Section 2, part 2

(1) BJ L. in NC: Nice issue…BTW, your dad was one handsome young man!

Response: My dad was quite handsome, but that picture (in Section 11) was Joey Novick’s dad–the person Joey wrote about in Section 11.

(2) Chris H. in NC: Blaine, thanks is much for your generosity in the great contest you have for us and the time you spend on Blainesworld! I look forward to every issue, and I covet the Yankee emails!

(3) Natalie K. in PA: TWELVE CHAIRS: Finally got to see this tonight.  Thought it was hilarious.

(4) Margie Z. in NC: I read your veterans story, and it reminded me of my dad– a story
teller supreme!  I’m so glad I have a tape of him talking about his
war efforts (pilot in Pacific theater).  He also wrote a story about a
man he rescued from behind enemy lines.  Someday I’ll order his record
from the National Archives. He passed away in 2004, nearly a decade
ago already. . . . I read your veterans story and it reminded me of my dad- a story
teller supreme!  I’m so glad I have a tape of him talking about his
war efforts (pilot in Pacific theater).  He also wrote a story about a
man he rescued from behind enemy lines.  Someday I’ll order his record
from the National Archives. He passed away in 2004, nearly a decade
ago already. . . . I read your veterans story and it reminded me of my dad- a story
teller supreme!  I’m so glad I have a tape of him talking about his
war efforts (pilot in Pacific theater).  He also wrote a story about a
man he rescued from behind enemy lines.  Someday I’ll order his record
from the National Archives. He passed away in 2004, nearly a decade
ago already. . . . Thanks for sharing the veteran story.

(5) Bob H. in NJ: If Google ever became a person, it would be you.  You are ceaseless in your interests and research . . . and then you take the time (and the kindness) to pass it on to your friends and subscribers.

My wife’s dad, Dr. Benjamin Shimberg, was one of the founding scientists at Educational Testing Service in Princeton. When I met her father there began and endless succession of letters that came to my house with clips from the NY Times, New Republic, Harpers, Vanity Fair, New Yorker, Consumer Reports, The Economist, Harvard Business Review, Atlantic, Smithsonian, and countless other publications because he thought it would interest me.  His kindness became my true education . . . he was always sharing interesting things that could be APPLIED.  That was how his generation operated . . . they listened to what people were interested in and then they shared what crossed their path.  That is intellectual generosity, and you are carrying that on for me!
That is how I look at Blaine’s World and the many articles you are kind enough to share with me.
I am in your debt, sir.
PS  I also do my best to pass along the gems that roll into my own pathway.
(6) Mary C. in NC: Thanks for the newsletter, Blaine. Full of news, as always. Especially want to see the Carol Burnett show next Sunday! . . . [reaction to GRAVITY] Predictable. Clooney’s nattering drove me nuts. One crisis after another. Special effects were good. All things considered, rather a waste of time.
(7) Ed B. in NC: Dr. Phi’s test
Note: My score was 44. Care to share yours?
(8) Steve S. in NC: Have a friend in south fl who wants to rent a home in AVL for the month of JulyNeeds 3- 4 bedrooms in good community without/ steep winding roads.. Do you anyone who has a house for vacation rental? Steven M. ShulmanShulman & Associatesinsurance solution specialistsPhone   305-757-2020Fax


Section 12A, NC events

(2) The Lessons in Leadership Organizing Team is proud to welcome HARRY (the FISH guy) PAUL to Asheville as the featured presenter at the 7th annual Main Event on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium*, starting at 6:30 p.m.

7683 harry paul picture

Paul is co-author of the international best-selling leadership book FISH! which has sold more than 5 million copies and follows the fortunes of a fictional company whose management introduces changes modeled on the behavior they witness at the world-famous Pike’s Place Fish Market in Seattle.

“The key theme of FISH! is about having passion for those things that are important for you. It’s a message that’s relevant for everyone because each of us is the CEO of our own life and the challenge is to find that passion and live it!” says Brian Biro, a member of the organizing team who is himself a world-renown speaker and Asheville-based author.

The opening speaker will be local entrepreneur, author and speaker, KEITH CHALLENGER whose new book Leap Life introduces a refreshing new way to look at the issue of having a lack of time in our lives. Using an approach he calls lack of time Management, he suggests just three keys to overcoming some of today’s biggest productivity hurdles. Appropriately entitled “Not Enough Hours in the Day,” Challenger presents an original and highly entertaining look at this universal subject.

The most recent Lessons in Leadership event in January 2013 featured Dr. Nido Qubein and attracted more than 1,600 registrants, including teams from some 35 regional companies and organizations, and 160 Buncombe County school student who benefited from donated seating.

Lessons in Leadership is presented by its organizers as a gift to the community, so as in previous years, the cost of registration is a remarkably low $20 per person. Register yourself and your team today for this amazing way to start the New Year!

* Please note the change of venue. Due to the increase in popularity of the event and the need for a venue more suited to presenters, the January 2014 event will be hosted at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville. UNC-Asheville continues to be a major supporter of Lessons in Leadership but Kimmel Arena, which has been home to Lessons in Leadership for the past couple of years is not an optimum configuration for this type of event.
To register, please click:

To read about each of these other events in full, please click:


This week is your LAST CHANCE to see The Book Club Play at NC Stage!
The Book Club Play is extended until Sunday, November 24th!

The theatre is filling up fast so get your tickets now! We have room for your book club- Call the Box Office at NC Stage to hear about our group discounts. Already seen the production? Help us spread the word…

Your friends don’t want to miss this one!

Click here to see what you have been missing!


Up Next at NC Stage: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
Make NC Stage a part of your Holiday tradition! Back by popular demand, our good friends at Ensemble Theatre Company are excited to present Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol again this year! Join us for this irreverent and funny retelling of the Dickens classic. This show is filling up fast so get your tickets now!

“Scrooge? I have to reedem old Scrooge?!”

And so begins the journey of Jacob Marley… 

(4) Barrie B. in NC:  This may not interest you, but I know you are connected into the community.

I took this training years ago and recently took a portion of this with Kathleen Osta.
It is one of the most effective and time saving procedures I’ve ever witnessed.
Consider forwarding to appropriate folks if that feels right for you.
To register for the Dec. 2nd & 3rd ToP facilitation training, now is the time! Just use this handy link: register
and you’ll be on your way to making better use of meeting time, no matter where you work or play. Registration is open through Monday, November 25th.
Or, read the attached flier that briefly describes the three tried ‘n true facilitation methods that result in:
• Clear thinking fueled by full participation
• Focused, aligned decisions, and
• Action plans that all participants create, commit to, and implement.
and then register.
Either way, you’ll gain facilitation skills for leading groups that will last long into the future. All are welcome.
Email or call if you have questions: or 828-254-0212 (office), 828-231-5565 (cell).
Note: Contact this person to see the above flier that I could not attach here.
(5) Biltmore Lake Lecture Series
An Evening with Laurey Masterson
Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.
Please come join us for the final lecture of the year with hometown hero Laurey Masterson. Not only is she a successful restaurateur and caterer, practicing beekeeper, former Chairman of the Board for the Chamber of Commerce, three-time cancer survivor, long-distance bicycle rider, and founder of Joy Ride, a YMCA Livestrong program fundraiser, Laurey is now a published author. In her book, THE FRESH HONEY COOKBOOK,” she shares the arts, the disappointments and the thrills she’s found by adding bees and honey to her life.
Note: If you’re a Biltmore Lake resident, please register on the Intranet. If you’re not a Biltmore Lake resident and would like to attend as my guest, please send an email to: and put DECEMBER 10 in the subject line.
(6) Richard Shulman performances:
November 2013
 Every Sunday, 11:00 am Music at the Center for Spiritual Living – Asheville 2 Science of Mind Way  Asheville, NC 28806, (828) 253-2325
December 2013
Sat. Dec. 21, 8:00 pm Playing piano with Russ Wilson’s Nouveau Passe Orchestra “Have Yourself a Swingin’ Little Christmas” at Isis Restaurant  & Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 575-2737
January 2014
Sun. Jan. 5th 1:30 pm “Winterlude” a concert with Jonn Serrie, Richard Shulman and special guest, Marina Ray at the Center for Spiritual Living – Asheville 2 Science of Mind Way  Asheville, NC 28806, (828) 253-2325
(7) David F. in NC: I want to re-invite you and all of your music loving friends to attend The Little Match Girl Passion at NCStage dec. 5-8th.  Tix are affordable at $25 with 20 per cent of all proceeds going to manna foodbank to provide food for the hungry in our community.

But mainly I want to invite you because this musical work is magnificent and special.  It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and will probably be the only opportunity to see this work performed here in our lifetime.
Info and reserved seats can be found at
Please come.  It will also be my first public appearance playing piano since last July prior to my cancer diagnosis and treatment.  If you have already purchased your tix, forgive this additional email please!
(8) See below for information about upcoming Asheville SCORE seminars that are all FREE, but you must register in advance. Seating is limited.

To register for any and/or all of the following, please click:

Basic Internet Marketing 101
How social media can improve online visibility
How can social media strengthen branding and increase sales
Enka campus, ABTech
Advanced Internet Marketing
We will delve into SEO optimization and getting higher rankings on Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.
Enka campus, ABTech

Website Development
Choosing the right web developer is the first important step to obtaining a well- balanced, easy to navigate and attractive web presence.  What questions do you ask you developer, what duties must you undertake to work with this developer, and what information and tools should the developer leave with you when the job is finished.  Building a web site is very similar to building a custom home and we will show you all the pitfalls.
Enka campus, ABTech
9 a.m.-12 noon


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Next weekend: Friday November 22nd and Saturday November 23rd theGarden State Comedy Club proudly presents the Garden State’s favorite comedian, Jim Norton. Two big shows each night! 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Go here to get your tickets:

(2) Turtles coming to Philadelphia area on June 24:

(3)  For Meet the Author:  James A. FreemanDATE: Dec. 11, 2013TIME: 7:15pm to 8:30 pmLOCATION: Bucks County Community College, in the Orangery Building, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, PA 18940Finishing Line Press author James Andrew Freeman will be part of a Wordsmiths Book Launch for his new “Temporary Roses Dipped in Liquid Gold,” published in Nov. by Finishing Line Press.  Free to all and with refreshments served.  Contact Dr. Chris Bursk at 215-968-8167 or the English Department at 215-968-8150 for more information or via   Jim and his new FLP chapbook are featured in the Winter Issue 2013-14 of “Bucks County Magazine” on news-stands now.DATE: January 21, 2014TIME: 7:00pm to 8:15pmLOCATION: Beth El, 375 Stony Hill Rd.  Yardley, PA 19067James Andrew Freeman will also be the featured guest with the Yardley women’s chapter of the AAUP for a free writing process discussion/ book launch on January 21, 2014, at Beth El, 375 Stony Hill Rd.  Yardley, PA 19067 (215) 493-1707 from to 7:00 to 8:15 pm.  Refreshments served.  Please contact AAUP coordinator Carol Curland at 215-949-2489 or for more information.
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