BLAINESWORLD #969 (Please send any comments to:

Section 1


This week, it goes to Erinna Weaver (pictured with Cynthia)–a nurse in the Same Day Discharge Unit at Mission Hospital. Cynthia was there recently after she underwent hernia surgery.

c179 with nurse

Erinna’s care was excellent. She was also both friendly and patient, and she made Cynthia’s stay as pleasant as it could be. Mission should be pleased to have such fine nurses.

Kudos, also, to Dr. Claudine Siegert, Cynthia’s capable surgeon. She did a fine job, and we both were impressed not only by her, but also by her entire office staff.

A day after the surgery, Cynthia was concerned about how her scar was looking. She asked me to take a picture of it, so that we could then email it to Dr. Siegert. But one picture wasn’t enough … I had to take some 37 others from every angle and in every lighting situation to make sure that it could be clearly seen.

As this was happening, I found myself getting sicker and sicker. It may have been from taking the pictures or from the stress of taking care of Cynthia, but I was soon extremely uncomfortable. It felt like I imagine a case of food poisoning would be like. When things kept getting worse, I called my doctor’s office and was told to go to the emergency room.

We did and en route in the emergency vehicle, I started to feel better. Then when the doctor at the hospital said the following two words, I was immediately cured: IV and bloodwork. He wanted me to undergo both, and that’s when I said “no thanks” and signed myself out. For those who know me, this probably wasn’t much of a surprise … I don’t do very well with needles.

It wasn’t a completely wasted visit, though, in that before the doctor could even leave the room, Cynthia wanted to get a second opinion about how she was healing. So she lifted up her sweatshirt and asked him what he thought.  He said everything was “normal,” reiterating what Dr. Siegert had said over the phone.

As we were waiting for the paperwork, Cynthia said she needed to lay down. See below. I ask you: Who looks like that night’s patient?

candb603 my time in hosptial

Fortunately, we are both doing just fine. And that’s in large part because of all the visits and meals we got from such good friends as Donna Anders, Annemarie Brown, Amy Suben, and Tom and Marcy Gallagher (pictured) who had us smiling after delicious take-out from the Great Wall Restaurant.

candb602 with gallaghers


Section 2, part 2

(1) Elaine B. in PA: Password protecting your phone seems like a really good thing. However, my husband, Jeff, did just that and had important information stored in it. Then he died and no one could access the phone. He also did that to his I-pad.

Response: What you wrote reminds me of when my Dad died. We tried to cancel his AOL account (when you had to pay). They kept asking us for his password. We kept telling them we didn’t have it. It took us nearly two years to cancel the account! As a result, what I nowrecommend: Everybody leaves a list of passwords for a souse and/or significant others, so if anything ever happens, others could get into various accounts.

(2) Ann-Lee Waite in NC: Are bunions hereditary?

(3) Hey, Kids, Look at Me When We’re Talking

(4) Lana C. in OH: I think using older family members middle names…they are often  “Biblical”  or long unused names and there are lots of books in the old and new testaments.

Response: Makes sense, but i also recommend using some numbers, caps and punctuation marks, too.

(5) Actors’ Equity Pushes for Minimum Wage, but Not All Members Want It

(6) Nelson S. in NC: If you haven’t seen “Woman in Gold,” do so.  Wonderful movie — beautifully done flashbacks — and Helen Mirren is superb (no surprise there).

(7) The giant rats that save lives

(8) Sharon B. in NC: A dear friend of mine, Dr. Don St. John, PhD, has just completed his new book, Healing the Wounds of Childhood. It looks like a book that so many people can use and will benefit from.

Your audience can help him get a good ranking on Amazon by purchasing the book on April 30 at 9 PM EST. A bump in purchases at that time will significantly raise his Amazon ranking and draw attention to this great work.

(9) ‘Ransomware’ a Growing Threat to Small Businesses

(10) We need a role reversal in the conversation on dying

(11) Finding the right credit card no matter how much you travel

(12) The muddle meaning of mindfulness

(13) Stacy H. in PA (with a BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY): I just got involved with this company that sells gas and electric and many other things. I am finding out that we are really able to save money for a lot of people in other states and that savings goes to feed hungry children. So please check out my website:

and see if we can save your family some money. If you have any questions please call me at 215-771-4717.

(14) Linda G. in NJ: How old do you really act?

Response: I got 26, which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”–Satchel Paige

(15) Howard D. in FL:  FYI…On Being, the award-winning publisher and media entity, has a new online feature “The Poetry of Bearing Witness” involving artifacts and vintage photos from the Holocaust, the silent witnesses from the time, used as a basis for poetry and essays about them; in this way giving them  new voices through contemporary writers, new voices arising to ensure truth and memory are preserved. The work explores our collective need for recollection and retelling, presenting the unique journey of the creative spirit to discover the possible in attempting to express the inexpressible. The work includes photos from the renowned collection of The Jewish Museum in Prague, an evocative photo of the Auschwitz entry by celebrated photographer Chris Schwarz, and a powerful series of poems “Terezin: Trilogy Of Names,” from the work in progress New Voices from Salvaged Words: An Anthology of Contemporary Holocaust Poetry and Essays. Visit this link for more:

(16) Natalie K. in PA:  Loved Age of Adaline.  Had never seen Blake Lively before but really enjoyed her performance.  It was very well done and brilliantly written.  I recommend it.  It’s very different from the average love story but my kind of love story that transcends time and space.

Section 12A. NC events

(1) Ellen Pappas in NC: April 29 – Ruth and I are singing the National Anthem at the Tourists game in Asheville.  Afterwards hot dogs, sodas, and a baseball game!  A fun night out even if you don’t like our singing!

May 22 and 23 at the TOY BOAT located at 101 Fairview Road: SORDID LIVES.  This one is going to be a Hoot and a Holler!  It’s a bit risqué, a bit controversial, and funny as all get out!  I play a tight assed Big Honking Texan Mama.  Those who saw Bradshaw as Gomez in The Adams Family at ACT will be happy to know he plays Brother Boy (hint: he thinks he’s Tammy Wynette!). Tickets ($15 – such a bargain!) can be purchased online at  The theatre is small so get your tickets early.

June 12 and 13 at 35Below (ACT downstairs stage) I will be singing with the fabulous baritone Bruce Martin in a cabaret style show:  DUETS.   We are concentrating on show tunes and adding some twists (I’m such a ham!). This show is a freebee meaning you don’t pay to see it.  However, seating is limited so you MUST email and reserve a seat!     Friday night, June 12 at 7:30, Saturday afternoon, June 13 at 2:30.   We will, of course, gladly accept any donations to help defray the costs of putting on the show.

Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11 at ACT – Ruth, George and myself will be singing in the Business Does Broadway fundraiser for the Asheville Community Theatre.  Tickets can
Be purchased at the box office or online at the ACT website.  This one is a humdinger!  Local business owners (and last year the Bumcombe County Sheriff!) sing tunes from Broadway shows.  As you can imagine some people can sing, and some people … well, let’s just say it’s a hilarious night filled with song and laughter.


How Entrepreneurs can Use Library Resources for Business Plan Development
Business planners are often faced with the challenge of finding objective information that can be used to justify the ability of their enterprise to survive in a competitive market. Many don’t realize that by going to their local library they can utilize tools that can help them know who their customers are; where they are; and how efficient their business model will be at capturing and servicing potential clients. This seminar is a must for anyone who is in the planning process and looking to gain insight on how to locate statistical data that can help them develop a business plan that will allow them to capitalize their business and make wiser decisions.
Wednesday, May 26, 2015
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
A-B Tech, Enka Site, Small Business Center, Room 2046
Peggy Higgins, Systems/Access Service Librarian,
A-B Tech Community College
This seminar will improve your ability to:
  • Identify Sales Prospects
  • Research Competition
  • Find Sources of Supply
  • Improves Sales
  • Target Your Market
This seminar is offered by the A-B Tech Small Business Center at NO COST. Space is limited.

For detailed  descriptions of all SBC seminars  and registration links please visit: seminars.

Reserve Your Seat Today!


Deli Man

Opening Night Film & Reception
May 7th. 6:00pm at Blue Spiral 1 • All Tickets $22
May 8th. 1:00pm All Tickets $8.50

Jewish culture reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. As that culture continues to shift and adapt alongside mainstream America, delicatessen food – as its name suggests – remains a beloved communal delicacy.In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S. His story – augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz’s, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ‘n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage – embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods.

For tickets:

Opening Night Film & Reception
May 7th. 6:00pm at Blue Spiral 1 • All Tickets $22
Tickets are now available at the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office during regular business hours or online-

Buy tickets for DELI MAN Opening Night Film + Reception Asheville Jewish Film Festival

We do not anticipate any other sell outs for the festival.
Tickets for all other screenings are now available at the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office during regular business hours or can be purchased as you arrive for the films.

(4) ‘Dreamgirls’ premieres at HLT

Kimbela McMinn, with “Dreamgirls” rehearses at the Hendersonville Little Theatre.

The Hendersonville Little Theatre will continue its 50th season with the award-winning musical “Dreamgirls,” premiering at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

The story of the rise to fame of a 1960 girls singing trio features Kimbela McMinn, Nicky Sampson and Gaysha Snipes as the trio with a featured cast that includes Phyllis Albany, Donneaca Avery, Blakley Bristol, Howard Burgin, Colby Coren, Vincent Elumah, Casey Fowler, Brandon Gash, Sean Mahaffey, Dakota McMinn, Ronnie Pepper, Kendra Perry, Bob Pompeo, Kathleen Riddle and Henry Styron.

Jonathan Forrester is the director, with choreography by Shari Azar and musical direction by Daniel Hensley. Jessica Donahue is assistant director.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday evenings with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees through May 10. The theater is at 229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville.

Ticket prices are $24 for adults, $18 for ages 18-25 and $12 for students age 17 and under. Reservations may be made by calling the HLT box office at 828-692-1082 or visiting

(5) Margie Z. in NC: Have you seen Streetcar Named Desire? Really excellent acting in a terrific play. Re-viewed the movie with Marlon afterwards. Now that was acting!!!

Note: I’m seeing it on Thursday night, April 30, at ACT. Looking forward to it because of the great cast.



Section 12B, PA/NJ event

 Foundation            Alumni            Special Events             Registration
Dear Blaine,We hope you can join us this year for our 21st Annual Golf Classic at the recently renovated Union League Golf Club at Torresdale on August 3.  We have sold out the last 2 years so sign up early!New this year–Guest Celebrity Contest.  Try to outdrive Brian Propp, former legendary Flyer.
Schedule of Events

10 a.m.  Registration
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:00 noon  Shotgun Start
Scramble Format
5 p.m.  Cocktails, Dinner, Awards
for sponsorship opportunities.

Tournament Benefactor

EVENT PROCEEDS SUPPORT… student scholarships as well as other innovative campus projects and programs.

2015 Golf Committee 

Co-Chairs James Dancy and Joshua Klein


Kevin Beauparlant
Charles Bender, Esq.
Scott Bradshaw
Brett A. Diakon
John T. Duggan, Jr.
Otto Grupp III
David M. Harris
Robert Loughery
Dennis W. Matthews
Garney Morris
Kevin O’Donnell
Peter Shay
Andy Shellock
Tom Skiffington
Henry Van Blunk, Esq.
Gregory Ventresca
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