BLAINESWORLD #938 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Chuck F. in NC: Thanks, Blaine, for your good press on behalf of SART.

Note: In case you missed it, you can still help out SART by clicking:
Note: As you watch it, please consider a donation of any size to assist SART at this crucial time. Then watch as Owen Theatre gets renovated for 2016, and the plays go on the road for 2015!

You may donate immediately by going to the SART website:

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the (Donate Online) button.Or checks may be mailed to SART, P.O. Box 1720  Mars Hill, NC 28754.

(2) Carol S. in PA: 25 Things You Don’t Understand About Long Island (unless you’re from there)

(3) Flattering Caricatures for Business Use by Pat Achilles

(4) Learning How to Exert Self-Control

(5) Tebbe D. in NC: Get a FREE PAINTING! As I Move into the transition of working my Artistic lifestyle into a full-time endeavor, I am offering a free painting each month (from a pre-selected group) until 2015, to any one who signs up for my newsletter. Now you may think “why would I do that?” And I would reply, because I am giving away paintings! But that is not the whole truth. What I am offering is an insight into The Madman’s life of Artistic Creativity; for humor, for fun, for inspiration and just for the hell of it. I will send out a newsletter about once a month, with quips, stories, live events notifications, images of the latest art, and my gallery openings. All this, so you can be a part of Art that is Fun and full of life! I will also be including background stories on the inspiration and methods for my artistic work.  Join me as we live a life of passion and expression for the world to see.

So go to my professional website and sign up for the Newsletter and you could receive a free painting (shipping and frame not included) valued up to $500 just for signing up.
(6) Carole S. in NJ: THANK YOU SO MUCH for these contests!  I was able to get away to Salvo on the Outer Banks again this past week — so close, but yet so far — and FINALLY “made time” to read Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin — which I won in one of your contests back in April.  I LOVED IT.  Turns out the author is just over a year older than me, so many memories that she divulged from her youth really jogged my own memories — many I had completely forgotten.  Funny, although I can’t really recall going to a Phillies’ game, or watching them play on TV, or even listening to their games on the radio, I now remember that my bedroom walls were covered with 8×10, black & white glossies of all the Phillies players!!  I also was able to keep a baseball scorebook, but for our local kids’ leagues.  So many, many fine memories…and the feeling of loss that I don’t remember nearly as much as the author does!  What a loss.  So glad I got to read this!
(7) Natalie K. in PA:  Just finished watching “For the Boys” with Bette Midler and James Caan –  loved it!
(8) Sunny R. in NC: Hello dear friends! (woof, woof)Well, about 10 days ago, something (spirit !!)) made me go inside the Henderson county animal shelter… and there she was, this precious little dog with the big brown eyes… and I knew I would have to do something to save her (it is a kill shelter, where they say “there are no guarantees, when new dogs come in, we have to make space…”
So long story short, I adopted her, with the intention of saving her life and finding her a home. She is adorable, playful, full of life and energy… she is a beagle mix, they say, between 9-12 months old, and weighs 21 lbs. . She has just been spayed, has had her shots and deworming etc, and needs a forever home. I call her Molly B, after Molly Brown who survived the Titanic, and this Molly survived the shelter!
She needs to run a lot, … she is full of puppy energy. Having a fenced yard, kids or another dog to play with or an adult who can spend a lot of time with her, would really be great! She is very affectionate and wants to be with you all the time!Let me know if she touches your heart the way she has touched mine, or if you know of someone who may want to have an addition to their family!With puppy love, Connie/Sunny
(9) Ellen P. in NC: Can You Name Those Famous Broadway Shows
(10) Ange M. in PA: Well now that you let us know that you eat at home, tell us if you cook at home.  Just because one has a kitchen and a dining room does not mean they actually cook LOL.  Just having a little fun with you.
Response: Not very often. But hey, that’s why they invented . . . leftovers!
(11) Arlene D. in PA: BEWARE of an IRS Impersonation phone scam. I received a call today from supposedly an IRS Investigator who threatened to send Sheriffs and IRS agents to my home (they knew my address) since I have ignored 2 previous visits from IRS agents. They said I owed $27,000 + including penalty. After I calmed down, I thought it was a scam since I never received a notice, a bill, or a phone call. I had asked him to fax me the evidence or report. He couldn’t. Also could not let me talk to his supervisor. Scared me at first; then called my accountant who verified it is definitely. See link below from the IRS:
(12) Nancy W. in PA: Really nice newsletter …. So positive and informative!  Thanks for sharing!


Section 4, Reviews

A. DOLPHIN TALE, the 2011 family hit movie, told the story of Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery was made possible by a groundbreaking prosthetic tail. DOLPHIN TALE 2, the sequel, takes place several years later with Winter facing some new difficulties. All those in the entire main cast reappear in this film, and they are fine. But Winter again delivers as the real star. See DOLPHIN TALE 2 for her performance. Also, make sure you stay for the credits, at which time you’ll see some real clips of both Winter and the many people around the world who have been inspired by her. If you are looking for fine family entertainment, you won’t go wrong watching this sequel. Rated PG.
B. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is now out on DVD . . . my review from BLAINESWORLD #926 follows:
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, based on the bestselling novel by John Green, explores the story of two teenagers who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group. It reminded me of LOVE STORY, but didn’t touch me as much as that film did. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are fine in the leading roles, but overall, I wouldn’t rush out to see this one; i.e., unless you’re a teenager. Methinks it would have more appeal to that age group. Rated PG-13.
Note: A much better rental would be 2001’s RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS, a dramedy starring Drew Barrymore. Based on a memoir by Beverly Donofiro, it is the story of a young woman who finds her life radically altered when she became pregnant as a 15-year-old. Steve Zahn is outstanding as the sweet but drug-addicted guy who becomes Barrymore’s husband. I also liked the work of both Brittany Murphy and James Woods. Rated PG-13.
C. Heard DIRTY WORK (Hachette Audio), written by Gabriel Weston and narrated by Carolyn Cook.The author tells the story of an  obstetrician-gynecologist whose botched surgery has put a patient in a life-threatening coma. As a result, she must face a medical tribunal to determine if she can continue to practice medicine.Over a four week period, she also is forced to reconsider the work that she does; i.e., in providing abortions.

Regardless of how you feel about the subject, you’ll find this a thought-provoking book. The fact that it was written by a woman who when not writing is a surgeon gave it even more believability.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Friday, September 26at 8:30pm

1045 Haywood Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28806

Celebrate fall with an Equinox Night Carnival! Face painting, henna body art, tarot card readers and great country rock tunes from Red Honey: With a sound like the secret love child of Johnny Cash and Grace Slick, Red Honey is is both retro and hauntingly catchy.


– EQUINOX NIGHT CARNIVAL 8:30-10 p.m.: Face painting, henna body art, tarot card readers by donation & more.

– RED HONEY SHOW (vintage country meets desert blues); Red Honey rocks the house 10-11:30 p.m.:

$10 donation to Steven requested, cash only via Odditorium ticket purchase.

Beer & cocktails at the bar. Steven will be there.

Can’t make it? NO PROBLEM! DONATE HERE, no amount too small!:

Have a drink, enjoy some west side carnival magic, visit with nonprofit hero Steven Liebenhaut, and donate to his ongoing expenses as he deals with income loss due to cancer. ALL ARE WELCOME.

(2) At Parkway Playhouse:

Playing Soon: A Midsummer Night’s DreamSaturday September 20th at 7:30pm(Stay after the show and celebrate opening night with the cast and crew.)
Sunday September 21st at 3:00pm (Join us for a post show discussion immediately following the show.)Friday September 26th at 7:30pm
Saturday September 27th at 7:30pm
Sunday September 28th at 3:00pmFall under the spell of Shakespeare’s most joyful and popular comedy.  Filled with magic, humor, music and spectacle, the merriment unfolds in an enchanted forest where fairies play tricks on unsuspecting lovers and bumbling actors are transformed beyond their wildest dreams.  With a magic potion that grants love at first sight, anything can, and does, happen!For a backstage look at A Midsummer Night’s Dream, check out Stage Whispers, the Parkway Playhouse BLOG!

School Performance: A Midsummer Night’s DreamParkway Playhouse is offering an exclusive performance for classrooms on:Friday September 26th at 11:30amIf you have a class that is interested in attending the performance, please contact Kristen Livengood at

(3) Free SCORE seminar: Accounting for Small Businesses

When: Saturday September 20, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
Where: AB-Tech Enka Campus, 1459 Sand Hill Rd, Small Business Center,. Room 2046, Candler, NCLearn your responsibilities for taxation and record-keeping to ensure you are in compliance with Federal, State and local regulations.Seating is limited, and we will not be accepting registrations at the door, so click the button on the bottom of this page to register.Doors open at 8:30 AM.  The seminar begins at 9:00 AM SHARP. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to handle paperwork.To register, please click:

Improve your reading and
reading comprehension

Dear Blaine,

You’re invited to a free talk about how to improve reading comprehension.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Skyland/South Buncombe Library
260 Overlook Road, Asheville, NC

RSVP to Wes Beach 828-216-4444

Do you or your loved one fit into one of these categories?

You can read but you don’t comprehend what you read.
Does this sound familiar? Do you have to read a passage over several times before you are able to grasp its meaning? Does your child have trouble with end-of-the-year tests? The problem lies in the difficulty to get the information from the eyes to the memory.

You have difficulty pronouncing and processing words.
Sometimes translating letters into words can be a frustrating problem. As a result, spelling becomes an issue, too. To read, we need to recognize letters, match letters to sounds, and blend sounds into a word. We need to match the word to a meaning and keep the words flowing in the correct order. Then we need to store it in our memory. In this simple explanation, but if one or more steps is not functioning correctly reading can be difficult or impossible. At Learning Improvement Center, we use Brain Integration Therapy (BIT) to help alleviate these issues. BIT improves the brain’s ability to make these timely functions flow better. Then, there is a positive domino effect. Spelling and pronunciation improves, and the desire to read grows.

You have tried tutoring but you still struggle with reading comprehension. 
Sometimes there is disconnect between what the eyes see and what the brain processes. This block makes it extremely difficult for tutoring, hard work and commitment to truly pay off. BIT improves the brain’s ability to learn words and pronounce them, remember and focus. With these improvements most people find that tutoring and hard work are successful.

BIT is well-researched and frequently recommended by parents, teachers, psychologists and other health care professionals. And it produces impressive results for many people.


The Addams Family: Oct 3-26

The First Family of Freaky: Morticia (Rachelle Roberts) and Gomez Addams (Bradshaw Call).
Photo by Rodney Smith / Tempus Fugit Design.

October 3-26, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm

When you look at that picture, can’t you just hear the “snap, snap” from the classic theme song in your head? It happens to us every time we see it!

Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Lurch and Grandma are back in The Addams Family, a new musical comedy that will open our 2014-15 season! They’re joined by a host of new characters – a “normal” family from Ohio and a host of ghostly ancestors.

Opening Weekend Events:
* Friday, October 3: Opening Night! Pre-Show Champagne Reception in the Lobby
* Saturday, October 4: Pre-Show Sweets and Treats in the Lobby
* Sunday, October 5: Q&A Matinee! Stay after the show for a talk-back with the cast and crew!

Buy Tickets Now!
Plus: Get ghoulishly glam with a Morticia make-up tutorial, concoct an Addams Family-themed cocktail (or mocktail for the under 21s), and see original Charles Addams cartoons on our Pinterest page!

(6) Invitation from Jennifer Worthen

I’ll be heading out to Chicago, IL on 9/26…So, if you’re able, come join us at an incredible venue, White Horse Black Mountain,
105C Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC this Tuesday night, 9/23, for the open mic at 8 pm. Would love to hear creative offerings shared by all! Zuzu Welsh and I will be playing at around 9:30.

I love you. I will miss you dearly and deeply. THANK YOU for being who you are in my life. Actually, let’s throw a little Ho’oponono in there. Can’t have too much of that, right? I’m so sorry, I love you, please forgive me and thank you. We stay connected always.

I sincerely apologize to those of you whom I have not had a chance to speak with personally yet…Time has been an interesting entity these days.

Hope to see you Tuesday night!!!!



Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1)  Theatrical Concert: We Shall Not Be Moved!

Date: Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Contact: 215-348-9461

Location: Mercer Museum


From the mournful call of the Negro spiritual to the cry of protest and purpose that signified the African-American experience in the 1950s and 1960s, We Shall Not Be Moved is an hour-long concert experience focused on the compelling music of the Civil Rights struggle. Talented vocalist Keith Spencer performs popular songs from the era, as well as poignant readings from leaders, activists and spokespersons of the movement. Included are songs such as “People Get Ready,”  “Oh, Freedom!,” “Go Down, Moses,” “A Change is Gonna Come,” and, of course, “We Shall Not Be Moved.” $15/$12 members. Concert fee includes admission to the museum and our current exhibit, For All the World to See. Seating is limited, call 215-348-9461 now for advanced reservations! Presented in association with On Demand! Programs and Events.

(2) 2nd Annual Yardley International Day of Peace “Sharing the Message with our Children”

The Second Yardley International Day of Peace will take place on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 from 12 pm – 6 pm.  The celebration will once again be held in Buttonwood Park in downtown Yardley. The event will feature a peace ceremony which will include contributions from many different faith-based traditions and ethnic groups. This year’s theme is “Sharing the message with our Children”, and the program will feature an educational and interactive component for children. The event will be sponsored by the Khalsa Healing Arts and Yoga Studio, Soulutions for Daily Living, and the Interfaith Community of Lower Bucks, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together people of all faiths to build harmony, community, and understanding by hosting and participating in community work, play, worship, and education.

There will be a vegan pot-luck dinner and live music and dancing following the ceremony. The musical presentations include area youth soloists and groups, and the headliner of the event will be Rotimi and the Afrophonik Crew, a 12 piece jazz band featuring original music celebrating peace. (Rotimi’s band can be viewed on youtube: .)  Many other local professional musicians will be participating as well. When envisioning this event, Mahan Rishi of the Khalsa Healing Arts and Yoga Studio, had the intention of creating a joyful celebration featuring the diverse international community in Bucks County and surrounding areas.  “Our hope is that the joyful community brought together by this celebration will further enhance the positive energy we are collectively creating for global peace.” 

The ceremony will also feature the ICLB presentation of the annual Al Krass Peace Award to Barbara Simmons, Executive Director of The Peace Center in Langhorne. Acting President of the ICLB Natalie Kaye remarked,It is a joy for the Interfaith Community of Bucks County to partner with the Khalsa Healing Arts Center for the Second Annual International Day of Peace.  I am so excited to be presenting the Interfaith Community of Bucks County Al Krass Annual Peace Award to Barbara Simmons. I don’t know of anyone who works more tirelessly for peace than Barbara.”

Sister Rosemary, a Grey Nun, one of the key groups participating in the event added, ”The Grey Nuns are committed to peace as a way of life. We seek to be instruments of peace in our everyday life and in the opportunities we are given in service to others and in our role as citizens of our country and of the world.”  Please note: This event is FREE and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact: or call (215) 321-0305.

(3) 50th Anniversary Premiere Music Performance and Art Unveiling

Saturday October 11, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Gateway Auditorium & Linksz Pavilion
Newtown, PA 18940
Driving Directions
Dear Blaine,

Help celebrate Bucks County Community College’s 50th anniversary by joining us for a special music performance and art unveiling featuring commissioned works by Jeff Baumeister, Ann Geddes, Barbara Korb, and Mark Sfirri. A reception with the artists and Bucks President Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt follows the performance.

Please use the following links for more information and to receive your complimentary tickets. Seating is limited, so be sure to register by October 1, 2014.
Get more information
Register Now!
I can’t make it
We look forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary with you. This event is co-sponsored by BCCC’s Federation of Teachers.

(4) Joey Novick
Sunday, Sept. 21
4 p.m.

Grounds For Sculpture
126 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, New Jersey
Stand-up comedian/improviser gets elected to the Borough Council in Flemington, NJ. In a 12-year journey in NJ politics, he moves from being a cynical ex-New Yorker to being passionate about public service. He applied the rules of improv to the world of politics. Result: New Jersey: Politics Unusual. Written an Performed by Joey Novick. Directed by Carol Montgomery.

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