BLAINESWORLD #789, Section 2, part 2

Joyce in New Jersey:

Have you seen this before or know anything about it? This clip came from England.

BOATLIFE, an untold tale of 9/11 resilience

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Ange in Pennsylvania:

My Home New Jersey by Paul Czekaj

This is a music video for the new rockin’ song “My Home New Jersey” by Paul Czekaj with a montage of great places to go and see in New Jersey.

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Legendary TV host Soupy Sales tells a nightclub audience about the New Years’ Day 1965 ad-lib that got him kicked off the air for a week.

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Tom in Pennsylvania:

Lullaby Of Broadway (Tom Orr)

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Nelson in North Carolina:

Finally, insights into the OWS movement! It’s nine minutes, but worth the trip.

Triumph The Insult Comic @ Occupy Wall Street

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Wes in North Carolina:

Starlings are wretched birds, but even I have to admit this is one stunning video of them flocking en masse (a phenomenon called ‘murmuration’). No wonder we’ll never run out of them.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/02/murmuration-starlets_n_1072687.html?ncid=webmail2

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Falcons rookie Julio Jones puts up incredible Week 9 performance

Read and view more, especially for an amazing catch!

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-11-07/falcons-rookie-julio-jones-puts-up-incredible-week-9-performance?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk3%7C110613#ixzz1d3qOUfd4

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Kathy in Pennsylvania:

Also use this [Daylight Savings Time] as an opportunity to check the batteries on your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.

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Rich in Pennsylvania (with a REQUEST FOR HELP if you’re on Facebook):

Can I please ask a huge favor? Can you please click on the MadBrothers FB page and “LIKE” them first if neccesary, then please “LIKE” my friend Old Time Hockey’s photo of him in the Syracuse Bulldogs jersey with 7 of the original movie cast members together? His post starts out with “OK guys, I’m showing you what I’ve got” and his name at the bottom of his posting is Ken “Ogie Ogilthorpe” Blake
The person with the most LIKES by Nov 7th wins a $200 MAD Brothers gift certificate. If he wins, he will donate it to a friend who is fundraising for her son’s youth hockey team. Here’s the link to the MAD Brothers page and his picture:

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Sharon in North Carolina:

A friend of Don’s from the Carolina Mountain Club trail maintenance team sent this to him. Don rarely forwards things but felt this was worth passing along so here goes . . .

Holiday Season 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

EXCELLENT IDEA!!!!!

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is! It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course. There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open. How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running. OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre? Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands. Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip. You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. Forward this to everyone on your mailing list — post it to discussion groups — throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city — send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that what Christmas is about?

Blessings!

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Brian in North Carolina:

There is no greater way to live your life than with an abundance of gratitude. I have been speaking about appreciation and gratitude for over 20 years. My wonderful friend, Ocean Robbins has written a tremendous blog piece that explores how gratitude is actually a powerful physical and emotional health booster! Follow his link –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ocean-robbins/having-gratitude-_b_1073105.html?ref=healthy-living

— and share both this wonderful article, and of course YOUR gratitude at this time of Thanksgiving! Joy to you!

The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier

If you invest in a way of seeing the world that is mean and frustrated, you’re going to get a world that is more mean and frustrating. But if you can find any authentic reason to give thanks, then you’ll be better off.

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Harry in Washington, DC:

Stranger’s kindness is repaid by a fellow motorist

One good turn deserves another: A stranger stopped to help Sara Berg change a blown tire. Then, minutes later and a quarter-mile down the road, Berg and her cousin repaid the kindness, using CPR to help save the stranger’s life when he went into cardiac arrest.

http://news.yahoo.com/strangers-kindness-repaid-fellow-motorist-212311974.html

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Joe in Pennsylvania:

The Bulldog barks again … at long last

Innocent Until Proven Guilty? Where Are The Ratings In That?

http://thebulldogedition.wordpress.com/

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Susan in Pennsylvania:

First, thank you for keeping me on your newsletter list. I have enjoyed all aspects of your letters. . . . Blaine, I am grateful for all that you do. Your material is uplifting and brings smiles to your readers.

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Kandi in Arizona:

One of the things I like most about you Blaine is that I can always count on you to give me the real story! Thank you once again for the heads up.

MY TWO CENTS:

Awwwww, I’m blushing. But I do try to do what Kandi writes about; i.e., to provide the real story when she and others send me stuff that just isn’t true. In the above case, Kandi was one of many readers who sent me information on something called “the Congressional Reform Act of 2011.”

Here’s the real story:

It’s a viral email that calls for fixing some abuses and excesses that don’t exist, repeating misinformed claims that has been addressed before.

For more information, please click:

http://www.factcheck.org/2011/03/congressional-reform-act/

In general, when you get something that has been forwarded to you, it may well not be true. What I would encourage you to do: At least check it out before you forward it to others.

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Ange in Pennsylvania:

Fortunately, I opened my email this morning and saw this message from Donna [about a craft show]. I decided to check out the craft show. Lo and behold, I first see Pat Achilles. I never met Pat before but as soon as I saw the cards your newsletter flashed in my head and I said to myself, “This artwork looks very familiar.” And sure enough it was Pat. So we chatted for a while and I told her Donna Hoffman, another Blaine fan, had her son’s table set up diagonally from her. Hopefully Pat and Donna got to say hi before the end of the show. I then went over to Brett’s table and wow what beautiful jewelry he is designing. He is a very talented, generous, thoughtful, humble young man. Of course, having met Donna, I wouldn’t expect anything less from her children. I saw several pieces I would have loved to have had but settled on one bracelet of tigers eyes and coins. What a small world. I’m sure you don’t need to hear this from me but I just want to tell you once again how valuable your newsletter is to myself and so many other people. Through you it helps people network and share information and even become friends. Thank you.

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Pat A. in Pennsylvania (on the above):

My jaw dropped to the floor when Angie said – “Is your work in BlainesWorld?” We did indeed have a great chat. Then i went over to Donna and said very seriously, “May I just say 2 words to you?” She said “Certainly!” And I said “Blaine. Greenfield.”

I think she jumped 6 inches into the air.

Donna took my business card & we talked about doing some cartoons for her interior design company, so I think we’ll be chatting again soon. We called our meeting ‘Six Degrees of Blaine Greenfield.’

Nice, nice people you know, Blaine!

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Michelle in North Carolina:

A splendid re-emergence

Here is a link to my latest blog entry:
http://michellebakerexperiment.blogspot.com/2011/11/splendid-re-emergence.html

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