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Section 2, part 2

(1) Ange Maffei: Blaine, the Nissan Rogue Sport is on my list for my next vehicle also.  I’ve driven Nissans for years now, Altima, and I love them.  I was at Peruzzi, Langhorne, PA (you may remember the dealership) the other day and spoke to my Altima salesman and he said the following comparing the Rogue Sport to the Rogue:  it is shorter (which I like), handles better, is $3,500 less, truck is 5″ shorter.  However, he said in the Spring, Nissan is bringing another car out and it has already been in Europe for a few years.  In Europe it is called Jinx but I think it may be called Kicks when they try to sell it in the U.S.  You may want to ask your Nissan dealer about it.

Good luck.  I hope you get the Rogue Sport so you can tell me all about it. Whatever you get, may you and Cynthia drive your new vehicles in good health.

(2) Brian Hoffman: On gun control, like cigarettes, tax the semiautomatic weapons at a significant rate. The incidence will go down. It worked for smoking. In Europe, cars with engine sizes greater thuan 2liters are taxed at 30 pct. Taxes engineer behavior. 2nd amendment doesn’t provide for the right to bear tax free.

BTW, on cars, Deb and I test drove a Porsche Panamera . Unreal design. Unreal price as well. Maybe in a few more years.

(3) What’s The Most Useful Form of Cash? (Hint: It’s not a $100 Bill)



Section 12A, NC events

(1) Kathy Leiner: Call 828-254-2621 for tickets and information:
On the first weekend of March, Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (ACDT) and Kathleen Meyers Leiner will host works by female choreographers in recognition of Women’s History Month. The weekend includes 2 different programs. The Friday and Saturday 7:30 program will be shared by NYC guest Anabella Lenzu,

Kathy Leiner, 

The Sunday 6:00 program will include works by Shari Azar, Susan Collard, Sharon Cooper, Michele Hower, Elizabeth Huntley, Melissa Wilhoit, Connie Schrader, Asheville Butoh Collective- Jenni Cockrell, Julie Becton-Gillum, and Constance Humphries
Free workshop with guest Anabella Lenzu Tuesday Feb 27 & Thursday March 1, 6:30-9:00 at Graham Theater at Asheville School. Call 828-215-2410 to register for workshop or email And a workshop with Connie Schrader Sunday March 4th at 12 at the BeBe Theater. All details below in posts. Hope to see you!

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(2) Barrie Barton: Greetings Former Learning Lab and Friends,

Preparing a speech within a workshop setting is a smart idea – and

there comes a time when the “rubber must meet the road.”

Hope you will join the Speakers Learning Lab

this coming Tuesday, Feb. 27 to experience some hands-on

experiences for yourself and to witness and applaud the speakers

courage and determination.

Please arrive by 5:30 pm. Plan to be there until 7.

Here are the details:

Speaker Learning Lab Presentation

Tuesday, Feb. 27

MindSpring Consulting

966 Tunnel Road.

5:30 – 7pm.

An RSVP is appreciated – but not required.

(3) Barrie Barton:  Free Event: Let’s Talk Friendship. A Circle Conversation

Monday, March 5, from 6-7:30 p.m.
Mindspring Consulting, inc.

(Note: You do not have to sign up for Story Choreography Project or be in the cast to attend.)

Join Barrie Barton and other’s to share your stories of an essential and core ingredient of our lifetime: 

The one’s we love.
The one’s we longed for.
The one’s we’ve lost due to betrayal, death or conflict.
The one’s that remain true even in this moment. 

Expect a delightful combination of some structured engagement and free flow conversation and sharing. Come to share, to listen and to be captivated by this extraordinary thread of all our lives.

APPRECIATE A RSVP! 3 Ways to Say – “Yes- I’ll be there!”
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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

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Section 2, part 2

(1) 3 simple habits linked to weight loss


(3) For a better marriage, act like a single person


Section 12A, NC event

Barrie Barton:  Friends: Making Sharing Loving Losing
Hosted by Story Choreography Projects

Every Monday, Mar 12 – May 7
Jubilee Community Church
46 Wall St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Tickets Available: 

Bring out the stories of friendship–good, bad, life-changing–within you and transform them into a work of art.

Described by past performers as an eye-opening “creative conversation” and a highly personal yet collective artistic experience that shatters ceilings, Story Choreography Projects is back for 2018!

Let your stories come to life in a highly engaging and entertaining adventure – either from the stage or sitting in the audience.

Join Us For All The Above And More….

This spring is all about Friendship.
The friends we’ve loved more than anyone.
The friends who we lost through grief or betrayal or moving away.
The friends who are there, even now, as you read this.

We invite you to join a creative and artistic experience by exploring your personal stories and movements about your friendships in the SCP workshop.

Over 9 weeks, you’ll have a chance to take everything you’ve ever wanted to say about these phenomenal relationships…and weave them into performance art.

The workshop and performance will enrich you, broaden your understanding of your unique life, bring greater compassion to others and honor the extraordinary experiences we collectively share.

Who Is Story Choreography Projects For?
Anyone can join Story Choreography Projects. Participants must be located in Western North Carolina and able to attend the 9-week workshop, culminating in a performance in downtown Asheville, NC.

“This was the most creative experience I’ve ever been involved with.” — Christey Carwile, Past Perfomer

Here’s 5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss Story Choreography Project. There is nothing like it.

1.) Experience the interweaving of stories, movement and multi-media into the montage of the human collective: personal and universal.

2.) Create the outlet you need. Learn performance and presentation skills that build confidence and provide an outlet for personal expression.

3.) Discover a fun, playful and engaging process that is both personal and community oriented.

4.) Grow another layer. You’ll gain a greater sense of self as well as strategies for accessing your inner voice and strength.
Meet people.

5.) Meet new friends and have a greater appreciation for the complex lives we all live.

“It is what you give, the gift of connection…and that is thread of this whole experience for me. We are connecting, all of us in ways we don’t often have the opportunity to play with.” –Breah Parker, Past Performer

The Fine Print:

Limited to 14 people–early registration is advised!
All experience levels welcome
Enrollment Fee: $185
Save My Space: $85 Deposit
Participants can attend and sample the first session for $15

Final Performance, Sunday May 13, 5:30 – 7 pm at Jubilee! in downtown Asheville

“The path of creating and group expression at the heart of the experience was an honor to be a part! –Mindy Coleman, past performer

“The CCP creative process is to harness the unspoken, the hidden, the unshared and the taboo and transform it into the spoken, seen and expressed actions through the container of creativity, performance and community.”

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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

The Robeson Songbook: A Negro Spiritual and Gospel Celebration
Friday, Feb. 23, from 7:30-9 p.m.
At Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

The Robeson Songbook celebrates the legacy of Paul Robeson amidst the song palette of gospel and Negro spirituals which brought him international acclaim.

Keith Spencer, vocalist | Owen Robbins, piano | Claudia Pellegrini, violin

For more information:

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Section 2, part 2

(1) Ed Nasta: Pizza for Breakfast

Pizza Is A Better Breakfast Than Most Cereals, Nutritionist Claims



Section 12A, NC event

David Joe Miller:

5PM DINNER                                                         OPTIONAL IN FELLOWSHIP HALL

Stories on Church Street
Ready for an entertaining evening?
Join Professional Storytellers, Connie Regan-BlakeDavid Joe Miller and Marvin Cole.
When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018. 6:00pm – 7:30pm (Fellowship Hall)
Where: Central United Methodist Church 27 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Admission: FREE
Optional Supper is served 5:00pm – 5:45pm  – Cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.
**If you plan to attend, please call church office 828-253-3316.
On this evening, you’ll also have an opportunity to learn about a non-profit close to Connie’s heart called Bead for Life. This organization offers a helping hand for African women to pull themselves out of extreme poverty by making incredibly beautiful (and reasonable priced) fair-trade jewelry out of recycled paper. She is bringing a selection of necklaces, bracelets, shea butter products and more – and everything is 50% off! These items make great gifts -with heart and a story!  For many Ugandan women it has become their income, food, medicine, school fees and hope. A small miracle that enriches us all.
(828) 258-1113


Section 12B, PA/NJ event

Join librarian Margaret Montet in the Zlock Performing Arts Center at Bucks County Community College on Thursday, February 15th at 1:30pm for her entertaining presentation on the Harlem Renaissance. Learn about the exciting music, art, literature, and dance of the 1920’s in Harlem, a city within a city! This event is free and open to the public.


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BLAINESWORLD #1114 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Tom Healy: You might be happy to see Freedom Tether. You were right. It’s a great product. …

Note: To see more about it, please click:

(2) Laresa Griffin: The joke in section …..HAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA! Good one!

(3) Ilene Logelin: First of all, I have to say that the Jackie Mason clip, “Jew in a Restaurant,” had me in hysterics. It is so true about Jews and food, though I think we’ve mellowed over the years. I, however, continue to enjoy a wonderful relationship with food. … If you had not seen the movie, “Call Me By Your Name,” I just want to caution you that it is 3 hours in length and moves slowly. I had issues with some of the events in the movie, but I don’t want to spoil it for you in case you end up going. … Thanks for your blog. Most enjoyable.




Section 12A, NC events

(1) Dana Frankel: Love Asheville Go Local Week

Happenings during the week:

Saturday Feb 10: Love Asheville, Love Late Nights
A special night inviting businesses to stay open later. Locals, make sure to pick up your parking voucher for city decks from the Asheville Downtown Association at 29 Haywood from 5pm – 7pm
French Broad Chocolates A Sensory Valentine’s Chocolate Experience!

Sunday Feb 11: Love Asheville, Celebrate Local
Enjoy Asheville Mardi Gras in the South Slope and after parties.

Monday Feb 12: Love Asheville, Shop Local
We challenge our community to make a pledge to shop local for Valentine’s day this year, check out

for a growing list of promotions throughout the week.

Tuesday Feb 13: Love Asheville, Pack the Hall
A call for community to show up at City Council for the Proclamation at 5pm on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Afterwards, we encourage you to meet us, around 6pm, at the new wine tasting bar at the Asheville Wine Market!

Wednesday Feb 14: Love Asheville, Eat Local
Spend Valentine’s Day eating and drinking at local restaurants with a loved one. Visit businesses that are giving back to those in need through Love for BeLoved!

Thursday Feb 15: Love Asheville Artists
Visit our amazing artists, museums & galleries, buskers, and outdoor art! Take a class! Get crafty at Purl’s Yarn Emporium with a loved one.

Friday Feb 16: Love Asheville’s Public Spaces
Locals fill the parks and celebrate public spaces throughout Downtown Asheville. Pick up a new Urban Trail Guide from the Asheville Downtown Association at 29 Haywood and take the whole family on a magical tour of our history.

Saturday Feb 17: Love Asheville, Party like a Local
Finish the week dancing the night away at local venues and celebrate!

visit the website for more info:

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(2) Richard Shluman:  Gimme some Lovin’ – Kat Williams & the Richard Shulman Trio

Wednesday, February 14 at 8:30 PM – 11 PM
Isis Music Hall
743 Haywood Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28806

Songs of Love to warm your heart! Jazz and R&B to excite the imagination and celebrate love for Valentine’s Day.

Kat Williams is joined by Richard Shulman – piano with Zack Page – bass and Rick Dilling – drums.

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(3) Barbara Brady:  3 Ways to Increase Joy in Your Everyday Life

Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
North Asheville Branch Library
1030 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, North Carolina 28804

In our busy, fast-paced lives, we often don’t take time to stop, be present and find the joy right in front of us. In this 90 minute interactive talk, you’ll learn how you can live a more heart and soul-centered life along with 3 specific ways you can experience more joy in your everyday life.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

Kitty Getlik: Lights Up on Laughter as Fading Actors Get One Last Shot at Success in ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Feb. 23 – March 4

West Windsor, N.J. – A theater couple with a last chance at stardom sets the stage for hilarious farce at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. M&M Stage Productions presents Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo” Fridays, Feb. 23 and March 2 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Feb. 24 and March 3 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Feb. 25 and March 4 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 Feb. 23.

Veteran stage actors George and Charlotte Hay are perilously close to the final act of their uninspired careers. Appearing at a repertory theater in Buffalo, New York, their small acting troupe is performing two stage classics in rotation: the Noel Coward comedy “Private Lives” and Edmond Rostand’s drama, “Cyrano de Bergerac.” In the middle of a marital spat, the couple gets word that a famous Hollywood director is coming to town in hopes of casting them as the replacement stars for his current film. All they need is to get their act together for one perfect performance – which may be just too much to ask of a troupe in disarray on every possible level! “Moon Over Buffalo” opened on Broadway in 1995 and ran for 309 performances.

Kelsey Theatre Artistic Director M. Kitty Getlik is taking a turn as the show’s director and is having a wonderful time. “It’s a play-within-a play, actually it’s two plays-within-a-play, making for some very frantic and funny scenes. I am so fortunate to be working with such a talented cast. Rehearsals have been fast-paced and hilarious,” she said.

The M&M cast includes: John C. Pinto of Yardley, Pa., as George Hay; Maureen Hackett of Robbinsville as Charlotte Hay; Angela Fasanella of Hamilton as Rosalind (Roz) Hay; Christopher Schmalbach of Palymra as Howard; Tim Moran of East Windsor as Paul; Linda Cunningham of Yardley, Pa., as Ethel; Matthew Cassidy of Morrisville, Pa., as Richard; and Jennifer Litzinger of West Windsor as Eileen.

In addition to Getlik, the production team includes Producers Mike Almstedt and Mike DiIorio, Assistant Director Elio E. Lleo, and Stage Manager Melissa Gaynor.

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.

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Section 2, part 2





Section 12A, NC events

(1) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at HART
January 26 – February 4

Whether you love the bard, hate the bard, don’t know the bard, or are simply bored–you should come see this hilarious show with Oxymoron Improv members George Heard. Graham Livingood, and Strother Stingley! We lovingly roast Shakespeare and the modern world for 2 weekends at HART in Waynesville. Limited seating, so get your reservations now!

For tickets, please click:

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(2) Help Build Community Cat Shelters
Sunday, February 4 at 12- 3 p.m.
OHenrys Asheville
237 Haywood St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Unfortunately, there’s a lot more winter left, folks, and we’re running short on community cat shelters. Help us build some more to keep Asheville’s community cats safe and warm.

O’Henry’s has graciously agreed to let us use their space to build the shelters. Please join us on Sunday, February 4 from 12-3pm at O’Henry’s, 237 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801.

If you are unable to attend, you can still help by donating materials or Lowe’s gift cards so we can purchase materials.

Here’s a list of what we need:
-new or used plastic storage bins (18 gallon
or 30 gallon any variety)
-Gorilla tape (
-Reflectix roll insulation (
-bales of straw for bedding

For questions about this event or to donate, please email

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(3) We are so excited to be performing our Love is A Rose show, in an acoustic, intimate setting!!! Joining us for the evening will be the masterful James Vandenberg on guitars and backing vocals as well as the versatile bassman to all the stars, Zack Page! You’ll hear many of Linda Ronstadt’s classics: When Will I Be Loved, You’re No Good, Blue Bayou, Desperado, That’ll Be the Day, Poor Poor Pitiful me and more! By coming to this concert, you’ll be helping us to continue this fantabulous trajectory we’re on to take the show out on the road! Part of the money we make for this, will go directly into our coffers for our initial tour that starts in early 2019! We’d love to see your face in the place! For tickets:

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College:

Ken Ludwig’s Twentieth Century

Fridays, Jan. 26 & Feb. 2, 2018 at 8pm

Saturdays, Jan. 27 & Feb. 3 at 8pm

Sundays, Jan. 28 & Feb. 4 at 2pm

Attention, please! Twentieth Century Limited for New York and Boston now ready on Track 14. All aboard! Get away with Theater To Go back to the1930’s. The fun begins when an egomaniacal Broadway producer boards the Twentieth Century Limited with the intent of winning back his leading lady, now a temperamental Hollywood star, who is just as determined to ignore his advances, both professional and personal. This hilarious adaptation of the classic movie is truly a riot on rails!

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

(2) Actors’ Net of Bucks County:

Witness for the Prosecution
By Agatha Christie
Jan 19 – Feb 4, 2018

Did that handsome young man murder his elderly benefactress? Only his German war-bride knows for sure. As any Christie fan knows, things are not always what they seem.


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Section 2, part 2 


(2) Susanna Euston: Blaine, this is really sweet! Refreshing after the continually awful news from the general media.

(3) Margie Zack: We elected a man who doesn’t know the words to our national anthem. Thx is, Jerry Hinz!!



Section 12A, NC events

(1) ‘Are You Ready to Start a Small Business?’

Sat, Jan 27 at 9:00 AM – 12 Noon

AB-Tech Enka Campus, 1459 Sand Hill Road, Small Business Center, Room 2046, Candler, NC 28715

It is not enough to have a great idea for a small business. This FREE seminar is designed to highlight the critical requirements for starting a business, including topics such as how to test the viability of your concept, identifying and reaching customers, and funding your business for growth and difficult times. It will also challenge you to consider the qualities required of successful business owners like leadership, persistence, and resilience. Best for those considering starting a business.

Instructor Eddie Dorf is an entrepreneur with over 40 years experience in manufacturing, production and importing. He has owned a Women’s fashion shoe factory in New York, souvenir T-shirt business and currently gift company. Eddie has a vast, well-rounded understanding of all aspects of running a successful company.

To register:, then ‘seminars and events.’

(2) Marilyn Sholin: The Art of Wine with Marilyn Sholin

Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 5-7 p.m.

At: Post 25 Kitchen & Lounge
2155 Hendersonville Road, Arden, North Carolina

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(3) Citizen Academy applications now open for Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy.

The link is now active and accepting applications. View our previous post for more information or call 250-4427 with questions or EMail We look forward to meeting with you!

Note: I participated in the above and found it a valuable experience.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Ugly Duckling Reveals Its Beauty in “Honk! A Musical” at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Feb. 9-18 

West Windsor, N.J.Join The Yardley Players at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre for a wise, funny tale about a chick named “Ugly.” Shunned by the other barnyard animals for being different, he ultimately finds acceptance when his special kind of beauty is revealed. “Honk! The Musical” comes to the Kelsey stage Fridays, Feb. 9 and 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Feb. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Feb. 11 and 18 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 Feb. 9.

An award-winning family show direct from Britain, “Honk” offers a universal message about compassion and acceptance – for ducks and people too!  British playwrights George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s witty musical is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale, The Ugly Duckling. Described as a story “for anyone who has ever felt like honking when the rest of the world goes quack,” the show is filled with memorable musical numbers, creative choreography and charming costumes. Winner of three awards for Best Musical, including the 2000 Laurence Olivier Award, “Honk” has enjoyed immense popularity with audiences in the United Kingdom and on tours worldwide.

Starring in “Honk” are Zachary Benedetti of Ewing as Ugly; Nicholas Pecht of Hamilton as Cat; Jessica Corriveau of Plainsboro as Ugly’s Mother, Ida; and Dan Mucha of Yardville as Ugly’s Father, Drake. Also featured are Gina Drigant of Bensalem, Pa., Stacy Danka of Allentown; Andrew Millin of Perrineville, and ducklings Nicholas Benedetti of Ewing, Claire Corriveau of Plainsboro, Dayley Katz of West Windsor, and Troy Vallery of Yardville.

Ensemble members include Amy Besselieu of Lawrenceville, Aimee Clark of Lawrenceville, Gabrielle Dirusso of Princeton Junction, Nolah Flynn of Yardley, Pa., Hope Ghaffoor of Yardville, Renee Gilmore of Yardley, Pa., Sydney Gilmore of Yardley, Pa., Rio Kiernan of Allentown, Kristin Kraus and Leslie Kraus of Levittown, Pa., James Legete of Bristol, Pa., Jessica Marinkowski of Columbus, Lili Meddahi of Robbinsville, Daniel Montero of Ewing, Anna Perno of Hamilton, Nicole Potenza of West Windsor, Alexys Pulsinelli of Bordentown, Shreya Savur of Robbinsville, and Casara Sexauer of Hamilton.

The production staff includes Producer Jill Katz, Director Tom Bessellieu, Choral Director Julie Braeckman, Orchestra Conductor Buzz Herman, Choreographer Laura Murey Ghaffoor, Costumer Louisa Murey, Stage Manager Tristan Takacs, and Set Designer James Kenna.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students and teens. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333 or online at  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 of Bucks County

Witness for the Prosecution
By Agatha Christie
Jan 19 – Feb 4, 2018

Did that handsome young man murder his elderly benefactress? Only his German war-bride knows for sure. As any Christie fan knows, things are not always what they seem.


Facebook: ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County



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Section 2, part 2

(1) Ilene Logelin: Just want to wish you and Cynthia a happy and healthy New Year! I enjoy checking in on you both to see how you’re doing from time to time. Please let Cynthia know that I appreciate her encouragement, seven years ago, to come to Asheville. I just wanted her to know how happy I am living here. I knew it was the place for me the moment I arrived. Living here has brought me great joy. I love taking classes at the OLLI, gardening, creating sculptures at the Senior Opportunity Center and enjoying the wonderful music venues throughout the area. Occasionally I am able to bake or cook for various occasions, which also makes me happy as this has been one of my passions. …. I loved Joke 2.

(2) Chris Field-Funk: I enjoyed your newsletter, but not the joke about the Pope and President Trump.

Response: Thank you for sharing your opinion. My intent was not to offend you (or anybody else), and if I did, I’m sorry for having done so. … My take: Although I try, I can’t make everybody happy all the time. After all, I’m not a chocolate bar!

(3) Michaeleen Lee: Just read this in the current issue ofRunners World. “To protest local gerrymandering, an Asheville, North Carolina resident creates a zigzagging racecourse along the district line to bring awareness to the issue.” Had you heard about that?

Response: Unfortunately, yes. NC is a great place to live because of the weather, things to do, etc. … The polics, though, leave much to be desired. … Ironically, just after I got your email, I came across this article:

(4) Patty Alexander: I’m glad that you and Cynthia made it home safely from your dinner. Black ice is nothing to mess with. I’ve found that out.

(5)  Cappy Tosetti: A crazy world out there. Another dishonest person.
First hint……my monthly credit score report notified me of a company, Walmart Synchrony put in a request for my credit score. Not happy….tried to figure it out… no avail.

Then today a letter from the full company name…..Walmart Synchrony Bank Creditor arrived saying they were processing a credit application for me.
I called….quite upset. Never applied for a credit application from Walmart…..
They had my name, but not my full name. Last four numbers of my SS number were not the same.

Seems on January 1 someone online tried to apply for a line of credit in my name. I straightened them out. Would have been nice if they sent the letter first before checking on my credit score….which is good, but every time a company checks, it lowers your score. No idea why, but it does.

They canceled the application for me. They have no way, so they say, of tracing the person who applied….oh yeah, they used my name when applying.

We need to be aware.

So frustrating, irritating and creepy. People out there doing such dishonest things. One wonders what else they are trying to pull.
Everything seems to be in order. I hope.

We have to be diligent…..if and when we know what’s going on. Scary.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Kai Elijah Hamilton:

Note: I just saw the above play and enjoyed it. You will, too.

(2) Kathleen Meyers Leinder: Open-Handed Performance, Asheville Fringe Festival

January 26: 5:00 Performance( $13.00) at 54 1/2 Broadway
Limited tickets available for interactive performance:

Installation 12:00-5:00 Free community engagement 

1. (of a blow) delivered with the palm of the hand.
2. giving freely; generous.

Open-Handed is a response to the walls that separate us and the concept that our ability to connect or divide community is in our own hands. Stories of conflict and connection in a multi-media installation and movement performance by Kathy Leiner in collaboration with dancers, Shari Azar, Elizabeth Huntley, Melissa Lugo, and Mikhale Sherrill.

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(3) Kaleo Wheeler (about an event in nearby Spartanburg, NC):

(4) Barrie Barton: Even though I didn’t plan to have a Learning Lab in January, sometimes you can’t ignore what your audience wants!

Over the winter, I had 4 private coaching clients request a workshop to join together and learn more. This terrific convergence of readiness and timing made it possible for me to offer the next Speakers Learning Lab in January!

We start in 10 days…there are only 4 spots remaining…do you want to join us?

1) “I was so nervous about doing this, but after our first session I feel comfortable with your leadership and this group,” is one of the most common reflections I hear after the first session.

2) This Lab, Master The Art of Speaking with Confidence, Clarity, and Connection, is now six weeks. This length gets optimal results for you.

3) This Lab will teach the same concepts that my previous sold-out Speakers Learning Labs have implemented with the addition of a pre & post video for you to see, first hand, your improvements.

There are some skills you can’t develop on your own without feedback and a professional “mirror.” Do you want to make a bigger impact in your office, for your organization, or within your professional relationships? You will be guided by me in a safe and intimate group-learning environment to hone and improve speaking delivery skills while generating well-organized content.

As a result of this class, you will have a strategy map of how to write, rehearse and deliver your next presentation.

Six weekly live sessions with me and your supportive group
Personalized and group feedback
Handbook with lessons, tips and information
Editing and Writing support
On-site video (pre- and post-workshop)
Two individual speaking opportunities

By completing the Lab, you will have a 5-minute presentation ready to deliver to an audience.

Limited Enrollment is 8 participants.

Lab Begins: Tuesday, Jan. 23
Last class: Tuesday, Feb. 27
Meets at: MindSpring Consulting
966 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805
Time: 5:30 – 7pm
Cost: $325

Make $125 “Save My Seat” Deposit.
You are ready to go!

To register, please click:

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Fran Orlando: Please join us for horderves and refreshments at the Bruce Katsiff: River Town Portraits, 1973-1983 gallery reception.

In 1973, fresh from graduate school and the new chair of the art department at Bucks County Community College, Bruce Katsiff set out with his large-format camera to get to know his neighbors in Lumberville and Point Pleasant, PA. These carefully composed photographs reveal the intimate character of village life and remain powerful today for their balance of emotion and technical precision. Bruce Katsiff: River Town Portraits 1973-1983 is timed to coincide with a new monograph with essays by curator Liz K. Sheehan; Jeffrey Marshall, Director of the Heritage Conservancy; and an appreciation by Jo Katsiff.

All events at Bucks County Community College.

Artist talk: Wednesday, January 31, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Grupp Hall, room 257
Gallery reception: Wednesday, January 31, 5 – 7 p.m. Curator’s talk at 6:15 p.m.
Photography Tech Talk with Bruce Katsiff: Friday, March 2, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hicks, room 120
Gallery reception and business card exchange: Thursday, March 8, 6 – 7 PM
“Bucks County River Towns” talk with Jeffrey L. Marshall: Thursday, March 8, 7 PM, Music & Multimedia Center, room 001

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EVENT:  WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTIONAgatha Christie’s classic courtroom drama about a dashing young man accused of murdering an older woman for her inheritance takes center stage at The Heritage Center Theatre.  Andrena Wishnie directs stars Tom Stevenson as the lawyer for the defense, John Helmke as the defendant and Dara Lewis as the accused’s wife.  Costarring (alphabetically) Ken Ammerman, James “Jim” Cordingley, DJ Holcombe AND Jim Palmer.  Featuring (alphabetically) Keli Ganey, Tim Irvine, Griffin Kemp, Marilyn Licciardello, Amanda McCarther & Tom Smith.  Stage Managed by Keli Ganey.  Set design by John Helmke and Jim Cordingley.  Lighting design by Andrena Wishnie.  Costume coordination by Cheryl Doyle. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

SHOW DATES:  Jan. 19 – Feb. 4, 2018.  (Nine performances only)

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

PLACE: The Heritage Center, 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, $10 child (under 13).  Group rates available for ten or more.

 TO RESERVE:  Call the nonprofit Actors’ NET at 215-295-3694 or email

ON THE INTERNET:  The Company’s website is  Social networking includes Facebook page — “ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County” — and Twitter name @actorsnet.

 COMING NEXT:  Weekends, March 2 – 18, 2018, ActorsNET presents Lolita Chakrabati’s RED VELVET – a biographical drama about Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who shocked the professional theatre world in the 1830s by assuming the title role of OTHELLO.  Shunned in Great Britain, he went on to become a European star!  Kyrus Keenan Westcott stars as Ira Aldridge.  ActorsNET Artistic Director and Co-Founder Cheryl Doyle directs.

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