Section 2, part 2

(1) Mary C. in NC: I suppose if it had a puppy it would be called a melon collie baby.

(2) Eileen Z. in PA: Good one, Blaine.    enjoyed it all . . . especially the comments on the Smart Phone(s)….we’re due to upgrade and we know that we have to bite the bullet and join the rest of the world……aaaaaggghhh!   In our circle (which is quite big) we are the LAST to get them…..     but, then, when I married Don, he still had two rotary dial phones and no touch tone service–at least I had that.   When I called Bell (yes, Bell) Telephone on the kitchen phone here (attached with a long spiral cord)…… and, yes, I talked to a real person…..and she told me that we were the last family in Richboro, Bucks Co. to switch to touch tone….and to switch our phones…..btw, we still have the two phones that were here (yep, the man throws nothing away….)

(3) Marty D. in PA: Just a thought–Back in the ‘hood where I grew up in NY, if someone hugged you they were also either lifting your wallet or knifing you in the back! ;-)

PS–Have a good Passover! Until he moved back to Egypt, a fellow I used to work with would call me each Passover to complain that his house was infested by locusts, and that his first-born son was feeling ill!

(4) Rodney R. in NJ: R

eally liked the Trenton Thing You Tube video!
Thanks from Rodney, a Trenton resident from 1955 to 1962.

It’s in my blood now….

(5) Sandy B. in PA: Really great issue!  Enjoyed it and all cute jokes and animal pix.

(6) Elizabeth P. in NC: I agree about 5 pts diner. I ate there w my contractors almost every day when I had just moved to Asheville and was renovating my house. I loved being able to walk there and the hearty lunches were just what we needed. Well, I didn’t really need it, but they did. I still eat breakfast there once a month or so.

 (7) Terry V. in NC: You didn’t tell me you did stand up comedy!  This I gotta see!!!
Response: See third and fifth clips:
(8) Pam P. in PA: The section with Mark Sfirri was totally outstanding. Compliments to his expertise. 
(9) Tera B. in NC: I loved the reminder about hugs and the bunny joke at the end really got me laughing. Happy Easter to you and your beautiful bride! Also loved the Dr. Seuss Quote.
(10)  Neil R. in VT: This is an amazing story of what happens when social media goes haywire:

(11) Savannah H. in PA (commenting on what to say to performers before they go on stage):  I am not an actor nor do I play one on tv..but when I was in a little play at Bucks, we used to say to everyone before they went on stage ” be amazing” (instead of break a leg).

Although knowing what I know now about certain laws of the universe…the law of polarity will sometimes give us the opposite of what we say…which is one reason why people will say “knock on wood” after a statement…to avoid the law of polarity…it is best for one to say—“with the help of God (or the universe)” before any statement…(you can say it in silence)..since the law of polarity does not exist in higher dimensions…that statement blocks the law of polarity in this dimension…got that???!!!!
Response: I like that as a possibility; i.e., to tell folks to “be amazing.” Or I’m also toying with this one: “Be dazzling.”
(12) Ed B. in NC: Thoughts (personal and professional) on Sandberg’s New Book, Lean In
(13) Gary G. in NC: I couldn’t agree more with your review of the 5 Points Restuarant.
(14) Carol S. in FL: I signed a petition to Fort Lauderdale City Commission and CITY HALL, CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 titled “SAVE THE FORT LAUDERDALE RAIN TREE”.Will you sign this petition? Click here:
(15) Natalie K. in PA: Just watched this movie: TODAY’S SPECIAL.  It was fabulous.  Don’t know if you told me about it or not, but we loved it.  Too bad about Roger Ebert.
(16) Neela M. in NC: 3 reasons why a theater degree is important.
(17) Nelson S. in NC: If you read only one thing this week, read this.  
Section 4: Reviews
A. Enjoyed EMPEROR, a drama about the American occupation of Japan just after Emperor Hirohito’s World War II surrender. It investigates the question hanging over the country: Should Hirohito, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved? A romantic subplot actually bogs the film down, and I’m not sure that it added anything to it. Tommy Lee Jones is excellent as General Douglas MacArthur. Rated PG-13.B. LES MISERABLES is now out in DVD format . . . my review from BLAINESWORLD # 849 follows:I had really been looking forward to LES MISERABLES . . . it’s long been my all-time favorite Broadway musical, and loved both the English and French versions of the book, as well as the many different movie releases . . . for this one, Cynthia and I even bought packs of tissues for our friends who accompanied us.The story is set in 19th-century France . . . it involves broken dreams, unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption, and is a timely testament to how the human spirit can survive.Yet watching it, I didn’t cry once . . . for some reason, it just didn’t move me as I had thought it would . . . the acting was good enough, and yes, Anne Hathaway does deserve an Oscar for her work . . . I also thought Russell Crowe was quite good, despite the mostly negative reviews that he received, and Sacha Baron Cohen had me laughing whenever he appeared on screen.I didn’t like the orchestration, thinking that much of it was overblown, and the photography had too many close-ups for my liking . . . in addition, I didn’t think Hugh Jackman aged particularly well (for most of the film, he looked the exact same age) . . . and both Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne had hair and teeth that were far too perfect.Overall, LES MISERABLES isn’t terrible; it’s just not great . . . rated PG-13.Note: The above reminds me of the first time I saw the show on Broadway . . . I was really into it . . . about 30 minutes after it began, I felt somebody grab my leg . . . it wasn’t Hilary, my ex, nor was it the guy on the right . . . turns out that I was tapping my foot with such enthusiasm that somebody from the orchestra pit grabbed it to give me the message to “cool it.”

C. TEN BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES OF NONPROFIT BOARDS, 2nd Edition (Board Source) by Richard T. Ingram is a valuable resource for anybody who has been on a board, is on one now or is planning to become a board member in the future.

The author, president emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, presents many valuable tips on what service is all about. Among them:

* Once a board has hired a new chief executive, it needs to do the right things to keep that person. Those right things include consistent and predictable support from the board, coupled with fair and appropriate annual performance assessments that tie to compensation adjustments.

* Periodically ask board members to share what they typically say about the organization in their “elevator speech” (in less than a minute). Board members can learn from one another how to improve and freshen up their speeches.

I also liked the numerous pitfalls to avoid, including this one:

* Boards that assume that the chief executive (or professional development staff) has the sole responsibility for fundraising are not fulfilling their own responsibility to substantially support and actively participate in efforts to attract gift and grants.

My only disappointment in the book has to do with the fact that I would have wanted to see more real-life examples involving actual nonprofit boards–mentioned by name.

D. Heard TWEAK IT: MAKE WHAT MATTERS YOU HAPPEN EVERY DAY (Hachette Audio), written by Cali Williams Yost and narrated by Sarah Zimmerman.

The premise is an interesting one; i.e., we can make small, consistent, everyday changes–tweaks–that, cumulatively, will optimize job performance and well-being.

Though I found parts of the book somewhat repetitious, I did pick up some valuable ideas such as the following:

* Create a list of things to do on your treadmill. Call it “work walk.” For example, watch videos you need to watch for work.

* Take a text free Sunday: no texts no email, no Facebook, no Internet. No email, either.

* Whenever I have a client lunch, I leave my phone in my office so I can fully concentrate on the client.

* Create a Google alert for each of your children.

* Say “get to” rather than “have to.” It totally changes your perspective. For example, “I get to take my child to soccer practice” rather than “I have to.”

I’m appreciative of the fact that some of the material referred to on the CDs was also included in an accompanying PDF file.

Section 12A: NC events
(2) Garrett A. in NC: Bike to School – Now May 15, 2013 for our official event (for Biltmore Lake residents). For more information, contact: Garrett Artz, garrett.artz@gmail.com919-451-9452.
(3) Michelle V. in NC: Have you ever wanted to write a memoir?Join me for a not-your-everyday memoir-writing workshop.In this 2-hour workshop, we will explore truth and fiction in the craft of memoir.  Be prepared to break some rules and have some fun.Write and share in this story-focused, critique-free writing workshop.Open to writers of all levels.Participant fee: $60.00 for one workshop; $80 for both.Information: Sunday, April 28th, 2-4 p.m., and Sunday, May 19th, 2 -4 p.m. Location to be announced. (Downtown Asheville)Contact Michelle directly for information about this and other workshops.#505-690-2540
(4) BJ Leiderman upcoming performances:* May 3 – FridayBlue to Black Art WeekendMonte Vista Hotel – Black Mountain* June 14 – FridayThe BJ Leiderman BandWhite Horse Black Mountain* June 15 – SaturdayThe BJ Leiderman Band

White Horse Black Mountain

* July 19 – 21 Weekend

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Jung-Ho Pak, Conductor

Home | Interlochen Center for the Arts

* August 2 – 3 Weekend

“Give Me Love” – The Music of George Harrison

A Star-Studded Weekend to benefit

Manna Food Bank and Homeward Bound

White Horse Black Mountain

(5) THE ODD COUPLE, starring Scott Treadway and Charlie Flynn-Mciver, runs from now until Feb. 21 at Flat Rock Playhouse. For more information, please click:

Note: I just saw a performance and can tell you it’s funny–make that very funny. More information in next week’s issue.

Section 12B: PA/NJ events
(1) Hi, everyone!

I have a new event added to the list of events for Opium Dreams, a Book Talk at the Robbinsville Library on May. 16.  Also, the time for the April 13 Princeton reading is set, so I wanted to pass on the details.  You can also find my Author Page on Facebook at  As always, thanks for the support!  You are helping to make this part of the job more fun.
April 13, 1:25 Reading from Opium Dreams
Local Author Day, 1-4 pm
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ
April 20, 2-4 pm
Book signing/sale
Barnes and Noble
The Hamilton Marketplace
425 Marketplace Boulevard
Hamilton, NJ
April 22, 6-8 pm
Reading from Opium Dreams
Faculty Showcase
Community College of Philadelphia Main Campus
The Cube, 2nd Floor above cafeteria
1700 Spring Garden St.
Phila., PA
May 16, 7 pm
Book Talk
Robbinsville Branch of Mercer County Library
42 Allentown-Robbinsville Road
Robbinsville, NJ
Pre-registration required at
Hope to see you!!
Jennie Giardine
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