Section 1B

Thanks Janet Harnash for making the absolutely best chocolate-covered macaroons. They were beyond delicious if that’s possible.

She was then gracious enough to provide me with the recipe. To view it,  see below:

Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut Macaroons

Servings: 36
Units: US | Metric
1 (14 ounce) package sweetened coconut (5 1/3 cups)
2/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon almond extract


1. Mix coconut, sugar, flour and salt in a large bowl. Stir in egg whites (not whipped) and almond extract until well blended. Drop by tablespoonful onto greased and floured cookie sheets.

2. Bake 325F for 20 minutes or until edges of cookies are golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to wire racks. Cool completely.

Note: There is a smaller bag of Bakers Coconut, which has the same recipe and makes l/2 the batch. The chocolate can be found on the baking aisle in a small tub of chocolate rounds that you microwave and then dip the macaroons in after the chocolate becomes soft.


Section 2, FYI

Twerking the Language in 2013
by Rob Kyff*

Throughout the past, annoying year,

These pesky buzzwords chewed our ear.

The pols and pundits always rapped

About the “growing income gap.”

The health care website brought travail;

And was, no doubt, an “epic fail.”

We used our phones, like Santa’s elfies,

Sending out those shameless “selfies.”

Obama even took a shot,

And said you’d “keep your plan” – or not.

Pope Francis with a wink “rebranded.”

A papal “rockstar” who was candid!

We wondered who he would be next:

“Change agent” or an “architect”?

Reporters told us what was “trending,”

Hyping Miley’s sexy bending.

She showed the world just how to “twerk,”

While network censors she did irk.

Ron Burgundys on local news,

With clichés, drama they did ooze:

“Crises,” “cliffs,” these vain lotharios

Instilled in us “doomsday scenarios.”

Orwellian, the NSA

Collected “mega data” — hey!

While corporate types “did more with less”

And bucked the “headwinds” of distress.

“Repurposing,” they “doubled down”

On their “core business” to stay sound.

“Unpacking” schemes and new flow charts,

Their plans had “lots of moving parts.”

And foodies all became so vocal:

“Artisanal,” “gluten-free” and “glocal.”

A “greener” future seemed attainable,

If we could only be “sustainable.”

To critics, films were “Kafkaesque,”

From this cliché we got no rest.

And they were always sure to mention

That every flick portrayed “redemption.”

While we all vowed to seek “our passion,”

“Class warfare,” “gridlock” we were trashin’.

Even though we’re “mired in debt,”

Financials had their best year yet.

As markets reached their all-time high,

We texted friends to tell them “Buy!”

So we had fun, both group and solo,

And soothed our guilt, proclaiming, “YOLO!”

* Reprinted with Rob’s gracious permission.

Rob Kyff, a teacher and writer in West Hartford, Conn., invites your language sightings. Send your reports of misuse and abuse, as well as examples of good writing, via e-mail to or by regular mail to Rob Kyff, Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.


Section 2, part 2

(1) Win H. in NJ: Wishing your all the best for the coming year.

Sooooo, Mr. Greenfield … you’re retiring in 17 years?  … at least that’s what the fortune cookie implies.

Take good care of each other.
Response: Methinks if I’m still putting out BLAINESWORLD in 17 more years, that will be something!
(2) Esther B. in NJ: Good morning Blaine! I think I may have received your first edition! If not the first, close to it !  Happy, healthy New Year to you and yours!
(3) Michael F. in NV: I got all of your new letters back to #1…and continue to read…!

Glad to hear the good news about your skin cancer removal, two thumbs up.
Keep up your positive outlook towards life and look forward to the 2014,2015,2016…2099 news letters .
(4) Rich W. in NJ: Congratulations on your milestone!  I received your first issue and am still reading.I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!
(5) Warren F. in NJ: Congrats on #900!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, I took the dialect test.  The responses were Philadelphia (born & raised), Newark/Paterson & Jersey City.
(6) Maggie Z. in NC: To be Maryl Streep, it takes work
(7) Carole B. in NC: Wow, Great issue!  And I think I should  buy the bike to add to my collection and so I’ll have an extra bike when I want Cynthia to go riding w me!  Just kidding, but it does look very cool!
(8) Ron F. in PA: Blaine, Thanks for the Iphone apps they are great and very helpful.
(9) Elizabeth P. in NC: I hope you had a nice Festivas and were not too damaged during the airing of grievances.   I’m sure you triumphed in the feats of strength.   I took the NYT regional accent test and they hit my hometown with one of the three cities (Winston Salem).  
(10) Donna G. in NJ: Congrats on your 900th Blainesworld!!!!!! I’m not sure if I received the first issue, but I certainly go pretty far back!!! Hope to receive 900 more!!
(11) How Theaters Can Combat the Stay-at-Home Mindset
(12) Gary G. in NC: Congratulations on your 900th issue. Just a note of curiosity. Is there a reward;  if so, is  money or food involved for the first issue?
Response: Not so sure about a reward, but if you’re hinting you’d like to see that first issue, check your email. To anybody else reading this, send an email to and put BLAINESWORLD #1 in the subject line. Be forewarned: There’s a risque joke in it that I probably wouldn’t run nowadays.
(13) Bill M. in NC: Okay Blaine. I thought I [THE WOLF OF WALL STREET] was quite descriptive, in a cryptic way.  Scorsese did it again! Brilliant film! Scorsese out did himself, actually. This is from the man that brought us Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Hugo, etc. Add this cautionary tale of the price that these Wall Street vermin eventually paid by exploiting people(though never enough), to the top of the list. DiCaprio performed impeccably! This is his best role, by far. I even give props to Seth Rogen. His character is a vile human being. Mathew McConaughey makes a great, but brief, appearance. The whole cast was superb! As far as the length, I looked at the time and was impressed that three hours went by and I was never bored once. How many times have I had time sucked from me and have lamented that I will never have this time back? Not here, no way! One last thing to say about the film: It is timely and should wake up a lot of people to the whole financial scam that occurs in wall street. The characters in this film make Caligula look like Jimmy Stewart making a cameo on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. It makes Boogie Nights look like Weekend at Bernie’s. Okay, not to scare you away. It is highly palatable for most viewers, despite the analogies. I hope this helps. That is my review of The Wolf of Wall Street, shot from the hip.
(14) Natalie K. in PA: Saw it [JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH] again last night on Netflix.  So funny.
(15) Steph B. in NC: Which Downton Abbey character are you?
(16) Richard S. in NC: Great to see we made it into Blainesworld! I also enjoyed the jokes, especially Chinese food on Christmas!
(17) Linda K. in PA: Congratulations on #900!!!
(18) Peter R. in PA:  Nicely done BG:)


Section 4, Reviews

A. NEBRASKA is a quirky dramedy about an aging Missouri father who is convinced that he’s million dollar sweepstakes winner and his son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim the winning prize. Bruce Dern is outstanding as the father, and I’m hopeful that he gets an Oscar for his work. Will Forte was sold as the son; however, it was the work of a supporting actress named June Squibb who especially caught my attention. She was just perfect as Dern’s meanspirited wife. I also appreciated the black-and-white cinematography. Rated R, though I think it would be both appropriate and worth watching for any mature teenager.During the week, I also saw SAVING MR. BANKS and loved it. Look for my review in next week’s issue.
B. THANKS FOR SHARING is now out in DVD format . . . my review from BLAINESWORLD #889 follows:

THANKS FOR SHARING is a dramedy about sex addiction that is not at all smug . . . rather, it gives you a real feeling for what addiction is all about–and what needs to be done to deal with it . . . Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim Robbins head a fantastic cast . . . I also liked the work of Josh Gad as a wisecracking emergency-room doctor . . . and Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) did quite well in her first major film
role . . . . rated R.
C. WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY: THE REAL SKINNY (Obesity Resources Publishing) by Dr. Nick Nicholson and B. A. Blackwood is a short handbook for people who are considering or who have already undergone bariatric surgery.I don’t fall into either category, but I nevertheless found this to be a very interesting book. It was also quite informative with respect to the mindset of those with weight issues.In particular, I liked how the authors quoted many of those individuals:* Most people have no idea how overweight they are until something bad or embarrassing happens. It’s as though your mind’s eye protects you from seeing yourself as you really are up until the moment when your doctor tells you that you have diabetes or you see a photo of yourself at the company picnic.”I was at a party with my husband and realized I was the biggest woman there, including a lady who’d had a baby just five days before.””My friends and I had to walk a few blocks to get to a restaurant. By the time we got there I was sweaty and out of breath, and they were all fine. I was so embarrassed.””I went to a meeting with potential clients and couldn’t fit in the chair at the conference table. That was it for me.”In addition, there was a great section at the end of the book that contained advice on things your mother should have told you, including these tidbits on food:* If your grandmother wouldn’t recognize that thing you’re about to put in your mouth as food, you shouldn’t either.Shelf life for food is like a prison term. The longer it is, the worse it is for you.

Junk food is just that–junk. Don’t eat it.

Your taste buds become sensitized after the first bite, so the first bite is the best bite. Everything after that is mostly your imagination.

Watching your diet isn’t restrictive. It’s liberating.

You don’t need a Ph.D. in nutrition to lose weight. It’s just calories in and calories out.

And, lastly, I liked this quote from WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY that nicely summed up what’s really needed for bariatric surgery to be successful:

* Your surgeon can operate on your stomach. It’s up to you to operate on your head.

D. Heard A THOUSAND NAMES FOR JOY: LIVING IN HARMONY WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE (Random House Audio), written and read by Byron Katie with Stephen Mitchell.The authors–also married to each other–combine to bring together the Work, Katie’s form of self-inquiry, and the Way, the noted translation of the Tao done by Mitchell.I liked how the book gave me greater insight into the four questions that Katie is best known for:
* Is it true?    Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
Who would you be without the thought?In addition, I liked her use of real life examples–including this one:
* I have questioned my thoughts, and I’ve seen that it’s crazy to argue with what is. I don’t ever want anything to happen except what’s happening. For example, my ninety-year-old mother is dying of pancreatic cancer. I’m taking care of her, cooking and cleaning for her, sleeping beside her, living in her apartment twenty-three hours a day (my husband takes me out for a walk every morning). It has been a month now. It’s as if her breath is the pulse of my life. I bathe her, I wash her in the most personal places, I medicate her, and I feel such a sense of gratitude. That’s me over there, dying of cancer, spending my last few days sleeping and watching TV and talking, medicated with the most marvelous painkilling drugs. I am amazed at the beauty and intricacies of her body, my body.And this passage really got me thinking about how I view things:* When they believe their thoughts, people divide reality into opposites. They think that only certain things are beautiful. But to a clear mind, everything in the world is beautiful in its own way.Only by believing your own thoughts can you make the real unreal. If you don’t separate reality into categories by naming it and believing that your names are real, how can you reject anything or believe that one thing is of less value than another? The mind’s job is to prove that what it thinks is true, and it does that by judging and comparing this to that. What good is a this to the mind if it can’t prove it with a that? Without proof, how can a this or a that exist?For example, if you think that only Mozart is beautiful, there’s no room in your world for rap. You’re entitled to your opinion, of course, but other people think that rap is where it’s at. How do you react when you believe that rap is ugly? You grit your teeth when you hear it, and when you have to listen (maybe you’re a parent or a grandparent), you’re in a torture chamber. I love that when mind is understood, there’s room for rap as well as for Mozart. I don’t hear anything as noise. To me, a car alarm is as beautiful as a bird singing. It’s all the sound of God.After listening to A THOUSAND NAMES FOR JOY, I now find myself wanting to read some of Katie’s other books.

Section 12A, NC events

(1) The Clean House, put on by the Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective, runs at the Bebe Theatre from Feb. 8-22.

(2) Katherine Sandoval Taylor with Vance Reese

the first performance in my January Concert Series “Dames, Divas, and Drama Queens” Vance Reese, accompanist
January 24, 2014 at the Country Club of Asheville
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January 24, 2014 at the Country Club of Asheville<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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(3) For You My Door is Always Open:

A Visit With Golda Meir

Written and Performed By: RoseLynn Katz

Directed By: David Novak

    About RoseLynn Katz

RoseLynn wrote and acted in The Devil Touched My Tongue: The World And Wit of Dorothy Parker in many Asheville venues, as well as in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The author of seven published novels, she has directed several shows with Jewish themes and has written A Peddler Knocked, a play about the first Jewish immigrants in Appalachia.

Although she’s long wanted to play a Jewish character, Golda is her first.  RoseLynn previously appeared in Asheville productions at the Asheville Community Theatre, the Magnetic Field Theater and the ReuterCenter at UNCA.

When:   Sunday, January 19, 2014

                   Light Brunch at noon,

       Performance at 1:00 PM

Where:  Congregation Beth Israel

                     229 Murdock Avenue

                     Asheville, NC28804

RSVP:   There is no cost for either the brunch or performance.  RSVP to the synagogue office           (828) 252-8660,  This program is part of CBI’s ongoing Adult Education Program and is open to the community.  Donations are always appreciated.  

About the Play

For You My Door is Always Open is a one-woman show about the life of Golda Meir.  We first meet Golda as a loving grandmother before she takes us back to dramatic scenes from her life as a terrified child witnessing a pogrom in Russia, a gutsy young activist in America, her political rise as the only woman in the man’s world of politics, her courage in disguising herself as an Arab woman on a dangerous journey through enemy lines, her agony and eventual triumph as Israel’s Prime Minister during the Yom Kippur War.

The play shows Golda’s conflict between a life passionately devoted to the creation and survival of the State of Israel along with her roles as wife and mother.  It shows her welcoming oppressed Jews from all over the globe to Israel, and why she stepped into the momentous job of being Israel’s Prime Minister.  This is a portrait of a tough, loving gutsy woman who really has no equal in the arena of world affairs.

“She’s the only man in my cabinet,” said David Ben Gurion about Golda when she served as his Foreign Minister.  Golda Meir was Israel’s first woman Prime Minister and the world’s third.  She was described as the Iron Lady of Israeli Politics years before that title became associated with British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

(4) There’s still time to register for:
Simple Steps to Starting A Business – Introduction
The Asheville chapter of SCORE has announced a new SCORE Simple Steps for Starting Your Business™ Workshop Series developed to provide valuable information to help those considering starting a new business.The Simple Steps for Starting A Business™ Workshop Series provides five; three-hour workshops that help the participant turn their idea into action with tools, templates and personalized advice.
This first workshop is free, and focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. It provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources.
The first workshop takes place on Wednesday January 8, 2014 from 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM at the AB-Tech Enka Campus, 1459 Sand Hill Rd (Small Business Center, Room 2046), Candler, NC 28715.Seating is limited, and we will not be accepting registrations at the door, so click this link to register:
Doors open at 5:30 PM. The seminar begins at 6:00 PM SHARP. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to handle paperwork.
The subsequent Simple Steps for Starting a Business™ workshops are offered as a package for $100, and will cover:Business Concept presented on 1/11/2014
Marketing Plan presented on 1/18/2014
Financial Projections presented on 1/22/2014
Funding Sources presented on 1/29/2014
To register for all of the above (they are part of a package), please click:

Layne & Paul Cutright

Master Relationship Coaches, Trainers and Bestselling Authors

Paul and Layne are open-hearted, authentic
teachers of conscious, evolutionary
relationships who have presented in
venues around the world since 1977.

And they are thrilled to have recently
moved to beautiful Asheville!

If you would like to receive notice of
Paul and Layne’s Asheville area events
in 2014 simply enter your name and
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And as a gift for your interest
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When you click the button above you will be directed to a web page with a link to download your report, plus you will also see a couple of short videos of Layne and Paul speaking together.

(6) A real “FISH FRENZY” is building among both WNC individuals and businesses!

On January 28th from about 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (with a terrific networking period from 5:30 to 6:30) at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville, an incredible Lessons in Leadership event will fire-up you to dive into 2014 with passion, energy and excellence!

Harry Paul, the author of the ENORMOUS hit best-seller FISH will be here for an event you won’t want to miss.

LIL Harry Paul

For only $20 per person, all in attendance will learn, grow and ignite as never before.

Registering is a breeze! Simply go to: today and follow the easy enrollment instructions.  Or, if you prefer, send an email directly to Keith Challenger at and let him know how many participants you would like to register.  Keith will take exquisite care of you!

And how exciting that our registration coordinator is ALSO the opening speaker on January 28th.  His presentation on “LACK of Time Management” will knock your socks off!

LIL2 Keith with book

PS. Please also like Lessons in Leadership – Asheville on Facebook by clicking: That way, you’ll get both the latest information on the event and motivational messages.


Section 12B, PA/NJ event

Natalie K. in PA: Dear Blaine:  Please let your readers know about this new musical series called Music on Demand.  They can register online at or by calling 215-968-2800 x239. 

(1) Sing along with George Sinkler

The man of 5000 songs! “There is nothing more fun than singing the songs we grew up with” says George, who will lead us on piano with his fun loving baritone. With a repertoire from Broadway, to pop standards, to 50s Rock & Roll, and Jazz, Sinkler has “played practically every restaurant piano in this area”, over the last 35 years.  Restaurants include Odette’s in New Hope for 20 years, The Whitemarsh Valley Inn for the last 15 years, Fingers, The Newport House, Limelight in Doylestown, and many others.

Date: Sat, Feb 15,  3:00 – 4:00 pm #141259

Location: Newtown Twp. Administration Bldg.

Fee: $18 Resident Discount: $15


Join Claudia Pellegrini, “a violinist who sings”, and pianist Mark Yurkanin, as they embark on a musical tour through time and History. Visit Italy and Germany during the Baroque Period, listen to some of the best Austrian pieces from the Classical era, travel to Spain for a taste of their most popular Folk music and come back to America to remember beloved Jazz standards and your favorite Show tunes. Be prepared to Sing Along!

Date: Sat, Mar. 8, 3:00 – 4:00 pm #141254

Performers: Claudia Pellegrini and Mark Yurkanin

Location: Newtown Twp. Administration Bldg.

Fee: $18 Resident Discount: $15

(3) Swing into Spring

A lively and fun afternoon filled with the wonderful music of Gilbert and Sullivan.  The Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society will present a Cabaret, featuring solo singers and ensemble numbers from popular Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and Broadway shows.

Date: Sat, Apr. 26, 3:00 – 4:00 pm #141260

Location: Newtown Twp. Administration Bldg.

Fee: $18 Resident Discount: $15

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