Section 2, part 2

(1) Monica F. in PA: I cannot recommend this film [QUARTET] highly enough. Glorious music…and just incredible performances by everyone…Pauline Collins stole my heart, Tom Courtney as always, Billy Connolly & Michael Gambon…Maggie Smith, of course. Such a joy-filled experience.

(2) Bill Y. in PA: Louise and I were watching a movie from Netflix last night, and it was supposedly a political movie about the end of apartheid in South Africa, but really, I thought, about ways to resolve a REALLY difficult negotiation.

The movie was relatively obscure, called Endgame, starring William Hurt.  A different, low-key style, but very engaging when considered from the point of view of negotiation, so I though you might be interested.

(3) Natalie K. in PA: Saw “Quartet”  Loved it.  Did you see it yet?

(4) Linda J. in PA: Recipe for Sweet Potato Carrot Soup. 

Winter tastes 215 321-7980

Sweet Potato Carrot Soup

This was a  favorite of my grandmother with different twist!

4 cups carrots-Medium diced

4 cups sweet potatoes-peal and medium dice

1 medium onion-small dice

Turkey or beef bone

1 apple-small diced

Cook all these covered with water at least one hour until tender

Whole Grain Apple Dumpling-

1 cup whole grain flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon each diced parley and marjoram

½ cup small diced apple

2 eggs

Mix and let sit at least fifteen minutes

Bring soup to boil. Drop in dumplings. Test one first for seasoning. Add rest of dumplings and lower heat to a simmer. Cook at least one half hour.

Can omit bones and do vegetarian…add miso for extra flavor

May be hard to believe but spring is around the corner.  It’s not too early to talk to Linda about your  events of the year!

(5) Bob H. in FL: Greetings from Clearwater . . . the Phillies will be here soon.

As always I enjoyed Blaine’s World . . . but I noticed that during your
trip up north you took 4 photos for the newsletter.  Funny, but, you are
wearing the same sweater in each photo!  As I travel up and down the
east coast sometimes weekly, I usually have a sweater that I keep on
because it is freezing up there!

Luckily, your sweater is just perfect.

Thanks for sharing such interesting, fascinating stuff every week!

Response: I do try to change my sweaters around, largely because of point that Bob raises. But that said, I guess I don’t always succeed!

(6) Jennie G. in NJ: Opium Dreams is now available at in print and at in print and the Amazon Kindle format. seems like a good choice if you want print because they seem to have more shipping options.

Here are the links:.
Barnes and Noble Print:
Amazon Print:
Amazon Kindle:
(7) Tom H. in NC: Excellent Blaine’s World this month…. I actually do read these.

I remember Terry Thomas well from old black and white movies in my youth…. a very funny man.
Surprised you mentioned Billy Connolly… he actually USED to be very funny… back when he was lewd, obnoxious and almost incomprehensible…. now he’s a boring Hollywood sell out with only fame to recommend him….not a patch on the old Big Yin, really… have you seen Billy and Albert? my mum was actually at that show and she actually came close to wetting herself laughing.
keep up the great newsletter!
(8) Margie Z. in NC: Thanks. I’m glad I’m in your universe too!
(9) Terry C. in FL:  Tell me you’ve seen Nicky’s Family!!!  You must have seen it….if not, please DO!!!  It’s wonderful!!!!

(10) Marty S. in PA: Where did Billy Connolly get that accent [in QUARTET] ?  I found it off-putting, but Susie didn’t have a problem with it.  Fun flick seen at the County over the weekend.
(11) Mary Beth in PA: The two that stood our for me on your list [of favorite films] are the Intouchables  and Midnight in Paris  – love them both!  Many other greats ones on your list and many I haven’t seen. May I also suggest:In America – drama, very touching, excellent acting Hurt Locker – very intense, but emotionally moving, certainly sticks with you (I’m thinking you probably saw this one)Safety Not Guaranteed – quirky, fun, feel goodI like the idea of keeping a list.  Would be nice to go back over time and remember some “favorites”, otherwise I feel like you can never come up with them if it’s not written down!Note: If you’d like to see my list, click:
(12) Annemarie B. in NC: A few months ago, I got Dr. Phil’s new book  before it was out in the book stores. “ It is called Life Code, The new Rules for winning in the new world.”My husband, Marvin and I read it and  have given it to family members.   It is now today available in book stores.I recommend it because it is a very practical & timely book and different from most of his works.
(13) Rock E. in NC: This is a pretty cool deal for ipad owners. I went ahead and got one even though I don’t have an ipad yet. If 3 friends get one too then mine/yours is free.
(14) Theresa P. in NC (with a REQUEST FOR HELP): Keep North Carolina Film Incentives by clicking:
(15) Les F. in NJ: Check out my current eBay auctions.  I’m adding another painting tonight.  John Costigan is one of the artists in The Art Hunters Handbook.

Note: You can also buy the above book written by Les (and reviewed favorably in BLAINESWORLD #843) at the above link.
(16) MAGNETIC THEATRE TO LEAVE GLEN ROCK DEPOT, SEEKS NEW HOME . . . for more information on this development, please click:


Section 7C

A MEDIATION PRIMER (PublishAmerica) by Anthony A. Tocci is a good book for those not familiar with the subject.

The author, a longtime successful mediator, shows how mediation works. In addition, he points out how it can save both time and money when it comes to matters that otherwise might drag along in the court system.

In particular, I liked how Tocci pointed out the following:    * Make the Bad Guy the conflict-not the disputants. The disputants are the problem solvers. They are the TRUE heroes. The mediator . . . well he’s just the turnip who fell off the truck in the dead of night. He knows nothing, gets in the way and just makes the mediation longer by asking stupid questions.

If you got this–you got the book!

He also presented this unique spin on the win-win philosophy espoused by many in the field:

If you are in mediation for praise. try another profession. Always remember this Rule of Thumb: If the mediation bombs–it’s your fault. If it is a success–the disputants resolved their own problems! You see, “Mediation is only win-win for the disputants, not for the mediator.”

And I enjoyed his practical tips for mediators, including this one:

* When the disputants come through my door the first thing they hear is Pavarotti. The sound of music automatically shifts their thoughts from what they were thinking to the music. Whether they like the music or hate it, the clients are thinking about it, even it is only for a second or two. It takes their minds off of the problems. This covers the sense of sound.

My only criticism of A MEDIATION PRIMER has to do with the fact that I would have liked to have seen some more step-by-step examples of actual mediations that Tocci has conducted. However, he indicates at the end of the book that there is a follow-up is in the works, so I’m expecting that such material will be forthcoming . . . and I’ll be looking forward to it.


Section 12A, NC events

(3) Talent show invite (with cash prizes of $1,000!)Note: If you’re not intersted or available, feel free to share with others.
Asheville Talent Slam
Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at Jubilee Community Church2nd Annual Benefit for Eblen Charities and steveNyou Presents. Cash prizes awarded: $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $200 for third place, plus $50 gift certificates for 4th, 5th, and 6th place! Get tickets and/or register talent (same admission price for either) at Etix link below. If performing, DESCRIBE YOUR TALENT BELOW ON THIS EVENT PAGE, then email details of your (5 minute or less) routine to: rock684@hotmail.comALL TALENT MUST REGISTER BY MARCH 4th at:
(4) Beneath Shelton Laurel explores the spiritual deadening that unquestioned allegiance often exacts. While duty, honor and justice are very fine notions in theory, these abstract ideals can be exploited to justify a means to an otherwise indefensible end.Set in 1894, the story begins with two Confederate officers (played by Kermit Brown and Mike Vaniman) reconciling (in two very different ways) their involvement in the Shelton Laurel Massacre that occurred in Madison County, NC in 1863. I play Old Jim, who, along with my two sons, were murdered at their behest.All ticket proceeds go to the WNC Historical Association, curator of the Smith-McDowell House Museum. Performances are Friday, 22 Feb at 7:30pm and Saturday, 23 Feb at 2:00pm in the Simpson Administration Building Lecture Hall on the Asheville A-B Tech campus. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the association’s website or at the door.
(6) Please Join Us for Our March Meeting

Asheville Jewish Business Forum Invites You to Our March Meeting
Monday March 4th, 5:30-7:30 P.M at
Earth Fare in South Asheville at 1856 Hendersonville Rd
Topic of discussion will be “How To Market Your Small Business” and will be presented by Bill Merwitzer and Deborah Halpern
Members $10, Non-Members $15
Please forward this to anyone who may have an interest in joining our group.
Please remember to bring one can of food for Jewish Family Services
(7) Jennifer W. in NC: THE ZOODLES are playing at the Straightaway Cafe in Black Mtn. on Saturday, 2/23/12 from 6-9…Gonna be a good time. Come join us!!
(8) On Monday night February 25, Kristen Dominguez and
Mark Jones will be presenting a concert at Montmorenci
United Methodist Church following the Community Meal.
Come for the meal at 6:00 pm (free to the community,
donations accepted) and then stay to hear them share
some of their favorite sacred, secular, and Broadway
favorites. This is the first in what will be a monthly concert
series sponsored by our neighboring church. They would
love to have your support for future concerts which will
be a different group or individual each month. There will
be a love offering taken at each concert. We will share
upcoming dates and concert information in the Journey!
Section 12B, PA/NJ events
(1) Our Comedy Club Entertainer of the year is here in Bucks County this weekend – (next weekend he will be in South Jersey)
J J Ramerez

Killer Double headliner show in South Jersey
Romont Harris & Mr. Rubber-Face on the same show!! comic night in Northeast

(2) AyurYoga Wellness Detox Boot Camp with Dr. Dhanada Kulkarni
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm
March 11 to April 26 (21 sessions)

21 Sessions of Core Routines can Transform your old behavior and put you on your Personal Wellness Track! We’ll cover customized yoga, pranayama, nature cures, Ayurvedic diet and cleansing consultation, yoga nidra, lifestyle education, acupressure healing tips, home remedies, meditation and more.It’s 1 hour of yoga, 30 minutes of breathing, 15 minutes of yoga
nidra/meditation on 21 core themes of total healthBenefits include: stress relief, weight loss, pain relief, high energy, work-life balance, addiction control and spiritual healing.Princeton Center for Yoga & Health
(3) Tom Baldinger’s original comedy, Two Side of Love, continues its NJ TOUR at the Villagers Theater in Somerset NJ!  See below or attached document fort ticket information!  Don’t miss this 2012 NJACT Perry Award Nominee show : Best Original Play, Best Actress & Best Supporting Actor

624 productions






Patrick Albanesius

Kevin C. Carr *

Debbie Glick

Emily West **


Maddie Patrick


475 DeMott Lane, Somerset NJ

MARCH 22 & 23 – 8pm

Tickets: $16

For tickets call: (732)873-2710

Or go to & click on TICKETS

*2012 NJACT Perry Award Nominee – Best Supporting Actor

** 2012 NJACT Perry Award Nominee – Best Actress

(4) Soul Shamanism 3/2&3 NJ SHAMANISM: BE WHOLE with Your Life, Body & SoulSaturday and Sunday, March 2 & 3, 10AM to 5 PMAt Be The Medicine, 18 Bank, St, Suite 300, Morristown, NJ 07960Join Janet StraightArrow as she initiates you into yourself. In this practice from Siberia you will be initiated and explore your inner space that directly reflects your body and entiremultidimensional life. You will join with your other half-your spirit twin and find home in you body and soul. This practice offers you profound healing and knowing and you will never feel alone again. You will have direct access to your inner wisdom and knowledge.The Spirit Lake and Spirit Twin offer profound and immediate healing and learning. This Universal, Spiritual Shamanic practice makes the mystical – practical, immediate and real in everyday life and working with others. Awaken Medical Intuition and other spiritual gifts and abilities.“A weekend workshop with Janet StraightArrow is a weekend with your soul. With humor, wisdom, honesty and compassion she guides you back to your true self. It is an amazing experience that has to be felt! And I can tell you; you willnever be the same. You will be changed on a deep level; you will open up to your gifts, your strengths, and to the exciting journey of discovery. This was my firstworkshop with Janet and the power of it blew me away. Be prepared to laugh, because being with Janet is like being with a wise trusted friend. Be prepared to see things in a new way, her techniques are magically transforming, and healing.I had a blast! PS. Janet teaches you in a way that you do not realize you are being taught –The information just channels into you in an amazing flow. It is awesome!”Mary ArchambaultA great class for healers, teachers, therapists, coaches and All who are ready to Be and Live who they truly are. From this day forward you will feel empowered by the depth of your soul, self and all of your personal connections and tools received from this experiential class. Your life purpose awakens and readies you to move forward in all areas of your life in profound, simple, clear ways.Meet and learn grounded ways to experience your spiritual self, guides and teachers. Heal yourself deeply and directly from present concerns and past hurts.Find inner peace, tranquility and knowing. Enjoy this profound addition to your spiritual healing tool bag that is a precious gift. Soul Shamanism takes Shamanic Practice to new deeper and higher levels for Shamanic Practitioners, Healers and everyone.This class is an important beginning to assist you to Be The Medicine.Suggested Book to Read, before or after: Entering the Circle by Olga Kharitidi, MD on lineage from Siberia.$325. Or $300 Prepaid by February 25.  Send checks to Be The Medicine at 18 Bank St, Morristown, NJ 07960 – PayPal on home page of website purchase  973-647-2500


                MORRISVILLE, PA –Two questions:  How hard would it be to write the screenplay to Gone with the Wind if you’d never read the Margaret Mitchell book?  And how hard would it be to direct Gone with the Wind if you were pulled away from  directing The Wizard of Oz to direct this Civil War era epic?  

                That predicament was faced by writer Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming in early 1939.  Gone with the Wind producer David O. Selznick stopped film production shortly after it began in order to obtain a new screenplay  and director.  Playwright Ron Hutchinson’s brilliant comedy Moonlight and Magnolias addresses this dilemma, and performs weekends March 1 – 24 at the Heritage Center Theatre in Morrisville.  It recreates five insane days and nights in Selznick’s office, where Selznick, writer Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming worked around the clock to rewrite the movie.  

                “There was one other problem with Hecht writing the screenplay,” Actors’ NET Co-Founder Joe Doyle explained.  “He had never read Gone with the Wind!  Hecht knew nothing of the storyline or the characters.    Selznick locked his new writer and director in his office, so they could hammer out the new shooting script:  Hecht typing away as Selznick and Fleming acted out the entire book — the two burly men playing all the roles, from Scarlett O’Hara to Rhett Butler,  from  Mammy to Prissy!” 

                  Joe Doyle directs Steve Lobis of Morrisville as Selznick, who risked his by bringing Ms. Mitchell’s sweeping epic novel onto the silver screen – a feat many thought impossible back in 1939.  David Newhouse of Middletown plays Hecht, an idealistic Chicago newspaperman who became an acerbic Hollywood screenwriter.   David Swartz of Ambler portrays Fleming, the gruff no-nonsense director who claimed to be so manly that he “taught Clark Gable to be Gable.” 

                Margaret DeAngelis of New Hope rounds out the cast as Miss Poppenghul, Selznick’s  secretary, who was slavishly overworked by the memo-mad producer.   James Cordingley of  Lawrenceville, NJ assistant directs and designed the set.  Vicky Czarnik of Langhorne stage manages.  Lighting design is by Andrena Wishnie of Morrisville.  NET Artistic Director Cheryl Doyle is costume and sound designer. 

                “This show is a comic romp,” Doyle said.  “Its larger than life characters wield rapier wits, replete with scandalous comments about many of Hollywood’s biggest stars of the 1930s.  One minute, the comedy is clever; the next, it’s slap-happy and zany.  I truly believe if you like Gone with the Wind, you’ll love Moonlight and Magnolias.”  

Moonlight and Magnolias runs weekends March 1 – 24 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 and $10 for children age 12 and under.  The NET has rated this production PG.  For reservations, call the nonprofit Actors’ NET at 215-295-3694 3694 or email   On-line tickets can be purchased via www.brownpapertickets.comThe company’s website is  Social networking: Facebook page – “ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County” and Twitter name @actorsnet.

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