Section 2, part 2

(1) Matthew B. in CA: Just talking about how great you are! Glade to see a smile still on your face!

Response: Smiling is good for the both of us. Plus, it makes others wonder what you’re up to!

(2) Jeannie F. in PA: Miss your newsletter targeted here in Bucks but happy you found a great place to live. Still look forward to it every week!

Response Still lots of news about Bucks County; e.g., see Section 1 on Congratulations, Section 12B on events in Bucks County, etc.

(3) Mary C. in NC: The dog at the gravesite is very touching. Animals are so loyal (even cats)!

(4) Bill Y. in NJ: I’m thinking of retiring and wonder should I retire, seek new employment before arriving to the new city and find work after getting settled or try to get one before doing so.  Please help. I know you’ll give good advice.

Response: For starters, read this book: Don’t Retire, Rewire!, 2e [Paperback] by Jeri Sedlar (Author), Rick Miners (Author).

Also, don’t retire unless you have enough money to do so. You can’t guarantee that you’ll find the job you want when you retire–or that it will be there when you want it. Good luck!

(5) Stuart K. in NC: We saw Saving Mr. Banks on Sunday.  Pretty good.  I thought Hanks would be up for some award this year between his two movies.

(6) Marcie F. in PA: “If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay”,….

I know you were quoting Kurt Vonnegut in this posting about the arts as viable employment, but really?, “the nerve to be gay” is that anywhere in the neighborhood of “the nerve to be black” or “the nerve to be Jewish”?? I guess you could say that statement just “hit a nerve” with me!

Response: Good point! In Vennegut’s defense, he said that many years ago, and I think he was trying to speak up for arts education. My hope is that his thinking would have also evolved over the years.

(7) Gary G. in NC: Thank you for the Dental Care discount tip. I look forward to updates so that I may take advantage of this service.

(8) Robin S. in PA: Ask the Author: Economics and Online Dating

(9) Scott T. in NC: What Happens When This Little Girl Gives Marijuana A Try?

(10) Arlene D. in PA: Watched a really good movie a few days ago. Not new, but I had never heard of it. Surprised it was a Disney Movie since there were a few scenes that I think little kids would find scary. It’s called EIGHT BELOW. It’s about a guide in Antartica who has to leave hhis sled dogs behind but returns much later to look for them. How the dogs cope, the scenery . . . all excellent. I highly recommend it.

(11) Marilynne H. in NC (commenting on MONUMENTS MEN): Well worth seeing, wonderful cast and fascinating true story.

8 Badass Photos From the Real-Life “Monuments Men”—Who Saved Art and Treasure From the Nazis

My two cents: The above photos are amazing. I wasn’t all that crazy about the film.

(12)  Natalie K. in PA (on the movie LABOR DAY): I really enjoyed it and so did Phyllis.  It might have been a “Hollywood” ending, but I wanted it to end that way.  I thought the acting was very realistic — the slowness of the pace seemed appropriate for the characters’ experiences.  Glad I saw it.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Zuzu Welsh in NC: On February 28th, Meet The Beatles will run at the White Horse in Black Mountain, a night of the music of the Beatles for MANNA and Homeward Bound celebrating 50 years since they came to the United States. The list of players and guests is a mile long and includes Jeff Thompson, BJ Leiderman, Ben Wilson, Dana Bergman, Rhoda Weaver, Chris Rosser, Stephen Cohen, James Vandenberg, Bruce Lang, James Kylen, Paula Hanke, Jen Wo, Sherman Hoover Madelyn Lantz and myself, among others. Tickets can be purchased at and are $18 in advance or $25 at the door. I don’t anticipate many tickets available at the door for this event.


Frozen Frozen
February 14, 15 at 7:30 pm
February 16 at 3:00 pm
By Bryony Lavery, Directed by Andrew Gall
With Eric Martinez, Frances Davis and Jennifer Russ 

“Frozen” tells the story of the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl, Rhona. The play follows Rhona’s mother and killer over the years that follow. They are linked by a doctor who is studying what causes men to commit such crimes. The themes of the play include emotional paralysis and forgiveness. “Frozen” was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.
(Hold Over/Snow Dates: February 21, 22, 23)


(4) LIVE, March 7th and 8th at 7:30 p.m. Michelle Baker, Nina Hart and Bonnie Freestone’s performance, The Darkside: An evening of fictions and improvisations at The Be Be Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville, NC. Tx $10 at the door and on Eventbrite – stay tuned for more!

(5) “Outside it is winter, but in here it’s SO HOT!!!”

CABARET at Asheville Community Theatre
February 7 – March 2, 2014
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2:30pm

The scene is the Kit Kat Club, a night club in Berlin, as the 1920′s are drawing to a close and the Nazis are beginning their rise to power in Germany. Cliff, a young American writer, visits the sleazy Kit Kat Club and meets an English singer, Sally Bowles. Cliff and Sally fall in love, but when the political climate changes, they are forced to make choices that will forever impact their lives.

**We recommend this show for mature audiences.**

Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Jerry Crouch; Musical Direction by Lenora Thom; Choreography by Kathleen Meyers Leiner


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) On Demand! Programs and Events, in association with the Bucks County Playhouse, is proud to present the acclaimed Eric Mintel Quartet in concert at New Hope’s most historic theater. Pianist and composer Eric Mintel, Bucks County’s “ambassador of jazz,” has been invited to perform twice at the White House and has over ten concerts at the Kennedy Center to his credit. This 90-minute concert will feature new original songs by Eric Mintel; compositions by Mintel’s mentor, jazz legend Dave Brubeck; and jazz arrangements of popular tunes by Sting, Coldplay, Aerosmith, and more. In addition to Eric Mintel on piano, the Quartet features Nelson Hill on alto sax, Dave Mohn on drums, and Jack Hegyi on bass.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014

WHERE: Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street,
New Hope, PA

TICKETS: $20 for the general public; $15 for groups of 10 or more; $15 for Bucks County Playhouse subscribers. Reserve at (215) 862-2121, or by visiting the Box Office at 70 S. Main Street, New Hope, PA.

(2) August: Osage County
Written by Tracy Letts
Feb 28 – Mar 23, 2014,
Actor’s Net in Bucks County, Morrisville, PA

Pulitzer and Tony-winning play by Tracy Letts. An Oklahoma family’s crisis leads to an explosion of repressed feelings and old secrets. Despite the plot dealing with revelations of drug-addiction, broken marriage, incest, strained parental relationships and other dark subjects, the playwright mines laughs along with keen insights. In eye-opening fashion, this family explores the fun in dysfunction! Rated PG-13.

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