BLAINESWORLD #1138 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

(1) Susan Feinman:    A very happy and healthy anniversary to you and Cynthia! … I actually remember very well when you got married – it was only a few months after my daughter got married (March 26, 2005), and if I remember correctly, you also met Cynthia on JDate.com as my daughter met her husband. … Many, many more happy and healthy ones to you both!

Response: Good memory. We got married on July 10, 2005. We actually met on Match.com.

(2) Peter Rigas: That image [Section 11 in last week’s BLAINESWORLD] is a very conservative post…to be self reliant. I’m surprised at you, letting that one slip by. Looking forward to the retraction next issue where FEMA is hauling the dude outta first image.

Response: My take: I prefer not to label folks. But that said, being self reliant isn’t just a conservative belief. For example, read the following:

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

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BLAINESWORLD #1137 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

(1) Maria Porambo: I could not believe what I was reading the article about the secret price of pets! These people have more money than brains!

What ever happened to going to a shelter and giving a pet a roof, food and, of course, lots of love.

I just rescued my newest fur baby, butters. She’s a cat, about 3 years old, who had to be surrendered due to her previous owner having to go into a nursing home. She has toys, she roams the house, sleeps, plays and watches the wild life from various windows. I wouldn’t dream of changing one iota of her.

Please tell your readers, go to a shelter, the SPCA, or any number of places you can adopt. Animals don’t need anything fancy, just love. The love they give in return is well worth the cost of food.

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) Kimberly Hughes:

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(2) Jan Anderson Robbins:

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(3) Mark Thompson:

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Section 12B, PA event

Kevin Jameson: Join us for an evening of remembrance, recognition and great music, Raise Hope Now! This Gala Benefit Concert will feature Glen Campbell’s timeless songs & stories as told and performed by his bandleader of 15 years, Jeff Dayton. Book your tickets now for our September 14th event just outside Philadelphia. Learn more at:

https://www.dementiasociety.org/gala

 

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BLAINESWORLD #1136 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

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(2) Lois Rosenthal: Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide

https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide

(3) Lois Rosenthal: A former CIA analyst’s protips on surviving the onslaught of bad news

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/7/2/1777389/-A-former-CIA-analyst-s-protips-on-surviving-the-onslaught-of-bad-news?detail=emaildkre

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) Join us for Attic Salt’s TOTALLY RAD fundraiser! Break out your leg warmers, parachute pants and Members Only jackets, we’ve got a 1980s dance party that’s going to make you want to drag your Atari 2600 out of the closet. (We know you still have one.)

Not sure how to get yourself all ’80s? We’ve got you! We’ll be bringing along our Aqua Net and crimping irons, and the blue eye-liner and uber-blush at our hairstyling and make-up stations.

Our request lines are OPEN! Send us your favorite songs so we can update our cassette collection or send a long-distance dedication ’cause we’re bringing Kasey Kasem back to the future! The request line is at https://www.atticsalt.org/80s-request-line.html

This event is a fundraiser for Attic Salt. Ticket prices range from $15 advanced purchase ($20 at the door) to $30 for Radical VIP treatment.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Fun, Flirty ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ Presented by M&M Stage Productions at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre July 27 to Aug. 5

West Windsor, N.J. – Everything is thoroughly modern at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre as M&M Stage Productions presents “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Dates and times for this fun, flirty, flapper musical are Fridays, July 27 and Aug. 3 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays July 28 and Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 29 and Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night show on July 27.

Millie Dillmount has just arrived in New York City direct from Kansas and ready to make her mark. It’s 1922, the height of the Jazz Age, and girls are bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce, and reinventing the rules of romance. Determined to marry a wealthy businessman, Millie finds herself attracted instead to the penniless Jimmy Smith. Meanwhile, Mrs. Meers, the landlady at Millie’s dingy hotel for women, has a get-rich scheme of her own and it doesn’t bode well for the girls in her stead.

Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, this spirited musical was the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2002. With high-energy dance numbers and a vibrant musical score, “Millie” adds up to merry, madcap entertainment.

The cast stars Alicia Stanton of Jenkintown, Pa., as Millie Dillmount; Thomas Coppolecchia of Bordentown as Jimmy Smith; Christina Pullen of New Egypt as Miss Dorothy; Susan Fowler of Langhorne, Pa., as Mrs. Meers; Dan Mucha of Hamilton as Ching Ho; Kaitlyn Young of Robbinsville as Bun Foo; Pat Rounds of Princeton as Trevor Graydon; Toni Richards of Camden as Muzzy Van Hossmere; Jeannine Haight of Pennington as Miss Flannery; and Daniel Montero of Ewing as Rodney.

The ensemble features Lexi Anthony of Princeton Junction, Zachary Benedetti of Ewing, Annie Bryson of Lawrence, Colin Corriveau and Jessica Corriveau of Plainsboro, Nicholas Eldridge of Hamilton, Anna Forebaugh of Haddonfield, Zachary Holzberg of Yardley, Pa., Makenna Katz of West Windsor, Isabella Mayo of Bordentown, Connor McDowell of Levittown, Pa., Julia Ruth Patella of Cranbury, Allison Reed of Yardville, Sarah Reynolds of Swedesboro, Olivia Schanbacher of Yardley, Pa., Sydney Sobkowiak of Yardley, Pa., Audrey Yeager of Hillsborough, and Kaitlyn Young of Robbinsville.

The production team includes Producers Mike DiIorio and Mike Almstedt, Director Mike DiIorio, Assistant Director Matthew Cassidy, Musical Director Pam Sharples, Choreographer Laura Ghaffoor, Costumer Louisa Murey, Lighting Designer Chris Ghaffoor and Sound Designer Evan Paine.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for seniors; and $16 for students/children. Tickets may be purchased online at www.KelseyTheatre.net 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 list of upcoming events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office.

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

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BLAINESWORLD #1135 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

(1) Steve Rizzo: Blaine, check this one out. It’s fast & fun.

Wait Till Next Year – A Memoir: Doris Kearns Goodwin …

https://www.amazon.com/Wait-Till-Next-Year-Memoir/dp/0684847957 

Response: Great minds thinking like. I liked this one, too. … The book is her touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball.

(2) Penny Gray: Check her to support Melissa, a Home Aide person who works for me:
https://www.gofundme.com/please-donate-to-help-our-employee

(3) John Dilcher: BTW, made good use of the information you gave in one of your previous newsletters. You mentioned your anesthesiologist gave you medication to calm you down before your hernia surgery.  I had surgery  in May. Was extremely anxious immediately before they said they would be coming to wheel me down to surgery.  When the anesthesiologist came into the room, I mentioned the medication to him. He agreed it would help me, he administered and it, and it  made ta world of difference. Thank you.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/magazine/how-to-pose-for-a-photograph.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage®ion=CColumn&module=MostEmailed&version=Full&src=me&WT.nav=MostEmailed

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Section 11, Thought for the day

Thanks, Steve Darter, for allowing me to run this chapter from his latest book: LESSONS FROM LIFE: FOUR KEYS TO LIVING WITH MORE MEANING, PURPOSE, AND SUCCESS:

CHAPTER 23

A Father’s Loving Gift

Out of the ashes of sadness from my father’s death, I began thinking about the value of a human life and what gives it meaning and purpose. I thought how despite the ups and downs of a relationship, if love and caring are felt and passed on, then there is development of the soul—the soul of the giver and the soul of the receiver. I thought how important it is to give to others. How when you give, you will experience more meaning and purpose in your life. How the act of giving brings you closer to realizing your intended destiny.

What follows is a guest editorial I wrote that was originally published on January 11, 2003, in the Hartford Courant, shortly after my father died, under the title “Reflections of an Unsung Hero.”

I sat down with him on December 28th as his 93rd birthday approached, father and son, worlds apart, usually connected by a telephone call once or twice a week, he in Florida, me in Connecticut.

He was born in poverty on New York’s Lower East Side in an apartment called a railroad car because it was shaped as one long rectangular box with one room leading to another. I was born on Long Island in a three-bedroom Cape with woods and beach as my playground.

He got married and started a family during the Depression. He worked for a bank and went to college at night. One day, he showed up at work to find the bank had closed. He had no father to help him out—his father had died when he was ten. Nor did he have a mother on whom to lean—she died when he was sixteen.

He found a job as a butcher, taking over a shop from a man who wanted to retire. He stayed in the meat business until he retired at age seventy-four.

He worked that butcher shop seven days a week—closing only to sleep, eat family meals, and play an occasional handball game. He prospered.

During World War II, he volunteered as a medic and drove an ambulance while those with no kids went off to fight. He developed a passion and memory for medical information. He could sit with doctors and talk their language despite having only a high school diploma. When I broke my nose and sliced off part of my finger, he knew what to do.

After the war, he packed his family and moved to California. But California was not New York, and so he returned to a place of familiarity and comfort. He started over, and within a few years owned a small supermarket. Serving customers better than anyone else was as important to him as breathing air. He wore a butcher’s apron and always had a pencil in his ear. He again prospered. He built the house I grew up in.

When I was nine, his supermarket burned to the ground on Christmas Eve. I remember the sadness, but not much else. I didn’t know the pain he felt. I had baseball, basketball, and football. Was there anything else to life at that age?

He tried to rebuild his business. He kept all his managers on the payroll. He paid all his bills. Integrity and loyalty were important to him. The money ran out. He was forced to work as a butcher for a supermarket chain. Three more times, he opened his own business—working six days and many evenings each week—only to see each fail.

When I turned eighteen, he was forced to sell the house that he had built and move to an apartment. He found a job working for another butcher. I went to college. I worked to help pay my bills, but whenever I needed money, he sent it. I don’t know where he got it from because he didn’t have much.

He was neither wealthy nor famous, but he was loved and respected. He was an American hero—like many who faced tough times and prevailed with heads held high. I visited him as he lay in death’s grip, to tell him how much I wished to be like him in his honor and his strength, and his courage and compassion. His values have been my model, and he has been a vision to emulate. What greater gift can a father give to his son?

Thank you, Dad. May you rest in peace.

The loving spirit my father demonstrated went beyond me and his immediate family. I saw how he helped two young men who worked for him. This I knew because they drove his delivery truck, and I was their helper. They were in their early twenties, from fatherless homes, and worked to help their families survive. They told me how my father would give them extra money and free meat or take a few minutes to listen and provide advice. I felt great anger toward my father back then, so I just listened, giving no response. But I recall it now with tremendous love and respect.

The Central Motivational Theme in my father’s MAP is to be the key person whose contribution solves the problem, meets the need, or makes the difference. My dad used his giftedness to contribute and make a difference in loving ways to help me and others.

When you use your giftedness in loving ways—in ways that help those in need—your life will be more meaningful, and you will come closer to achieving your purpose and intended destiny.

For Reflection and Discussion

  1. Do you believe that giving to those you love and helping people in need develops your soul and brings you closer to achieving the purpose of your life and fulfilling your intended destiny?
  2. What are you giving to those you love? How are you using your gifts to do so?
  3. What are you doing to help people in need? How are you using your gifts to do so?

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) Montford Park Players, an Asheville theatrical tradition, is proud announce their upcoming production of the locally-penned Robin Hood, the Legend of Sherwood. All performances will be held at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre at 92 Gay Street in the heart of Asheville’s historic Montford District, from July 6th through August 4th on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30pm. This performance like ALL of Montford Park Players’ shows will be absolutely FREE to attend.

The show will contain all swordplay, romance and humor we’ve come to expect from film and book versions of the legend over the years. Families are most welcome to this show and kids, in particular, will be enthralled with all of the action.

Director Michael Lilly, is a first-time director at Montford, despite helming productions all over Western North Carolina. In his career, Lilly has staged over 150 different shows, but is thrilled to be directing this show, due to a particular love of the source material. “Every time another Super Hero movie comes out,” says Lilly, “it’s just another version of Robin Hood.”

He continues, “The social injustice that is still rampant in our world today, the economic inequality and the isolation that poverty brings to so many of our fellow humans requires us all to take up arms and open our hearts and continue to fight the good fight. Nothing ever has or will embody this message better than the story of Robin of Locksley.”

Montford Park Players has never performed Robin Hood before, and, in fact, it may be the first, full outdoor staging of the story in play form. Says Director Lilly, “The Hazel Robinson is the perfect venue for it. And just like the epic films, there is a cast of thousands! Themes from the Academy Award winning score will be used, as well as music of the period performed live.”

Robin Hood will be played by local actor, Ryan Martin, with an all-star cast of locals at his side: Julianne Arnall as Maid Marian, George Heard as Friar Tuck, Travis Kelley as Little John and David Mycoff as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham. In all, over thirty talented actors will take the stage to make this show as epic as everyone expects.

Montford Park Players, has been presenting Shakespeare and other classical works to the Asheville community since 1973, and has since grown to be one of Western North Carolina’s most beloved and well-known cultural attractions.

For more information or to reserve seats, go to montfordparkplayers.org,or call at (828) 254-5146.

(2) Bray Creech: Please consider joining us for a very fun evening on Friday, July 6th, at 7:30 pm for Asheville Community Theater’s annual fundraiser, Costume Drama: A Fashion Show.

This year, 20 designers will compete in 4 categories: Hardware, Light, Paper, and Revisionist History. It will be amazing. This show is one my favorite annual fundraisers here in Asheville, and I would really like you to experience it with me as well. You will be blown away by the talented designers and models in this little mountain town.

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Section 12B. NJ/PA events

(1) ACTORSNET STAGES SHAKESPEARE’S IMMORTAL STORY OF YOUNG LOVE, ROMEO & JULIET

EVENT ROMEO & JULIET: Shakespeare’s passionate tale of a love so right in a world so wrong. A pair of star-crossed lovers take the stage, with lush period detail, in Shakespeare’s passionate and tragic tale of warring families and young love. Co-directed by George Hartpence and Carol Thompson of New Hope, PA.  Starring Kelly Colleran as Juliet and Nicholas Napoli as Romeo. With Lori Baldwin as the Nurse, DJ Holcombe as Friar Laurence, Cat Miller as Mercutio, Matthew Duchnowski as Tybalt, Chris Capitolo as Benvolio, David and Theresa Swartz as the Capulets (George Hartpence and Carol Thompson as Capulets at Fonthill), Tom Stevenson and Kimberly Hess as the Montagues, and Tom Smith as Paris. Featuring C. Jameson Bradley as Prince Escalus and Mort Paterson as the Chorus. Also starring (in alphabetical order) Jim Cordingley, Carolyn Cuesta, Tim Faulkner, Keli Ganey, Matthew Newcomer, Marco Newton, Hans Peters, Kira Scharf, Joe Stockette, and Joy Woffindin.

PERFORMANCES IN MORRISVILLE

SHOW DATES:  July 13-29, 2018.  (Nine performances only)

TIMES: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.

PLACE: The Heritage Center Theatre, 635 North Delmorr Avenue (Route 32), Morrisville, PA – near the Calhoun Street Bridge.

ADMISSION:  $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (62+), $15 for WHYY cardholders and students.  Parental discretion advised.  Group rates available for ten or more.

TO RESERVE:  Call the nonprofit Actors’ NET at 215-295-3694 or email actorsnet@aol.com.

PERFORMANCES AT FONTHILL IN DOYLESTOWN:

SHOW DATES: August 3 and 4, 2018 (two performances only.

TIMES: Both shows at 7 p.m.

PLACE: Outdoors at Fonthill Castle, East Court Street & Route 313, Doylestown, PA

PRICES & REGISTRATIONhttps://www.mercermuseum.org/events/shakespeare-at-the-castle/

ON THE INTERNET:  The Company’s website is www.actorsnetbucks.org.  Social networking includes Facebook page – www.facebook.com/theactorsnet — and Twitter name @actorsnet.

COMING NEXT:  Our 23rd Season begins with Is He Dead a riotous comedy by Mark TwainAdapted by David Ives. Weekends, September 28-October 14, 2018, at the Heritage Center.

(2) Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Kelsey Theatre for Yardley Players’ ‘Wizard of Oz’ July 13 to 22

West Windsor, N.J. – The whole family will be off to see the Wizard as The Yardley Players present the “The Wizard of Oz” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Evening performances of this exciting stage adaptation are: Friday, July 13, and Saturdays, July 14 and 21 at 8 p.m. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night show on July 13.

Audience members will be transported over the rainbow, along with Dorothy Gale of Kansas, to the Land of Oz, where she joins The Scarecrow, The Tinman, and The Cowardly Lion on the adventure of a lifetime. It’s a quest through a magical landscape, filled with munchkins and monkeys, a good witch – and a very bad witch! Will they make it to the Emerald City, avoid the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West, and convince the Wizard to help them achieve their hearts’ desires? This faithful adaptation of the 1939 film classic features beloved Oscar-winning songs including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off To See The Wizard,” along with favorite characters and a few fun surprises along the way.

The cast stars Shealyn Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Dorothy Gale; Tom Chiola of Trenton as Hunk/Scarecrow; Marc Suznovich of Hamilton as Hickory/Tinman; Brian Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Zeke/Lion; Liz Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Elmira Gulch/Wicked Witch; Laura Young of Levittown, Pa., as Glinda; Barney Stone of Lambertville as Professor Marvel/Wizard Of Oz; Marge Swider of Langhorne, Pa., as Aunt Em; and Jeffrey E. Milstein of East Windsor as Uncle Henry.

Featured in “Ozian” roles are: Aimee Clark of Lawrenceville, Bella Colon of Hamilton, Amanda Cordone of Robbinsville, Stacy Danka of Allentown, Brayden Davis and Tristan Davis of Newtown, Pa., Gabriella Dirusso of Princeton Junction, Kelsey Egan of Hamilton, Abby Gafgen and Ashley Gafgen of Robbinsville, Hope Ghaffoor of Hamilton, Sara Gokhale and Siya Gokhale of Belle Mead, Jenna Gottlieb of East Windsor, Tanya Hibbs of Hamilton, Rio Kiernen of Allentown, Amanda Kipila and Emily Kipila of Manahawkin, Kate Kopera of Hamilton, Abigail Leach of Yardley, Pa., Andrew Millin of Millstone, Dan Mucha of Yardville, Stephanie Renzi of Robbinsville, Daniel Richarme and Jillian Richarme of Hamilton, Madison Russell of Morrisville, Pa., Aadya Sadana of West Windsor, Shreya Savur of Robbinsville, Christine Seddon of Princeton, Kaelyn Shelton of Yardley, Pa., Jonathan Stanley of East Windsor, Jason Szalma of Mt. Holly, Natalie Thomas and Meredith Thomas of East Windsor, Nick Torres and Ryan Torres of Morrisville, Pa., Ragan Yates of Trevose, Pa., and Jacob Zacks and Noa Zacks of Princeton.

The production staff includes Producer Marge Swider, Director Kristy Davis, Musical Director Julie Braeckman, Orchestra Conductor Buzz Herman, Choreographer Laura Murey Ghaffoor, Stage Manager Dan Mucha, Set Designer and Photographer John Maurer, Costumer Louisa  Murey, Lighting Designer Thomas Esposito, Sound Designer Dan Braeckman, with special effects by John Maurer.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for seniors; and $16 for students/children. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net 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 list of upcoming events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office.

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BLAINESWORLD #1134 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 7 

Using The Bible To Contradict Jesus

by Guy Sayles*

No, Attorney General Sessions, you may not use Paul’s words in Romans 13:1 to justify the heinous separation of children from their parents. That text was abused by church officials who ordered the brutal Crusades against Muslims, by southern preachers who sought to prop-up the Confederacy’s shameful claim that slavery was consistent with God’s will, and by German Christians who cravenly legitimated Nazism.
Like them, Sessions has made the Bible a tool of propaganda. He has attempted to clothe naked cruelty with scripture, and he has failed.
Romans 13, like all biblical texts, requires interpretation, not just citation or quotation. Paul assumed that the government to which a Christian would be subject would not be a “terror to good conduct but to bad” (Romans 13:3) and that it would “serve the good” (13:4). Paul goes on to say that Christians should “owe no one anything, except to love one another” (13:8) and that “love does no wrong to a neighbor” (13:10). How can we ever, except by the blunting of conscience, call ripping a child from its mother’s arms “good conduct” or “love of neighbor”?
Paul wrote the Letter to the Romans around 60 C.E. Whatever the nature of the Empire’s treatment of Christians in Rome might have been at that time, we know it had changed and become far more hostile, by the end of the first century, when the Elder John penned Book of Revelation. When John wrote about the Empire, he referred to it as a “beast” who “uttered haughty and blasphemous words” and demanded acquiescent obedience, even nationalistic worship. John urged Christians not to submit to the beast, even if it cost them their lives (see Revelation 13:5-10).
Clearly, the New Testament has more the one view of government and Christians’ relationship to it.
Most importantly, for followers of Jesus, if someone uses Scripture to contradict Jesus-to lead us away from his words, deeds, and character-we can be sure they have misused it.  In his well-known parable about judgment (Matthew 25:31f.), a king rewards his “righteous” citizens for their deeds of justice and compassion. They ask:  “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food or thirst and gave you something to drink? And when was it we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?”
The king replies: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.”
Can you imagine that Jesus, for whom active love for the least and last was a test of righteousness, treating people the way our government is now treating the strangers who appear at our borders?  I cannot.
Sometimes governments commit injustices, limit freedoms and deny basic human rights. In such circumstances, Christians cannot quietly go along. We are citizens first of the rule and reign of God.  Our first loyalty is to the will and way of Jesus.
We need to acknowledge that the United States, like each of its citizens, is flawed. Like all things human, our nation “sins and falls short of the glory of God.” It isn’t immune to the infections of injustice and greed or outbreaks of harshness and cruelty. For that reason, I resonate with this stanza in “America the Beautiful”; it’s a prayer for national reformation:
America!  America!
God mend thine every flaw
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
What if we sang that song at the border, along with this one?
Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow black and white
They are precious in his sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
*Reprinted with Guy’s gracious permission from his Facebook post of June 16, 2018.

 

 

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Section 2, part 2

(1) Natalie Kaye: We walked out of Oceans 8.  Have you seen it.?  We haven’t done that in a long time.  It was terrible.

Response: Great minds thinking alike. We did the same. … And was surprised, in that the first five minutes were terrific.

(2) Gary Booth: Nice to have seen you and your lovely bride at the play today! I was remiss in not introducing my wife Patti, especially since I speak of you each Sunday when reading BLAINESWORLD, but she says hello and we both say “keep up the good work.”

Note: The play Gary was referring to was DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. (See also Section 1 for more information.)

(3) Peter Rigas: How do I unsubscribe to this stupid thing:) Just kidding bg. You’re the best.

(4) Thanks to all those who responded to let me know that they could (or could not) see Facebook videos. It appears you don’t have be a Facebook member to review them, but yo do have to click the option that says you are not a Facebook member. Doing so should then enable you to then see the video and/or other material.

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) Issues With Mike Grell, hosted by Jeff Messer
Sunday, June 24 at 7:30 P.M.
Magnetic Theatre, 350 Depot St, Asheville, NC

Iconic Comic Book creator Mike Grell sits down with host Jeff Messer for an “Inside The Actor’s Studio” style interview. The interview is being filmed for a future release, and will feature Grell discussing his life and career, as well as doing live art demonstrations, answering fan questions, and more!

Lucky audience members will leave the show with some unique originals and prints by Grell!

The show is called “Issues With…” and Mike Grell is the first guest for the pilot episode of what could become an ongoing series of interviews with comic book greats.

Be in the live audience of this first episode of “Issues With…”

$10 general admission
http://www.themagnetictheatre.org/

Free tickets will be given to fans who purchase original sketches or art from Grell as his June 23 appearance at Comic Envy

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(2) Love Makes a Home: Life of Rebecca Boone, wife of Daniel Boone
Saturday, June 30 at 3 p.m.
Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, North Carolina

Tickets:
rebeccaboone.brownpapertickets.com

Daniel Boone’s first trek through the Cumberland Gap is nearing its 250th anniversary! This play tells the Boone family story through the eyes of his wife, Rebecca, played by Patti Louise Smith It’s exciting! William Ritter will fiddle 12 old time tunes.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

(1) Shakespeare ’70 to Present ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre June 22 to July 1

West Windsor, N.J. – Shakespeare’s light-hearted comedy about societal hierarchies and the power of love to bring them down comes to the stage at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. In their annual tribute to The Bard, Shakespeare ’70 presents “The Merry Wives of Windsor” Fridays, June 22 and 29 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, June 23 and June 30 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, June 24 and July 1 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 June 22.

First performed in 1602, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” has been hailed for dramatizing the emergence of a new middle class, eschewing pretension and aristocratic authority, while championing female autonomy and the power of love to break down class distinctions. It reintroduces the character of Falstaff, the larger-than-life aging knight known from several of Shakespeare’s previous History plays. It is said that Queen Elizabeth the First directly requested this play, telling Shakespeare she would like to see Falstaff in a romantic comedy.

Comic intrigues indeed abound, as upper- and lower-class characters are drawn together in the close-knit Windsor community. The main plot surrounds the virtuous but feisty Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, who are married to two wealthy men of Windsor. They are about to prove that wives can be merry and faithful at the same time – which Mr. Page understands, but Mr. Ford doubts. With themes that are strikingly relevant today, the women set out to trick the sexually predatory Falstaff and cure Mr. Ford of his jealousy. Meanwhile, the Pages’ daughter, Anne, is married to Fenton, a man of higher rank, but less wealth. Their love is a testimony to social assimilation that allows individuals to transcend class and create new and inclusive social groups.

The cast stars Dale Simon of Flemington as Sir John Falstaff; Brittany Rivera of  Hamilton as Mistress Alice Ford; Kyla Mostello Donnelly of Levittown, Pa., as Mistress Margaret Page; Michael Krahel of Hillsborough as Master Ford; Timothy Kirk of Delran as Master Page; Charlotte Kirkby of Ewing as Anne Page; Evan Chartock of West Windsor as William Page; Patrick Lavery of Flemington as Sir Hugh Evans; Olivier Leroux of Pennington as Doctor Caius; Susan Blair of Philadelphia, Pa., as Mistress Quickly; Mort Paterson of Philadelphia, Pa., as Robert Shallow; Christopher Loos of Newton as Abraham Slender; Christopher Soto of Hightstown as Rugby, servant to Caius; Ernie Albanesius of Chesterfield as Pistol, follower of Falstaff; Peyton Estabrook of Hightstown as Bardolph, follower of Falstaff; Daniel Altobelli of Mount Holly as Nym, follower of Falstaff; Fiona Misiura of Hightstown as Robin, servant to Falstaff; Isabelle Bannon of Princeton as Simple, servant to Slender; John Fischer of Hamilton as Fenton; and Russ Walsh of Morrisville, Pa., as the Host of the Garter Inn.

The production team includes Director John F. Erath, Assistant Director Janet Quartarone, Producer Curt Foxworth, Stage Manager Lili Timmes, Technical Director Dale Simon, Sound Designer Andrew Timmes, Assistant Stage Manager Samantha Miller, and Assistant Stage Manager Brenna Herrity.

Shakespeare ’70’s repertoire covers 40 years of productions ranging from the comedies, tragedies and histories of our Great Namesake, to the works of some outstanding modern playwrights. The theater company spans three generations of actors, directors and technical crew, united by a love for classic theater. More about Shakespeare ’70 is available at www.shakespeare70.org or on Facebook.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $16 for seniors; and $14 for students/children. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net 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) PLUMSTEAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Plumstead Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting, Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 7 PM

Program ~  Show and Tell bring and Old/Historical item and or Share a story about Plumstead.

Meeting Place Plumstead Township Office 5186 Stump Road Plumsteadville PA.

Next Meeting: July 15, 2018 at 4:30pm – Annual Pot-Luck picnic at Ralph Stover State Park 

 

 

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Section 2, part 2

(1) Kathy Edwards: Love Seeing These Photos!! :)))

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) The SuperHappy Radio Hour: True Crime!
returns on Sunday at 7:30 PM

at The Magnetic Theatre
375 Depot St, Asheville, North Carolina

for tickets:
www.themagnetictheatre.org

(2) David Troy Fancis:

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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

The Triplets!
Friday, June 22 at 7 PM – 10 PM

The Temperance House
5 S State St, Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Bring your requests! This local acoustic group covers everything Classic Rock, before and since! They are always a GREAT time and we’re excited to see you here!

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