BLAINESWORLD #1107 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, FYI

(1) Laura Douglas Olson: My only first-hand knowledge is via my work as a Guardian ad Litem. The mom on my case tried to self-dedetox using Kratom and ended up in the hospital. Horrible side effects, including addiction. I’d say to steer clear! Read the following:

(2) Annette Wells: Here is a long email about alternatives to opioids and nsaids and kratom…probably more info than you wanted…hope it’s helpful

Amongst other things, I am an herbalist. In professional herbalist circles, kratom is known as a dangerous drug. It is also about to be banned by the fda. It is marketed as a non toxic non addictive alternative to opioids. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It is virtually unstudied, it’s effects on the liver and kidneys may be dangerous, esp in combination with other drugs— and ther have been dozens of deaths associated with its use. It can be a strong sedative. The effects can be cumulative. So people have overdosed, looking for a narcotic like effect, which it doesn’t quite give, so more is taken. It can be a pain reliever, not a very strong one. It’s narcotic effects are not pleasant like opioids, and it causes a hangover in many people, mental fog and unstable gait.

When an herb is taken in pill form, or isolated component form, it’s a drug. Herbs are not any safer than pharmaceuticals. That they are safer is a myth. Herb tea is kitchen medicine, and a very safe way to take herbs. Tinctures are a step stronger and still relatively safe if take in moderAtion. Some good tinctures for pain relief are Skullcap and motherwort. Tinctures are best taken my themselves, not in a mixture. ( think of NyQuil:NyQuil is a mixture of many different medicines, and has lots of contraindications and more of a chance of clashing with other meds than just plain benedryl .) so one could start perhaps by trying Skullcap tincture, at the recommended dose. And seeing if it helps, giving it at least a week.

Essential oils are and even more concentrated, what that means is they include the entire immune system of the plant, the toxins the plant produces to repel predators. So they should not be taken internally. There are essential oils such as Plai (well diluted in carrier oils) that can be used topically to reduce chronic pain and inflammation.

Turmeric is great for inflammation and pain, and a Little black pepper take with it helps it to work. Only take the whole ground spice , or grate the fresh root, the isolated curcumin has not been studied. Turmeric is not an herb that is safe to take for long periods of time. It eventually creates digestive and other problems. ( its is a well studied herb in traditional Chinese medicine, with properties and effects well known through thousands of years of use) it is good to take for a couple of weeks on then a month off, or taken every three days…just not long term everyday use.

Acupuncture, Massage, meditation with an anti inflammatory diet, can also be used as a substitute for nsaid, and opioids…the downside is it takes work and consistency, the upside is that those practices can also significantly improve overall health, emotional health, energy levels and longevity.

Dr. Weil has a good anti inflammatory diet that is not extreme and doesn’t require lots of supplements or cutting out carbs, etc.

If you want more info or resources just let me know.

(3) Coy Theobalt: I have tried kratom on a number of occasions and will continue to do so. I would place it in the same category as Kava, if you have ever tried that. Both of these are medicinal plants from south America I believe. They have been used for thousands of years by the indigenous peoples in those areas to combat pain and they are also used in religious ceremonies. There is a new Kava/ Kratom bar on reems creek in Weaverville Lora and I would be glad to meet you there and share the experience with you, if you are up for it. The side effects that I’m aware of only come into play when the medicine is mixed with alcohol. So don’t plan on drinking before or after . I would say it can be addictive for those who might have addiction problems, but it is no different than alcohol in my mind. You just need to be aware that you utilize it as a medicine or a relaxer every now and then. I hope this has cleared up some things for you. Again, let us know if you would like to meet up.



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Art Mayhew: In my newspaper career, one of my joys was, believe it or not, reading obits. (I once considered writing a book of the best obits I’d seen.) At any rate, a good one recently appeared in the Courier Times. After noting her career and family, it concluded:

“As per her request, there will be no service. In her own words, ‘If you didn’t have the time for me while I was alive, then don’t put the dog on me when I am dead.'”



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BLAINESWORLD #1106 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Janeen Ravkin: I hope you do not mind this e-mail, but I think you should know:  I really enjoy reading Blainesworld, especially when there is something about one of our former/present colleagues.  I think we have been very lucky/fortunate to have worked with a great group of people.  When I see a familiar name;  i.e., Carol Seufert, Jim Chewning, Betty Tsai etc., even former students,  I enjoy everything i read about them or what they have contributed to either your Blainesworld, Orr the college community or the community itself.   Except death notices. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling and i want to thank you and all the them for making my 27 years at BCCC enjoyable and wonderful and very rewarding.

(2) Andy Scarpati: LOVE THE TIME COVER! I’d pick you over all those others too!! : )

(3) John Murray: How do you play telephone charades?

Response: Lot of fun. You split a group into half. One half leaves the room, the other half stays in the room. .. The half that stays in the room comes up with a phrase; e.g., something from this list: … Or we even got more elaborate. One thing we used: It is Black Friday, and you just went to the store to buy a large screen TV.” … Once you have the phrase, you get one person from the other room. Tell him/her the phrase. … You then tell him/her to act out the scene for the next person (that you have come in from the other room). The second person then acts out the scene for the third person, etc. … After all folks are in the room, you have the first person repeat the scene. And at the time, you reveal what the scene was supposed to be. … As you can imagine, it radically changes from the first person to the last.






Section 3, Joke 1

Thanks, Nancy Clark, for this recipe:
Cherry Almond Kugel
preheat oven 350 deg 55-60 min

1/2 stick (4 oz) melted butter
3 lg eggs, beaten
16 oz sour cream
16 or 24 oz container cottage cheese (When the store didn’t have the 12 oz size, I got the larger one, and preferred the results)
1 c milk
2/3 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp cinnamon, divided
2/3 c slivered almonds, divided
1/2 c dried cherries (may use other dried fruits if preferred, but delete almond extract if substituting fruit, as it compliments cherries best)
12 oz wide egg noodles

Cook the noodles according to package instructions, till just tender. Butter 9x 13 pyrex or ceramic baking dish.
Whisk eggs in large bowl, then mix in cottage cheese, milk, sour cream, sugar, melted butter and extracts. add 1/2 tsp of the cinnamon and add the dried fruit and half of the almonds.

If your bowl is large enough, add cooked noodles to custard mixture and stir till well blended, then add to the baking dish. Otherwise, add cooked noodles to baking dish and pour custard mix over them, making sure to disperse the custard mix evenly, coating the noodles thoroughly. Sprinkle top with remaining almonds, then rest of the cinnamon. Bake till custard is bubbling the kugel is firm and the top is golden brown. Start checking at 50 min. Don’t over bake, or kugel will be dry.

Cool a bit and serve warm. This refrigerates wonderfully. I cut it into squares when cool and heat for breakfast in microwave. Enjoy!


Section 5, TV alert

Me and Ben Bradlee
by Arthur Mayhew

Ben—we were not on a first-name level  but he’s dead now, so it doesn’t matter—was the iconic editor of the Washington Post when its coverage of the Watergate scandal led to President Nixon’s resignation in 1974.

I had taken a job at the American Press Institute in Reston, VA, in 1975. API was the premiere mid-career newspaper training organization, running around 20 one- and two-week seminars per year on a  variety of newspaper departments (news, advertising, etc.)

API had been founded at Columbia University in 1946 and moved to new facilities in the Washington suburbs in 1974. The Post, riding high from Watergate, offered to host many of our seminar members at a dinner in their building.

One seminar that I was in charge of in 1977 was for city editors. The Post would have a cocktail hour (literally) and then a sit-down dinner in their dining area. The head of the department hosting the group would speak and answer questions after dinner. Ben Bradlee was our host for the city editors seminar.

When he finished, he asked if the group would like to see the Post newsroom, where reporters and editors were hard at work producing the next  day’s newspaper.  It was an invitation to  newspaper heaven.

After walking through the newsroom, we wound up in Ben’s office, a hallowed place if there ever was one.  One of the first things everyone noticed was a series of unflattering  pictures of Nixon. Eyes closed; grimacing; mouth ajar; etc.  Ben said every one of the photos had been taken at public events and, therefore, could have been published.  None were, he said, because readers would accuse the newspaper of publishing these unflattering pictures because the “Post disliked Nixon.”

For our group of city editors, many from medium-sized dailies, it was a night that touched history. It was probably the highlight of the seminar. I know I have never forgotten it.

(Written December 5, 2017, after watching the HBO documentary on Bradlee.)


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Jeff Catanese:

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(2) The Twelve Dates of Christmas at NC Stage

Nov. 29th — Dec. 23rd, 2017

Wed – Sat at 7:30 PM & Sun at 2:00 PM

Saturday Matinees on December 2,9 and 23, 2017.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas is alternating with All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.

After seeing her fiancé on TV kissing another woman at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary’s life falls apart — just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where “romance” ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical. It seems nothing can help Mary’s growing cynicism, until the charm and innocence of a five-year-old boy unexpectedly brings a new outlook on life and love. This heartwarming one woman show offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season.

“Make no mistake, TWELVE DATES is not a stage version of the “chick flick”; audiences of all ages and genders will enjoy getting to know this character.” -STAGE Magazine

Discretionary Content: Adult Language.

For tickets, please click:


Section 12B. PA/NJ event

Journey to the Land of the Sweets in Dance Connection’s ‘The Nutcracker’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Dec. 15-17

West Windsor, N.J. – No holiday season is as sweet without “The Nutcracker.”  Join Clara, the Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy for Dance Connection’s family adaptation of the timeless Tchaikovsky classic at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre.  Dates and show times for this magical production are: Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer’s West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Even the youngest theater goers will enjoy this fully-narrated, one-hour ballet set to the famous Tchaikovsky score. Dolls and sweets come to life, mice and toy soldiers do battle, and snowflakes dance in a snow covered forest. It’s abridged and yet complete – with a large cast danced almost entirely by children and teens in beautiful costumes and scenery full of warmth and wonder.  At the conclusion of the show, children and parents are invited up on stage to meet their favorite characters, who will be available to sign autographs.

Dance Connections (formerly known as New Jersey Youth Ballet) is based in Hillsborough, NJ. It was founded in 2007 by David Kieffer, who has extensive experience as a teacher, dancer and choreographer.

Tickets for “The Nutcracker” are $16 for adults, and $14 for seniors 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 is available 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.

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Section 2, part 2

(1) Bob Harris: Saw your standup routine … very funny.

Note: For those who missed it, you can still see it by clicking below.

(2) Lee Tomlinson: With all due respect. . .Steve Martin you’re not.  But, hat last one about meeting your wife, was hilarious.  Truly hilarious.  LOVED it.  You might have a future in comedy. . .if you keep going to men’s clubs and not having your wife kill you for doing so. 

(3) Ariella St. Clair: Found out something disconcerting today. Had a scammer call claiming to be from my mortgage company. She wanted me to verify my information on my loan. I already knew there are a bunch of scams like this going around so I pressed her further and she hung up. Called the number back and got an answering machine. Called my mortgage company to confirm it was a scam and to report the phone number. Then I called the Yreka police who said they don’t take reports on phone scams and directed me to the Federal Trade Commission. Then wondering how this woman knew who was my mortgage company, I called the mortgage company back. I pay through a mortgage servicing company but my mortgage holder is Fannie Mae. Anyone can get names, phone numbers and mortgage servicing companies as it is considered public record. So beware any one calling for private information.

Note: What I do to avoid this happening … never take calls from numbers I don’t recognize.

(5) Hilarious!


(6) How to Predict Your Child’s Success


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Linda Pohl: If you have heard of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) but never taken it or attended a Personality Type workshop, now is your chance. I am a certified MBTI user and will be giving a workshop on personality type at the clubhouse on Saturday, Dec. 30th from 9am – 4pm. Cost is $28 for supplies with lunch included. Please RSVP on the web site community calendar or email me at if you would like to attend.

(2) Jeff Catanese:

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Center For Spiritual Living
2 Science of Mind Way
Asheville, NC 28806

December 9th 10AM-4PM
December 10th 1PM-4PM

Photography, Wood Sculture, Glass Art, Textiles, Books by Local Authors, ,Handmade Soaps, Handmade Jewelry, Textile Crafts, and Make Your Own Crafts. All Local Artists
Plenty of free parking in lovely setting. Join us for the Fun!!!

Note: Following picture is just one of many from Judith that will be available.

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(4) Rosanna Fox: Please come out next Saturday and help us support the African American businesses in Asheville!

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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular
By Bo Wilson
Dec 1-17, 2017

The ladies of the Charitable Second Trinity Victory Church, last seen on our stage in 2014, have a mystery on their hands: Who stole the baby Jesus? Will this stop their spectacular holiday show? Not likely.


Facebook: ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County

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BLAINESWORLD #1104 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Ken Greenfield, writing about a previous Technology Tip: Did you know you can send an email directly to a cell phone number? This wikiHow teaches you how to send an email to someone’s cell phone number when you don’t know the person’s email address. After sending the email, it is converted to a text message and sent directly to the person’s cell phone.

Isn’t it easier just to open mail on your phone, copy the email or the article and paste to a text message?   not if you don’t know the person’s email address; e..g, if the person has never written you.

Response: Not if you don’t know the person’s email address; e..g, if the person has never written you.

(2) Barbara Hains: Ellen DeGeneres Will Donate Money Every Time Someone Tweets #BeKindToElephants

(3) Steven Darter: Loved the pie chart.

(4) Becky Gautreaux:JK Rowling’s 8 Rules of Writing

(5) Mike Martinelli: WONDER ***

A New York Times best seller Wonder tells the story of August Pullman who was born with facial disfigures. Auggie is home schooled until the 5th grade. Entering school for the first time is traumatic for Auggie as he is bullyed and felt like an outcast. The story also focuses on Auggie’s older sister Via who has felt that her mom shoved her aside after Auggie was born. Via is very loving and protective of Auggie. Via is learning about first love in high school and to try something that she has never tried before.

The film has a great cast Julia Roberts as the mother, Owen Wilson as the dad, the always amazing Jacob Tremblay (2015 SAG nomination for ROOM) Daveed Diggs 2016 Tony award winner for Hamilton.

The ending of the film is so sweet and will bring a smile to your face and tears to your eye.



After her daughter is raped and murdered a Mildred (Frances McDormand) takes matters into her own hands buy renting three billboards to try and force the police to do more to find her killer. Willoughby the town sheriff (another great performance this year by Woody Harrelson) who is dying of cancer has a soft spot in his heart for her cause even though the billboards target him directly.The police force also has an angry cop named Dixon (played by Sam Rockwell) who lives with his mother and is influenced by her. Dixon is the true definition of a violent cop even though you find do realize he has a good heart.

This film has Oscar, SAG and Golden Globe written all over it. Look for definite acting nominations for Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, original screenplay, Best Picture,Oscar and Globes and Best Cast Ensemble at SAG.

There are still many great movies to open, so I can really say this year is going to be more difficult than ever to find a winner.


(7) Howard Debs: Gallery has kindly been nominated by Mary McCarthy, a great poet in her own right, for a 2017 TCK Reader’s Choice Award, in the General Non-Fiction category.  (They don’t have a poetry category, Gallery is a hybrid so it slipped through). Gallery has already received as you know a 2017 Best Book Award as a Finalist in Poetry, and in addition is up for a Book Excellence Award for interior design as well.

Here is the link to the Reader’s Choice Awards voting site. Just click through the categories until you reach #5, the General Non-Fiction Category, scroll down and you will find “Gallery by Howard Richard Debs,” select it and you’ve just voted for poetry!

You can vote through Dec. 10.

(8) Margie Zack: Good issue. Sorry we will miss you at Hendersonville but we are out of town. Thx for heads up on Kennedy Center show – we can record remotely. And lastly – keep having a fun life! All good, Blaine.

(9) Nelson Sartoris: Who’d a thought that the BLAINESWORLD radio show, would have made it all the way to Delaware!!  Someone forwarded it to Karen, and she to me.


Section 12, NC events

(1) Marilynne Herbert: On Monday, December 4th, at 6:30 PM, CJJ/West and the ACLU of North Carolina’s Western NC Chapter will be co-sponsoring the screening of “13th,” a documentary by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, at the Altamont Theatre, 13 Church Street in Asheville.

The film explores the history of racial inequality in the US, focusing on the nation’s prisons that are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. A panel discussion will follow.

The list of panelists is still being developed, but includes:

  1. Hackett, Executive Director of Green Opportunities, which trains hard-to-place employees (specifically including felons) to work in the culinary and construction fields and helps them find well-paying jobs with opportunities for advancement (Mr. Hackett is himself a former inmate);

Stephen Smith, former felon and current entrepreneur, owner of M.S. Lean Landscaping, LLC.  Smith has created REACH (Recognizing Expectations and Hope) working with men and women released from prisons to help them get employment and connect to services.

Dr. Rima Vesely-Flad, Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Warren Wilson College and the author of Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives and the Struggle for Justice (2017).  Dr. Vesely-Flad has done extensive research in the area of race and disproportionate policing and imprisonment.

Catering will be provided by Comedy Catering, and Black Star Line Brewing from Hendersonville, a new African-American owned brewery, will be featuring its brews.  The suggested minimum donation is $5, checks can be made out to Carolina Jews for Justice; all net funds will go to Hood Huggers International.  Because space is limited, it is important to RSVP by November 28 to

(2) Rodney Smith:

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(1) Kiesa Kay: I do not know if this might be a topic for BLAINESWORLD, but I sure hope this wonderful musician, Patrick Sky, gets the support he needs. He’s given so much talent to the world, as has his wife, poet, fiddler, and guitarist Cathy Sky. … To read more about him (and to help support his new challenge with Parkinson’s), please click:

(2) Bonnie Sibner: Another Actress Steps Forward Accusing Tom Hanks of Being Nice

(3) Tee Gerardi: Good read… Thanks for your effort 🙂

(4) Chloe Lipman: Well, it’s official – I’m running in the 2018 NYC Half Marathon! Let the training (and FUNDRAISING!) begin! Check out my page to follow my journey and to learn more….

(5) Mike Martinelli: LADYBIRD *** 1/2
Wonderful sweet coming of age story about a girl in her senior year of a catholic high school in Sacramento CA who struggles with her relationship with her mother and her desire to go to a big name college away from her hometown.
This film has Oscar written all over it for Greta Gerwig screenplay and possibly direction nomination and definite acting nominations for Laurie Mercalf and Saoire Ronan (Oscar nomination for Brooklyn). Other fine performance from Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges and ex One Life To Live star Lois Smith who portrayed Doreen’s rich aunt.

(6) Evelyn Blau: Neuroscientists finally revealed number one exercise for slowing down the aging process




Section 12A, NC events

(1) Barrie Barton: PechaKucha Night AVL is BACK! This is your chance to experience some of the MOST INCREDIBLE people and stories, on stage, for ONE NIGHT ONLY! And for only $8?!?!

Friday, December 1 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM GROVE HOUSE11 Grove St, Asheville, NC
Ticket Information:

PechaKucha means “chit-chat” in Japanese, and four nights a year, it’s where Ashevillians gets together to share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps, and passions. Don’t tell them we said it, but it’s like a TED Talk……but MORE FUN.

If you’ve been, you know it’s a blast. If you haven’t…you’re missing out. We can’t wait to see you at the Grove House for PechaKucha Night on December 1st!

If you have questions, email!

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(2) Strother Stingley: The Golden Age of Radio is alive and well, as WVL Radio Theater brings this classic story to life before your very …ears! When a winter storm derails WVL’s plans to present It’s A Wonderful Life, a small band of station employees take matters into their own hands. Join George Bailey, Mr. Potter, Clarence the Angel and many more for this perennial story celebrating the power of community.

Sunday, November 26 at 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Isis Music Hall
743 Haywood Rd, Asheville, North Carolina
Ticket Information:

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Tom Orr: Tom Orr & Meagan Hill: “It’s a Fruitcake”
Friday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a Fruitcake”, the concoction of Tom Orr and Meagan Hill, host and co-host of the former Bucks County Cabaret, is back again by request. It’s chock-full of merry musical moments and crazy yuletide parodies that will stick to the roof of your mouth. Tom and Meagan have performed together and separately as cabaret artists, in addition to their careers in theatre, radio, television, and film, from Philadelphia to New York & Atlantic City. Not your typical Christmas show. This stocking is filled with surprises!

(2) Actors’ Net of Bucks County:

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Section 2, part 2

(1) Sharon Goodman: Can you resend your top 100 favorite movie list … please?

Response: Sure! … If anybody else would like to get a copy, please send an email to: and put FAVORITES in the subject line.

(2) Scott Treadway: Actors say rude audiences are destroying Broadway



(5) It’s Your Fault People Always Misunderstand You

(6) This Is How to Be the Most Interesting Person in Any Conversation, According to Science



(9) Delores Chalmers: Dear Family & Friends,

Several months ago, I embarked on a journey that would not only lift my own spirits, but more importantly help save someone’s life. This journey is called Team In Training (TNT). Team In Training is the signature fundraising campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) which is dedicated to battling blood cancers.  Through Team In Training, I have been preparing myself to do a full marathon (26.2 miles) Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah MarathonI took on this tough physical challenge because it pales in comparison to the physical challenges of battling blood cancers. Throughout our season we have been introduced to our Honored Heroes like Kelly, a young lady who is a blood cancer survivor and has inspired me to keep training and fundraising.  I have learned that 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. When I complete the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon on November 4, 2017, I will be doing the race in honor/memory of my aunt and other honored heroes; as well as in the memory of countless others who lost their battle with these terrible diseases.

My race is a few months away and that is why I am emailing you today. 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. It is not too late, simply go to my webpage (link below) or mail check 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.

PS. To help support my team, please click:



Section 12A, NC events

(1) Mike Martinelli: Hey Blaine, an you help me push this? The general manager at the Carolina Cinemark was able to get this here when it wasn’t scheduled. I would like to see support for this from Asheville, especially the theater community.

On November 16 only, enjoy the holiday spectacle of Irving Berlin‘s Holiday Inn: The Broadway Musical, and get a free three-month subscription to BroadwayHD with your ticket! More information about the complimentary subscription will be available at the cinema event.

For Asheville tickets, please click:

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(2) Stephen A. Gonya: LOVE LETTERS by A.R. Gurney,  staring Wanda Taylor and Stephen A. Gonya, can be seen on November 17 & 18 at 7:30pm and November 19 at 2pm at FEICHTER STUDIO (at HART). This romantic Tale was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Spans a lifetime all told through the correspondence of its two characters. Tickets are just $10. The HART number is 828.456.6322.

(3) Marci Bernstein: Do you believe in the power of a mentor? Would you love to help local kids and families grow stronger? That’s what this night is all about! Both Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC and Attic Salt Theatre Company are organizations that mentor local youth. We need your help to keep our programs going strong so we can reach as many young people and families as possible.

Join us for a night of food, drink and stories that will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart. This is a special, one-time event benefiting both Attic Salt and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tickets must be purchased in advance – don’t get closed out from getting yours.

November 17, 2017
Drinks and light food at 6:30pm; show starts at 7:00pm
at Attic Salt Theatre Arts Space

2002 Riverside Drive, Studio 42-0
$50 includes nibbles, drinks and performance
Tickets available at
Facebook Event


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) At Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College:

Note: Above won’t work to get tickets. You need to click this link:

(2) At Actors’ Net of Bucks County:

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(1) Bill Lewis: Have you ever seen the movie Mirrors with Kiefer Sutherland?  I’m watching it right now and it’s scaring the shit out of me.  Very tense. … I do recommend the movie.

(2) Michaeleen Lee: I like the idea of saying “Make it a great day,” instead of just “Have a great day.”

(3) Bray Creech: Great weekly email as usual and thank you kindly for highlighting my Citizen Times column. You are a great example of “always stay interested” and “always stay positive.” And thank you for all the theatre you support here in WNC.

(4) Kier Klepzig: Shake Up Your Wardrobe With Crocheted Men’s Shorts

(5) Mike Martinelli: LBJ *** 1/2

One of the best films I have seen this year.Excellent performances by Woody Harrelson and Jennifer Jason Lee as LBJ and Ladybird Johnson.

The true story how Lyndon B Johnson worked and fought his way through the Senate to become the 36th president of the US. Disliked by the Kennedy’s especially Bobby this biography makes you think did LBJ have anything to do with the death of JFK.Johnson even though made the hero of getting civial rights passed was actually trying to stop JFK from bringing it up for vote and how JFK and Bobby fought him. LBJ was definately a tough rude and foul mouthed.

Other then seeing All The Way the Tony Award winning Broadway play I knew nothing really about LBJ because I was to young to remember much about him. So far there is no award buzz for this film or the performances but there definitely should be for best actor, supporting actor and actress and best cast ensemble at SAG.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Lora Ristau: Greetings!

As some of you may know, our friend and fellow theatre volunteer, Carole Saich, is going through a stressful time. With winter and the Holidays fast approaching, we’d like to lift her up and help relieve some of that stress. I know most of us aren’t in a position to give monetarily, but we do have loads of talent! AND HCT has generously donated their E-center, Second Stage for a ‘Coffee Shop Cabaret’ where the proceeds from the suggested donations will go to our dear friend. The performance will be held Sunday evening, November 19th exact time TBA. This will be an informal cabaret night with hot coca, coffee, cookies/baked goods, appetizers, and spirits (sold through HCT). Please consider donating your talents and a small amount of your time to helping us show Carole how much this theatre community appreciates and cares about her. Below are different areas available for volunteering, there are options for many different levels of involvement.

Performance Based Volunteers:
The show will run approximately an hour and a half with each performance lasting up to 8 minutes.
This is an anything goes cabaret, so you may perform in any style you’d like; a scene, monologue, poems, storytelling, singing (MT or non-MT music), a perfect place to test out an audition package or two in front of an audience.
You can sign up alone, or with others, but you will be responsible for choosing and rehearsing your own group.
Non-Performance Based Volunteers:
Set-up: Help set up tables and chairs before show.
Food Preparation: Do you have a favorite dish you love to show off? Please consider donating a batch to sell during the show.
Food and Drink: Collect donations and assist people with food and beverages before and during the show. This will be available the whole show so a few people to take shifts would help with this task.
Clean-Up: All who can help for a half hour after the show to clean up, please do.
Publicity: Putting up a couple flyers or passing the info on to people who may be interested in volunteering or attending the show.

Please Respond to with the area of volunteering you are interested in. Beyond helping a good friend of ours, this will be a great time to get together and kick off the Holiday Season!

Hope to hear from you all!

(2) Judith Loniak:

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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

Gayle Crist:

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