BLAINESWORLD #949 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Cynthia G. in NC: What will we do when you hit #1000????

Response: Celebrate! Want to join me?

Note: Actually, I hope all readers will! Stay tuned for details.

(2) Rocket scientist’s idea could put an end to texting while driving

(3) Rhoda Weaver’s Demo Page

I have the opportunity to do a quality demo in a state of the art studio. I have been unable to do this in the past and have allowed finances to stop me from pursuing my passion which is music. So I am starting this page to help raise the money I need for my demo and all of the cds. I appreciate any and all donations and thank each and every person that contributes. Blessings to you!

To donate, please click:

Note: Rhoda rocks! If you agree with me, please consider making a contribution.

(4) Judy McKnight in NC: My FB page is at

To quote Judy:

Our goal is to help the economy in Henderson and Polk Counties by re-connecting local CUSTOMERS with local BUSINESSES. LoveLocalHendersonville is one of the most affordable and strategic marketing opportunities for locally owned independent businesses in the area.

You won’t find any big-box stores or major chains on LoveLocalHendersonville. Instead, you’ll find what has made our community strong for decades – local businesses like yours and mine!

I would appreciate it if you took a moment to check it out, and if think the info is good, please give out a LIKE and invite your friends to like it as well.

Note: Judy does excellent work. Check this out for yourself by visiting the above.

(5) Are Gadget-Free Bedrooms the Secret to a Happy Relationship?

(6) Why our memory fails us

(7) Why Elders Smile

(8) Ricky Boone in NC: Need a Life Coach but do not have the money?

I need people to help me, and I do not have the money to hire someone. Help with cleaning the Magic Shop, talking to people, helping me find Motivational Speaking Programs and Magic Shows.

Maybe we can help each other.

I have a lot of knowledge about life and overcoming problems.

I have a lot to offer.

PM me [on Faebook]. We will set up a time for you to come in and talk.

Note: His email address is: Also, make sure you read the book review in Section 4C of this week’s newsletter. It is about Ricky’s life.

(9) Bill L. in PA: Our friend Mr. Worthington texted me last night and alerted me to a movie that was coming on TCM.  It was called On Borrowed Time with Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Lionel Barrymore and Buelah Bondi.  It was made in 1939 (the great year).  Neither one of us had ever seen it and we both really enjoyed it.  Have you ever seen it?

(10) Joe D. i n NC:  Great stuff!

(11) Edie Weinstein in PA: 30 important questions to ask before we commit to a relationship


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Red State, White Guy Blues author signing, release!

From 10 until 6 on December 6, Jeff Messer will be appearing as part of Book Fest at the Haywood Park Hotel.

(2) Programs offered by Kaleo Wheeler:

The Hawaiian Art of Forgiving
Starting with the modern form of Ho’oponopono so popular on the mainland for problem solving, learn practical
and simple techniques from the more traditional Hawaiian form of Forgiveness to release anger & fear by holding the most graceful space of peaceful resolution. Monday December 8 6:30—8:30pm Fee: $20; at the door: $25

The Sacred Art of Traditional Hula—the Dance of the Heart
Experience more grace & radiance thru this energy dance & ancient storytelling, with its slow & fluid movements
similar to the Chinese Tai Chi, while also experiencing a rich & beautiful culture that embraces community,
family and caring for one another. No prior dance experience is necessary & great for all ages
Tuesdays evenings 6:30pm—8:00pm $15 single class; $45 for 4 consecutive classes

The Sacred Art of Hawaiian Chant
It is about breath, about heart, and about Spirit; and we all come fully equipped to participate.
Monday, December 15 6:30pm—8:00pm Fee: $15; at the door: $20

Kaleo Wheeler is the Director of the Joy is the Voice of Love Center. She has been facilitating workshops, trainings & private session in body/mind/integration since the mid 80’s. She has extensive experience in the ancient Hawaiian healing arts, studying with traditional teachers on both the mainland and Hawaii’i since the
late 80’s. She has been singing and performing for 30+ yrs.


To schedule your session, go to:
Winter Schedule Asheville NC December 2014
Locattiion forr eventts:: WNC Massage Schooll,, 131 McDowellll Sttrreett #302,, Asheviilllle NC
TO REGIISTER,, for  more inforrmation and to schedulle a private session,,
conttact the Joy is the Voice of Love Center at::
Phone:: 812–929–8898 Emaiill::

(3) The Santaland Diaries returns for it’s 13th year at the Asheville Community Theatre. Starring last year’s Crumpet the Elf, Bradshaw Call, and directed by Betsy Puckett, this one-man show reveals what it’s really like to work as an elf in Macy’s Santaland. We’ve chosen to honor the roots of the show by bringing it back to it’s original space, 35below, with a brand new take on this timelessly irreverent material. Please join us once again for a evening of laughs this December!

NOTE: This show is NOT suitable for children.

WHEN: December 11-20, 2014

TIME: Thursdays at 7:30pm; Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm & 9:30pm

WHERE: 35 Below at the Asheville Community Theatre
35 E. Walnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801

COST: $15

BOX OFFICE: (828) 254-1320



Last Chance to See Don’t Dress for Dinner
Don't Dress for Dinner

 (5) Thanks, Mike Martinell, for this review of this cute play that’s now at Asheville Community Theatre: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS ***If you like the annual Christmas special, you’ll love this life production that will delight children as well as adults that opens tonight at Asheville Community Theatre.As in every production ACT has found the perfect cast of local actors.
Charlie Brown played by local attorney Craig Justus is the perfect Charlie Brown. Newcomers to Asheville Karen Covington and Mike Yow who delighted us earlier this fall in The Addams Family are just as charming as Sally and Shermy. The cast is rounded out by the talents of Daniel Hensley as Schroeder, Kyle Fitzsimmon as Linus, Tara Theodossis as Lucy, Candice Owen as Snoopy , Zac Ball as Pigpen, Cary Nichols as Freida, Katie Turner as Violet and Susan Lawrence as Patty.

What is enjoyable about the live production is you feel like your watching something totally different then the TV special. You’ll also enjoy a few sing a long Christmas carols.

As a special treat for the kids there is a special guest star just waiting for them to sit on his lap after the show in the lobby.
Note: I already saw a preview performance of the above and enjoyed it. You will, too, especially if you have children or grandchildren. Check next week’s issue for pictures.


Winter Solstice Celebration at UR Light Center
Light Center Solstice
An Appalachian Holiday Concert 12/13/14 at the Isis Music Hall
Isis Calendar
On Sat. Dec. 13th 8:30 – 11:00 pm I’m participating in “An Appalachian Holiday” concert featuring Sheila Kay AdamsJoshua Messick & Richard Shulman  at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806 · (828) 575-2737 More info Here.
 With her offbeat and humorous anecdotes, touching stories and traditional songs, Sheila Kay Adams is the product of a rich Appalachian culture. A 2013 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship, Adams has entertained local and international audiences with her unique experiences as a native western North Carolinian. Come share the many joys of this holiday season.”
Asheville, North Carolina-based National Hammered Dulcimer Champion,Joshua MessickJoshua Messick, breathes new life into an ancient, enchanting instrument. Creativity flows with dynamic passion as he weaves progressive, cinematic stylings & modern techniques into traditional melodies, original compositions, & powerful improvisations. You will be inspired as Joshua plays World Fusion, New Age, Folk, & Traditional Favorites. more >>>
Joshua and I will play the first set at 8:30 and Sheila will come on at 9:20.
Upcoming Events – Richard Shulman performances:
December 2014
Fri. Dec. 5th 8:00 pm playing piano with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra (AJO big band),  White Horse Black Mountain  105 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711 (828) 669-0816 tickets $15
Sat. Dec. 13th 8:00 – 11:00 pm “An Appalachian Holiday” concertfeaturing Sheila Kay AdamsJoshua Messick and Richard Shulman  at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806 · (828) 575-2737 More info Here.
Sun. Dec. 14th, 9:45 & 11:15 am playing piano for the Jubilee! Choir Jubilee! Community Church, 46 Wall St. Asheville, NC 28801 828-252-5335
Fri. Dec. 18th 8:00 – 11:00 pm playing piano with the Russ Wilson Orchestra in “Have Yourself a Swingin’ Little Christmas” at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. West Asheville, NC 28806 · (828) 575-2737
Sat. Dec. 19th 8:00 – 11:00 pm playing piano with the Russ Wilson Orchestra in “Have Yourself a Swingin’ Little Christmas” at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. West Asheville, NC 28806 · (828) 575-2737
Sun. Dec. 21st, 9:45 & 11:15 am playing piano for the Jubilee! Choir Jubilee! Community Church, 46 Wall St. Asheville, NC 28801 828-252-5335
Sun. Dec. 21st, 3:00 – 5:00 pm Winter Solstice Musical Meditation/Concert  at the UR Light Center  2196 NC Hwy 9 Black Mountain, NC 28711 Winter is the season of outer darkness and Inner Light.  At the time of the Solstice we will set the tone for the Winter season with music and meditations to delve into and commune with the Inner Light. $15 in Advance (call the Light Center to register at 828-669-6945 or online at www.brownpapertickets).  $20 at Door
Wed. Dec. 24th, 5:00 pm Christmas Eve Communion service
playing piano for the Jubilee! Choir Jubilee! Community Church, 46 Wall St. Asheville, NC 28801 828-252-5335
Sun. Dec. 28th 11:00 am providing music for the Unity Church of Asheville, 130 Shelburne Rd., Asheville, NC 28806 828-252-5010
Tues. Dec. 30th, 7:00 – 900 pm playing piano for “Opening to a New World of Light: New Year’s Prayer Celebration” with Tully Moss UR Light Center  2196 NC Hwy 9 Black Mountain, NC 28711
5 sessions beginning Tuesday at 10 AM and ending at Midnight on Wednesday.
At the Light Center, we’re all for new beginnings.  But we do ours a bit differently.  We start our new beginnings with prayer.  Our objective is to ground whatever we do in the Divine.  You can start your New Year in a fresh, Divinely-inspired way by joining us for the New Year’s Prayer Celebration at the Light Center. Our prayers will be designed to elevate and help center you in the Divine Spirit. The intent of our prayers will be to unravel any knots and remove any blockages that are holding you back from knowing and expressing the Divine that is within you.
What better way to start the New Year than through prayers that will lift your spirit and accelerate your advancement in the Light!  Come join us for this special Prayer Celebration! Click here for flyer.
Wed. Dec. 31st 10:30 pm – 1:30 am playing piano with the Jonathon Stout Orchestra as part of “Lindy Focus”  at the Expo Center of the Crown Plaza, 1 Resort Dr., Asheville NC 28806. New Year’s Eve tickets are $55 in advance (, $65 at-the-door.

(8) At White Horse Black Mountain:

On Sunday December 7th,
we present our first annual  traditional
celebration with music, singing, dancing, and more.    CAROLINA CEILI will provide the music.   A portion of the proceeds from that show will benefit the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry in their efforts to provide food, clothing, heat, and other needs for those in the community.
On Thursday December 11th,
we host our fifth annual BOX AND BEER event.  This is a free community event.  Instead of paying an admission fee simply bring a box (or bag) for non-perishable food items to donate to the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry.   You’ll be treated to the music of The Mudlarks.
On Thursday Dec 18th, we’ll host a benefit for DAVID CODY and his family.   David is a multi-talented musician who makes his home here in the Swannanoa Valley.   He’s a skilled carpenter, craftsman, roofer and all-around handyman who supports his family through his hands.  In October, he severely damaged his fingers in an accident at work.  Surgery was required and he’s undergoing a length recovery.  During this time he’s unable to work. David is without insurance.  Rising medical bills and no way to generate income have left David in a tough spot.   So friends and neighbors are coming to gather to help with a musical benefit event.
The community is invited to our annual  free Christmas Eve gathering at White Horse at 6:30pm on Dec 24th.   Bob and Kim (and others) will share music and we’ll have a sing-a-long of carols.   Joshua Messick will also share songs of the season on his Hammered Dulcimer.
It’s a wonderful time of coming together as a community and we hope you’ll attend.
Many of you have inquired about purchasing White Horse gift certificates to give to friends and family.   We’re thrilled that you want to share the “White Horse experience” with others.
To purchase Gift Certificates call 828-669-0816
or simply stop by White Horse.
Celebrate the arrival of the 2015 in style at our annual New Year’s Eve Celebration.
This years party features
The BJ Leiderman Band
 plus David Lamotte.

(9) John & Jen
Lyrics by Tom Greenwald, Music by Andrew Lippa
Book by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald.

Starring Mark Jones and Kelli Mullinix

35below located at Asheville Community Theatre
January 9-25, 2015
Fridays and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2:30 pm

A truly original musical honoring brothers and sisters and parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, John & Jen is a gem of a show brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies.

Buy tickets here:

(10) Final 3 free seminars for the semester (offered by Asheville SCORE)

(1) Selling in the 21st Century

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 from 9 a.m.-12 Noon

AT-Tech Enka Campus

1459 Sand Hill Rd., Small Business Center, Room 2046Candler, NC

This FREE seminar covers modern selling strategies and techniques. Old style “high-pressure” sales doesn’t work anymore. We will introduce you to the right way to present yourself and your product.

Seating is limited, and we will not be accepting registrations at the door, so click this link 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.

(2) Advanced Internet Marketing

Wednesday December 10, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

This FREE seminar delves into SEO optimization and getting higher rankings on Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. Make sure your customers can find you on the Internet.

Seating is limited, and we will not be accepting registrations at the door, so click this link to register:

Doors open at 5:00 PM. The seminar begins at 5:30 PM SHARP. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to handle paperwork.

(3) Buying & Selling A Business

Saturday December 13, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00

This FREE seminar will help participants decide whether acquiring an existing business is a preferred option to starting a new business or buying a franchise. It will also cover the steps that need to be taken, including:

Choosing the acquisition target

Confidentiality Agreement


Preliminary Due Diligence


Letter of Intent

Negotiation of Terms

Final Due Diligence


The seminar will be presented by Bob Ganz, a SCORE mentor who has extensive experience in buying and selling businesses.

Seating is limited, and we will not be accepting registrations at the door, so click this link 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.

(11)  Storytelling by one of the best [David Novak]!  Come see what David pulls out of his sack of goodies.

Mix & Mingle 6 – 6:30 PM:  Browse Maggie B’s for pre-last minute gifts, yummy food & festive beverages.

Stories from 6:30 – 7:30 PM – FREE

Maggie B’s 10 S. Main St. in Weaverville, NC


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

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