BLAINESWORLD #978 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2

(1) Depressed? Try Therapy Without the Therapist

(2) John D. in PA: Happy Birthday, my man.  Trust me, I wish I had the energy and the ability to do all that you do at your age and I’m quite a bit younger.  You’re looking good.

(3) Bill K. in PA: Blaine, congratulations on celebrating your “almost 60th” birthday.  You look great for your age.

(4) Pat L. in CA: Of all the wonderful aspects of this week’s BlainesWorld — I really liked that Parents’ TAO teaching!!  Super!! Thanks for all.

(5) Marty S. in PA: Love that cake and can’t believe you are that old!   Actually, compared to me, you’re still a kid with a kid’s enthusiasm and energy.

(6) Why Women Apologize and Should Stop

(7) Kayla W. in NC via Full Circle Farm Sanctuary

Please take a moment to nominate Full Circle Farm Sanctuary in the ABC News 13 Charity Challenge here:… Thank you! We could potentially win $1000!

(8) Kevin J. The New Face of Dementia: Diagnosis at a young age

(9) The Franklin School of Innovation: We are hiring! We’re currently recruiting for a Title 1 teacher, Afterschool (Beyond the Bell) Coordinator & Counselors, and a Receptionist/Admin Assistant. We are also seeking a part-time Drama/Theatre instructor and we are always looking for great substitute teachers.

See our website for more information. For all positions please submit cover letter and resume to


Section 12A, NC events

(1) The Heart of Aloha Hālau

Embrace the Love, the Harmony,the Beauty of Aloha
The Way of the Heart
 Traditional Hawaiian Chant Class & CircleHeal the Body—Quiet the Mind—
Bring the Sacredness Back Into Your LIfe

This Hawaiian Indigenous tradition is a precious resource in our modern world today that is punctuated by so much stress, chaos and uncertainty.  For thousands of years, the Hawaiian and have used their Oli (chant) and song to deepen their understanding of themselves, inspiring them and elevating them from their present physical state.

Whether you are an experienced singer or the person who was asked not to sing in the class play, you can share in the wonder and power of the Oli and song.   It is not “singing.  It is about breath, heart and Spirit—and we all come full equipped to participate.

2nd & 4th Mondays of the month,
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm          Fee: $20
Mountain Home/Fletcher area

address and directions given upon registration
For more info and to register,
please call: 812-929-8898
email: or visit:
E Komo Mai  – Come and share your voice and spirit with usHe ‘olina leo ka ke aloha
Joy is the voice of love(2) Live Painting Demonstration

During the monthly Art Walk downtown I will be doing a live painting event in front of the Mountain Made Shop and Gallery in the Grove Arcade.  I will be indoors and air conditioned.  Please drop by and take a look at all the wonderful hand made items in the Shop.  They represent over 100 artists, artisans and crafters from the mountains of  Western North Carolina.

(3) Musical Service as Moral-Spiritual Practice: A Folk-Rockin’ Shabbat Service of James Taylor Music

Building Character & Community with Middot and Melody

At: Congregation Beth HaTephila

On the eve of Independence Day, Friday, July 3, 2015 (at 7 p.m.), join Beth HaTephila’s team of musicians, led by special guest Rabbi Jamie Arnold, in an engaging, participatory service that brings the beloved prayers of Sabbath Eve to renewed life with the familiar melodies of North Carolina native, James Taylor.

During the service, Rabbi Jamie will teach and model how music—and silence—enhances the spiritual work of mussar, namely, growing—and freeing up—our capacity to embody divine attributes, or midot, such as gratitude, patience, courage, enthusiasm, trust, and joy!

Rabbi Jamie Arnold was raised on James Taylor music. Originally from Western New York, Rabbi Jamie of Congregation Beth Evergreen in Colorado, uses his skills as an educator, talent as a musician and writer, personal practice of mindfulness and a deep-rooted commitment to building and enhancing sacred community. Rabbi Jamie has taught on the moral-spiritual discipline of Mussar, a centuriesold Jewish science of character development, and completed the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s twoyear clergy-training program with Rabbi Meiri. Rabbi Jamie is a graduate of Kenyon College (1992) and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (1999), a husband, parent of three young-adult children, brother-in-law to an Asheville  family, and an avid skier and mountain biker.

rabbi jamie

(4) See PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES at SART this summer. It is playing at a variety of locations. For more information, please click:

Note: I recently saw the above. It was a lot of fun. More details in next week’s edition.


Section 12B, PA/NJ event

Michael Hennesse in PA: Dear Friends, here is the Book Group lineup for Fall 2015.

We meet in the Rollins Center Room 114 at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, from 7:30 TO 9:00 P.M. All are welcome to join us on the second Thursday of each month to share your thoughts and questions about any or all of the selections. For snow or bad weather information, call 215-968‑8000. On the radio, the College code for snow closing is 2760. For more information, call 215-968-8164 or send email to:


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Sep 10: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari Review: Tackling evolutionary concepts from a historian’s perspective, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, describes human development through a framework of three not-necessarily-orthodox “Revolutions”: the Cognitive, the Agricultural, and the Scientific. His ideas are interesting and often amusing: Why have humans managed to build astonishingly large populations when other primate groups top out at 150 individuals? Because our talent for gossip allows us to build networks in societies too large for personal relationships between everyone, and our universally accepted “imagined realities”–such as money, religion, and Limited Liability Corporations—keep us in line. . . Though the concepts are unusual and sometimes heavy (as is the book, literally) Harari’s deft prose and wry, subversive humor make quick work of material prone to academic tedium. He’s written a book of popular nonfiction . . . landing somewhere in the middle of a Venn diagram of genetics, sociology, and history. Throughout, Harari returns frequently to another question: Does all this progress make us happier, our lives easier? The answer might disappoint you. —Jon Foro


Oct 8: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.


Nov 12: All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr Review: Does the world need yet another novel about WWII? It does when the novel is as inventive and beautiful as this one by Anthony Doerr. In fact, All the Light We Cannot See–while set mostly in Germany and France before and during the war–is not really a “war novel”. Yes, there is fear and fighting and disappearance and death, but the author’s focus is on the interior lives of his two characters. Marie Laure is a blind 14-year-old French girl who flees to the countryside when her father disappears from Nazi-occupied Paris. Werner is a gadget-obsessed German orphan whose skills admit him to a brutal branch of Hitler Youth. Never mind that their paths don’t cross until very late in the novel, this is not a book you read for plot (although there is a wonderful, mysterious subplot about a stolen gem). This is a book you read for the beauty of Doerr’s writing– “Abyss in her gut, desert in her throat, Marie-Laure takes one of the cans of food…”–and for the way he understands and cherishes the magical obsessions of childhood. Marie Laure and Werner are never quaint or twee. Instead they are powerful examples of the way average people in trying times must decide daily between morality and survival. –Sara Nelson



Dec 10: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin

From Booklist: In this sweet, uplifting homage to bookstores, Zevin perfectly captures the joy of connecting people and books. A. J. Fikry, the cantankerous owner of Island Books, is despondent after losing his beloved wife and witnessing the ever-declining number of sales at his small, quirky bookstore. In short order, he loses all patience with the new Knightly Press sales rep, his prized rare edition of Tamerlane is stolen, and someone leaves a baby at his store. That baby immediately steals A. J.’s heart and unleashes a dramatic transformation. Suddenly, the picture-book section is overflowing with new titles, and the bookstore becomes home to a burgeoning number of book clubs. With business on the uptick and love in his heart, A. J. finds himself becoming an essential new part of his longtime community, going so far as to woo the aforementioned sales rep (who loves drinking Queequeg cocktails at the Pequod Restaurant). Filled with interesting characters, a deep knowledge of bookselling, wonderful critiques of classic titles, and very funny depictions of book clubs and author events, this will prove irresistible to book lovers everywhere. –Joanne Wilkinson


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