Section 2, part 2

(1) Michelle B. in NC: I love #11!!! So wonderful 🙂 And grateful to read your newsletter!

(2) Maria P. in PA: Last night,  I saw the Bill Cosby show on Comedy Central.  It was all about relationships – from girlfriend to children and was a true laugh out loud show.  I highly recommend watching it.  Cosby proves you can be funny and not insult anyone or use foul language.

(3) Eric C. in NC: Glad you were able to meet Sonny [Johnson].    He is a wonderful person, and has an interesting life story.

(4) Natalie K. in PA: Saw the Dallas Buyers Club yesterday.  I liked it a lot though it was a bit slow-moving.  Thought the acting super. [Also] Saw Philomena yesterday and highly recommend it.  Acting was superb.  Loved it.
(5) Chandler S. in NY: Aundrew’s Brief Lament Demo (From Sole Mates the Musical)
(6) Aaron M. in NC: Happy Holidays everyone – this is a perfect “short version” read [of THINK & GROW RICH] for you while you are relaxing…I know you’ll get Value from it
(7) Robin S. in PA: I’ve decided (just earlier today) that the term “selfie” has a far better use.  Try this: Seven Selfies for a Great Life (may have to tweak the title a bit)*         Self acceptance*         Self awareness*         Self discipline*         Self forgiveness*         Self love*         Self nurture*         Self respectGet your selfies on!  :


Section 4, Reviews

C. MATH DOESN’T SUCK: HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MAIL OR BREAKING A LEG (Hudson Street Press) by Danica McKellar shows that math can be both easy and relevant. It also provides girl readers with the tools to do better on their next exam.

The author, best known for her roles on THE WONDER YEARS AND THE WEST WING, is also an internationally recognized mathematician and advocate for math education. She is even coauthor of a groundbreaking mathematical physics theorem, the Charles-McKellar-Winn Theorem, which bears her name.

There are many tips that I regret having never been taught;  for example:

* Because the numerators and denominators of big, scary fractions can get complicated, this is a good time to review the order of operation. For me, remembering the phrase “Please Excuse My Deer Aunt Sally” always helped me to remember the order: “Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.”

I also liked her examples using Reality Math, such as this one:

* Say you’re burning a DVD of a bunch of home-video minimovies that you’ve recorded with your digital camera. They’re really cute. You’ve been documenting every week of your new puppy’s life with a minimovie dedicated to him. He’s 9 months old now, so you have a lot of weeks stored up!

Each movie takes up about 26.5 MB of space on the DVD. You’ve also burned a bunch of puppy pictures onto the DVD, so there’s only about 848 MB of free space left. How many of these 26.5 MB mini movies do you have room for on the DVD. . . . But wait–how do we divide when a decimal point is in the divisor? (If you don’t have a calculator handy, that is.)

Note: The book then proceeds to show you how to do this.

Lastly, I thought the Troubleshooting Guide after the last chapter was particularly valuable. This one “cheerleading” idea, taught by McKellar’s SAT tutor, really struck me as helpful:

* She said, “I know many of these stories are not interesting to you, but you need to read them closely, paying attention to their details, so here’s what I suggest: as you’re reading them, pretend like they’re the most fascinating thing you’ve ever read.”

I thought she was insane. But I tried it. I sat there  reading these boring paragraphs and thinking pretend thoughts like, “Wow. I just love ant farms. How many cubic inches do the ants burrow on an average per day. Fascinating. Tell me more about the different types of ants!”

The only thing that could have made MATH DOESN’T SUCK better would have been if it had also been written for boys . . . one can hope that will be the case with the author’s next book.


The author, an attorney, author and member of Robert Kiyoaski’s Rich Dad Advisers series, has written several other informative books . . . this one is no exception.

It follows three teams of entrepreneurs through the ups and downs of their first five years in business, during which time they learn such tidbits as the following:

* There is only one entity that we call bad, and that is the sole proprietorship. One lawsuit, and you can lose all your assets–both business and personal.

* You don’t have to incorporate in the state where you do business. Nevada, Wyoming and Delaware are states that offer favorable corporate and laws and low taxes.

* You can avoid the hobby loss rules by one of two ways: 1. Make a profit at least three of five years; or 2. Run your business in a businesslike fashion.

* You want to make sure the corporate name, the domain name and the trademark are all clear for you to do business before you start the business.


* Hiring the right bookkeeper gives you more time to go out and make money.

I’m not sure that anybody could run his or her corporation by just listening to these CDs. However, if you do, you will at least have a better sense of what you need to

do . . . and what help you need to hire.


Section 8, Technology tip

These New GMail changes hurt you (and me). Do this to fix it

by Derek Halpern | Follow Him on Twitter Here

Last week, GMail quietly rolled out some MASSIVE changes to their email inbox.

…And if you run an email newsletter, you’re probably PISSED (or scared) about what these changes mean to you and your business.

Here’s what people on Facebook had to say:




But I’ve got your back.

Here’s what happened:

New GMail Category Tabs — A Legitimate Business Nightmare

GMail rolled out these automatic category tabs. By default, the categories are “Primary / Social / Promotions.” See the picture right here:


Here’s why this matters to you. In a lot of cases, GMail labels content-filled emails as “Promotions.”

That means, if you send content to your list (like I do), your content will be featured alongside spammy Promotional emails.

Not only does this negatively affect your brand, but it also puts people are at risk of NOT getting your emails. The emails they signed up for. The emails they WANT.


People who opted in to your mailing list — and double confirmed their email — may not get your emails because Google decided to erect this artificial wall between you and your customers.

You know what’s funny about this? When you create a barrier like this between companies and their users, one of the only ways to get back in touch with the people who want to hear from you is to buy advertising.

Heck, I was buying Facebook ads just to get this message about GMail out to all of you.

Kind of convenient for a company that relies on advertising revenue, no? :-)

Here’s How To Ensure You Don’t Miss Email Updates From Me (And Users Don’t Miss Email Updates From You)

Now I know you like the updates I share to Social Triggers — which is why you’re on the list. You also know that my main goal has always been to provide some of the BEST content on the web.

(That’s why I have a podcast where I feature NYT best-selling authors. That’s why I spend nearly $1,000 to produce one Social Triggers TV video).

And I’m sure you don’t want to miss out on emails JUST LIKE THIS letting you know something that can either make – or break – your business.

So, I have a suggestion for you. I’m going to show you what to do so you don’t miss out on emails from me. I also suggest you share this with your readers so they don’t miss out on emails from you.

You have two options.

Option #1

First, if you’re like me, and you want to be in control of what real email gets sent to you (as opposed to trusting some shifty algorithm), you can disable the new categories by doing this:

Click the little X at the top right of your inbox — next to the tabs. See the screenshot right here:


Then, when that pops up, uncheck the “Social and Promotions” box, and click save. Then you’ll revert to the traditional, much BETTER GMail inbox.


Option #2

If you want to keep these silly little tabs because you think they’ll be valuable, but you’re worried about missing out on valuable emails that impact your business (like this one), do this:

Step 1: Go to the Promotions Tab (like this)


Step 2: Find an Email from “Derek Halpern” in your inbox. You can do control find, to make scanning your inbox faster and easier.


Step 3: Drag that email into your Primary Inbox.

When you find an email from me, drag and drop the email into your “Primary” inbox.

Then, you’ll get an alert saying, “This conversation has been moved to “Primary.” Do this for future messages from news(@)” And click “YES!”


And you should be all set.

Now I have a question for you.

What do you think of these new GMail filters? Do you think it’s okay for a company to roll out a change where they take control over your inbox?

Leave a comment here.

Also, if you run an email newsletter, (or know someone that runs an email newsletter), share this with them. The only way to maintain control over OUR inboxes is to vote with our actions.


Section 11, Thought for the day


By Vilasi Venkatachalam, M.Sc., MS, RD

A softly spoken word which carries on its wings, visions of meditating monks, singing bowls, salt lamps, strains of soothing music, a celestial cubicle, hospitals with harps…life without turmoil. All valid.  Somewhere. Definitely aspirational.

We have it on good authority, from the wise and sagacious, that it will help us feel equanimity in the face of strain. We hope it is a breath and meditation induced cure, or in the very least an anesthesia.

We have processes and experiences to guide us. All valuable and transformative, allowing us to have an experience different from our norm. It stretches us. Rewires our perspective.  We look at the world from a different altitude.

How do you find this altitude? Curiosity and Creativity. A meeting of elegant, curious logic and beautiful, intuitive, inventive creativity.

Explore – a richer, deeper experience of all our senses, discounting nothing.  To smell, to taste, to feel, to see, to hear your experience in all its glory.  A state of travelling in Technicolor, moment by moment.

What it is not- it is not a dismissal of reason or mind or any part of your experience. This would require you to pretend that some part of your experience is invalid, untrue and not worthy of your attention. No part of you is inferior to another other part.

It is not a dismissal of fear, derision for logic, reason or memory.

It is a deep, deep respect for all parts of you and all of your experiences.

You are mindful, when you bow in reverence to memories, judgments, decisions, fears, as they pass you by…for they cleared your road, protected and directed your travels.

The struggle – how do you summon it at will? Practice, they say. Practice so that we can summon it when we are hurting, disgruntled, restless…

It may be a stretch to summon this when everything is in disarray. So, we practice.

My mantra – you are your own guru. Breathe in the air around you for the second time, there may be a scent that escaped you. Let your gaze stay on the object of your pleasure or discomfort, you may see colors that you have not seen before. Listen. There is a note that didn’t reach your ears the first time. Allow yourself to slowly taste, everything, respect your own wishes.

This is not about the pace, being slow or being fast. It is about the perfect speed for you, at that moment.

Vilasi Venkatachalam, M.Sc., MS, RD

Is a troubadour of Secret Cuisines Ï Sacred Rituals.

She believes – Wellness and Transformation happen at the threshold of delight and discovery.

She is a Nutritional biochemist, botanist and alchemist who churns from a brew of art and science, ancient and evolving, old medicine and new cures. &

Her mission – bring you along on her quest for Cuisines, Cultures and Cures. Mine our personal treasures of healing scents, flavors, rituals and traditions. 

Her deepest wish for you is that you create An Inspired Palette©, Be the Architect of Your Own Vitality©& Be Your Own Guru©


Section 12A, NC events

(1) The Traveling Bonfires presents

A Benefit Concert for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

Malcolm Holcombe, Daniel Barber, Aaron LaFalce, Pipapelli
and poets Laura Hope Gill, Pasckie Pascua, Caleb Beissert
Emcee: Jadwiga McKay, Caleb Beissert

DEC 5, 2013. Thursday. Show starts 7 PM.
White Horse Black Mountain
105 Montreat Rd.,
Black Mountain NC 28711
(828) 669-0816

$18 at the door ($15 in advance), $10 for students with ID, $5 for children under 12.
To purchase tickets in advance, go to:

Beneficiary of the proceeds is the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (

Traditional Filipino dinner will be served.

The crowd is enjoined to come with canned goods, used clothes, anything that could be sent to typhoon victims. Please look into the Silent Auction, as well. Donations are also accepted though,, or

The Traveling Bonfires roam the country, ushering arts and music events and bringing people together in celebration of peace and multicultural connectedness.

Supervising Producer: Marta Osborne; Executive Director: Pasckie Pascua
Poster design by

INFO, call Marta Osborne, 828 280 1555, or email or find Asheville TravelingBonfires TheIndie on Facebook

(2) Sports History Stories from a Master Documentary Maker–Round 3

These documentaries [from HBO’s Ross Greenburg] were originally aired between 1991 and 2012 and include baseball, horse-racing, football, tennis, the Olympics and college baseball.

Thursdays from 2-4:30, starting on Jan. 16

At the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, taught by Larry Griswold.

For more information, please click:

Note: I’ve taken two other courses taught by Larry, and they were both excellent. This should be equally as good. I’m looking forward to it.

(3) This is just a friendly reminder that spots for the Spring Advanced Pain Management Hypnotherapy Training session are filling quickly. If you are interested in reserving a spot for this training session, please feel free to reply to this e-mail or contact the office at 828-683-6900. We look forward to hearing from you soon! 


Sarah Gewanter, LCSW 

Berard Auditory Integration Training Systems, Inc.

690 Boyd Rd., Leicester, NC 28748




Flat Rock, NC (11/29/2013) – Flat Rock Playhouse presents the classic holiday film live on stage, A Christmas Story, from December 4 – 22 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. A Christmas Story is written by Philip Grecian and based on the motion picture A Christmas Story and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark.

The only thing little Ralphie Parker hopes to find under the Christmas tree is an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range mold BB rifle with a compass in the stock. He doesn’t simply want it – he’s consumed with an aching desire for it. But before he can hope to receive his Christmas wish, Ralphie must deal with concerned mothers, unsympathetic teachers, bundled-up brothers, major “fra-gee-lay” awards, frozen flagpoles, Bumpus hounds, unsavory soap, a terrifying Macy’s Santa and the even more terrifying Scut Farkus. Based upon the classic 1983 motion picture, this play is a hilarious and heartwarming holiday treat anyone will enjoy…as long as they don’t shoot their eye out!

The show is directed by Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant. Bryant recently directed Cats at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown and The Three Musketeers on the Mainstage.

Ralpie is played by Clarke MacDonald who was last seen playing Gavroche in the Flat Rock Playhouse blockbuster summer production of Les Miserables.

Cast members are Leslie Collins, Erin Mosher, Scott Treadway, Gordon McConnell, Clarke MacDonald, Andrew Starr, Rohan Myers, Isabella Rundell, Marie Danos, Trey Shirlin, Ben Bryner, Gracie Mayer, Nathan Rhodes and Evan Simpson.


Hunter Automotive and Pardee Hospital presents A Christmas Story at Playhouse Mainstage, December 4 – 22.  Performances will be Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm; matinees Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm.  All tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at  Discounts available for seniors, AAA members, military personnel, students and groups. Playhouse Mainstage is located at 2661 Greenville Hwy in Flat Rock, NC.

(5) 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:


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Maria P. in PA: To all Friends and Family of the Newtown Community,

Please save the date and join me for a wonderful event, the annual NBA’s Newtown Holiday Parade sponsored by McCaffrey’s Super Market which will be held on Sunday Dec 8th at 2pm. This parade has been a family tradition for many years and this parade continues to be magical experience for the entire community. Over 5000 people are expected to come and watch the estimated 1200 participants, including the high school marching bands, Mummers bands, horse drawn carriages, floats, antique cars, cheeleaders, color guard, fire trucks, Santa and much, much more!

Come early and bring all your family and friends, blankets and chairs! The entire parade route has sidewalks available for spectators to pick a spot and watch this magnificent parade. There are also several restaurants and coffee shops on the parade route that have spectator seating.

The parade will begin on South State Street at the Stocking Works Building and continue north on State Street, turn left onto Washington Ave, then turn right onto Sycamore Street and come to an end at the Durham Rd (at the Green Parrot).

Before and after the parade, many of the Newtown Business will have special promotions so don’t leave town before grabbing a bite to eat or stocking up for the holidays.

Additional information can be found at

Hope to see you there!

Newtown Business Association asks you to SAVE THE DATE and JOIN US!
Building Business . Fostering Friendships . Connecting Community

Parade Kicks off at 2 pm

Mummers . Horse-drawn Carriages . Floats . Bands . Live Animals . Santa & More!!
McCaffrey’s Super Market’s
Newtown Holiday Parade

(2) You are invited to

An Ancient Nordic Celebration & Feast
Call to reserve your place: 973-366-3570
COST: $150.00 for two people (you and a friend or partner) or $90.00 for a single reservation.
Limited seating ~ Reserve your place early!
Reservations are non-refundable unless there is a weather cancellation.
Mail checks payable to DEANNA TRUST • Send to 192 Casterline Road, Denville, NJ 07834
or mail an electronic payment through – Chase Quick Pay to Deanna S. Trust
Ring in the New Year
With Divination and Transformation
Hosted by Deanna Trust
Saturday, December 28th
5 pm to 10 pm
Elegant evening attire suggested
Join us for an exciting talk on the Viking Divination tool known as the Runes.
The Viking way was all about living life to its fullest and since Ancient times the Runes
have been used as tools of guidance, divination, and manifestation. Their hidden powers
will be revealed to you on this Magickal night. High Priestess and Celtic Shaman Lorraine
Henrich will share their story with you, and each person will also receive a runic message
for the New Year. Come partake of this rare ancient Viking Ceremony that helps us to close
the old year and invite joy and transformation in for 2014.
Lorraine Henrich
Tabitha Mancini
Innovative singer/performer Tabitha Mancini, noted for her ethereal sound and
presentation, will entertain us with music that reveals a beauty that connects to the
human condition. A multi-instrumentalist and lyrical poet, Tabitha released her
guitar instrumental meditation album, An Ambient Journey: The 8 Months of
Enaya, in September, 2013. Researching the Nordic tradition for this evening’s
event, she says, “As a creation myth enthusiast, recreating Voluspa, an epic Nordic
poem, into song was an exciting technical challenge.”
A five course festive Nordic feast prepared by Deanna Trust will be presented
in her famous Copper Grotto Tea Room. Teas, spritzers, and red champagne will be
offered thoughout the Sumbel Dinner.

(3) Jean D. in PA: My son makes his Kimmel Center debut Sun. Dec. 22, noon. Free. Be there!

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