Section 2, part 2

(1) Steve G. in PA:  Encouraging you and Cynthia to see “20 Feet From Stardom.” The trailer does not do the movie justice. Hoping it would take you to another level of who you are and the gifts within. Truly would love to hear what you got. In my view it is both a personal get and a got to share : – )

Note: Ironically, I think we saw the movie at the same time that Steve wrote this. We thought it was a great film, too, and strongly recommend it. See last week’s BLAINESWORLD for my review.

(2) Bernadette Y. in PA:  Thanks so much for presenting the “Bliss of Healing”! Just too beautiful for words. It’s just what my spirit needed!

(3) David F. in NY:  Only malcontents and the ignorant do not subscribe to Blainesworld. There are no excuses.

(4) Invite from Dewitt R. in NC to check out his blog, “Up 2 Pee” . . . you can do so by clicking:

(5) Jennifer G. in NC: To all my Tri-State area peeps and anyone planning to be in New York mid-August: I am doing a play for the New York Fringe festival. It is called “Landscape With Missing Person” by John Crutchfield. We had a very successful run with it here in Asheville last summer, and we’ve kept the same cast (John, Lisa Miguel Smith, and me) for the Fringe. It a great play and I love doing it!! We’ll be doing 5 shows from Aug 10 – 16 at the Teatro LaTea theater (107 Suffolk St – 1 1/2 blocks from the first building I grew up in) and it would be great to see any or all of you. If you want exact dates and times, message me, or go to:

(6) Natalie K. in PA: GLORIOUS 30: Just saw this the other night. Very good movie.  Eddie Redmayne is in it and so is Bill Nighy.  Very suspenseful movie about World War II.  Check it out.  Got it on Netflix.

(7) Carol S. in FL: Reverend Edward “Red” Duke. Is losing his home. If you would like to help a Navy Veteran from living his last years on the streets Please send a donation to, The Haven for Spiritual Travelers, 1341 SW 25th Ave. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 33312. In 1946 Rev. Red Duke suffered Atomic Radiation Poisoning in the Marshall Islands at Bikini Atoll. Please help a Navy Vet who fought for our freedom so he can enjoy his last years in the home he has lived in for 40 years.

(8) Marilynne H. in NC: We need your vote for a good cause! 

Some friends from Biltmore Lake and I have entered the Asheville Artful Bra Challenge in support of Ladies Night Out at Mission Hospital.   LNO is a program offered by Mission, the Asheville Breast Center, Buncombe County Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer/ Wise Woman Programs.  It covers the cost of mammograms for women who are faced with a gap in insurance coverage and who qualify for the Buncombe County Department of Health’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP).

Mission Hospital’s Cancer Services through Mission Foundation and the Asheville Breast Center provide the financial support for the breast cancer screenings and educational programs for uninsured women provided through the Ladies Night Out program. Each vote cast raises $1 for Ladies Night Out and helps further this essential program.   It all adds up so please take a minute to vote.
You can vote for multiple bras on the
webpage.  However, if you vote through PayPal you will need to enter the amount you wish to donate first, followed by the specific entry number for each bra/vote you want to cast.  It’s easier if you write down the numbers before you make your final payment. Our entries include the following numbers:

23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 36.

Of course, feel free to vote for others too — there are so many wonderful, fun, whimsical and just down right beautiful entries.  I plan to vote for them all! 

Thanks in advance for your support.  Feel free to share this link with others!

(9) Henry W. in NY: Tonight I saw “Tuesday to Tuesday” a movie about a gentle giant of a bodybuilder, Benitez, who works in a clothing factory, and dreams of one day owning his own gym. The first half of the film, spanning a few days, is somewhat slow-going as it painstakingly follows Benitez through his daily routine. Watching Benitez steam-press and package pants is not all that scintillating. The pace picks up dramatically when Benitez witnesses a horrific crime that profoundly changes the direction of his life.

(10) Gary J. in NC: I got to see 20 Feet From Stardom on Tuesday, and it was truly a great piece of work.

(11) Marvin S. in NC: The book you passed on (“The Transformative CEO”) is one of the best I have read on leadership.  Thanks; I am passing it on.


Sections 4A-4D

A. IN THE HOUSE (DANS LA MAISON) is a French suspense thriller about a 16-year-old boy who writes about the household of a fellow student from his literature class. His teacher finds him to be a gifted student and begins to work with him on a one-on-one basis. I enjoyed the story, as well as the look at the writing process. Performances, all good, were from performers I did not know with the exception of the always excellent Kristin Scott Thomas. Rated R.  
B. 42 is now out in DVD format . . . my review from BLAINESWORLD #864 follows:  

42 is the true story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League baseball . . . it features a breakout performance by Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and an equally outstanding one by Harrison Ford, playing Branch Rickey–the Brooklyn Dodgers GM who signed Robinson . . . I also liked the sets; it really felt like I was in the late 1940s . . . you don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this movie . . . it is one of the best I have seen this year; in fact, I’ve  just added it to my list of all-time favorite films . . . rated PG-13.

C. DO IT! MARKETING: 77 INSTANT-ACTION IDEAS TO BOOST SALES, MAXIMIZE PROFITS, AND CRUSH YOUR COMPETITION (Amazon) by David Newman contains many tips and techniques that can be used by almost any business–instantaneously.

Most don’t take very much money to implement, nor do they even require a large expenditure of time. The key is to just get started, using such ideas as the following:

* You can’t really go wrong here [utilizing Facebook], but I still have a useful connection script for you.

Notice that, on your Facebook friends list, people connected to your friends are listed with labels like “37 mutual friends,” “51 mutual friends,” and so on.

You can connect with these folks, but the chances are excellent that they might not know you from Adam or Eve. Thus, you need a fun approachable and appealing script when you want to click on them to connect. After you click on “Add as Friend,” click on the link in the dialog box that says, “Add a personal message.” Then type:

Vanessa-Wow! We have mutual friends. We GOTTA connect simply so we can talk about all these people!


* Take a long hard look at all the great things you give your clients and customers when they buy your product or service.

Now select one item of stand-alone value. And put the mechanism in place to start giving it away. For free. (If you need to grab a brown paper bag because you’re starting to hyperventilate, you’ve chosen the right item.)

An assessment, a sample, a do-it-yourself checklist, a gift-anything that would make a prospect say, “Wow! IF they’re giving this kind of value away for free, imagine how much more we would be if we became a customer.

In addition, I liked the author’s take on the following:

* 5 Clues that you’re not serious (enough)

1. You’re email address ends in
2. You don’t’ have a personal website or blog for you or your work, ideas, and services.
3. Your business cards have those little perforated edges.
4. You say you’re a business owner, but you also sell real estate on the side and have a thriving e-bay business selling collectible figurines. And you sell used boats on weekends.
5. You say that you love what you do, you just don’t like the marketing part.

If you’re currently running a business, large or small, get hold of DO IT! MARKETING. You won’t go wrong.

D. Heard THE SECRET: THE POWER (Simon & Schuster Audio), written and read by Rhonda Byrne.

The author rose to fame with THE SECRET film that led to a book with the same title. Both dealt with the law of attraction.

She followed this up with THE POWER, which contains information on getting anything you want in life. All you need is one thing to change your relationships, money, health, happiness, career and your entire life.

I won’t say what that one thing is for fear that I’d ruin your reading enjoyment. However, I will tell you that you’ll get such valuable tidbit as the following if you read and/or listen to this book:

* Feeling OK is a negative feeling because feeling OK is not feeling good.
* Put down all the things you love until you feel amazing and then you’ll feel good.
* You have to give happiness to receive happy things.
* Don’t put negative things from your past in your story anymore.
* When you walk down the street, look for the things you love about other people.
* Watch movies that make you happy and feel good, not movies that make you sad.

Even if you didn’t yet read THE SECRET, you’ll benefit from THE POWER and appreciate the fact that there’s a good summary of her earlier book. Also, I liked the fact that there weren’t numerous other experts brought into the narration (as was the case with THE SECRET). Rather, you’ll just get Byrne’s ideas–and that will be more than enough to make this worth your time.


Section 12A, NC events

(3) Linda O: Les Mis [at Flat Rock Playhouse] is the best theater that I’ve seen in Asheville, hands down. If you have a WNC Insider card you can go 2/1 on Wed or Thurs.You have to call the same day. It’s a long play, consider the afternoon.

There are 32 people in the cast so don’t sit too close or you’ll feel like you are watching a tennis match trying to see both sides of the stage.
For tickets, please click:

(4) The Caro Savanti Experience completes it run this coming weekend at The Bebe Theatre. For a review of this show, please click:

Note: I already saw this show. It’s a lot of fun. (More details in next week’s issue.)



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(7) Beatles & British Invasion!

Saturday, July 27 at 8 p.m. at Cork & Crown, Mars Hill, NC

To quote Bruce Lang, “I’ll be with my guitar, singing lots of Beatles songs at this great little pub in Mars Hill. Great food too! “Where Mars Hill Toasts the British Isles.”




Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) OLIVER! runs through July 28 at Actors’ Net in Morrisville, PA. For more information, please click:

(2) BBQ Time

  • Host:
    Delores Chalmers
  • Phone:
Basketball Tournament, Mind games, prizes and more!  Come join the fun & help save lives!  $20.00 per person.
You can purchase your tickets online at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Tax ID: 13-5644916
RSVP by July 6, 2013
Unable to attend you can donate online:
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