BLAINESWORLD #927 (Please send any comments to:

Section 1, part 2

(1) Mel G. in CO: Blaine, I enjoyed the camp article on not talking about body image. The step- father of Yoni Stadlin, camp director, is a very good friend of mine, Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins, who lives in Princeton. Can you send him that issue, so he can ” shep nachas? Thanks!

Response: Will do, Mel. Thanks for the nice words. And to anybody else reading this: Please feel free to forward BLAINESWORLD issues to your friends and relatives, encouraging them to subscribe. Or “introduce” me to them, as Mel did, and I’ll be glad to write them.

(2) Marcie F. in PA: I’m sorry I never had the pleasure of meeting the late Walt [cited in BLAINESWORLD #926, Section 11]. He certainly had a dry and wonderful sense of humor. I would hope that when I’m gone, people will remember all the fun we had together, and smiles & laughter we shared, rather than being sad. And I hope to “Let the Good Times Roll”, till the curtain comes down.

(3) Natalie K. in PA:  Saw it [JERSEY BOYS] last night and can’t wait to see it again.  Can’t stop singing “Sherry” and “Big Boys Don’t Cry.”

Response: Great minds thinking alike. It is already on my list of favorite movies. If any reader would like a copy of that list, just send an email to: and put “FAVORITES” in the subject line.

Also from Natalie:

Just watched this program but it was really more like an infomercial about a collection of folk music called “The Folk Years Collection”.  Here is the link to the website  I can’t wait to put this on my MP3.  Got rid of many of my records recently that had a lot of this music so I’m excited to be able to listen on my MP3 or play as CDs.  Great music from the 50’s and 60’s.  Check it out.  I also got a book with the lyrics for all the songs for singalongs and a beautiful collector’s box.

(4) Howard D. in FL: Just checked out Blainesworld #926 — does that mean you have released 926 separate issues of this virtual town-crier? That’s a lot of over the transom tidbits; if weekly, that would be over 17 years worth?!

Response: Thanks for noticing. Your email has me going down memory lane. First issue came out on 10.13.96. It was then called STUFF.

(5) Fal in NJ: Oh, that’s supposed to be a thumbs up?  all this time i assumed that you had injured your thumb and at times were attempting to show people how it was healing….reminds me of an ex friend of my son who ruined every picture he was ever invited to be in, including others wedding pictures by holding two fingers up behind peoples’ heads…he thought it was funny…then he got married and i guess he grew up.

Response: Thumb is fine. Just used to tell folks that I’m having a good time!

(6) Hello!!!!

Emily Shaules here!  You are receiving this message because you have touched my life in some way and for that, I am forever grateful. I am writing to you today because something big is happening and I want you to be a part of it.  I recently launched a crowd-funding campaign for my new creation, Shift Bars – and I’m inviting you to help spread the word.

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The campaign runs until August 1st and I will be sending a few more emails with suggestions for Facebook, Twitter and email messages you can use to spread the word.  If you would like to stop receiving these messages, simply click “Unsubscribe” at the bottom of this message.  I promise not to inundate you over the next month and if you stick with me, you will be rewarded with special offers for being a part of this from the beginning!

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(7) 7 Things Well-Liked People Always Do

(8) Bob P. in NC: My American family

(9) Arlene D. in PA: Blaine, I really enjoy your newsletter; in this one I especially liked the Obiturary written while the man was alive. I like that idea! Have fun (somehow I know you are).


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Costume Drama: A Fashion Show
July 7 at 7:30pm

Asheville Community Theatre
35 E Walnut St, Asheville, North Carolina

Tickets Available:
This eclectic evening of inventive fashion has quickly become one of the highlights of the Asheville event calendar and sells out every year! Local designers compete for cash prizes in this “Project Runway”-esque show, and proceeds from tickets benefit the theatre. Designers choose a category in which to compete and create wearable art using paper, elements of nature, or upcycled items or a design a garment that will go through a transformation while on the runway.

(2) BJ Leiderman “Totally Unhinged!”

Asheville/Black Mountain
Food & Drink at 1:30
Show at 3PM

Go here for tickets:

(3) The Montford Park Players proudly announce our next free show, Tartuffe, our first production of a work by Molière. Presented in the celebrated verse translation by Richard Wilbur, it’s directed by Steven Samuels, the artistic director of Asheville’s Magnetic Theatre, and features an exciting blend of actors from both companies, including Magnetic regulars Darren Marshall, in the title role, Tracey Johnston-Crum, and Samuels himself, who takes on the role of Orgon, the role Molière created for himself. Marshall has worked with both companies, as have fellow cast members Samantha Stewart (who also assistant directs), Elizabeth Dana-Wunderlich, and Jason Williams. Peter Lundblad, of The Magnetic, has never before graced the MPP stage, and Montford veteran Terry Darakjy has never previously played with The Magnetic. Sarah Felmet appears for the first time with either company, and Mathew Harper makes his Asheville stage debut.
Molière is arguably the world’s greatest comic dramatist and Tartuffe is arguably his greatest play. Tartuffe (1669) was the script he labored over longest and fought hardest for, because it was and sometimes still is mischaracterized as an attack on religion. For five years, public performances were banned.
“But the play isn’t an attack on religion,” according to Samuels. “It attacks hypocrisy in many forms. Molière rewrote the play repeatedly, hoping to overcome the censors. The second version was called The Impostor, which better defines who and what Tartuffe is.”
With a set by Art Moore, costumes by Kayren McKnight, lighting by Jason Williams, props by Elizabeth Dana-Wunderlich, and choreography by Kristi DeVille, Tartuffe is the perfect entertainment for a summer’s night. It plays Friday through Sunday, July 4-July 26, at 7:30 PM.

(4) Carole Biro in NC on upcoming seminar series, being presented by her husband Brian:

Hello Dear Friends,

I thought you would enjoy reading about he impact that my husband has on the world! Enjoy! And if you are called to share with your friends his upcoming seminar series!

Love and Light

Terri King – Coldwell Banker King and the “Brian Biro” effect

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu

“The journey of a thousand successes begins with a single vision” – Terri King

Most people are aware of the first saying, an ancient Chinese proverb. But Terri King’s saying had an even more profound impact on me. Terri came from humble beginnings, with little to no emotional or financial support and she has built – or more aptly rebuilt – her career and business from a one-woman “dining-room table” entrepreneur to a real estate powerhouse with 63 agents.

Terri King is probably the most profound thinker – and doer – I’ve ever encountered. She “thought it” and then “did it!” It started with a single, unwavering vision that kept her going through the good times – and the bad!

Terri’s life dream was always to “hang out her own shingle.” Armed with a degrees from NC State (Bachelor of Science) and Western Carolina (Master of Entrepreneurship), land was always part of her “mountain woman” DNA.

Along the way, she became a life-long student of learning, self-help and development. When a copy of Brian Biro’s Book “Beyond Success” landed in her hands in 2004, she became an “author” of her own career . . . For the next 10 years, Terri kept a journal of her journey through the book’s lessons. It starts with a vision of who she wanted “Terri” to be:

1. It gave her a focus / a passion / a path

2. It wasn’t a great plan – but it was still a plan

3. 50% of the struggle was deciding where she wanted to go – and how to get there

4. The more detailed it got – the more “real” the dream became

Affiliating with Coldwell Banker was a deliberate choice in keeping with the Biro mantra:

Excel at doing your best work, leverage the competitive greatness (competition brings out your best work) and have the flexibility to innovate.

Within 8 months of launching her real estate career, she realized that she was never going to own an agency if she was working for someone else (You can’t get there from here!). She opened her own firm and eventually moved it to Weaverville . . . and life was good . . . until it wasn’t.

For many, the “Great Recession” dulled our dreams and hurt our wallets. For Terri, it was going from a healthy six-figure lifestyle to a tiny one-bedroom apartment without cable (an extravagance she couldn’t afford). However, that financial plummet only emboldened her vision, her passion and her brilliance:

In the throes of the economic downtown , she seized her opportunity. Becoming a new owner of a Coldwell Banker franchise was daunting at best: she was 36 year old female and a single mom. She was truly a modern day start-up: lots of ideas and connections… but not much capital.

Despite setback after setback after setback, her vision and focus never wavered. She found new avenues around each obstacle to rebuild Coldwell Banker’s presence – and prominence in the Western North Carolina footprint.

Her “Bironized” mantra:

1. Success is what I do – not who I am. This realization emboldened me not to fear failure.

“What’s the worst thing that could happen” wasn’t world ending.

2. Realizing that “My Best Is Good Enough” and “My Best Will Get Better The More I Exercise My Best”-Terri King

3. “We-go” goes much farther than “ego!” Leveraging Competitive Greatness made me realize that an individual’s commitment and contribution to a team effort is more like a call to arms to challenge the team to fight – and win – as one!

Now the question begs, what does Terri have – that YOU don’t! If you want some to learn more about Terri’s “secret sauce” – come join us on Tuesday’s in July! In an Asheville exclusive, the Asheville Center for Professional WHAT will host Brian Biro for the Integration Series Tuesdays: July 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 8 – 10 a.m. Brian predominantly speaks to 500+ on stages throughout the world but he’s bringing his legendary training for a small group series, ideal for small business owners and work teams.

Terri will be there and she will be looking for YOU!

Note: To register for the above, please click:


The Stardust Supper Club – SART July 3 – 13

The Stardust Supper Club

Hoagy Carmichael’s ageless Jazz tunes 

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre
Owen Theatre at Mars Hill University
Thursday July 3 – Sunday July 13
How about some walking shoes? Nothing like a romantic stroll on one of the most beautiful campuses you’ll ever see. 

Friends & Family, The Stardust Supper Club showcases Hoagy Carmichael’s timeless jazz creations. Can’t we all savor “Georgia on my Mind” just one more time? Also, this show’s laying the groundwork for a NYC premier with all that implies for SART and local theater. Don’t miss a chance to see what they’ll be missing in The Big Apple: great performances by the region’s finest musical theater entertainers. NYC-based Cameron Gregg sports dance moves that haven’t even been invented yet.

Friend of a SART Board Member special: Buy one ticket and get the second one 25% off. Just phone in the order before July 5th to SART’s box office at (828) 689-1239 and mention this email. Here’s the full schedule of shows for the next two weeks; hear what all the hoopla’s about in this fine Asheville Citizen-Times review.

Thanks and a hearty welcome to professional live theatre at SART – “It’s Showtime in the Mountains!”



Steven Turner

(6) Sunday, July 13at 6:30pm11 Baird Lane Asheville, NCEllen & George Pappas invite you to an evening of storytelling with David Novak in the garden of their north Asheville home – Sunday, July 13, 2014.
Rain or shine!Happy Hour begins at 6:30 PM (BYOB) followed by an intriguing telling experience and potluck. Please bring a dish to share.

Suggested donation $15 – Cash at the door.
Seating is limited so make a reservation today
RSVP: – or – call 828-658-4151


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1)  “Meet Me in St. Louis” Is Full of Music and Magic at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre July 18-27

West Windsor, N.J. – It’s time for the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis and the Smith family couldn’t be more excited.  Journey back in time with the Yardley Players as they present “Meet Me in St. Louis” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre.  Dates and show times for this charming musical are Fridays, July 18 and 25 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 19 and 26 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. An Opening Night Reception with the cast and crew follows the show on July 18.

St. Louis is a proud American town at the start of a new century brimming with possibilities.  The Smith family children have plenty of their own possibilities brewing as well.  Romance swirls around young Esther Smith and her neighbor, John Truitt, while Rose is instantly smitten by her elder brother’s handsome friend, Douglas Moore.  But wait.  Mr. Smith is having financial worries that may mean a sudden move to New York City and an end to the good times and the only home the family has ever known.

Based on the 1944 film of the same name, “Meet Me in St. Louis” is full of good feeling and memorable music, featuring such classics as “Trolley Song,” the song made famous by Judy Garland, “Skip to My Lou,” “The Boy Next Door” and the title song.  It came to the Broadway stage in 1989, running for 252 performances, and has enjoyed numerous revivals, including an off-Broadway production in 2006 and a London run in 2013.

Starring as members of the Smith family are Fred Gropper of Yardley, Pa., as Mr. Smith; Maureen Hackett of Robbinsville as Mrs. Smith; Brent Tuccillo of Hamilton as Lon Smith; Brooke Calderon of Yardley, Pa., as Rose Smith; Colleen McDonald of East Windsor as Esther Smith; Makenna Katz of West Windsor as young Agnes Smith; and Shealyn Davis of Newtown, Pa., as young Tootie Smith.

Also featured are Walter Smyth of Trevose, Pa., as Grandpa; Charlotte Singh of Princeton Junction as Katie; Jacob Kinderman of East Windsor as John Truitt; Jason Diaz as Warren Sheffield; Shannon Bruecker of Howell as Lucille Ballard; Jordan Virgil of East Windsor as Eve; Brian Davis of Newtown,  Pa., as Postman; Gene Pullen of New Egypt as Motorman; Jonathan Logan of West Windsor as Clinton; Joshua Ramos of Hamilton as Peewee; and Justin Ghaffor of Hamilton as Sidney.

Ensemble, dancers and chorus members include Daniel Brugger of Princeton Junction, Mary Burke of Kendall Park, Marissa Carroll of Princeton, Victoria Cohn of West Berlin, Stacy Danka of Allentown, Katelyn Dunkel of Hamilton, Shannon Flanagan of East Windsor, Joanna Haupt of Westfield, Jordan Hayes of Langhorne, Pa., Abigail Kenna of Robbinsville, Nicholas Kianka of Hamilton, Courtney Kosman of East Windsor, Marissa Marciano of Cranbury, Marina McLaughlin of Columbus, Mary Parker of Hamilton, Christina Pullen of New Egypt, Jeanette Smith of West Windsor, Bridget Sweeney of Hamilton, Andrew Wahby of Hamilton, and Gretchen Zimmer of Princeton Junction.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $16 for students/children. 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.

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