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Section 2, part 2

(1) Henry W. in NY: While not one of Woody Allen’s all-time best films – and the overall themes are quite familiar – Magic in the Moonlight is nonetheless entertaining, despite what the New York Times movie critic wrote. Set in the 1920’s, a world renowned stage illusionist, magnificently played by Colin Firth, is urgently summoned by a fellow magician to the beautiful South of France (the Riviera and Provence – it’s so gorgeous I think I’ll go there next month) to unmask a beautiful, young American woman who claims to have super-natural powers, and is about to take a wealthy family for an expensive psychic ride. The magician’s cold, rational, scientific view of the world comically collides with the psychic’s magical, emotional, unscientific world view. Classic Woody Allen metaphysical dilemma. Which view ultimately prevails?

(2) Jean D. in PA: Free Calendars and Calendar Templates

(3) Ariella S. in OR (with a REQUEST FOR HELP):

(4) Carole B. in NC: I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me

(5) Natalie K. in PA: 16 of the most magnificent trees in the world

(6) Steven T. in NC: Diversity in Theatre

(7) Steven S. in FL: Can you answer 10 world history questions?


Section 4, Reviews

A. THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY is a feel-good comedy about an Indian family that settles in France and then opens  a restaurant across from an established French eatery. Helen Mirren and Om Puri are both find in two of the leading roles, and the music is good, too. I just thought the film was a bit overlong, and it didn’t move me quite as much as I would have wanted. Rated G, though methinks most anybody under the age of 13 would be bored by it.

B. IMAGINE ME AND YOU is an English romantic comedy from 2006 about a couple who get married, but then the wife discovers that the person she is married to isn’t the person she wants to spend the rest of her life with . . . rather, that person is the woman who did the flowers at her wedding. Piper Perabo. Lena Headey and Matthew Goode are all excellent in the leading roles. But what really made the film for me was the fact that it featured a covered version of “Happy Together,” arguably the greatest rock song of all time. Rated R.

C. ANIMATING YOUR CAREER (Brigantine Media) by Steve Hickner is all about getting ahead in various creative fields.

The author, a film director at Dreamworks Animation, makes the book come alive by his use of many examples from both his life and films he has worked on. So by reading it, you’ll get real-life tips and suggestions–such as this one:
One day, while she [my mother] was sitting in her chair with a hardback, I asked why it took her so long to finish a book. She closed her book and said the words that I’ve cherished eve since.

“You know that I love to read. But every time one of my kids comes over to talk to me, I always stop what I’m reading. I now at that moment, they need to talk to their mother. I never know what they are going to say, but I want them to know that whatever they say is important to me. So I put the book down, because my kids are more important than a book.”

As might be expected, Hickner also included many illustrations that helped drive home his points. These added to my enjoyment of the book.

And though ANIMATING YOUR CAREER seems to be primarily designed for those in creative endeavors, I strongly recommend it to anybody entering the work force and/or wanting to get ahead.

D. Heard THE CARNIVORE’S MANIFESTO: EATING WELL, EATING RESPONSIBLY, AND EATING MEAT (Hachette Audio), written by Patrick Martins with Mike Edison and ready by Edison.

The book has 50 chapters. I like the fact that each one begins with an engaging thought or quote.

From there, Martins goes on to show why it is actually OK to eat meat ; i.e., we just have to do it sensibly. And we need to make intelligent choices that  help take better care of our planet–and ourselves.

In addition, he gives the names of restaurants and companies that are doing much to promote the sustainable-food movement, so if you’d also like to do that, then get hold of THE CARNIVORE’S MANIFESTO. You won’t be disappointed.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) At Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville, NC:

Playing Soon: Treasure IslandSaturday August 23rd at 7:30pm (Stay after the show and celebrate opening night with the cast and crew.)
Sunday August 24th at 3:00pm (Join us for a post show discussion immediately following the show.)Friday August 29th at 7:30pm
Saturday August 30th at 7:30pm
Sunday August 31st at 3:00pmFriday September 5th at 7:30pm
Saturday September 6th at 7:30pm

This swashbuckling and wild yarn about piracy on the high seas centers on Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is at once good and evil, perhaps the most famous pirate of all time.

(2) Walter B. in NC: Upon realizing that the money in teaching mask making may be found in teaching younger students, I’m scaling down the class to be young student age appropriate. Instead of my students having their own head cast, I’m creating these ready to use heads from a cheap plastic mold. They are the right size for a kids head, and let me skip the head casting process and go right to sculpting the mask shape.

I’ll be looking for 4 to 5 students in the 8 to 13 year old range, to take a free class from me, so I can both practice my new class structure, and get some good promo shots for marketing purposes. If you know of a kid who would like to take this class, have their parent contact me.

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(3)  novak

Gates open at 6:30 PM

Meet & mingle till 7 PM when the stories start with professional storyteller David Novak.  Get to know David at www.

Space is limited.    RSVP to reserve a ticket at  or  call  828-658-4151

Suggested compensation for the artist – $10 pp.      Cash at the door.

BYOCB  –  Bring Your Own Chair and Beverage

Directions:  36 Benfield Road, Weaverville, NC       828-658-4151

From I-26 West to New Stock Exit 21.  Right at the stop sign.  Left at first light Weaverville Blvd.  Right at next light- Reems Creek.  Drive 4.5 miles.  Right at Ox Creek Rd. for 1.3 miles.   Left at Ballard Branch which is dirt for .5 mile.  Right fork at Benfield Rd.  Drive .3 miles to #36.  Sharp left into gravel driveway.  Stay right around curve.

Space is limited   –    RESERVE today   

Rain or Shine!


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Last minute Performance at Lex 18 Saturday!
Richard Shulman at Lex 18Hi Everyone!  I got a call from Lex 18 and we will be playing there this Saturday Aug. 16  from 7:30’til 10:30.
“We” is the Richard Shulman Trio with yours truly on piano, Ryan Kijanka – bass and Rick Dilling – drums. We’ll be playing some favorite standards from the Great American Sonbook and some lyrical and swingin’ originals!
Earth & Sky at White Horse Black Mountain Sun. Aug. 24
Sky JazzEarth & Sky, our jazz trio  with Richard Shulman – piano, Mike Holstein – bass and Sonny Thornton – drums will perform at White Horse Black Mountain, Sunday, Aug. 24th, 7:30 pm.  Admission $12.
Expect some new music and old favorites!
Here’s a track from our CD Sky Jazz – “Pictures in the Clouds
Pictures in the Clouds
 “World Peace” is here now! (at least the CD is)!
World Peace
“World Peace” (the CD) has arrived from the manufacturer and I’m very pleased with how it sounds.  This album is a spontaneously composed musical meditation/prayer on the thought of World Peace recorded Aug. 4 & 6, 1985 on the 40th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.
Click on photo for more info
“World Peace” from the album:
World Peace
Upcoming Events – Richard Shulman performances:
August 2014
Sat. Aug. 16th, 7:30 – 10:30 pm The Richard Shulman Trio with Ryan Kijanka – bass and Rick Dilling – drums at Lex 18 (18 N Lexington Ave., downtown Asheville). Info and reservations: 828-575-9494.
Sat. Aug. 23rd 6:00 – 9:00 pm playing keyboard with Sharon LaMotte Marco’s Pizzeria 946 Merrimon Ave. Asheville 828-285-0709
Sun. Aug 24th 9:45 and 11:15 am guest musician at Jubilee Community 46 Wall Street Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Sun. Aug. 24th 8:00 pm Earth & Sky at White Horse Black Mountain  Richard Shulman – piano, Mike Holstein – bass, Sonny Thornton – drums playing exciting original music and standards from the Great American Songbook. 105 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711 (828) 669-0816
Fri. Aug 29th, 7:30 pm and Sat. Aug 30th, 2:00 pm playing piano for Timothy O’Keefe presenting Remembering Frank Sinatra, the Capitol Years at Diana Wortham Theatre with the Russ Wilson Orchestra.
Here, in a special tribute, TV Personality and International Recording Artist Timothy O’Keefe offers a fascinating and entertaining look at the life of Frank Sinatra – the singer, the actor and the man. You will visit his most powerful, productive and provocative time, 1953 to 1961, the years he recorded with Capitol Records and established himself as one of the most recognizable personalities on the planet.This is not an impersonator or lookalike show, but an affectionate musical and biographical look into one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th Century by what the CHICAGO TRIBUNE  labeled, “…A WORLD CLASS SINGER.”
September 2014
Tues. Sept. 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm playing keyboard with Sharon LaMotte Marco’s Pizzeria 946 Merrimon Ave. Asheville 828-285-0709
Sun. Sept. 7th, 10:45 am Service, guest musician and speaker at the Fellowship of the Inner Light, 620  14th St. Virginia Beach, VA 23451, 757-482-5782
Mon. Sept. 15th Noon, interview on the Bob Hannah “Living Well” radio show on Asheville FM radio.
Sat. Sept. 27th 7:30 pm Richard Shulman at the UR Light Center in an interactive concert/meditative experience/prayer session for World Peace and inner peace. Solo piano on the Kawaii Concert Grand piano in the acoustics of the Light Center’s Geodesic Dome Prayer Room. The Light Center is 8.2 miles South of I-40 exit 64 on Route 9 (after the 2nd “straight-a-way). 2190 NC Rte. 9, 828-669-6845. $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available through and by calling the Light Center 828-669-6845.
October 2014
Sat. Oct. 4th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm performances at The Coptic Fellowship International Asheville area Conference, Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC
Sat. Oct. 18th 3:00 – 5:00 pm Solo Jazz Piano at Burnt Shirt Vineyards Gazebo 2695 Sugarloaf Road Hendersonville, North Carolina 28792, Phone: 828-685-2402
Sun. Oct 19th, 3:00 pm Waynesville NC Public Library, concert for the Haywood County Arts Council. Richard Shulman – solo piano, admission free.
Sun. Oct. 19th 8:00 – 11:00 pm Jazz for Quartet and Jazz Mini-Choir Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. The Richard Shulman Groupwith Richard Shulman – piano, Mike Holstein – bass, Rick Dilling – drums, __________ Saxophones, Wendy Jones, Paula Hanke and Sherman Hoover – vocals; playing original music written for jazz quartet and mini jazz choir. 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806 · (828) 575-2737 – $8 cover charge also includes another show upstairs at 6:00.
Sat. Oct. 25th 8:00 pm, The Pure Heart Ensemble at  White Horse Black Mountain  105 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711 (828) 669-0816
November 2014
Sat. Nov. 1st, Evening, and Sun. Nov. 2 10:00 am playing piano for the UR Light Center Advance 2196 NC Hwy 9 Black Mountain, NC 28711 828.669.6845
December 2014
Sun. December 28th, 8:00 – 11:00 pm playing piano with the Eve Haslam Quartet, Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. West Asheville, NC 28806

(5) Join us Wednesday, August 20th, at Yao Buffet Sushi Grill for our Lunch & Learn series! Tina FireWolf’s Topic is Communication from Chaos to LOVE. She will give a light hearted look at some Tools, Tips and Tales that help illustrate what skills are needed to communicate from a compassionate place.Tina FireWolf was a Middle School Science Educator for 8 years in California where she quickly learned that public school was her Ashram and her students were her Gurus.

During the teaching of Genetics and Chemistry she realized what her students really wanted to know was what she was currently learning about herself – she called it “The Science of Self” and began to weave this into her curriculum – until one day students and teachers alike began to encourage her with words of “You really need to be on stage.”  She took that seriously and retired a few years later.

Tina FireWolf grew up on a 30 acre farm where summers were often spent in snorkel gear floating in the stock tank observing the goldfish she asked to dad to stock for her. She has a love affair with the Ocean world and began her career at 15 working in a local pet store. As a SCUBA instructor she has dove with sharks of various species on purpose, experienced underwater caves and shipwrecks and spent several years assisting in research on Clownfish and Southern Flounder. The world of Science took her from Aquariums to Zoos and she stills spends endless hours in nature watching life unfold.

All are welcome to come and bring a friend! The agenda for the luncheon is as follows: we will be having lunch from 12:00 – 12:30 pm, FireWolf’s presentation from 12:30 – 1:00 pm, and a networking opportunity from 1:00 – 1:30 pm. The meeting will be held at Yao Buffet Sushi Grill, 153 Smokey Park Highway, Asheville, NC 28806. If you get lost call Yao at (828) 667-041.



Section 12B, PA/NJ events



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You will leave training with a deeper understanding of child development, the capacity and confidence to create lesson plans that meet children’s needs, and the knowledge to teach in a safe, engaging and compassionate way. We will address the challenges of teaching in school environments, as well as practical information about how to set up new classes, get insurance, talk to schools about yoga, and more.Learn moreEach of the three levels may be taken independently. 
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The Level Three intensive provides you with the tools to effectively create curricula and teach with your own authentic presence. In this final level of training we spend time learning to develop activities based on your personal practice. We also address the specific challenges of working with teens, and students with special needs. Time is dedicated to practice teaching, feedback on that teaching, and answering questions.
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See our Upcoming EventsPrinceton Yoga’s Teacher Trainings arecertified with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Studio (RYS®).Upcoming Trainings:
Prana Yoga Teacher Training (200h)
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Little Flower Children Yoga Teacher Training
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Prana Yoga Teacher Training (200 hr)
Prana Yoga Teacher Training
Directed by Jeff Migdow, MD,
with Marisa Bonfanti

Full program runs October 11, 2014 through June 28, 2015.
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 the yogic tradition, prana is seen as pervading and animating the universe, flowing through all things, including us. Yogic practices are designed to increase the flow of prana in our bodies and minds to facilitate healing and expand consciousness. Increased pranic flow enhances mental clarity, emotional stability and physical vitality.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.Come to one of our FREE INTRO and learn more about this Prana Yoga Teacher Training and meet Dr. Jeff Migdow:
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