He was always fully present and his presence made you feel that you were important and that he truly cared about you.

And oh could Tom laugh! As I get older I realize more and more how incredibly important it is to laugh each day…to laugh at yourself and with each other. Tom taught me that.

I flew across the country to visit my friend last week. I HAD to see him. You see, my friend Tom has been stricken with a rare and cruel disease called MSA. His autonomic nervous system is shutting down and his strength, energy, voice, and life force are fading away. My big, strong, joyful friend now needs help to make it through each day.

I spent an unforgettable day with him. We laughed through most of our time together. As I was getting ready to leave I hugged him tight and told him how much he has meant to my life, how he has and always will be my hero. I’ll treasure the memory of him receiving my love fully and saying simply, “Oh Brian.” And then we cried together for a moment.

Tom is surrounded by friends and family who love him dearly. The man who always thought about what he could GIVE others…never about what he would GET, is now learning to receive. In true Tom fashion he does this gracefully and simply. And all those who help care for him feel blessed by the chance to let him know how much he’s appreciated and admired.

I needed to tell you about Tom today because he reminded me that right now we need to hear about REAL heroes… more than ever! I’m not talking about Marvel super-heroes in capes and masks or public figures driven by ego and obsessed with being in the spotlight.

I’m talking about REAL heroes. People who understand that the love we fail to share is the only pain we live with. So they choose to be loving no matter what. People who will do more for others than they’ll do for themselves. People who are like angels among us. They seem to have wings because they take themselves lightly. People who have learned that REAL wealth is not measured by your bank account but rather by the friends you’ve made and the impact you’ve had on others. Heroes like Tom.

Tom has taught me that we have a choice every single day to live our lives the way he has. He has made the most of every precious moment. We can do no better than that. I hope his shining example inspires you to do the same. Please hold my friend Tom in your heart today. You’ll be better for it.

* Thanks, Brian, for your gracious permission to use the above. For more information about Brian Biro, husband, father, grandfather, speaker, author and America’s Breakthrough Coach, please click:


Section 12A , NC events

(1) Award-winning Sirens in Concert: Ash Devine with Annette Wasilik

Join us for a special concert and celebration featuring DC based award winning songwriter Annette Wasilik, and Asheville based songwriter Ash Devine. The two will play two compelling and inspiring sets of original music at the Flood Gallery on Wednesday May 16th 7pm-9pm. Light refreshements will be served at 6:30. Tickets are suggested $10-15 donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Ash Devine: Songwriter, Appalachian folk musician, humanitarian clown, recent Gerontology grad student and social activist Ash Devine is based in the blue ridge mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.

“her voice whispers like a backwoods wind” (Beth Simpson, Artist)
“Ash Devine personifies activism through song” – David Elrod, Producer)
“Ash Devine did a fine job of recreated those driving carter family sounds”- (Grammy Award Nominee David Holt)

“Annette has the uninverse in her voice.”…Barbara Ireland
Annette’s performances are marked by her compelling alto and moving songs that “touch you to the bone”. In the tradition of the poet songwriter and with rich tones reminiscent of Linda Thompson or Natalie Merchant, she weaves a spell both startling in its intimacy and expansive in its vision. Her debut recording, Songs from the Talking House won Best Contemporary Recording of the Year by The Washington Area Music Association in 2016.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Pennington Players Expose Cutthroat Real Estate World in Mamet’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre May 25 to June 3

West Windsor, N.J. – A group of desperate real estate salesmen are sharpening their knives as they prepare to sell some questionable properties really fast! Join The Pennington Players as they present David Mamet’s modern classic, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times are Fridays, May 25 and June 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 26 and June 2 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, May 27 and June 3 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on May 25.

In the cutthroat world of Chicago real estate, a band of dodgy salesmen are prepared to use all means necessary, legal or otherwise, to sell undesirable properties to unwitting prospective buyers. Over the course of two intense days, they employ flattery, lies, bribes, threats, intimidation and even burglary in an attempt to get the job done. The plot is based on work experiences from Mamet’s past – before he became a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

The show had its world premiere at the National Theatre in London in 1983. It opened on Broadway in 1984, where it ran for 378 performances and was nominated for four Tony awards. A 1992 film version included actors Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino and Ed Harris.

The Pennington Players’ ensemble cast features Daniel Gleason of Yardley, Pa., as Lyngk; Gina Hermans of Lawrenceville as Baylen; Brian Jason Kelly of Doylestown, Pa., as Roma; Rick Purcell of Jamesburg as Levene; Andrew Timmes of Princeton as Williamson; Mark Violi of Hamilton as Moss; and Sheldon Bruce Zeff of Newtown, Pa., as Aaronow.

The production team includes Director Kyrus Keenan Westcott, Producer/Stage Manager Vicki Kaiser, Assistant Stage Manager Lili Timmes, Scenic Designer Kate Pinner, Lighting Designer Kat Ross Kline, Costume Designer Sally Page Sohor, and Sound Designer Evan Paine. Photos are by KyrusKeenan Photography.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater. For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

(2) At Actors’ Net in Morrisville, PA:

The Sum of Us, written by David Stevens, follows the story of a widower and his gay son. The play is about wanting love but being afraid to look for it; about finding love and being afraid to go for it; and about having love and not being able to hold onto it. It’s a play from the heart that tickles the funny bone in many delicious ways.

Performing June 1-17
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm

*Opening Night Gala: Friday, June 1st
*Talk Back Friday: Friday, June 8th

Directed by Hayley Rubins-Topoleski & John Bocanfuso
Producer: Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski
Stage Manger: Julie McMillan

Tim Irvine as Harry Mitchell
Daniel River as Jeff Mitchell
Rocco Angelastro as Greg
and Laurie Hardy as Joyce

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Section 2, part 2

(1) Thanks, Sharon Lewis, for a recent Facebook post about the dangers of releasing balloons. I wanted to share some more information about that subject, so came up with this article that I thought y’all would find thought-provoking:

Please Don’t Release Your Balloons





(6) Ken Greenfield: The attribution to me [in last week’s issue] should have been “Joke 1.”

(7) Chuck Fink: Just read about your hernia surgery. Glad to hear you’re at 97, rounding third and heading to 100 percent. … Your joke about the monks hit home. Yesterday in Florence we went to a cathedral and heard Benetcine monks singing Gregorian chants. It was so moving I almost converted.

(8) Walter Weeks: Great shirt: HEMP!


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Jerome Sims: 20th Anniversary Cantaria Concert
June 16, 2018 • 7:30 PM
Cantaria Website 

Cantaria-The Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus is celebrating its 20-year anniversary with a concert celebrating its achievements. For over 19 years Asheville’s gay men’s chorus has been sharing its voice with Asheville and the greater Western North Carolina. Starting with just a few gay men the chorus is growing and our voices are reaching an increasingly diverse audience.

The gay men’s chorus continues to serve as a voice for the LGBTQ community singing for various events. Including our Spring and Holiday concerts the chorus continues to support Blue Ridge Pride Celebrations, International GALA Choruses Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, World AIDS Day, Orlando PULSE Memorials, Regional Democratic Women’s Breakfast and more. From churches to retirement homes we have shared our United Voice.

Tickets: $20 – $45

(2)  Haven Volpe: Montford Park Players opens its 45th Season at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater with this classic comedy by Oscar Wilde.
Playing May4-26, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm.
For more information see

The cast:
Algernon Moncrieff: Will Storrs
Jack Worthing: Haven Volpe
Lady Bracknell: Natasha Charles
Cecily Cardew: Carter Sue Bostwick
Gwendolyn: Sonia Rose D’Andrea
Miss Prism: Alexandra McPherson
Rev Chasuble: Mike Yow
Lane: Scott Bean
Merriman: John Mycroft

Director: John Preston Mendenhall
Stage Manager: Kate Sullivan
Art Director: Aaron Pelman

Costumes: Sandy McDaniel

(3) Chuck Fink: WORD! Story Slammers Showcase!

Saturday night June 2nd at Habitat Tavern and Commons on Broadway in downtown Asheville with:

    Scott Whitehair from Chicago

    Pete Koschnick from Weaverville

    David Joe Miller from Asheville

    Alison Fields from Carborro

    Lee Lindsey from ETSU in Johnson City

    Chuck Fink from OLLI and Weaverville

    Raymond Christian from Boone

A STAR STUDDED SHOWCASE beginning at 7pm, doors at 6pm.  Tickets are 15.00 online at:  We’ve already sold around 40% of the tickets before publicity so I urge you to purchase yours online.  THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT!


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Section 2, part 2

(1) Amy Przynosch: In defense of the not so busy retirement

(2) Delores Chalmers:  I am embarking on another journey that would not only lift my own spirits, but more importantly help save lives.  In spite of my injury after my race in Savannah last November.  I am pushing on healing and ready to do what my heart desire.  You all know what that is: SAVING LIVES fighting for a cure.  I have lost several family members and close friends in the last two years and this has encouraged me to push on!  I am training for my next event with Team In Training again this year.  TNT is the signature fundraising campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) which is dedicated to battling blood cancers.  Through Team In Training, I am preparing myself to do another marathon Yah!

 The money I am asking you to donate will go towards finding new cures, assisting patients who are dealing with the financial struggles of their disease, and help LLS lobby for better care and coverage of blood cancer patients.  Upon completing my marathon this year I will be doing the race in memory of my aunt, cousin, and close friend love one and other countless others who lost their battle with these terrible diseases.

 I am asking for your help in reaching my goal of raising $4000.00 towards the fight against blood cancers. I am asking you to consider LLS as your charity of choice this year for your charitable gift. Simply go to my webpage (link below) and make a donation towards helping save someone’s life! Thank you in advance for your help and keep checking my website for updates about the race! All donations are tax deductible.

(3) Rock Eblen: Here’s What Happens to a Plastic Bag After You Throw It Away

(4) Angie Flynn-McIver:  Good morning! Let’s get $300 raised today for my NCTC Play-It-Forward campaign! 21 people have already donated–you know you wanna be one!…/play-it-forw…/angelaflynn-mciver 

Check out this great video from an NCTC High School Play Festival alum I had the honor of directing 12 (!!) years ago:

(5) Charlotte Wade: If you can do it, it would be great if you can put in a plug for Jamie
for Stu Helm’s contest to find the best chicken sandwich in Asheville.
He came in about a week ago, and followed through since he told her it
was the best one he had ever eaten.
Here is the link:…/…/asheville-best-fried-chicken/

I posted it on BL Neighbors, and I updated her site on NextDoor, but I
am not allowed to promote her in general since it is “Our business”.
She has a lot of fans in the neighborhood. There are six more days left
to vote and so far she is killing it. She has a lot of regulars who
pressured him to come in for his first visit.

I hope we all do well in the Best of Asheville too.  Lots of local
contenders in different categories.

(6) ZuZu Welsh: Surf in and vote for Zuzu Welsh Band – Faultine. Thank you!


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Playing for Change: Gameathon to Support Helpmate

May 12 at 4 PM to May 13 at 4 PM

Well Played
58 Wall Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801Join us Mother’s Day weekend to game for a good cause!

We’ve partnered with Wyvern’s Tale, Hillside Games, Comic Envy, Breakout Games and the Game Outlet to support Helpmate and to stop domestic violence. Now we need you to come out and play.

We have 24 hours to fill, so we’ll have giveaways and gaming sessions all day and night to keep up the momentum. See a full list of events and sign up here:

Additional donations for the event from Violet Owl Wellness, UpCountry Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, and Bouchon!


May 12th

4pm Twilight Imperium (6 players max sign up in advance)

6pm Ticket to Ride Mini Tournament (12 player max)

10-1030 Violet Owl Stretch Session

10pm-12pm Play to Win games (Dice throne, Back to the future, and more)

10:30pm Survive the Arena! (D&D)

Create your character and see how long you can survive GM Charley’s sinister arena. Donations can be made to give your character bonuses; But watch out! The crowd can make donations as well to add even more peril.

11pm-12.30am Game Session #1:Game of Thrones, Scythe, Terraforming Mars

May 13th

1am-330am Rpg game #2 (6 players sign up in advance)

1am-330am Game Session #2 : Azul, Century Spice Road,7 Wonders

1am Catan Mini Tournament (Max 12 players)

4am-6am Game Session #3: Free Play

2pm-4pm Well Played Wipeout!
Can you make it through our series of gaming challenges? You’re going to need to bring your A game.


(3) Our Friends: Liking Laughter, Longings and Loss
Hosted by Story Choreography Projects and Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC

2 Times · May 13
4:00 PM
6:15 PM

Jubilee Community Church
46 Wall St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Come witness the interweaving of stories, movement and multimedia about the dynamic, sometimes joyful and equally heartbreaking world of friendships. Friends are part of our life journey, reflecting how we connect, love and let go.

Story Choreography Project has been producing authentic theater experiences in Asheville since 2006. Artistic Director, Barrie Barton leads participants – men and women, ages 25-70 into the dynamic and multi-layered world of personal stories. The group co-creates these stories in a performance art which has delighted, moved and entertained over a 2,000 audience members.

Join our community event and be prepared to remember your world of friendships. I promise a rich, deeply moving and entertaining evening.

Tickets are $16.
Purchase on Eventbrite or At the Door

Proceeds from the performance to be donated to Big Brothers – Big Sisters of WNC


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) At Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, NJ:


Fridays, May 11 & 18, 2018 at 8pm

Saturdays, May 12 & 19 at 8pm

Sundays, May 13 & 20 at 2pm

Unleash your laughter when Forte Dramatic Productions, brings us A.R. Gurney’s romantic comedy about marriage… and a dog. Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after years in the suburbs. As Kate tells Greg: “The dog phase of my life is definitely over.” But life has a way of giving you what you think you don’t want. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart Labradoodle, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage in hilarious and touching ways.

Tickets – $18 adults, $16 seniors, $14 students/children

(2) At ActorsNet in Morrisville, PA:

A Little Night Music
Music by By Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
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Sondheim’s romantic music and lyrics, coupled with the artful book by Hugh Wheeler, sweeps us away to a weekend in the Swedish countryside. Actress Desiree Armfeldt, her family, her lovers, and their families learn when to “Send in the Clowns.”
April 20 – May 6
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
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Section 1

TJ Shimeld: It is unbelievable to me to post the sad fact that a wonderful magician, Harry Anderson, has passed away this morning. I grew up watching him on “Night Court” as Judge Harry T. Stone, seeing him on comedy and magic specials. He always made me laugh. He was a great influence to many magicians, including Ricky Boone, and we were thrilled when Harry moved to Asheville, North Carolina. It was here, at Ricky’s magic shop, that I met Harry Anderson, and my admiration for the man grew exponentially.

Harry lectured to the Western North Carolina Magic Club, emphasizing to “write it down!” His seeming impromptu, off-the-cuff performances were meticulously scripted. I got to see his full-evening show in South Carolina, after which I was even more impressed to find, still, all the “impromptu moments” were the same in each show, demonstrating that he was truly a superb actor.

Harry and I connected as well in the writing world, as he was a fan of Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow (for whom it was my honor to write his biography). I found Harry had written the opening scene in the script to The Shadow movie starring Alex Baldwin in 1994 (to me, the best part of the movie being the most accurate to the pulp novels). Harry had invited me to his house in Asheville (“the one on the left with the polar bear on the porch”) where I gave him a signed copy of my book and he presented me with a framed Shadow novel from his collection.

I will miss Harry’s words, wit, and magic, and I am sorry there was not more time to get to know the man himself better. Thank you, Harry, for the time you gave.


Section 2, part 2



(2) George Pappas: I already downloaded my data. Removed ALL  apps from my facebook.  Seriously, but not for a specific group I need to be part of of, I would have deleted my account.  Still, have taken control of facbook at least in terms of what I can reasonable stop from potentially being accessed by third parties.  too much data was being accessed – still, I confirmed I was not hacked. Type BFF into a comments section, and if it turns green, you have not been hacked.




Section 12, NC events


(2)  The Importance of Being Earnest
May 4 – May 18
Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre
90 Gay St, Asheville, North Carolina 2

Montford Park Players opens its 45th Season at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater with this classic comedy by Oscar Wilde.

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(3) Local Magic Shop Celebrates 23 Years in Asheville with Two Days of Magic!

Asheville’s premier and only magic shop, Magic Central, is celebrating 23 years in business on April 28 from 11 to 4 p.m. at 175 Weaverville Highway, Suite L. Its owner, Ricky D. Boone, is planning numerous festivities throughout the day, including guest performers, discounts, and give-aways. Furthermore, The Vanishing Wheelchair, a non-profit that helps people with disabilities, will be dedicating its monthly show, “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” to Boone’s inspirational magic the night before on April 27 at 7 p.m., right next door to Magic Central, at The Vanishing Wheelchair Little Theatre.

Keeping a brick and mortar magic shop in the age of the Internet is a feat in itself, yet keeping it open for 23 years in the same location is truly magic. Yet it comes as no surprise if one stops to get to know the owner, Ricky D. Boone. Boone shares his comedy and love of magic with all who pass through his doors. He not only sells the standard tricks that magicians of all skill levels seek out, but he supplements these with his own creations, that Boone often hand-makes himself. Many people have been inspired by Boone to take up magic as a hobby or profession, and these magicians are magically appearing to help Magic Central celebrate 23 years in business by giving free performances throughout the day on April 28.Boone’s magic shop is aptly named, for he, and his store, are the center around which magic revolves in the area. Boone has played a pivotal role in the art of magic in the Asheville area since he was a teenager. He was instrumental in starting the Western North Carolina Magic Club at which magicians share their secrets, opening Magic Central where beginner to advanced magicians can purchase their magical wares, and founding The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc., a non-profit that teaches people with disabilities skills in the arts (including magic, of course) so others focus on their abilities rather than on their disabilities.

The Vanishing Wheelchair Little Theatre sits next door to Magic Central and is the venue for several magic and variety shows for the public and is available for private functions and parties. The monthly magic and variety show, “Magic, Mirth & Meaning,” is a family-friendly, hour-long production that features story tellers, singers, jugglers, and magicians. The show continues the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m., but April 27 will be a special show in honor of Ricky D. Boone and Magic Central. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and all money benefits the non-profit. Tickets may be available at the door, but advanced reservations are strongly encouraged since seating is limited. Purchase tickets online at , or contact Magic Central, 175 Weaverville Highway, Suite L, Asheville, North Carolina 28804, or call 828-645-2941,

For more information contact T.J. Shimeld at, 1129 Allman Ridge Road, Morganton, North Carolina 28655. Call 828-443-8414.


(4) Daniel Barber:

Hi Blaine, this may seem like a departure from my typical emails, but it’s all about your (and our!) creative potential.

If you’re not sure what Creation Spirituality is all about, or you’d like to go a little deeper…,

or if you’ve read books by Matthew Fox and would like to hear him speak…,

or if you love a good concert with great writers, musicians and performers…,

or you’re curious about the unusual Cosmic Mass experience (theme: Creation Rising!) – maybe from this week’s Mountain Xpress cover…, 😉

or you’d like to sample from the rich collection of workshops by more than 20 presenters…,

or you’d just like to hang out with other Creation Spirituality enthusiasts who are coming from all over the country to be together..,


check out the schedule and ask yourself if it would be worth it to experience this inspiring and transformative Creation Spirituality vibe while it’s here.

(And if you have a friend or loved one you’d like to share this with, please forward this to them. It’s about Our Community of humans and four-leggeds and winged one and finned ones and tall-standing ones and…

This gathering is a bi-annual event and it travels the U.S., so it’s not likely to be in Asheville again for many more years.

Plus, any chance to hear Matthew Fox speak is a chance to be liberated from ruts and inspired to your deeper potential.

As you see, this event is the cover story of the latest Mountain Xpress (Sweeet!).

There are still a few work trade opportunities worth $125 off the conference fee.

If you want to support this work with a sponsorship, you can help us create and nourish this wonderful event here.

Thank you for all you are and all you do to be a part of Creation Rising in our time. We have at hand plenty of sacred work to do for sacred Earth.

I look forward to exploring ways to con-spire with you!

In original blessing,



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Terru Van Duyn’s presentation to Jim Barrett:

I am so sorry everybody, but the Governor asked me to do something, and I almost forgot.  You know I’m already in trouble with about two-thirds of the General Assembly, so I really can’t afford to be in trouble with the Governor as well.

Governor Cooper and I were talking and he said to me, “You know, Terry, I used to be the Attorney General, the lawyer for all the people of the State of North Carolina, and I really appreciate the work that the folks at Pisgah Legal Services do.  Could you tell the staff how much I appreciate it and let everyone at Jazz for Justice know how grateful I am for all the ways they support that work.”

And I said, “Sure, I could do that, but you know we’ll be giving out awards, how about maybe the Order of the Long Leaf Pine?”

And he said, “Terry, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine!  I reserve that for really special people. People who’ve had a big impact on North Carolina. Maya Angelou, and Bill Friday,  Andy Griffith and Micheal Jordan.  People who have made significant contributions to their communities through the exemplary service and exceptional accomplishment.”

So I said, “What if, as a young attorney,  someone worked for 10 years, representing hundreds of individual clients helping them find safe housing, and they also successfully fought for minimum housing codes so that everyone in the community could be safe in their homes, and they helped to establish a housing trust fund so there could be more affordable housing.  Would that merit an order of the long leaf pine?”

He said. “Yeah, that’s really good work, but no – not really.”

So I said, “What if, on top of that, someone became executive director of nonprofit legal firm, and work another 35 years, increasing the capacity of that firm so they could go from helping about 2000 people/ year to more than 15000 people a year.”

And he said, “I get it Terry, that’s important work, but I don’t know that it’s exemplary.”

So I said, “What if that person, as Executive Director of that nonprofit law firm created:

The Children’s Law Project – to represent children

The Mountain Violence Prevention Project – to help victims of domestic violence be safe in their homes,

The Henderson Family Assistance Project – to extend services further in the region

The Disability Assistance Project – to help people who can no longer work can accesses basic income,

The Homelessness Prevention Project  – because you need a home             to be able to work and take care of yourself

The Elder Law Project – to protect senior citizens

The Justice for ALL Project – to help the undocumented in our                       community.

“And what if that person created a medical-legal partnership with Mission Hospital, the call  it HEALS for Health Education and Legal Support.

“And what if, because he knew access to decent healthcare is fundamental to escaping poverty, he created a program to help people get access healthcare through the affordable Care Act.

“And then I said What if this person also had the tenacity to successfully execute a multi-million dollar capital campaign in the middle of the Great Recession.”

And the Governor looked at me and he said, “You know someone crazy enough to do that?”

And I said, “I  know someone who had done ALL of these things, and so much more.”

And to that, the Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper agreed, it would be an honor to bestow the Order of the Long Leaf Pine to Jim Barrett,  for his truly exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments from the grateful people of North Carolina.


Section 2, FYI

(1) Mike Yow: I’m Kickstarting another book in my game series.

(2) Keith Challenger: Sorry but I have to disagree with you about calling Verizon to blacklist annoying callers.

As you point out, you can only add five numbers to that list and these callers are VERY sneaky at calling from what appears to be a local number. It’s much quicker and easier to simply select the number and click “add to contacts” then give it a name; Jackass1, 2, 3 etc is a good one, but I just call them Z1, Z2, etc so I never have to scroll through them to find a legitimate contact (I don’t have any friends called Zack, Zeke, or Zebedee). So far I’m up to Z12 which is far more than I can block by adding them via the method you blogged. 

(3) Pat Hannigan: Re crank robo calls… Boy did I get an education!!!

First when you hear about people and companies sharing electronic search and email information and making a profit on it, we have no idea of the mess we are in….Here is my story…..

First, it seems that whenever I would be on line and look at any kind of home improvement products, or tools or services or for that matter anything related to a home I was being tracked. I did not connect the dots or understand what the issues were till later.. But I would get many many multiple calls from all over the world. I had no idea why they were calling me and targeting home improvement issues and why so many calls… (??) Different phone #s would show up in my phone and different  people would all call me with home improvement offers. And with all due respect I think most of the solicitations were coming from India or some other foreign place. But they were slick. When I would try to call back 99% of the time the number that showed up on my called ID was not in use or it did not allow incoming calls or it was busy. The callers role was to simply get me to agree to have them send someone out to give a free estimate..

So at first I kept hanging up on them or I would ask for their phone # and they would hang up and tell them I was not interested. I even had a few foul mouthed comments from people when I would get them on the phone and waste their time. But the calls kept coming at all hours of the day and night…….The initial problem for me was that whenever I called back the line was dead, or I would get a fast busy signal or it would go dead…So the number on my caller ID was useless.  I had no idea what was going on…And trust me I was getting lots and lots of these calls..And they would call on multiple #s from various area codes etc. So trying to block them was a joke….

Finally I had enough. I figured if I could get someone out to the house I could have them arrested.  So I agreed to allow for them to have someone come out to my house to give me an estimate. Since they were just tele-marketers I wanted to get someone here locally, in person at the house and then I could call the police and have them arrested for not having a license to operate in Newtown. Its the only option I had. The  goal was trying to find out who these callers where and their organization, etc. and where all this was coming from.  I got a call back from a few local contractors after I had agreed to the “free Estimate” from the telemarketer….

And I do think that these local contractors who were calling to come out were local honest business people trying to make a living. These guys thought they were buying good leads.  I got one guy on the phone and told him that I was turning this matter over to the FBI as it appeared he was part of this scam ring. But he was very apologetic and explained that he just buys leads from a marketing company. And they were told that people like me would send in a request looking to have work done and he bought the lead and was simply following up. So the local contractors would pay the bad telemarketing company a fee for my name and contact #. This guy had no idea of the scam going on and gave me the company’s web site, etc that he had paid for the leads. He seemed very scared and in no way wanted the police or FBI involved.

So I tracked the company down… And as much as it could be argued that this bad telemarking company were providing “leads” I noticed that on their web page they were also looking for sub contractors to be telemarketers for them. So I called and got some guy on the phone who thought I was calling in to buy leads. I explained to him that I was on to their scam and if they and all of their subcontractors did not take my name and # off their lists and any lists that they sold or provided to the so called “agents” or “telemarketers” and stop calling and harassing me,  that I was going to have multiple contractors show up at my house and have them arrested one by one and that they would all come after him for fraud.

Then I told him my next step was to turn this over to the FBI and have them come after him and have him arrested. Luckily I think the guy realized I knew what I was doing and that I was onto their scam. And I guess he had sold my name and contact # to so many people he realized that he would have many many contractors coming after him if they came out to my house and were arrested. So he agreed to take me off their list. I told him I wanted it done immediately and he said it will take about a week.  I also told him I wanted it done immediately and he said it takes time. I demanded that he have his agents and subcontractor tele markers remove my name and contact info too!!  I demanded it be done..I could tell the guy was getting nervous and he realized that I was on to him and the potential legal issues he would be faced with.  So low and behold, the calls slowly stopped…And now I rarely ever get a call.

Seems somehow this guy was getting or buying info that I was on line looking for stuff related to the home from somewhere on line. I’m not sure if he was tracking me but I suspect one of the big guys  ( facebook or other company ) was selling this info to him somehow…Maybe it was generic data. Maybe it was just that I was looking at home improvement issues with nothing specific. As I seem to recall that most of the telemarketers started with their offering all kinds of home improvement services….. the telemarketers were calling from some remote part of the world. like India, Russia or Africa… They were just following a script. Part of their shtick was telling me that I must have filled out an info request card and that’s why they were calling. So I told them I never filled out an info request card.. But it seems the company that somehow got my information and what I was doing on the web kept selling my name to multiple telemarketers who were working as agents or sub contractor for them to make calls. Those people had no concern for me or my privacy. They would be paid when they got a  “YES” to have someone come out for the free estimate. Then the original telemarketing company would sell my name and number as a bonafide lead of someone who wanted a free estimate. Big time scam!!! And the guy who starts all this hides in the shadows and makes money. The telemarketer calls in on a BOGUS phone # and is motivated to keep calling.

A vicious cycle!!!

So when you hear about companies like Facebook or other establishments selling your personal data, this is what is happening… Its a scam and a joke!!. And this is only one industry. If I had not agreed to the “free estimate” these guys would continue to do this and no would have known what was going on…..  I had no idea where all these calls were coming from. With a little luck I was able to put 2 + 2 together and at least shut this down for me. So its fine to block #s but it could be a worthless endeavor…. Hang in there. Hope this helps!!!

 Sorry this was so long and sorry for any typos!

(4) Thanks, Pat, for then sending this clip:

Congresswoman Won’t Let Mark Zuckerberg WEASAL His Way Out Of Her Question About Tracking People!

 (5) Candace Mullett: When do you know you’re old enough to die? Barbara Ehrenreich has some answers

(6) Smart Toothbrushes Tell You Everything You’re Doing Wrong 


Section 12A, NC events


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(2) An Early Mother’s Day Celebration – Songs to Honor All Mothers with Kat Williams and the Richard Shulman Trio

Venue: Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. Asheville NC 28806
Main Stage Seated
Limited Tables Available with a Dinner Reservation :: All Other Seating is First Come First Serve General Admission :: Please Call Venue for Dinner (Table) Reservations
$20 Advance / $20 Day of Show

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(3) Stage Combat Workshops with Mike Yow

3 Dates · May 12, May 19, May 26

All at 10:30 a.m.

At Attic Salt Theatre Company
2002 Riverside Drive, Sutio O, Asheville

Tickets available:

Take one, two or three of these 2-hour workshops that focus on hand-to-hand combat, rapier technique and more. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience in stage fighting and choreography, these workshops will both inform and challenge you.

Workshops are $40 each, two for $65 or take all three for only $90!

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Colleen Dunn: Bucks County is renown as the home of James Michener, Pearl Buck, Margaret Mead, and Oscar Hammerstein. There is no better setting for an annual celebration of the art of writing, the joy of reading, and the coming together of well-known authors and their eager readers.

The Bucks County Book Festival is a two-day event under the non-profit umbrella of Discover Doylestown. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, 2018 and will feature more than 20 professionally published authors.

The Book Festival Committee is asking everyone to Save the Dates and attend,  volunteer, and/or become a Friend of the Fest. To learn more about the Book Festival visit , to volunteer for the event visit , to become a Friend of the Fest visit If you want to learn more contact Colleen Dunn at

We hope you’ll be able to join with us and attend this exciting event.

(2) Joni Dowburd: Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre’s production of Young Frankenstein will take place Fridays, April 6 and 13, at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, April 7 and 14, at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 8, at 3 p.m. at Neshaminy High School’s Theodore Kloos Auditorium, 2001 Old Lincoln Highway in Langhorne. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and $10 for youth 18 years and under when purchased in advance and an additional $2 when purchased at the door. NVMT continues its popular flex-ticket policy — any ticket purchased is good for any seat for any show date and time, so that patrons can purchase a ticket now and decide later which performance to attend. For information, visit or call 267–733–8876.

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