BLAINESWORLD #950 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Christa T. in PA: We have a bulldog in Doylestown named Lilly. They are so cute! We can’t help but stop and snuggle with bulldogs every time we see them!

(2) Janet S. in NJ: So glad to see you both having so much fun. Asheville inspires so much more it seems. So good. In Joy!

(3) Sandy B. in PA: Thanks for the free Christmas book. Awesome!

Love all your photos again…….I really look forward to your newsletters.

(4) Lori Lynn M. in NC: I have to tell you Mr. Blaine! There was nothing quite like sitting with my afternoon tottie … 82 degrees n sunny Mexico in front of me and reading the current Blainesworld 🙂
Thank You!!!

(5) Holiday C. in NC: Always love my Blainesworld email!

(6) Gifts That Inspire

(7) Hearing Every Voice in the Room

(8) U.S. Lowers One Hurdle to Obtaining a Mortgage

(9) Getting to No

(10) Of the Right Age, but Can’t Seem to Stay Retired

(11) Mike Andrus in PA (with a REQUEST FOR HELP): Hi Everyone,

It’s official. We’ve launched our WeFeedUs Indiegogo campaign.  I would like to ask you to please spread the word to your friends, family and network so we may achieve our funding goal. We want to make sure we’ve got contributions in our campaign when we initiate our hard launch on Monday. I will be opening up the link to all social media channels Monday. People like to back a winner!

We need all the support we can get to reach our goal. Thank you all for being a critical part of WeFeedUs and our mission to bring locally grown, fresh, pesticide free, non-GMO food to every community!


Mike Andrus


WeFeedUs, Inc.

Note: To join me in helping out, please click:

(12) Dogs in heaven? Pope leaves pearly gates open.

(13) The cult of the bulletproof coffee diet


Section 12A, NC events

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(2) Chuck Fink in NC: The Storytelling Show at Avenue M on Sunday, December 14th, starts at 5:00.  Grace Presbyterian Church produces the show featuring 6 local storytellers.  Each teller relates a story on the theme of “Broken Beyond Repair”.  You’ll laugh.  You’ll cry.  You’ll scratch your head as you marvel at the power of klutziness and just bad luck.  We’ll see you at Avenue M on Merrimon Avenue across from Asheville Savings Bank.

Note: Chuck will be one of the storytellers. You won’t want to miss him!

 LITTLE WOMEN performances:

December 11, 12, 13, 14 and 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2014

The Hendersonville Little Theatre will present the holiday family treat Little Women. Adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel by playwright Peter Chapman the story of the March sisters will feature Blakley Bristol as Beth,  Annabelle Cram asJo, Michelle Fleming as Meg and Hollis Green as Amy with Kathleen Riddle as Marmee. Other roles in the production under the direction of Jonathan Forrester are Sonia Arnold, Stephanie Bennett, Beth Bristol, Jessica Garland, Jack McConnell, Lyn Place, Sarah Rojas, Blake Smith, Miles Rice, Ashley Summerrow and Drake Waggoner.

Produced by Colby Coren and Stage Manager  Brandon Gash, the performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 P.M. and Sundays at 2:00 P.M. Ticket prices are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for ages 18-25 and $10.00 under age 18. Thrifty Thursdays $5.00 off. Reservations may be made by calling 828-692-1082 or online at

Location: 229 S. Washington Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792



(5)  Tuesday, December 16

at 6:00pm – 8:00pm

The Hop Ice Cream Cafe

640 Merrimon Ave Suite 103, Asheville,
Every year leading up to the holiday season we invite any and all to don the PJs, show the spirit of the season for a night of caroling and enjoy some heart-warming holiday stories told by the nationally-renowned storyteller, David Novak! This is always one of our favorite events of the entire year 🙂


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Battle of Conscience for Sir Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons” at 

MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Jan. 9-18

West Windsor, N.J.  – When one’s own conscience proves stronger than the strongest political pressures, a high price is bound to be paid. Join PinnWorth Productions at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre for “A Man for All Seasons,” based on the life and times of the British Lord Chancellor Thomas More.  Dates and times for this award-winning historical drama are: Fridays, Jan. 9 and 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Jan. 10 and 17 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Jan. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Jan. 9.

Matters of politics, religion, friendship and loyalty collide as Henry VIII contemplates divorcing his barren first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in order to marry Anne Boleyn and produce an heir to the throne of England.  Henry’s loyal chancellor, Sir Thomas More, is a deeply devout Roman Catholic and cannot make peace with the plan, putting him squarely at odds with the King and numerous rivals in the court, most notably the formidable Thomas Cromwell. Can More stay true to his beliefs without paying the ultimate price?

Says LouJ Stalsworth, who directs the production, “We live in an age of compromise and revenge, where doing the easy thing is often the choice that is made instead of doing the right thing.  More, a man of morals and principles, refuses easy compromise.”  Adds John Shaken-Kaye, who plays More, “The show chronicles the age-old conflict between duty to the State, as personified by Cromwell, and adherence to personal conscience, as personified by More.”

Stalsworth notes the central role of The Common Man, who appears as narrator, household servant, boatman, innkeeper, juryman and executioner.  Through him, the audience becomes part of the story; his refusal to take action that could have changed More’s fate is a point that remains relevant for citizens today.

“A Man for All Seasons” premiered in London in 1960 and later came to Broadway, where it enjoyed critical and commercial success.  In addition to several revivals, “A Man for All Seasons” was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1966.  It has been performed by theater companies throughout the country and on television.

The cast stars Julian Azan of Chesterfield as King Henry; John Shaken-Kaye of Huntington Valley, Pa., as Sir Thomas More; and Rupert Hinton of Princeton as More’s nemesis, Thomas Cromwell.  Also featured are Alana Caraccio of Doylestown, Pa., as Lady Alice More; Krista Coleman of Somerset as Lady Margaret More; Jeff Dworkin of Somerset as The Common Man; Andrew James Gordon of West Windsor as William Roper; Laura B. Lowrie of East Windsor as Catherine Anger; Stephen Pie of Hamilton as Master Richard Rich; John Pinto of Yardley, Pa., as Signor Chapuys; Barry A. Schreier of Princeton as the Duke of Norfolk; William Walters of Columbus as Cardinal Wolsey; and Russ Weiss of Princeton Junction as Bishop Cranmer.

In addition to Stalsworth, the production team includes set and costume designer Kate Pinner and sound and light designer Robert Terrano.  The stage manager is Rachel Piscopo.

Tickets for “A Man for All Seasons” are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and children.  Free parking is available next to the theater.  Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.


December 20, 2014 at 10 am through December 21 at 3 pm
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Come and steep yourself in a Weekend of Experiences, Celebrations and Powerful Integrative Healing Opportunities that will Inspire and Guide you to Connect Deeply with the Energies of the Winter and the Medicine of the White Buffalo.  The Winter-time Teaches us How to Go Inside of Ourselves, to Take Inventory of What is Working in our Lives, and What is Ready to be Released into the Consciousness of Love.  Buffalo is thought to be the Great Teacher of Giveaway and Ceremony in Native American Tradition. Some have found this weekend to be deeply transformational.

Feed yourself with ancient learning that has been passed down from generation to generation. We will experience:

  • Sacred Sound Healing
  • Ancient Sacred Chants
  • Native American Story Telling
  • Meditative Drumming and Shamanic Journeys
  • Guided Meditation to the Heart of the White Buffalo
  • A Sacred Earth Dance (no experience needed)
  • Solstice Ceremony

We will stay at the Farmhouse(, an intimate and beautiful non-profit retreat center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, which is nestled on seven acres of wooded land, with a two-acre pond and a stunning waterfall. Weather permitting we will spend some time outside at the Great Waterfall celebrating the turning of the Wheel of Life and the coming of Winter. Please bring a pot-luck for lunch or dinner, a journal, a pad, and a blanket, for your comfort while lying on the carpet or sofa to journey.  If you have a frame drum, bring it.  If not, let me know, and I will bring one for you.


To Register:  Email or call 610-563-3918.  Registration closes 12/13/14.


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