Section 2, part 2
(1) Aaron M. in NC: I love the cone collar! LOL! Response: If you know where I can get one, let me know. I have several folks I’d love to buy this for!
(2) Rebecca D. in NC: Another keeper, Blaine! Great to see you both onNew Year’s Day!
(3) Bob H. in NJ: Based on this Moyers piece, I will never consider retiring to NC. I think that property values will not rise as quickly if folks from traditionally more liberal or centrist states (NY, NJ, PA, CT, MA, OH, DE) see NC as being the deep deep south. You can’t have Asheville prices and give people Mississippi politics.
A. MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name. It tells the story of his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before he became President and his work to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. Idris Elba is outstanding as Mandella. Kudos to whomever did his makeup. His aging seemed very believable. On the other hand, the same can’t be said for the woman who played his wife (Naomie Harris). She was fine as a performer; however, it didn’t look like she aged throughout the film. I also thought it was a bit overlong, and I would have liked to have seen more information about what actually happened after Mandela was released from prison. Rated PG-13.
B. LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER is now out in DVD format . . . my review from BLAINESWORLD #881 follows:
I hope LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER is remembered come Oscar season because, to date, is it the best film I’ve seen this year . . . based on a true story, it traces the life of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades and the tumultuous civil rights movement . . . Forest Whitaker is superb in the main role, as is Oprah Winfrey as his wife . . . David Oyelowo’s work as his son is equally outstanding . . . I also enjoyed seeing Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy and Live Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson . . . Kleenex alert: Bring some with you, especially for the ending . . . rated PG-13.
And my favorite one that told of the passing of Jack Paul, Harry’s father:
* Instead [at his funeral], I spoke about how Jack taught us that we all could make someone’s life a little brighter, and I shared with them story of how he made the coffee taste better. Afterward, many people came up to me, including his fellow employees, customers and caregivers who felt compelled to be there because Jack had much such a difference in their lives. Not only did he bring some joy to them, but he also gave them a fresh perspective on how precious life is and that we all that the ability and responsibility to make another person’s life a little brighter. For many months after Jack’s passing my mom continued to receive cards, letters and notes from customers telling her how much they had enjoyed seeing and spending time with my dad whenever he was working at Wawa.
The final two chapters in WHO KIDNAPPED EXCELLENCE? were my favorites . . . “Now Elevate Your Excellence!” presented many ideas that could immediately be put to use in virtually any organization . . . lastly, “People and Companies Who “Get It’ ” applied the book’s principles–as practiced by such companies as Baptist Hospital, Southwest Airlines and Galt House Hotel, among other.
Section 11, Thought for the day
Jack was in a local delicatessen in Philadelphia on a chilly fall day having brunch with Sarah, his wife of 63 years. As they were enjoying each other’s company, Jack noticed a young man approaching their table. As it turned out, he is a customer at the Wawa convenience store where Jack works the coffee counter three mornings a week. The young man greeted Jack and told him that he stopped by the Wawa in the morning that day for a cup of coffee and told Jack that it didn’t taste nearly as good as it did when Jack is there making it. Jack smiled and thanked the young man for being a regular Wawa customer and for stopping by their table with his kind words. He then turned to his wife and said with a laugh, “Sarah, nice man but, how could the coffee taste better when I make it? It’s Wawa brand coffee and it is supplied in pre-measured pouches; the water comes out of a filtered tap directly into the coffee machine. And all coffee pots hold the same amount. How could it possibly taste better when I make it?” Jack thought for a moment and said to his wife, “I think I know why it tastes better when I make it Sarah, it’s because I rinse out the coffee pots really well each time before I brew a new pot—that has to be it, I rinse the pots out well. That’s why the coffee tastes better.” Sarah smiled and said, “Yes Jack, I’m sure that’s the reason.”
But who’s Jack? Actually, Jack was my father (Harry Paul). He lived in the northeast section of Philadelphia, was 87 years young at the time of his passing and had worked part time at a Wawa. He was the oldest employee at Wawa, a family owned chain of almost 400 convenience stores located throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. He worked the coffee counter three mornings a week at a store located just a few miles from his home. Jack absolutely loved his customers—he loved talking to them, sharing stories with them, and getting to know them. He shared himself with them and they in turn share themselves with him. In a manner of speaking, he was the Mayor of Wawa.
When my dad was telling me the story about the man at the delicatessen saying how the coffee tastes better when he makes it and it’s because he washes out the pots so well, I started to laugh. Asking him if he really thought this was the reason, he said, “sure, what else can it be?” I said it wasn’t that the pots were cleaner. Well-washed pots are a given. I said, “Dad, you make the coffee taste better.” Jack answered with some doubt in his voice, “I do?” At this point I said, “Sure, you do. It’s because you like people, are nice to them and you’re interested in them. You share yourself with them, make them laugh and create a positive experience for them, and in turn, they share some of themselves with you, making the coffee seem to taste better. You’re helping them start their day off on an upbeat note and I’m sure they really appreciate it, besides the better tasting coffee. You do naturally what organizations strive to do to attain and maintain success; you’re creating a positive experience for your customers. You’re making a big-time difference in their lives.” Jack was the sweetener in the coffee, the missing element people are hungry for in this fast-paced, technology driven world we live in. Look at what you are doing and find the missing ingredients, the ones where you look forward to going to work and making a difference for people. Everyone can make a difference, just like Jack.
Jack’s behavior did not go unnoticed by Wawa’s management. They awarded him with a gold medal for outstanding customer service—three years in a row! After receiving his third medal, he said to me with a smile. “I still think it’s because the pots are cleaner.” I responded laughing, “Dad, they may be cleaner, but remember, you make the coffee taste better.”
Not long after that, Wawa built another store closer to Jack’s house. Transferring to the new store gave him a shorter commute time; when you are 86 years old, seconds count. Jack did not go alone to the new store. Scores of his customers were following him to the new store and it wasn’t because he rinsed the pots better. The new store’s coffee business is brisk and growing. People were looking forward to coming into Wawa every morning Jack was working for his great attitude, warm smile, friendly conversation and his great tasting coffee.
Excellence! Jack Paul ‘got it’ and so did his customers!
On a freezing cold January day in 2009 Jack was laid to rest with military honors. When I got up to deliver my eulogy, I looked over the folks crowded into the funeral home and was awestruck by how many people were there—many of whom I didn’t know. I did not speak of Jack being a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend or twice decorated for bravery as a WWII paratrooper—I assumed most already knew this. Instead I spoke about how Jack taught us that we all could make someone’s life a little brighter and shared with them the story of how he made the coffee taste better. Afterwards, many people came up to me including his fellow employees, customers and caregivers who felt compelled to be there because Jack made such a difference in their lives. Not only did he bring some joy to them, but he also gave them a fresh perspective on how precious life is and that we all have the ability and responsibility to make another person’s life a little brighter. For many months after his passing my mom continued to receive cards, letters and notes from his customers telling her how much they enjoyed seeing and spending time with my dad whenever he was working at Wawa.
It’s the little things you do for customers that count the most. It doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s day and make him or her feel great, but such actions have a huge impact on the success of the company. The good news is that doing the things that create exceptional customer experiences does not cost the company a dime. On the other hand, the impact of these simple, but caring actions can have a huge effect on the company’s bottom line in terms of increased productivity, market share and profitability. This is what all companies want to see much more of and what companies must have to thrive.
* Reprinted with the gracious permission of Harry Paul from WHO KIDNAPPED EXCELLENCE? WHAT STOPS US FROM GIVING AND BEING OUR BEST, the excellent book he has co-authored by John Britt and Ed Jent. (See also Section 4C.) In addition, Harry will be the keynoter at this year’s Lessons in Leadership program; for more information about that, please see also Section 12A.
Section 12A, NC events
(1) 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.
For only $20 per person, all in attendance will learn, grow and ignite as never before.
Registering is a breeze! Simply go to: www.wncleaders.com today and follow the easy enrollment instructions. Or, if you prefer, send an email directly to Keith Challenger at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
PS. Please also like Lessons in Leadership – Asheville on Facebook by clicking: http://tinyurl.com/m5nnxhq. That way, you’ll get both the latest information on the event and motivational messages.
(2) Brian Biro – Breakthrough Leadership – Four 2-hour seminars Description: Become a “Breakthrough Leader” and help team members embrace personal responsibility, committed purpose, and leadership while motivating them to focus persistently on what they CAN do, rather than wasting time & energy on things they don’t control.
- April 01, 2014
- April 15, 2014
- April 29, 2014
- May 13, 2014
- Time: 8:00am – 10:00am
- Location: A-B Tech’s BASE, Enka, Haynes Conference Center
- Fee: Early Bird (register by March 1): $715, General Admission: $795
To register and/or for more information, please click: http://www.ashevilleprofessionalstudies.com/class-schedule/events/brian-biro-breakthrough-leadership-four-2-hour-seminars
(3) Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally, starring Jeff Catanese and Cary Nichols February 6th-23rd, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm 35below 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville, NC
Hi all- We are SO excited to bring this great play to Asheville audiences. We hope you can make it, but, in the case you are not able, please pass this invite on to your friends, friends of friends and any lover of great theater. But please do come. We would love to share our hard work with you and we both feel this is some of the best stuff we’ve ever had the great pleasure to perform. -Jeff and Cary
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is Terrence McNally’s much-lauded play which originally opened to rave reviews off-Broadway in 1987, starring F. Murray Abraham and Kathy Bates. In his review of that production, Frank Rich of the New York Times said the play “has the timeless structure of romantic comedies” and “[Frankie and Johnny is] a play that brings fresh illumination to the latest phases of that old lovers’ moon.” The play was revived on Broadway in 2002, starring Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci. The play focuses on two middle-aged people whose first date is coming to a close. Or is it? The sincere-but-over-bearing Johnny is certain he has found his soulmate, while the cautious Frankie keeps him at arm’s length, having been hurt before and in no hurry to be again. As the post-coital conversation unfolds, they begin to reveal themselves and move toward a new relationship, if only they can forget the “million reasons not to love each other.”
It should be noted that Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is suitable for mature audiences only and uses themes, staging and language that is not appropriate for younger or unadventurous spectators. This show is perfect for established couples’ date nights and, despite its brutal honesty, makes for a terrific Valentine’s-season show.
(4) Steven Samuels: Nifty idea for a doubleheader: for those of you hoping to see both “Table 6” and “The Man with the Birdcage on His Head,” rest assured you can easily see both in one night! They’ll both be performed on January 23 and 25, mine at 7 PM and Rodney’s at 9. Each show’s roughly an hour, and The Odditorium and The Mothlight are just a few minutes’ drive down Haywood Road from each other. Now that’s an evening of theater at its Fringiest!
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(5) Community Choreography Projects presents a 9-week movement theater workshop. People of all experience levels are invited to join Artistic Director Barrie Barton to discover and clarify their legacy — past, present and future. Participants engage in expressive activities using movement, story, writing and art. The Legacy workshop culminates with a collaborative, community-based movement-theater piece to be performed for friends and family on Sunday, May 4.
Barrie states, “our lives are shaped by those who leave us as well as by those who stay. And we influence other’s lives in both subtle and life-altering ways.” The workshop invites participants to creatively engage with their rich ancestral history and present day influences.
Former cast member Karen Beijer says, participating in one of these workshops was “one of the most fulfilling, powerful, moving, touching, community-filled, fun, creative, experiences I have ever been involved in.”
• Register now through March 3
• Starts Monday, March 3.
• Class meets at Jubilee! Community, 46 Wall St. in Asheville, from 6-8pm.
• Course fee: $125. Participants can attend a sample first session for $15.
• All experience levels welcome.
• For information and to register: (828) 658-1217 or go to:
(6) David Novak performs a one man play by D.W. Jacobs, based on the life, work, and writings of R. Buckminster Fuller. Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.
Section 12B, PA/NJ events
(1) FENG SHUI & Quantum Medicine with Deanna Trust Call to reserve your place! 973-366-3570 http://www.TrustFengShui.com COST: $360 for six classes Save 10% by registering prior to January 31, 2014 Mail checks payable to DEANNA TRUST • Send to 192 Casterline Road, Denville, NJ 07834 Learn to advance your consciousness and live in bliss with this exciting knowledge EXPERIENCE 18 HOURS OF TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHING IN DEANNA’S ELEGANT HOME TOPICS WILL INCLUDE: • Origins of Feng Shui, the I-Ching, and Conscious Quantum Medicine • Yin-Yang Energies and Truthful Balance • The Bagua and the Creative Cycle of Change • Personal Journey to Understanding Your Home and Career Environment • The Family of Man Placement in Your Home • Vibrational Listening and Feng Shui • Extraordinary Feng Shui Cures SIX EVENING CLASSES • 7:00-10:00 PM The class will collectively select the evening of their choice starting the week of February 17, 2014
(2) In partnership with the Newtown Township Parks and Recreation Department, On Demand! Programs and Events will present the Music on Demand concert series launching in February 2014. Featuring top musical talent from across the Philadelphia region, the programs will take place at the Newtown Township Administration Building, located at 100 Municipal Drive in Newtown, PA.
The Music on Demand concert lineup includes:
A. Sing Along with George Sinkler
Sing along with the man of 5000 songs! “There is nothing more fun than singing timeless songs many of us grew up with,” says popular entertainer George Sinkler, who will lead audience members on piano with his fun-loving baritone. With a repertoire from Broadway, to pop standards, to 1950s rock ‘n roll, to jazz, George Sinkler has “played practically every restaurant piano in this area” over the last 35 years. Highlights 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.
Time and Date: 3 to 4 p.m., Sunday, February 16, 2014
Location: Newtown Twp. Administration Bldg., 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA
Fee: $18 Newtown Resident Discount: $15
B. Un Viaje Musical (A Musical Journey)
Join singing violinist Claudia Pellegrini 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! Classically trained with a master’s degree, Claudia Pellegrini has been performing professionally for over 20 years in the United States and Europe. She alternates her work with symphony orchestras with a more popular style in musical theater, jazz clubs, and cabarets. Described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “mesmerizing,” Claudia
plays on a Joseph Gagliano violin, built in 1793.
Time and Date: 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014
Location: Newtown Twp. Administration Bldg., 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA
Fee: $18 Newtown Resident Discount: $15
C. Swing into Spring with Gilbert & Sullivan
Don’t miss this 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.
Time and Date: 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014
Location: Newtown Twp. Administration Bldg., 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA
Fee: $18 Newtown Resident Discount: $15
People can now register for these programs by calling 215-968-2800 ex 239 or clicking on links listed above.
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This retreat will be held at our beautiful center at the address above. Participants are welcome to dine together Saturday night in town and spend the night in the local Hyatt Hotel a block away or go home at night.
(5) The Plumstead Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting, Monday, January 20th, 2014 at 7 PM
Program: Program will be Bucks County History: Fact Or Fiction? a book by Jeffery Marshall
Place to meet: Plumstead Township Office 5186 Stump Road Plumsteadville PA
February 17th, 2014 – Future Program– Show and Tell. Bring an antique/historical item from home. at 7pm 5186 Stump Road Plumsteadville PA
12C. National event
Edie Weinstein in PA: I will be hosting a 12 part series called It’s All About Relationships launching on February 7th and will run through February 9th to coincide with Valentine’s Day, during which you will hear interviews with people who are in relationship with each other and the planet. We will be exploring what it takes to maintain healthy, thriving partnerships and contribute to being a conscious Force for Good in the world. They will include musicians, writers, teachers, entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders, artists…the list goes on.
Our wonderful guest teachers are:
Arielle Ford and Brian Hilliard
Deva Premal and Miten
Dr. Bernie Siegel
Otto and Susie Collins
Chris Pattay and Jon Satin
Liz Dawn Donahue and Dr. Jeff Donahue
Diana and Richard Daffner
Denise and Meadow Linn
Mali Apple and Joe Dunn
Christine Arylo and Noah Martin
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