BLAINESWORLD #784, Section 2, part 2

Walter in North Carolina:

Promotional video on this weekend’s Juggling Festival (see also Section 12B):


This is some rare footage of a NASA satellite falling on a car


Marie in New Jersey:

Say what you want about Bread but they captured a period in time that a lot of us would “give everything [we] own” to return to 🙂

Bread – Baby I’m-a Want You

Bread – It Don’t Matter to Me


Marie in New Jersey, again:

For Blaine Greenfield and all the other Cool Cats out there! 🙂
Phil Ochs- Outside A Small Circle of Friends


Laura Nyro – Eli’s comin’
Laura Nyro’s gorgeous song from 1968

NOTE: For those who haven’t heard the story, I liked Nyro . . . and saw her in concert in ’68 . . . she was booked with Ochs (one of my all-time favorites) . . . but Ochs had the audacity to get sick, so they announced a replacement . . . an up-and-comer by the name of James Taylor . . . I remember saying to myself, “Self, he’s not half bad!”

And still one more:

Robert Palmer – “Simply Irresistible” – ORIGINAL VIDEO – stereo HQ


Ilene in North Carolina:

This video, produced by the rabbi, cantor and congregants of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles , invokes the powerful prayer which begins “Oseh Shalom Bimromov” (“Lord, Grant Us Peace”). As we join Jews worldwide next week to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we send you our wish for a peaceful (and healthy) Shana Tovah.


Todd in New Jersey:

Good for a laugh even if you have seen this before [Classic Comedy with Mal Z. Lawrence]


Jean in Pennsylvania:

18 years ago, I danced to this with Ken Dolan at our wedding. Happy anniversary, darling.

Helen Merrill with Clifford Brown / You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To


Jean in Pennsylvania, again:

It is a holiday in Mary Timmins’ household: “On October 3, 1961—50 years ago today—The Dick Van Dyke Show first aired on CBS. Eddie Deezen takes a look back at the classic comedy.”
mental_floss » The Dick Van Dyke Show Turns 50

NOTE: Scroll down to make sure you see an episode from the show. It’s a classic!

Also: Was Majo’s chocolate birthday cake [mentioned in BLAINESWORLD #783] glutton-free, or gluten-free? If it’s the former, I’ll take two slices!

NOTE: As she usually does, Jean helped me pick up a typo . . . the cake was gluten-free, which leads me to make a request to all readers . . . if and when you see other typos, mistakes, etc., please do bring them to my attention. I can then correct them on Facebook, in the archives, etc.


George in Pennsylvania:

Comcast Newsmakers 2011


George in Pennsylvania, again:

George Bruno Column on page 16. A second article on Page 20.

NOTE: Good stuck here, particularly his column on decisiveness.

Also, check out his latest blog entry:


Ellie in Florida (about a book my friend has written):

Book Review, Revolutionary Rose – Boston Tea to Boston Free, Evelyn Wolph Kruger, Old Line Publishing, LLC, Hampstead, MD 21074, 2011

I really liked this book. It is rich with history, peopled with believable and passionate characters, and centered on the constant battles of a life-changing war. Available in Paperback, Kindle, and Nook through Amazon, Barnes & Noble & Old Line Publishing. Price $14.95 (paperback) and $4.95 (Kindle and Nook).


Ellie in Florida, again:

Love your newsletter, but hate that you think we Floridians all live in tacky places. We do have two symphony orchestras, many quality playhouses and art museums and some fantastic restaurants. The view from my front window is of the pool where the bikini clad beauties can be seen with the ocean as a backdrop. From my back porch, we overlook the river where we can see manatees and dolphins along with great blue heron and other bird life. How about coming for a visit?? We’d be happy to show you what a great place this is! Courtney sends his regards. Keep up the good work.


As I wrote Ellie, I like Florida . . . and always enjoyed visiting my folks and Risa when they lived in the West Palm Beach area. However, I love living in Asheville. It’s the best place I’ve ever lived!


Bill B. in Pennsylvania:

Animal Rescue
Hi, all you animal lovers. This is pretty simple..
Please tell ten friends to tell ten today! The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people

to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals.

It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on the purple box “fund food for animals” for free.

This doesn’t cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food

to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.

Here’s the web site! Pass it along to people you know.


Sharon S. in Pennsylvania:

I have tried to purchase a copy of that book [FACULTY FABLES] and haven’t found it in the usual places. Could you tell me where I might get it. You wrote about it last week and gave some examples. Would be a great gift for a friend for Christmas. Thanks.

Glad you are enjoying your retirement!

RESPONSE: It would be a fun gift, especially for somebody who has worked in academia. Check . . .


Steven in North Carolina (with a REQUEST FOR HELP):

Do you know anybody either local or otherwise that knows about scriptwriting for plays? I’m very passionate about writing a play loosely based on the memoir I wrote several years ago. I thought if anybody knows who teaches playwriting locally it would be you.

Possible paid gig, too. Discuss that with Steven directly.

I can be reached @ 828-484-9999 or cell 305-710-9499; email:


Bob in North Carolina:

Saw “Moneyball” . . . last Monday night. We both liked it a lot. I’m a baseball fan, and have been all my life. I can see how his approach changed the game and really was a more scientific application. I like the references to Bill James’ statistical work; that guy deserves a lot of credit for changing how we look at baseball talent. I found it to be kind of an insider’s view of some baseball history, and I have to say it fit with my recollections pretty well. Good movie and a good story, but really only appealing to baseball fans, I think. Leslie wasn’t even interested in going, so tell Cynthia not to feel bd about being bored. She can regard it as a character builder and some good karma earned for her next life. Tell her that I still love her, even if she was bored by the baseball movie.


Kimberly in North Carolina:

Great free movie..Documentary entitled “Food Matters” – highly recommend everyone watch this!!

Only available for a few days for free (until Saturday, October 8th). Lots of great information.


John in Pennsylvania:

We saw Warrior last weekend and both really enjoyed it. Great fight scenes, but also a good story behind it as well. BTW, if you see it, the character of Tommy fights exactly the way I did when I boxed…it was kind of surreal to watch.

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