Section 2

OVERNIGHT COFFEE CAKE (recipe courtesy of Vicki Sorenseon)

7623 vicki at sart retreat

Note: That’s Vicki (above) in front of the case. I’m getting hungry just looking at it!


2/3 Cup  Butter

1 Cup       Sugar

1/2 Cup   Brown Sugar, packed

2          Eggs

1 tsp        Baking Powder

1 tsp        Cinnamon

1 tsp        Baking Soda

1/2 tsp     Salt

2 Cups     Flour, All Purpose

1 Cup       Buttermilk

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars, add eggs one at a time blending well after each.  In a separate bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.  Add to the butter/sugar mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.  Pour 1/2 of the batter into a 9×13 greased pan.  Sprinkle with half of the topping and repeat.  Cover and refrigerate over night.

Bake the next morning at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.


1/2 Cup Chopped nuts

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, packed

1 TBSP Cinnamon

3 TBSP Flour, All Purpose

3 TBSP Butter, melted

Mix all of the ingredients together until crumbly.

I usually mix up a little bit of Powdered Sugar glaze to put on the top of the coffee cake once it comes out of the oven.  I do not measure this.  I do make it a little thick so that it can melt on the warm cake.


Section 2, part 2 

(1) Lana C. in OH: A lovely tribute [Section 10 in last week’s issue] to your lovely bride.

(2) DeWitt R. in NC: Always glad to see B’world in my Inbox.  Think I’d like your list of favorite films.  I rem the nite I saw Terms of Endearment, a blind date that didn’t go well, but I liked the film.  Don’t rem it well enuf to know if I’d put it on my favorites list. My favorite, I guess, is “The Conversation,” FF Coppola’s ransome film before he’d do Godfather for Paramount.  Hope these facts are right, but it’s a SanFran picture fm the time I was living there.  If you haven’t seen it, do.  You wont be sorry.  Gene Hackman and Terri Garr, I think, a couple of my favorite actors.

(3) Barry S. in PA: You took the words right out of my mouth regarding section 10. Hope all is well down south. Missed you at the Bucks Alumni reunion.

(4) Margie Z. in NC: Congrats to BL!  And Asheville!  And I loved global warming cartoon! Keep on keepin’ on!

(5) Maria P. in PA: Just watched the Jimmy Kimmel video on Obamacare vs. the Affordable Care Act.  I know it was suppose to be funny, but, to me, it was a sobering look on Americans. I was shocked that those people had no idea they were one and the same. No longer do we need to see why convicted felons get back into office.

Here’s one I got from a friend several months ago.  This was also done in California.  Whatever your side on the gun issue, this again shows how some people just don’t think – or listen. In about 30 minutes the guys petition was filled.

(6) Ron F. in PA: A quote I like is so true.

(7) Mark J. in NC: I saw the remake of CARRIE tonight. All in all, I enjoyed most of it. There were a few things that did not impress me. I do recommend it just to see the performances of Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz. I liked them the most.

(8) Rebecca A. in PA: So, as some of you already know, I work Princess Parties (and other sorts of events that require costume characters) on a part-time basis. I’m actually looking to recruit a few new staff members for one of the companies that I work with. Specifically, this company is in need of women with modeling/acting experience who can portray Princess Tiana, from “The Princess and the Frog.” The ability to sing would be nice, but it is not required; the ability to stay in character is key, as the children will really truly believe that you are that particular princess. If interested, please let me know, and I’ll message you back with more details. (

Response: Sorry, I can’t help you here . . . I draw the line at wearing dresses . . . but if you ever need a Prince Charming, I just might be your guy!

(9) Gary G. in NC: The quote says it all my friend.

(10) Micah Solomon in The 5 Words You Can Never Speak In Customer Service

(11) Tammy G. in NC (with a REQUEST FOR HELP):


I am working with the Butler High School DREAM Team and State Farm’s “Celebrate My Drive” initiative this week (National Teen Driver Safety Week) to raise awareness of teen (and adult) driver safety issues while helping Butler compete against 3,300+ schools nationwide to win a $100,000 grant-and possibly a Kelly Clarkson concert-should we attain the #1 spot. We are currently in the #15 position…

You can help by going to and pledging a safe driving commitment every day from October 18-26, 2013 (once per day per person per email) for Butler; after you’ve done that, please ask your family, friends and coworkers to do the same. This is one instance where every single vote DOES matter and it WILL make a tremendous difference!

The directions to make a commitment for Butler are outlined below:

Butler High School
1. Go to
2. Click on “Make a Commitment” in the upper left hand corner
3. Enter in your information (email, DOB)
North Carolina
Affiliation (Student, Teacher, Parent, Community Member)

City for David W. Butler HS is Matthews
Click next and fill in the bubble next to David W. Butler High School

During the week of October 18th-26th, you can make a safe driving commitment up to once a day.
And please ask your family & friends to do the same! Help Butler promote teen driver safety, win a $100,000 grant and a concert from Grammy award winner, Kelly Clarkson.
Thank you for your support and commitment!

I sincerely appreciate your support and consideration. While I cannot change anything for my own family now, through this and other efforts, I know we are saving the lives of teens, and thereby changing the outcome for other families…

Thank you my friend!

With kindest regards,

Tammy Garlock

(12) Natalie K. in PA: Saw a fabulous program last night.  Try to catch it — 40th anniversary of Great Performances on PBS.  Also saw over the weekend “Captain Phillips” – liked it but got seasick!  Really, I had to leave the theater to vomit.  But I would recommend it, for anyone who isn’t as sensitive as I am.  Also saw a wonderful film at the County -Wadjda. Try to see it if you can.

(13) Monica F. in PA, also on WADJDA:

An amazing and historic film, the first made by a Saudi Arabian woman. I loved it, & especially the star Waad Mohammed: so appealing, perfectly cast, a great performance. “There is warmth as well as austerity in Wadjda’s world, kindness as well as cruelty, and the possibility, modestly sketched and ardently desired, of change.” [THE NEW YORK TIMES]

(14) Mary B. in PA: I just have to share this with you.  I saw your thought for today on “Blainesworld” and I couldn’t stop laughing.  I’m on a sustainability committee at the college and while the committee does great work as a whole they’re a very serious bunch…this would be a great pic to share with them just to get them to laugh a bit.  My second best pic was the “she met him on the internet pic”…too funny!

Thanks for a good laugh today!

Loved the links for free courses on financial items

Great edition!!

(15) When There’s Too Much Communication with Students

(16) Rob S. in PA: Airplanes in the air in real time

Scary if you forget it is three dimensional!
How many planes are in the air at any given point in time? This is a live radar tracking site that shows all planes in the air in real time. Pass the mouse over a plane to get the ID and click on a plane for specific details like the plane type, altitude, air speed, track and more.
(17) Nevin T. in NC:  The Walmart cake joke is a classic….still laughing. 


Section 12, NC events

(1) I’m presenting a FREE seminar for Asheville SCORE on the following topic:
Positioning & Marketing.

You have done your market research and are ready to open your business.  How do you position yourself in the market place and secure that piece of business that you need to survive.

Date: Saturday, November 2

Time: 9 a.m.-Noon

Location: ABTech Enka Campus, Candler, NC

There are only 30 seats available and as of today, 22 folks have registered. So if you’d like to join me, please click:

Note: By attending, you’ll have a chance to win $500. Also, you’ll learn the difference between a right- and left-handed pencil!

(2) Biltmore Lake launches Outreach Program to Enka Middle School

Biltmore Lake and Enka Middle School

Community School Outreach
Join us November 19 at 7pm
Meet Enka Middle School Administration,
Community School Staff and Community School’s Partners
at Biltmore Lake Clubhouse
Learn about Enka Middle School and how Biltmore Lake
volunteers can make a difference!
WHERE: Biltmore Lake Clubhouse
WHEN: Tuesday November 19, 2013
7:00pm – 8:00pm
WHAT: Find out about EMS and
different ways to volunteer
HOW: Contact to sign up….
Terry Scholl,
Ayla Ficken,

(3) Asheville, NC —  Mark your calendar for the most exciting event in town! The 10th Annual Taste of Compassion wine tasting and silent auction benefiting the Animal Compassion Network Department of Asheville Humane Society will take place Thursday, November 14 from 5:30 PM – 9 PM at the Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center in Asheville.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste over 20 wines from around the world, free courtesy of Mutual Distributing. Wines will also be available for purchase by the bottle or case. Proceeds from wine sales and silent auction will benefit our Safety Net Program, which helps keep families and their pets together by providing families with alternatives to surrendering pet(s) to a shelter. Alternatives include receiving behavior assistance from our community partners as well as resources for re-homing your pet from the comfort of your own home. If you are facing financial hardships or a housing crisis such as foreclosure or you need other types of assistance for your pet, options can be made available to you through our Safety Net Program.

The event will also feature the now-famous Taste of Compassion silent auction. Businesses and individuals have generously donated a wide-range of desirable items this year, including vacations and day trips, art, jewelry, dog obedience classes as well as gift certificates for restaurants, concerts and more. A 2014 Outback from Prestige Subaru also will be auctioned off at the event. And, for the first time ever, Taste of Compassion will feature a live auction with several very special items up for bid.

Hors d’oeuvres and desserts, donated by area restaurants, will complement the wine selections and local “Gypsy Jazz” favorite One Leg Up will provide live music and a local DJ from Sound Extreme Entertainment will be on hand to play crowd favorites.

Asheville Humane Society and Animal Compassion Network joined forces in May and became the largest and oldest life-saving animal welfare organization in Western North Carolina.

“Taste of Compassion tickets have sold out for the last three years, which is testament to how much the local animal-loving community looks forward to this annual event,” said Eileen Bouressa, Vice President for Development and Community Programs for Asheville Humane Society. “With delicious wine and food, great live music and highly sought-after auction items available right at the beginning of the holiday gift-buying season, people can have a great time while helping local animals at the same time!”

Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and are available online at

For more information about Taste of Compassion please visit For more information on our Safety Net Program, visit our website at

Asheville Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through education, sheltering and adoption. Asheville Humane Society is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization focused on saving lives of homeless animals.

(4) Zuzu Welsh: Appearances by myself in the next 30 days where you can come see me with one of my many musicial groups

November 1 – Kickstand Bar in Fairview
November 2 – Pipapelli at Preservation Pub in Knoxville, TN  8-10pm, no cover
November 7 – w/ Jen Worthen at the Grey Eagle at Jeff Thompson’s EP release/birthday party
November 8 – w/Chuck Beattie at The Lobster Trap in Asheville, NC
November 16 – Pipapelli at Renaissance Hotel Celtic Faire in Asheville, NC, 8PM

(5) Doug Hauschild in NC: We will be performing this beautiful piece along with the Asheville Symphony Chorusat Arden Presbyterian Church on November 8th and 9th. Wtih 230 singers in the chorus and a 45 member orchestra, you do not want to miss it. Facebook only allows us to have one date per event. Tickets for both performances can be purchased at the link included, and the Saturday Nov 9th performance is at 3:30. For more information, please click:

(6) The Music of John Denver performed by Tom Donnelly and Friends WM Robin Bullock award-winning guitarist

The Carolina Day School 5th Grade Chorus
A benefit concert for the MEMORYCAREGIVERS NETWORK
Memory Care Quality Time Quality Care
Sunday, November 10, 2013 3:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place Downtown Asheville
General Admission $25 Age 15 and under $15 To purchase tickets call 828-257-4530 or

(7) THE BOOK CLUB PLAY runs from Oct. 23-Nov. 17 at NC Stage. For tickets:

Note: I have already seen the above. It’s very funny!

(8) The Bailey Mountain Cloggers are hosting a benefit concert for Gretchen Green  on November 1, 2013 on the Mars University quad from 7-9pm. “Clogging for a Cure” will feature several performances by the 20 time National Champion cloggers from Mars Hill University and various artists and performance groups from the local area. Gretchen was recently diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer. She is a wife and mother of 3-year-old Amelia. She is the daughter of Fifi Degroot, staff member of Mars Hill University. She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and graduated in 1996. Donations are strongly encouraged and 100% of the proceeds will go to Gretchen.

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