BLAINESWORLD #917 (Please send any comments to: (Edit)

Section 2, part 2

(1) Gary J. in NC (responding to our ongoing battle with Blue Cross Blue Shield): One of the MAJOR reasons that the Affordable Care Act needs to be banged into people’s heads as a GOOD THING. One of the things that it attempts to address is this crap.

(2) Meta C. in NC: You sure do handle a lot of info.  I tip my hat to you. Many thanks to you for all you do to help our Asheville community.

(3) Donna S. in AL: Enjoyed [BLAINESWORLD #916] this week.  Have a great week ahead.

(4) Touching story of a father and his granddaughter:

(5) Denise F. in NC:  Knowing how much email all of us get, I thought you would appreciate SaneBox. I’ve been using SaneBox for over a year to fix my email overload and I love it. I used to have to look thru 600 to 800 emails each day. Now, it’s down to 40 or 50 important emails and a few hundred that are boxed as “SaneLater”. I can even send an email into “the Black Hole” for the pesky stuff I have no interest in getting their future emails.

If you use this invitation URL, you will get a free 2 week trial and $5 in SaneBox credit:

PS: Yes, I understand the irony in sending you an email with a solution to too much email, but I’m pretty sure you’ll like it!

Note: The above looks interesting. I use a similar program, Unroll Me, which is free. It works great. For more information on that, please click:

(6) Jim P. in NY (with information about a house for sale in North Woodmere, NY)

(7) Vilasi V. in NJ: Life in the New American Minimum-Wage Economy

(8) Snapping Good Photos With Your Phone


Section 12A, NC events

(2) THE BOG runs through April 26. To read the excellent review of this production, please click:

Note: I just saw it. Well-acted and directed, but beware–very dark.


Note: The very talented Kim Hughes will also be performing at this event.

(4) Carol A. in NC: Come see Pygmalion . April 24-27 Warren Wilson College Curtain 8 pm. Outstanding young actors & sets like B’way.

(5) Meta C. in NC:  Our Story Medicine Men’s component is now enrolling.  There is space for four (4) more men.  Please pass this along to any men you know who might be interested in a six-month healing journey with Brian T. Lumb, D.C. facilitating.  The men’s group is scheduled to begin Sunday, April 27.

Interested parties can contact me or Brian directly, at Nourish & Flourish.

Thank you.

Meta Commerse:

(6) 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.***** Location and time for first workshop *****Saturday May 10, 2014 from 9 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
AB-Tech Enka Campus
1459 Sand Hill Rd
Haynes Building
Room 128
Candler, NCDoors open at 8:30 AM. The seminar begins at 9:00 AM SHARP. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to handle paperwork.Download the study materials for the series by clicking this link:
And go to the link (halfway down the page) that says: “Download the study materials for this seminar.”Seating is limited, and we will not be accepting registrations at the door, so click the following link to register:
The four subsequent Simple Steps for Starting a Business™ workshops are offered as a package for $100, and will cover:Business Concept presented on 5/17/2014
Marketing Plan presented on 5/31/2014
Financial Projections presented on 6/7/2014
Funding Sources presented on 6/14/2014Follow this link for more information about the subsequent seminars:
And go to the links (toward the bottom of the page) that say “The four subsequent Simple Steps for Starting a Business™ workshops.”
(7) Majo M. in NC: Every April, the YWCA, locally and nationally, sponsors Stand Against Racism – where organizations throughout the community offer a variety of race-related programs. The Jubilee Stand program this year will be a highly acclaimed video (Racial Taboo) followed by a powerful workshop (Race Story Rewrite), this Tuesday evening from 6-9 at Jubilee, 46 Wall St. All members of the Asheville community are invited. There is a charge of $10 to pay the workshop leaders, but no one will be turned away.
(9) DEARLY DEPARTED runs through Sunday, April 27, at ACT. For more information and tickets, please click:
Note: This is a very funny show that I’ve recently seen. More on that subject in next week’s BLAINESWORLD.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

Featuring the art of Alan Goldstein
May 10th to June 7th, 2014
Opening Reception May 10th (6-8pm)
Trenton’s Visual Art Center
Artworks is located on Stockton Street between Front and Market
Streets in the Mill Hill Historic District of Trenton, New Jersey.
Gallery Hours: Wed – Friday 11-6, Sat 11-4

View a video of the forest and other works from the show at:

(2) Martial Arts , MMA and Health and Fitness Expo and Trade Show and Seminars PLUS.. Attend a free seminar by Master Mike Andrus .

Put this weekend on your calendar! Don’t miss it!

When: Friday, January 23, 2015 12:00 AM to Saturday, January 24, 2015 12:00 AM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Where: Tropicana Casino & Resort

Master Andrus will be teaching a dynamic and innovative practical, effective, reality-based self-defense seminar. It will include striking, Joint locks/joint breaks, pressure points, take-downs and submissions. These are ALL finishing techniques! If you want REAL make sure you show up and participate! Thank you. I look forward to seeing you!!! Ossa!


Sho-Dai Soke “Mr. Mike” “Taz” Andrus

Owner / Master Instructor

Safe Day Studio

(3) Student Visual Arts Show Comes to MCCC Gallery April 29 to May 9

WEST WINDSOR – The diverse talents of Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Visual Arts students will be on display at this year’s “MCCC Student Visual Arts Show” at The Gallery at Mercer from Tuesday, April 29 through Friday, May 9.  The show is free and open to the public.  The Gallery is located on the second floor of the college’s Communications Building on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  An Opening Reception is set for Wednesday, April 30, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

“This is an annual show that truly puts the spotlight on emerging artists who study at Mercer.  Their creativity comes in all shapes, sizes and medium and is always a delight to the eye and an affirmation of the quality of the work that is produced by our students,” said Dylan Wolfe, MCCC Gallery Director. “We are proud to share their work with the public.”

The exhibit features works by students in the MCCC’s visual and graphic art programs. The works represent all of the visual arts, including fine arts, advertising and graphic design, animation, photography and sculpture.

Also on display will be the winning poster designs promoting the exhibit, which were created by students in MCCC’s Advertising Design classes.  This year’s design contest winners are Ana Corrales of Hamilton and Autumn Bardachino of Plainsboro.

Gallery hours for the show are: Mondays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For additional information, visit, call 609- 570-3589 or e-mail


Mother’s Day with the Eric Mintel Quartet:
Don’t Miss Out!
The Eric Mintel Quartet’s 90-minute Mother’s Day concert on May 11 will feature new original songs by Eric Mintel as well as compositions by Mintel’s mentor, jazz legend Dave Brubeck, and unexpected jazz arrangements of contemporary music! In addition to Eric Mintel on piano, the Quartet features Nelson Hill on alto sax, Dave Mohn on drums, and Jack Hegyi on bass.The Eric Mintel Quartet recently packed the house at the historic Bucks County Playhouse!


Section 12C, National event


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