Section 2, part 2
(1) Dina G. in NC: Thank you Blaine for the shout out for Breanna – I greatly appreciate that! We’ll see you soon at the, Taste of Sart on Oct. 28th. By the way – love reading all the info. Great story about the boy in the wheelchair on Halloween. I saw the reply from the woman who had a sibling that died from spina bifida and was touched by that story. One just never knows how they may touch the heart of someone else – so in the meantime – we should ALL be searching for ways to create that moment!
(2) Joe D. in NY: Breathtaking view of the lake. We have a similar view of foliage change up here in the Hudson Valley however you have it in more year long favorable conditions. I thought I could hold out for a couple of years before looking to make my next move however I am starting to get the itch again. With one daughter in California and the other in Pennsylvania, I need to figure out our best location.
(3) Barbara F. in PA: Saw that clip [on Romney and Obama showing a sense of humor] and “did” enjoy both quips!!!
(4) Marty D. in PA: Why bother with a landline at all?
Also, big alert–I’ve been advising all my friends (the ones that plan to vote for the wrong candidate, that is) that Election Day has been switched. It’s now Nov. 15th.
So far one person believed me, and I got an angry e-mail response from one more. I feel like a modern day Paul Revere.
(5) Todd S. in NJ: Love the art work on the headline!
(6) Chris F. in PA: I think every day IS Cynthia’s birthday – and YOU are her forever gift!
(7) Debbie G. in PA: Why your name has come up in my life so many times??? I don’t know. Just met one of my student’s father, a Mr. Gross. You were his teacher too! I believe you all still keep in touch somehow! We talked about your inspiration. Mine came 25 years ago when I took your Marketing class at the end of my AA in education which lead me to become a Business Marketing Ed teacher. Currently in the business dept at Bensalem High after 10 years teaching at Camden Vo Tech in Sicklerville. (Taught with Joe Knowles who also knew you and I believe was also a student).
I saw you recently ate at the Mellow Mushroom. I had the pleasure of this experience in June as I attended the Real Entrepreneurship workshop in Blowing Fork, NC. Is this where you retired??? I hope so for this certainly was a beautiful place with just the nicest people. Was so happy to have had the experience! Glad to see you and your bride are as happy as ever! Cheers to you sir!
(8) Janeen R. in PA: I just finished reading an excellent book if anyone is interested about the ultra jewish-chassidic’s in new york–true story i found in the young adults section-fiction in the library…the name of the book is HUSH written by eishes chayil which is a pseudonym because she does not want repercussions! it is absolutely a must read!!! for gita and marsha: i thought of aunt minnie slightly because she had an arranged marriage and the story does have that in it but that is not what the story was about! i hope everyone gets to read this incredible book!
p.s. I would not let my teenage grandchild or want a teenage young adult to read this!! it is beyond what i feel they should read!!
(9) Nelson S. in NC: Some Musings on Avoiding our Next National Shame
Shame — the Oxford American Dictionary defines it as the “consciousness of wrong behavior.” This begs the question whether shame exists if a person or a nation insists on being willfully unconscious of that wrong behavior. It seems that most Americans are rather good at suppressing awareness of obvious shameful actions or policies.
America’s first shame, of course, is our conduct toward Native Americans, which somehow is always swept under the rug of progress or manifest destiny. For a country supposedly founded as “a Christian nation,” we seldom talk about or acknowledge the historic inhumane treatment of Native Americans. From Wounded Knee to the Trail of Tears to broken treaties to current Reservations, our virtual annihilation of their blood lines and way of life were about as unchristian a national beginning imaginable.
Not content with that (or because of the sardonic oversight of not using Native Americans as slaves instead of Africans), our second great shame was the institutionalized slavery of “imported” African Americans. This was followed by Jim Crow laws and then the tacit racism that still permeates our country. This horrific degradation of people of a different color makes a mockery of the “flag-waving, founded as a Christian nation, all men are create equal with certain unalienable rights” kind of country we pretend to be. It is ironic that Scalia and others often refer to the supposedly original intent of the Founding Fathers in interpreting the constitutionality of laws they ideological dislike while disgracefully forgetting what some of those original intents actually were. The shame is that our Founding Fathers were racists. They also were all “Fathers,” with no “Mothers” in sight. Women weren’t even given the right to vote. (Most women would consider this sexism our country’s third great shame, but that’s another story.) Suffice it to say that few Americans wish to be reminded of the racism of our Founding Fathers and it’s ensuing legacy.
Our potential third (fourth?) great shame has its roots in the abuses of immigrant and child labor by the rich and powerful, whether in sweat shops, coal mines, heavy industry, etc. The systematic dehumanization of those not of the wealthy and “entitled elite” classes was rationalized by profit margins. During the industrialization of this country, labor was treated as an expendable commodity by the “job creators.” Workers were treated as subhuman with little concern for their health, safety or lives. Labor unions were necessitated and spawned as a result of this treatment, but now we see the systematic assault on this protective mechanism by the “entitled elite.” It is ironic in the current attack on social safety net programs by the “entitled elite” that they use the term “entitlements” to describe beneficial programs for the lower classes, when it is they who really feel they are “entitled” to their position of power. The poor were and are once again considered deserving of their fate in life, while the wealthy and powerful, without any concept of “enoughness,” reaped the increasing harvest built on the backs of the lower class who were and are once again disdained, deemed unredeemable, and thus dismissed. And there is no shame on the part of the “entitled elite,” but rather a self-congratulatory attitude that they are deserving of and solely responsible for their own good fortune.
The textbook definition of Plutocracy is the corporate control of governments. Its political theory is that a wealthy elite have the right to run the government and rule nations. And whether it’s government that co-opts industries or industries (the wealthy) that co-opt government, the resultant Plutocracy is the same.
This upcoming election, I think, is a clear referendum on whether we will institutionalize this third great shame of disenfranchising the poor as part of our national heritage or whether we will make the statement that government of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy is not an acceptable path for the arc of history of our country.
(10) Natalie K. in PA: Just saw “The Long Way Home” by Mark Jonathan Harris. It is the story of the Jews after being liberated and what they went through as displaced persons in Europe until the formation of the state of Israel. The archival footage is amazing. It’s hard to watch but so well done. I highly recommend it. Saw it at a local synagogue, Brothers of Israel. Thought you’d like to know about it. It won an academy award for best documentary. He’s also made an earlier movie which I’ve put on my Netflix list, “Into the Arms of Strangers” about the kindertransport during the Holocaust.
(11) Helen H. in NC: I have been blessed to work with Deputy Robyn Michalove (last week’s BLAINESWORLD BEST AWARD recipient) as her supervisor for 2 years. I have also been blessed to be her friend for many more.
Robyn is always happy and completes each task with care for others as well as with the mission of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. She never complains and is the first to “step up” to help another officer, a group, or a person in need.
I do not know if you are aware of this but Robyn organizes Christmas for many children and young adults each year. She facilitates the entry in the Christmas Parade, reads at our elementary schools each week and still manages to carry the duties of a Crime Prevention Officer/Deputy Sheriff.
We know she is amazing, we are pleased to know that you think so as well. Thank you for acknowledging a good job completed by her and for bringing it to our attention.
Section 12A (stuff I’m involved in)
Section 12B (other NC events)
(1) Hill Harper
“The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In Its Place”
Lay a sound financial foundation
Increase the value of interactions in your life
Use money as a tool to follow your passion
Live Broadcast: Tuesday, October 30, 7 p.m.
Rebroadcast: Wednesday, November 7, 11 a.m.
Ferguson Auditorium, A-B Tech Asheville Campus
Event is free and open students, employees and the community!Please join us for the third speaker in A-B Tech’s National Society of Leadership and Success speaker series! The College will be joining 100’s of other colleges and universities across the country for this live broadcast event!Hill Harper is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University and received graduate degrees in both law and public administration from Harvard University. As a star in the hit CBS drama CSI: NY, he portrays Dr. Sheldon Hawkes.(2) “Saturday November 17, 2012 in Downtown Asheville will be the 66th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade. In honor of the Asheville Downtown Association’s 25th anniversary, our theme this year is “Silver & Snowflakes!”In keeping with the silver theme, we are very excited to announce that 2012 Olympic Silver Medalists Lauren Tamayo and Manteo Mitchell will serve as Grand Marshals for the Parade. Both Lauren and Manteo will be in Pack Square Park following the parade to sign autographs.”
When: November 3rd – 7:30pm ($15) & 10:00pm ($12)
Where: Toy Boat Community Art Space – 101 Fairview Road, Asheville NC
Who: Special Guest Emcee Keith Shubert of Toy Box Theatre – Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth – Sneaky McFly – Vaudevie – Meka la Creme – Jim Julien – El Payaso Fracasado – April Shapril – Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective – Laura Goetz – Found World Belly Dance – The Asheville Magician – and more! Special Late Night Appearance: The Smooth, Classic Jazz Sounds of R
Section 12C (PA/NJ events)
(1) George Hartpence of New Hope stars as Sir Thomas More opposite his wife Carol Thompson in Robert Bolt’s historical drama, A Man for All Seasons. Produced by the Actors’ NET of Bucks County, the show centers on More’s battle of wills with Britain’s King Henry VIII. Elevated to sainthood by the Catholic Church, More chose martyrdom for his faith over his strong loyalty to the king. The popular More opposed Henry’s divorce, by which the king hoped to get both a new bride and a male heir to the throne. NET Artistic Director Cheryl Doyle directs Hartpence, Thompson and a stellar cast, which includes James Banar of Yardley as Henry VIII, Jack Bathke of Robbinsville, NJ as Thomas Cromwell, David Swartz of Ambler as Cardinal Wolsey, Hugh Barton of Yardley as the Duke of Norfolk, Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski of Langhorne as the Mores’ daughter and David Newhouse of Middletown as “The Common Man.” A Man for All Seasons performs Oct. 26 – Nov. 11 at The Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Avenue (Route 32), Morrisville, PA – near the Calhoun Street Bridge. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (62+) and $10 for children age 12 and under. Rated PG. To reserve, call the nonprofit Actors’ NET at 215-295-3694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. On-line tickets can be purchased via www.brownpapertickets.com. The company’s website is www.actorsnetbucks.org. Social networking includes Facebook page – “ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County” — and Twitter name @actorsnet.
(2) Dr. Helen Caldicott