BLAINESWORLD #985 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Alex S. in NY:  Re: Irrational Man. I enjoyed it, as well, but thought it was quite middling. There’s been worse Allen films, but little stood out, and the narrative moved along the ‘Dumbest Possible Action’ trope. Characters made so many logical mistakes just to push the plot along that it was hard to overlook this usually-technical detail.

(2) I’m Too Old for This

(3) How to project power

(4) Carol D. in NC: What is your true calling?

Note: I got stand-up comedian. Care to share your results?

(5) Are you smarter than a third grader?

(6) The art of presence

(7) Zen and the Art of Dying Well

(8) The dog days can be deadly for dogs

(10) Mark M. in NC: Now that you have your iPad, you will be compelled to learn and share things about it.  I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with!  Which version did you buy (full size or mini, cellular + WiFi or WiFi only)?

I bought the first version of the iPad on the first day it was available (30 Apr 2010 . . . not so long ago).  I am now on my 4th iPad – the iPad Air (I skipped a couple versions along the way).  My bride Susan has her 3rd version, the iPad Air 2 (yep, she is ahead of me).  Normally, Apple comes out with a new version every year.

I can honestly say that it has “changed my life” and really love the darned thing.  Susan was never really interested in tech until this thing came into her life.

The iPad is an amazing gadget.  I love teaching iPad classes at OLLI.

Enjoy your iPadding sir!!

(11) Mel G. in Co: Korean style latkes??? Who knew…Sour cream or applesauce??? Take care.

(12) Janeen R. in PA: I love reading Blainesworld. However, it drives me nuts that you stay soooo thin and are always out eating, especially since food in restaurants have much more salt etc. to make it taste so good….i love you but I am definitely JEALOUS!!!  Take care and stay well.

Response: We often split meals in half, in that the restaurant portions are often quite large. We also never have bread (other than what comes with a sandwich), nor desserts. It works.


Section 12A, NC events


Not Now, Darling is Next!

The ladies of Not Now, Darling * Photo by Rodney Smith / Tempus Fugit Design

August 21-30, 2015
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 2:30 pm

Take a dash of Mad Men, add a pinch of Fawlty Towers, and a generous scoop of The Benny Hill Show, and you’ve got the recipe for Not Now, Darling, our final show of the season. Not Now, Darling is a vintage farce with style to spare! Set in a fur salon in London, this comedy is chock full of mistresses, mistaken identities, and missed opportunities. Plus, we actually get to use our extensive collection of donated furs!

Not Now, Darling premiered in London in the 60s, but this is the first time ACT has mounted the show! Our production is directed by Ralph Redpath and stars Jerry Crouch, Michael Keene, Cary Nichols, Kristen Livengood, Steve Turner, Heather Ingle, Jorja Ursin, Bruce Gruber, Emily Crock, Rachel Adams and Christian Carmean.

Plus, park at the Renaissance Hotel next door for only $5 (and in awesome neighbor news, they donate every cent of that back to ACT!)

Buy Tickets Now!

(2) The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office to Hold Community Meeting on Civilian Use of Force, August 20th 2015 at 6:00 pm at Owen High School 

Buncombe County– The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office will hold a community meeting focusing on civilian use of force on August 20, 2015 at Own High School, located at 99 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, in the school’s theatre.  The meeting will cover the North Carolina General Statutes that govern use of force, the Castle Doctrine, and the expansion of both of these regulations made by the General Assembly.  Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan will be present to discuss the topic and to answer questions from those in attendance.

 “The topic is designed to answer questions around a person’s right to defend themselves in their homes, businesses and vehicles during travel. We receive many questions around these topics at the Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Van Duncan stated.

 This meeting is free, and open to the public.  For more information on this event, please call Natalie Bailey at (828) 250-4469.

(3) David Joe Miller in NC: Our semi-annual benefit show is set for August 20th, Thursday night at 7pm at the Reuter Center on the campus of UNCA in North Asheville. 10.00 or 7.00 for UNCA students at the door. Dr. Joseph Sobol, head of the masters degree program in storytelling at East Tenn State University and Donna Marie Todd, singer of stories will be our featured storytellers along with OLLI members, Chuck Fink, Mike Sena and Stan Ingber. “Stories of Courage and Fortitude” will be the theme for the evening to help raise funds for our 2016 Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch series, downtown Asheville. Please come and support local storytelling.

(4) Ann-Lee Waite in NC: In this month’s body rolling workshop we are going to work solely on the feet.  First learning how to walk by  using the entire foot.  Then we will work the feet with the Foot Waker to unwind the muscles of the feet;  moving slowly from light intensity to a deeper pressure to open all the layers of tension.  Then we will switch to the Foot Savers to  create space between the bones of the feet from heel to toes, stimulating reflexology  points.  The workshop will end by working on the toes; releasing first then strengthening.

Sunday, August 23, 2015 12:00-2:00pm @Weaverville Yoga 7 Florida Ave, downtown Weaverville

Workshop Cost: $35

Spaces limited; registration deadline August 22nd.

Email or call (828) 395-0250 to register.

Ann-Lee Waite

Bodyrolling, Foot Fitness Instructor and Thai Yoga Specialist
(828) 395-0250

(6) Bucky Fuller on The Mountain! Southern Unitarian Universalist Fall Institute (SUUFI)

October 4 abd October 9
Oct 4 at 2:00pm to Oct 9 at 12:00pm

The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
3872 Dillard Road, Highlands, NC 28741, Highlands, North Carolina 28741

We have a great new program planned again for our 4th Fall Institute! Come enjoy SUUFI’s blend of personal growth and fun, inspiration and relaxation, community and space. Our 2015 program will test your mind and your experiential skills, yet we trust you’ll learn and leave with new options and commitment. Ahh, the color and coolness of fall in the WNC mountains, at our unique UU place, elevated 4200′ in early October. Please join others of diverse thinking who want a positive week of “being”, learning, and connecting.

Our 2015 journey together on SpaceShip SUUFI with you and 60-80 others teams up 2 talented navigators: A storyteller versed in UU Buckminister Fuller’s constructs of the earth/universe and a UU minister to help us soar within ourselves, learning about other “ins and outs” of the world. SUUFI blends hands-on and experiential modes, producing fun and renewal with personal growth.

The “flavor and fun” of SUUFI 2014 is captured in Remembrances, the photo essay retrospective by Rick Hallmark of Largo, FL.

Find out more by viewing the 2015 Flyer, Handout, Schedule, and Program Details.
Package Prices:
4, 5, and 6 day packages priced at $370, $465, and $560, respectively.
Help us “spread the word” in your circles to keep costs down! Thanks! We’d love to see you!!!!

Get your $25 Early Registration Discount now.






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