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Section 2, part 2

(1) Micah Solomon: Are These The 13 Worst Customer Service Mistakes Ever?

(2) Steven S. in FL: Bronx Man Cashes in 401k to Save Shelter Dogs

(3) Natalie K. in PA:  Thanks for telling me about this [THE NORMAL HEART on HBO].  Ivan and I were both deeply moved and affected by this heart-wrenching dramatic piece.  Wow, what acting.  They should all get Emmy nominations.

(4) Jim P. in NY: HOME FOR SALE: North Woodmere 4BR, 2.5Bths Split, Central A/C & VAC, In-Ground Pool, Sprinklers, Den, Full Basement. $675K Price negotiable Call for appointment 516-792-3196 or 516-679-9460.

(5) 15 Ways to Stay Married for 15 Years

(6) A Test for the Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

(7) Henry W. in NY: Recently saw “Chef,” one of the year’s most uplifting and feel-good movies. Wonderful performances all around, especially by Jon Favreau, who directed, wrote and co-produced the movie and plays the lead character, Carl, an accomplished chef at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant, who, following a scathing review, quits his job and heads to Miami with his ex-wife and precocious 10 year-old son. Carl rediscovers his passion for cooking, serving Cuban cuisine in a refurbished food truck, while bonding with his adorable son during a memorable cross-country journey. A very enjoyable film.

(8) Howard D. in FL: Pete Seeger: A Personal Reflection on the Life Lesson He Left Behind

(0) At These Hospitals, Recovery Is Rare, but Comfort Is Not


Section 12A, NC events


Cheryl Sullivan’s Inception Point Therapy Workshop
“This workshop has changed my life.  It’s transformed my life emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It’s cutting edge therapy. The best part is that LOVE is at the center of it ALL!”  

– Erica Murray


Join Us July 25-27 in Asheville!
You’re invited to become one of the many recipients of Cheryl Sullivan’s powerful energy healing revolution!
If you’ve learned Reiki or ThetaHealing with Cheryl, you recognize her ability to help others develop their intuition and expand their spiritual healing abilities. Now she has brought her background in hypnotherapy and past life regression together with over a decade of practicing energy work, creating an emotional breakthrough process to heal the body and mind.
If you’re looking to make a positive change in your life, meet great people, and reconnect to Source, join us for a weekend of healing and fun.
Located in beautiful Asheville, this workshop will feed your soul – and your senses.

What is Inception Point Therapy?

The Process
Based on our ever-present connection to Source, IPT attunes your body to this energy and shows you how to use it to resolve old emotional patterns in an entirely new and delightfully thorough way. Learn more.

The Workshop
Over the course of the weekend, you’ll experience deep meditation to reconnect you to Source, processes to heal your emotional and physical body, and the opportunity to enhance your intuitive abilities.
And whether you’re a practitioner or simply wish to receive healing, this is a weekend you’ll enjoy. Join us!

The Trainer 

If you haven’t yet experienced her revolutionary work,   learn more about Cheryl now.Or, schedule an Inception Point Therapy session to find out what it’s all about.

To register, please click:

(2) BJ Leiderman in Asheville, NC:

My Asheville-Area Friends,

There are still some seats left for Sunday afternoon at Perelandra in Swannanoa. Call this number to reserve your tickets now:

(828) 669-7675

See you there! More info below…

PS- One seat opened up for Saturday evening, July 5.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Free Concert – You are Invited!

Don Rebic & Christine Reisner-Rebic present
“Look Who’s in Love,”
a cabaret celebration of romance
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
7 to 8 p.m.

Pine Run Retirement Community
777 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA
FREE admission
Space is limited
Reservations required
To register, call 215-579-1836
or email Reock and Roll to Perform “Classic Album Encore” at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre July 12 and 13West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre welcomes back Reock & Roll Revue for two performances of “Classic Album Encore,” a concert featuring highlights from four years of shows by this classic rock group.  The band will rock the Kelsey house for two shows only: Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.Led by Tom Reock, Reock & Roll Revue has been lighting up the Kelsey stage since 2011 when the group performed The Who’s Quadrophenia.  Since then, the band has presented five additional concerts, including The Beatles White Album, Crosby Stills, Nash and Young’s Déjà vu, The Band, The Allman Brothers’ Eat a Peach and Eric Clapton’s Journeyman.The musical numbers will be accompanied by video and narrative that tie the bands together from the political and cultural perspectives of the 1960s and early 1970s.Tickets are $25 for all.  (Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended as these concerts sell out quickly.)  Tickets are available online atwww.kelseytheatre.netor by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

Get started on the right (and left) foot. Plus: teacher training and retreat discounts ending soon. Princeton Center for
Yoga & Health


Yoga is not just about touching your toes, holding your perfect warrior or standing upside on your hands in a headstand. There is more to yoga than just the poses (called asanas). Princeton Yoga’s mission is to offer a safe place to start your yoga practice, explore another aspect of yoga or challenge yourself to go deeper. Come to us for some programs and classes to do just that!WANT TO START YOGA?  Then take one of these classes to start:Yoga for Beginners 
Thursdays @ 4:15 pm with Lesley (Community Class – By Donation)
Tuesdays at 7:30 pm with Jenifer
Thursdays at 7:45 pm with Dan
This is your chance to glean and discover the fruits of yoga: vigor and vitality, balance, peace, a sense of well-being, and joy.Gentle Yoga / Extra Gentle Yoga
Tuesdays at 10:30 am with Andrea
Thursdays at 10:30 am with Jenifer
Thursdays at 12 pm with Jenifer (Lunchtime $5 class)
Fridays at 10:30 am with Andrea

Experience balance and harmony through a slow and mindful practice designed to release tension, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. Emphasis on self-awareness, breath, and honoring the body.

Relax & Restore

Tuesdays at 6:00 pm with Jenifer
Classes begin with gentle movement, preparing the body to settle into a place of stillness. Restorative postures are held for longer periods of time with the support of props (bolsters, blankets, blocks), allowing the muscles to relax deeply with no effort.We offer many more classes that would be great to get you started, so if you aren’t sure, please contact us and we will gladly help you find the right class.

This weekend: FREE INTRO
Prana 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training 

Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm – Sign up

Do you have a regular yoga practice, but want to do more? Visit this free intro:
Prana 200-hour
Yoga Teacher Training

Directed by Jeff Migdow, MD,
with Marisa Bonfanti
Prana is the Sanskrit word for universal energy or “life force,” analogous to the Chinese concept of “chi” or what homeopaths call “vital force.” In this Prana Yoga teacher training course, you will learn how to practice and teach yoga as a profound science that unites movement, breath, sound, concentration, meditation and prayer. Approached in this way, yogic practice becomes a deeply potent healing and transformational path. This training will enable you to become a teacher of yoga at its essence and greatly expand the depth, power, and healing effects of your own practice. Visit our website for more information.
The full program runs from October 11, 2014 through June 28, 2015.

Here are some highlights that we believe you might be interested in:

Chakras and Healing with Jeff Migdow, MD
Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

The chakras are powerful vortexes in the energy body which when balanced and open channel energy into our cells for healing and vitality. Join Jeff in this workshop as we explore ways to through yoga, pranayma and sound to stimulate and rebalance the chakra.

Suitable for all levels of practice as well as ideal for yoga teachers.
Followed by Free Intro to Prana Yoga Teacher Training at 4:00 pm – more information here
More upcoming workshops with Jeff Migdow – Here

Breath Centered Yoga Practice:
Leslie Kaminoff:
The Therapeutic Weekend

July 25-27, 2014
Early Registration Discount ends 6/25. Sign up now and save $20

Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is recognized internationally as a specialist in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. Learn more

Workshops include:
  • Intro to Healing through Breath-Centered Yoga 
  • Preventing and Healing Injuries thru Yoga 
  • The Sage’s Seat: The Anatomy and Physiology
    of Meditation

(3) Michael Hennessey in Pennsylvania:

Book Group lineup for Fall 2014

June 28, 2014 at 11:34am

We meet in the glass-walled room next to the Fireside Lounge in Rollins Center at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, from 7:30 TO 9:00 P.M.  All are welcome to join us on the second Thursday of each month to share your thoughts and questions about any or all of the selections. For snow or bad weather information, call 215-968‑8000. On the radio, the College code for snow closing is 2760. For more information, call 215-968-8164 215-968-8164 215-968-8164 215-968-8164 or send email to:



Sep 11:  The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) by Donna Tart


From Publishers Weekly:

Donna Tartt’s latest novel clocks in at an unwieldy 784 pages. The story begins with an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum that kills narrator Theo Decker’s beloved mother and results in his unlikely possession of a Dutch masterwork called The Goldfinch. Shootouts, gangsters, pillowcases, storage lockers, and the black market for art all play parts in the ensuing life of the painting in Theo’s care. With the same flair for suspense that made The Secret History (1992) such a masterpiece, The Goldfinch features the pulp of a typical bildungsroman—Theo’s dissolution into teenage delinquency and climb back out, his passionate friendship with the very funny Boris, his obsession with Pippa (a girl he first encounters minutes before the explosion)—but the painting is the novel’s secret heart. Theo’s fate hinges on the painting, and both take on depth as it steers Theo’s life. Some sentences are clunky (suddenly and meanwhile abound), metaphors are repetitive (Theo’s mother is compared to birds three times in 10 pages), and plot points are overly coincidental (as if inspired by TV), but there’s a bewitching urgency to the narration that’s impossible to resist. Theo is magnetic, perhaps because of his well-meaning criminality. The Goldfinch is a pleasure to read; with more economy to the brushstrokes, it might have been great. Agent: Amanda Urban, ICM. (Oct. 22)


Oct 9:   Mary Coin: A Novel by Marisa Silver


From Booklist:

Inspired by Migrant Mother, the iconic Depression-era photograph snapped by Dorothea Lange in 1936, Silver reimagines the lives of both the photographer and the subject. Interweaving the stories of Mary Coin, a young mother grappling with the cruel realities of raising a family during an enduring economic crisis, and Vera Dare, the brilliant young photographer facing life-altering decisions of her own, this dual portrait investigates the depths of the human spirit, exposing the inner reserves of will and desire hidden in both women. Though their paths cross for a brief moment, their fates—stretching into succeeding generations—are permanently altered by the meeting. The luminously written, heart-wrenching—yet never maudlin—plot moves back and forth through time, as history professor Walker Dodge unpeels the layers of the photograph’s hidden truths. –Margaret Flanagan


Nov 13:    TransAtlantic: A Novel by Colum McCann


From Booklist:

*Starred Review* In 1919, British aviators Alcock and Brown made the first nonstop transatlantic flight, from Newfoundland to Ireland. McCann, in his first novel since the National

Book Award–winning Let the Great World Spin (2009), imagines a letter handed to Brown by a young photographer, written by her mother, Emily, a local reporter covering the flight, to be delivered upon their landing to a family in Cork. Years earlier, while on a speaking tour in Ireland with the mission to raise money for the abolitionist movement, Frederick Douglass forms a bond with young Isabel, the daughter of his host family in Cork. Lily, a young servant, emboldened by Douglass’ visit, sets out for America, in the hope of a better life. About a century and a half later, former Senate majority leader George Mitchell is coaxed out of retirement to broker talks between the various factions, with the intention of getting a peace agreement by Good Friday. At the tennis club, he meets a woman in her nineties who, years earlier, had lost her grandson to the Troubles. It is Lily and her offspring’s stories—set across different times and in many different places—that ultimately tie everything together, as McCann creates complex, vivid characters (historical and otherwise) while expertly mixing fact and fancy to create this emotionally involving and eminently memorable novel. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Prepub buzz about McCann’s latest suggests it will be among the summer’s leading literary fiction titles. –Ben Segedin



Dec 11: Lost for Words: A Novel by Edward St. Aubyn


From Booklist:

Malcolm Craig becomes chair of the board awarding his country’s top literary honor, the Elysian Prize. In describing what ensues, noted British novelist St. Aubyn takes on the publishing industry and the horse-trading and ax-grinding among authors, critics, and hangers-on surrounding such awards, including the popular (and promiscuous) Katherine Burns, whose novel is overlooked in favor of a cookbook mistakenly sent for consideration by its publisher; interpreted by some as a new form of modern fiction, it makes the short list. Not wanting to read much himself, Craig is joined by judges Jo Cross (whose major criterion is “relevance”), Vanessa Shaw (“good writing”), Penny Feathers (former mistress of the elderly corporate sponsor), and actor Tobias Benedict. “Young writers were the future,” Craig muses, or “would be if they were still around and being published.” As a novel about the ephemeral nature of book awards, Lost for Words may itself be ephemeral, but along the way, St. Aubyn offers a hearty satire, full of laughs and groans, with snippets from the candidates, including the novel wot u starin at, an unsparing look at Glasgow low life, which bookies (the gambling kind) make the favorite. –Mark Levine


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