BLAINESWORLD #977 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Chuck S. in NJ: Accidental engineering: 10 mistakes turned into innovation–10-mistakes-turned-into-innovation

(2) Carol S. in PA: Eating Chocolate Associated With Lower Risk Of Stroke, Heart Problems

(3) How to Pick a Cellphone Plan for Traveling Abroad

(4) Marty D. in PA: Ever watch “The Butler”?

Moving movie about black fellow who worked thru eight presidents in White House, as a butler. was just released on Netflix (I think it was just released, maybe was out before?)

Based on a 2008 Washington Post story (you can access it online) “A Butler Well Served by this Election.”

(5) What It’s Like as a ‘Girl’ in the Lab

(6) Ken G. in GA: Saw the movie [LOVE & MERCY] as well. Bart Giamatti’s son should be shot for impersonating an actor.

(7) Bill K. in CA: First, hoping you had a fun filled birthday, and a great year ahead.I think the best caption was “But you said we were going to meet the princess, who’s that guy?”I also just wanted to note that the guy on the far left in the COYOTE picture looks like he has a swastika tattoo on his neck. I guess he plays the villain, or I’m just prejudiced to swastikas that way.

BTW, kudos on maintaining such an active life style. I never had that much energy, even in my 20s!

(8) Marty S. in PA: I forwarded your newsletter to my older brother in Berks County (at age 84 still a competitive distance runner) and he says he enjoyed reading it.  Just  a  FYI aside.

Response: Thanks for doing so. Others should do the same; i.e., feel free to forward BLAINESWORLD to 437 of their closest friends and relatives … and encourage them to subscribe, too. All they need to do is send an email to: and put SUBSCRIPTION in the subject line.


Section 12, NC events

(1) Barbara Brady in NC: Come to my talk!: WALKING THE CAMINO: A SPIRITUAL QUEST; In the fall of 2014 I took two months off to walk the 500 mile El Camino de Santiago. Join me on Sunday, July 5, 2015, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living Asheville

to view a slide show from my walk, hear stories, and ask questions. It’s FREE. Topics will include:

• Intentions for Walking
• Living Fully on the Camino
• Heart Connections
• Synchronicities, Serendipities, & Seinfeld Metaphors
• Challenges, Remembering & Learning

June 27 – July 11
Parkway Playhouse
202 Green Mountain Dr, Burnsville, North Carolina

Written by Jeff Douglas Messer; directed by Michael Lilly

As a young man, Burnsville native Lesley Riddle frequently went to gatherings of musicians from all over the nearby Appalachians. It was at one of these impromptu sessions that he met A.P. Carter, of the Carter Family Singers. After Carter heard him sing and play and invited Riddle to travel the Appalachians with him. They collected tunes they heard being played and sung on the porches of mountain cabins. Those songs were the beginnings of Country Music.

Tickets Available

(3) SART presents:


Friday’s & Saturday’s at 7:30; Sunday’s at 2:30
Enka High School
June 19-28

North Buncombe High School
July 10-19

Owen High School
July 25-August 2

Please visit

for tickets and more information.

(4) CJ Breland in NC: Asheville, if you have not seen our current production [COYOTE ON A FENCE], get your tickets now. It has been extended through June 27, but you should not wait to buy a ticket at the box office before the show, because we often sell out. I am saddened beyond belief that the shooting in Charleston has made this show even more relevant, but can assure you that the disturbing trip into the human psyche it offers is peppered with laughs. Laugh, cry, perception shift–that’s how we roll at DSPAC. Everything we do is based on our belief that we can prompt positive change.

For tickets, please click:

(5) Walter Beals in NC: Fix the 40th Finger!

Oh no! R2d10 has broken his left index finger! Sadly it wasn’t the kind of break that heals on its own by just duct taping it to the handle of a juggling club for a few weeks. It was a clean break, and he needed surgery!
We are putting on a special show to raise some of the more than $2,500 needed to fix the 40th finger! Please join us Sunday June 21st Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat Community Arts Space at 2:00pm for a special benefit show.

If you can’t make the show, but care about quality juggling, please click:

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