BLAINESWORLD #781, Section 2, part 2

Linda in North Carolina:

The piece Chuck and I did for MemoryCare. It was aired on Sep 12.


Natalie in Pennsylvania:

You might want to include in newsletter. Worth watching. Got goosebumps.

Please read below before clicking on the link

The link below will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of “GOD BLESS AMERICA.”But before you watch, you should also know the story of the song. The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we’d have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.

This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers – and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith. Kate was also large in size, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.

Kate was also very patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America , and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (also wrote “White Christmas”) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before – way back in 1917. He gave it to Kate Smith and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from “God Bless America ”– any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, “You’re In The Army Now.” At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper – it’s Ronald Reagan. Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America ”on the radio, they all pretended to have “dust in their eyes” as they wiped away a tear or two…

To this day, “God Bless America ”stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, When Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt she realized just how successful the results would be – for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry, and for many generations of Americans to follow… Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you will enjoy it and treasure it even more. God Bless America !



Tim in West Virginia:

Check out this puppet.


Ken in New York:

For BLAINESWORLD . . . Did you know? [fantastic video on the progression of information technology]


Ken in New York, again:

Life is like coffee . . . movie


All of this goes on every second of the day. We are oblivious. Take a few moments now to refresh your spirit. Mellow out and just absorb (NO, you are NOT too busy to watch this. This is your mental health break prescribed by ME.
sit………… relax………… tune out the world …………… watch…. enjoy

Beautiful……. open the sides of the viewing field (click the “x” on any little adds which pop up to distract )

Bali Diving


Amazing skin gun; this is amazing


Sharon in North Carolina:

This video was posted on Facebook by one of my nephews. It’s powerful — watch it. Perhaps you know nothing about texting, don’t have a phone wherein you could send a text if you wanted to, think you’re so proficient at texting that something like this would never happen to you, etc., etc. Watch it anyway, now, today, just for me.


Busty Heart breaks stuff with her breasts on America’s Got Talent.


Edie in Pennsylvania:

I am in regular contact with loved ones . . . messages from my parents often who both died in the past 3 1/2 years and occasionally from my husband who died nearly 13 years ago. There is a fun movie called Truly, Madly Deeply about what happens when a loved one comes to visit and sticks around.


Take five minutes to relax and enjoy.

Bolero via an orchestral flash mob . . . this is sooooo cool!


Mark in North Carolina:


Whitney Screws Up the Classics


Is it a toy or man?


Rick in North Carolina:

Thanks for the thought for the day… I will be kind and forgive!


Dan in Pennsylvania (with an interesting job proposition):

Many states are now deregulating their electricity and gas industries. By law, companies like PECO in South East PA must divest themselves of large numbers of customers because they can no longer be monopolies. Stream Energy, started in Texas 6 years ago, and even though they are in only 4 states now, they have become a 4 billion dollar company, growing only second to Google. Stream Energy now provides natural gas in Georgia, electric power in Texas, PA, and MD. It has a proven track record. Ignite is the network marketing arm of Stream. It is an opportunity to be an independent business person making money from the electricity payments of many customers. It offers another stream of income that does not require a set schedule. If you are interested in the business, please see my web site for company info and my contact information:


Walter in Pennsylvania:

Like doowop?

File 1:
File Name: Streetcorner Serenade 09-09-11Pt1.mp3
File Size: 53.6 MB
Download Link:

File 2:
File Name: Streetcorner Serenade 09-09-11Pt2.mp3
File Size: 54.3 MB
Download Link:

To download the files, simply click on the download links.


AMAZING… absolutely AMAZING!! The “miracles” of computers!!

The painting itself is great but as you run your cursor over the people it tells you who they are …
However, if you DOUBLE click on a person, you obtain their life history.

This is fascinating…



Greg and Ashley in North Carolina (with a REQUEST FOR HELP):

The Hop’s relationship with the Autistic community began in 2007 by the request of Jessica Olivencia, one of our employees. Her brother is on the Spectrum and she hoped The Hop would become a sponsor for the Autism Society’s annual Run/Walk for Autism. We did and have done so every year since.

The 2011 Run/Walk for Autism is now just around the corner (Saturday September 24th), and Jessica has expressed interest in submitting Team Hop Ice Cream to help raise more awareness and funds for the Autism Society! And we are reaching out to all of you for help.

GOAL: To get 50 people to join Team Hop Ice Cream and to raise $1250+ for the Autism Society!!!

Here’s how to contribute:

1) Go to

2) Click “Register Here”

3) Click “I agree” if you agree

4) Click “Join a team” then select The Hop Ice Cream

5) Fill out your information and pay the registration fee ($25 minimum)

*Note: If you cannot attend, but still want to contribute, please feel free*

6) Once you’ve completed the registration and made your donation, you’re good to go!

7) On the day of the Run/Walk (Saturday September 24th) see Jessica at The Hop’s booth for some Free Ice Cream AND your very own Hop T-shirt, with Scoops the 5K Hedgehog.


Alyson and Don in Colorado (with an invitation to get involved with something new):

As many of you know (and some are about to find out!) Don and I have been especially busy this summer planning a new, spinoff. Our company Venture Growth, which has served as a business development advisor to Boulder Digital Arts, is now entering into partnership with BDA Founders Bruce Borowsky and Zach Daudert to offer innovative business training and guidance to their membership of digital artists and professionals, as well as to the larger population of entrepreneurs from Denver, Boulder and along the Front Range. The new company, PivotGuild, is geared to entrepreneurial leaders who are taking their organizations through major changes and are highly motivated to develop new strategies, relationships and skills to evolve – and thrive!

As you can imagine there is a lot going on and it will be a work-in-progress for a long time to come. We’d love for you to be part of all the creativity and fun! There are many potential roles – participating in programs, serving as trainer-guides, networking with other entrepreneurs, getting feedback for your own ventures, promoting your business via sponsorships and helping us to get the word out across social / personal / geo networks. The feedback we’ve received – even without promotion, from behind-the-scenes discussions with entrepreneurs and prospective trainers – has been so heartening. We’ve got great partners and Don and I are putting our hearts and souls into PivotGuild. Still, in our eyes, it will only be a success if everyone involved benefits.

So we are asking for your support and invite you to get involved with any of the following initial actions that appeal to YOU!

· Opt in to our PivotGuild emailing list to keep informed of all the developments and special offers. We promise not to abuse the privilege.

· On Thursday, September 22, 12pm – 1:30 pm join us for lunch and conversation with Social Media Guru Aaron Goldman, on Why Social Media Matters for Business. It’s a great topic because every business person we know struggles with deriving measurable benefits from their social media presence! Aaron is a successful young entrepreneur from Chicago and author of “Everything I Know about Marketing I Learned from Google.” The discussion will be followed by Q&A and a book-signing. And dig this: it’s FREE! Space is limited though so reservations are required. Details and online registration are here: Please share the link with other entrepreneurs and organizational leaders, as you see fit.

· Save this date for the official PivotGuild Launch Party: Friday, October 21, 2011, 5pm – 8pm at the Boulder Digital Arts Studio. More about that coming soon.

· We need more trainer-guides! We’ve already lined up an amazing initial curriculum of unique courses and an impressive roster of talent to deliver them – but it’s just the beginning. We are looking to develop more courses and need more gifted experts to participate. In the next phase we will be particularly interested in exploring opportunities for specialists in: sales skills and strategy, e-commerce; infographics development (translating data into graphic stories); recruiting and hiring first employees; evolving art portfolios into marketable products; and using web-based productivity, marketing, sales & customer relations tools. We also are very interested in meeting bi-lingual (English-Spanish) business development and marketing experts. Can you meet any of these needs yourself? Or can you refer other professionals who can address these needs – especially people you can recommend personally? We welcome your input!

· Lastly, (for now!) we are also offering membership-based organizations (business, trade, art, etc.) interested in business training and services for their members the opportunity to become Affiliates of PivotGuild for no cost. We will provide training discount codes for Affiliates which they can offer as a benefit to their members. In return, we require that the Affiliate Organization promote the PivotGuild calendar of events and guidance offers to their members via their websites, eletters and other regular communications. A simple quid pro quo – with benefits for all! If you are involved at the leadership level with a membership organization and would like to become an Affiliate, email us or give a call: 303/746-4153.

Are you out of breath yet? I apologize for hitting you with so much all at once. But Don and I do hope you can sense – and share in – our excitement! We’re done with keeping it to ourselves!

With deep gratitude for your patience, interest and supportive energy!


Eric in North Carolina (about BLAINESWORLD #780):

Nice job! Very comfortable, from the heart, genuine. Well done!


Hillary in New Jersey (with a REQUEST FOR HELP):

Please join me for the 5th year as we participate in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. It is Sun. Oct 2 at Great Adventure. The cost is $28.00 and you have to sign up by Sept. 21. If you can’t be in person you can either give a donation or sign up to sleep in and get a cute t-shirt. To sign up go to and my team is Breast of Friends. Thank you for your support and let’s wipe out breast cancer together.

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