BLAINESWORLD #1006 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

(1) Kelly M. in NC:  Greg McVicker Healing Journey Fund

Hi there!
Things went really well with getting Greg from Givens and over to Carolina Spine. He got his 27 staples out and the incision area looks clean – free of infection or inflammation. The nurse answered all of mostly my questions. Greg must remain on his medication regime and wear his colar for 4-6 weeks. He’ll get an x-ray at 4 weeks and evaluated by Dr. Rhoton. By then we expect that Greg will be released to physical therapy where he can regain strength and mobility in his neck, shoulders and etc.
We feasted at Neo Burrito for lunch where Greg got his fill of spicy chicken, guacamole, jalapeno, habenero aioli and chips. He ate like a man just rescued from a shipwreck (the food at Givens was horrible).
We’ve been power napping all afternoon.
I am incredibly relived to have him safe, well and back home. We’ll be taking care every day to rest, relax and reflect on our blessings. Seems like we’re entering into the fourth chapter of this story. Less unknown variables on a critical level, yet more will surely be revealed.
Greg looks pretty great on the outside, but still has a long way to progress internally on his physical, mental and emotional healing journey. Our relationship also needs much repair. Many thanks for your continued care, prayer, positive influences and visions. Stay tuned. . .
🙂 Kelly

To donate, please go this website:

https://www.gofundme.com/vwevb3tr/donate

(2) Henry W. in NY: “Concussion” stars a brilliant Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born physician, who works as a pathologist in the Pittsburgh Coroner’s Office. After performing an autopsy on Mike Webster, the Steelers’ Hall of Fame center whose life rapidly deteriorated, Dr. Omalu discovers the brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy [“CTE”], that has resulted in the premature death of numerous professional football players. Rather than embrace or at least acknowledge Dr. Omalu’s significant clinical findings, the National Football League does virtually everything in its power to discredit, ridicule and destroy Dr. Omalu and some of his colleagues. A rather classic, but unfortunate, case of scientific evidence coming up against the interests of a powerful corporate behemoth. A stinging indictment of the NFL.

(3) A Healthy Diet’s Main Ingredients? Best Guesses

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/04/us/a-healthy-diets-main-ingredients-best-guesses.html?action=click&module=MostEmailed&region=Lists&pgtype=collection

(4) Designing thinking for a better you

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/04/design-thinking-for-a-better-you/?action=click&module=MostEmailed&region=Lists&pgtype=collection

(5) Joyce L. in NJ: Scam alert

This is one of the best scams I’ve heard about.
You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for any charges to your room).

You go to your room and settle in. All is good.

The hotel receives a call and the caller asks for (as an example) room 620 – which happens to be your room.

The phone rings in your room. You answer and the person on the other end says the following: ‘This is the front desk. When checking in, we came across a problem with your charge card information. Please re-read me your credit card number and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side of your charge card.’

Not thinking anything wrong, since the call seems to come from the front desk you oblige.
But actually, it is a scam by someone calling from outside the hotel.
They have asked for a random room number, then ask you for your credit card and address information.
They sound so professional, that you think you are talking to the front desk.

If you ever encounter this scenario on your travels, tell the caller that you will be down to the front desk to clear up any problems. Then, go to the front desk or call directly and ask if there was a problem.
If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone tried to scam you of your credit card information, acting like a front desk employee.

This was sent by someone who has been duped……..and is still cleaning up the mess.

ANYONE travelling should be aware of this one!

(6) New Dietary Guidelines Urge Less Sugar for All and Less Protein for Boys and Men

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/07/new-diet-guidelines-urge-less-sugar-for-all-and-less-meat-for-boys-and-men/?action=click&module=MostEmailed&region=Lists&pgtype=collection

(7) Rethinking Weight Loss and the Reasons We’re ‘Always Hungry’

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/07/rethinking-weight-loss-and-the-reasons-were-always-hungry/?action=click&module=MostEmailed&region=Lists&pgtype=collection

(8) Campus Sex … With a Syllabus

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/fashion/sexual-consent-assault-college-campuses.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

(9) How should you manage your money? And keep it short.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/09/your-money/how-should-you-manage-your-money-and-keep-it-short.html?action=click&contentCollection=Pro%20Basketball&module=MostPopularFB&version=Full&region=Marginalia&src=me&pgtype=article

(10) When couples’ sleep patterns differ

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/fashion/sleep-marriage-couples.html?action=click&contentCollection=Europe&module=MostPopularFB&version=Full&region=Marginalia&src=me&pgtype=article

(11) Mike M. in NC: CAROL ***

When Carol (Cate Blanchett) goes to a Manhattan department store, she meets Therese (Rooney Mara) a store clerk that sparks an unexpected romance in a time, the 1950’s when romances of the same sex were not accepted.

Carol a woman who is in a one sided relationship of convenience who has strayed prior with her daughters Godmother Abbey and Therese have immediate sparks that lead to an intimate relationship between the two. Carol’s husband Harge (Kyle Chandler) files suit for sole custody of their daughter and Carol and Therese embark on a cross country road trip. on their first stop in Waterloo Iowa the two meet a goofy salesman who we later find out is a private investigator tracking Carol. When Carol finds out that the man has recorded her and Therese she immediately splits to return home to be with her daughter. As Therese awakens she finds Carol gone and Abbey their to drive her back to NY. After returning to NY, Carol seeks therapy and during the custody hearing she agrees to give Harge custody of their daughter with the provision that she has visitation rights. She didn’t want her daughter hurt, but she refused to lie about who she is and what she felt for Therese.

Both performances by Blanchett and Rooney are good, but not award winning performances. Rooney is SAG, critics choice and Oscar favorite for best supporting actress. She is placed in the lead actress category with Blanchett for the Golden Globes, but both will loose to Brie Larson whose performance in Room was good but not a strong performance, but considering the contenders it is the strongest performance.

(12) 52 places to go in 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/07/travel/100000004115180.mobile.html

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) Vickie G. in NC:  Chelsey is doing “OLEANNA at 35 Below – at Asheville Comunity Theatre From January 8 thru January 24 – tickets are $ 15 – * What this show is about ” An examination of power and language of relations and perceptions, this modern classic by David Mament is sure to engage and enrage and to provoke discussion long after the stunning ending. This show is directed by Chris Allison – and produced by and stars: Kier Klepzig and Chelsey Lee Gaddy Mirheli. * Since this is a privately produced show – could each of you READING this please post this to your friends list – this is a show that should not be missed ! ! Tickets at ashevilletheatre.org.

or you can call the box office for tickets at 254-1320

Note: Look for pictures and my review on it in next week’s issue. I just saw it and liked it very much.

(2) Why Can’t I Remember Anything & What Can I Do About It?

Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 8 a.m.
Cornerstone Restaurant

We understand how you feel with memory loss. If you are experiencing memory loss, it is probably more significant than simply forgetting where your keys are.

We’d like to share how we can help you regain your memory, or lessen your symptoms by identifying the cause.

Don’t wait until its too late to do something about memory loss. Join us for breakfast and hear from local expert, Dr. Michael Trayford, founder of APEX Brain Centers. Q&A will follow.

Free breakfast is provided to all in attendance, but an RSVP is required by January 4th so that we may make arrangements with the restaurant.

Seats are limited and fill up fast! Please RSVP to stephanie@apexbraincenters.com or call 828-708-5274.

(3) LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE

HART Theatre in Waynesville, NC

Friday-Sunday, Jan. 15-17 & Jan. 22-24

For tickets, please click:

https://secure.sellingticket.com/design22/clients/list/index_byUserListAll.aspx?OrganizationID=157

(4) An Evening of the Blues with Chuck Beattie
Chuck Beattie
Jan 17, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
Asheville, NC

$10 Advance / $12 Door

7:30pm ~ Show

General Admission :: Limited Tables Available with Dinner Reservation RESERVATIONS FOR DINNER (for a table) ARE AVAILABLE IN THE LOUNGE or THE MUSIC HALL by calling Isis at 828-575-2737. Otherwise, seating is available on a first come basis.

Chuck’s truly unigue, but authentic musical style is influenced by a life lived in the roots music of gospel, rhythm and blues, and soul of eastern North Carolina. With bold vocals reminiscent of past giants like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and lyrical sensitivity of practitioners like Taj Mahal, Bill Withers, and Keb Mo, Chuck draws out the best of Chicago Style Blues.
Music : Genre: Blues

To order tickets, please click:
http://isisasheville.com/events/an-evening-of-the-blues-with-chuck-beattie/

Chuck Beattie
Long time blues aficionado and music historian, Chuck Beattie (aka Dr. Blues) fronts a Chicago-Style Blues band based in Western North Carolina. Originally from Rocky Mount, NC, Beattie grew up in a household filled with music. He credits his mother, a piano player and teacher, for the innate talent and musical appreciation that has driven him all his life. As a young man, Beattie was influenced by James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and a host of other important African American musicians performing in the segregated clubs of his hometown. It was Chuck and his beloved brother, Gerald, who played pickup gigs for some artists while they were off contract in the south such as Mel and Tim, Otis Clay, The Kelly Brothers and many more. This gave him his first chance to play in a real band. Still in high school, Chuck recognized that music was his true calling.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Sizzling Dialogue Takes Family Dysfunction to New Levels in ‘August: Osage County’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Jan. 8 to 17

West Windsor, N.J. — Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre kicks off the new year with a serious family drama that finds humor in even the most fraught moments.  PinnWorth Productions presents Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “August: Osage County,” on Fridays, Jan. 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Jan. 9 and 16 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Jan. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is 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. 8.

The Westons are, simply put, a dysfunctional family: parents who have given up on each other, siblings with long simmering resentments, and a whole range of communication problems with just about anyone related to their clan.

“It’s one part ‘All in the Family’ and one part ‘Medea’ [the ancient Greek tragedy],” said PinnWorth Productions’ LouJ Stalsworth, the show’s producer and director.  “I’ve been fortunate to cast some of Central Jersey’s best talent as the Weston family – a group of women who puts the fun into dysfunctional.”

The cast stars Sari Ruskin of Princeton as Violet, the acid-tongued, pill-popping mother to sisters Barbara, Ivy and Karen, played by Laurie Hardy of Hamilton, Sally Page of Princeton, and Kyla Marie Mostello Donnelly of Levittown, Pa., respectively.

According to Stalsworth, the script won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for good reason. “It has the best dialogue since ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf.’  With equal parts deep anger and shocking bluntness, it’s laughable dark humor.  And while it translated wonderfully to the big screen with a cast that included Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, I think the stage version is even better,” he said.

The cast also features Joe Comengo of Moorestown as Bill Fordham; Jaci D’Ulisse of Trenton as Johnna Monevata; Rachel Lemos of Lawrenceville as Jean Fordham; Jon Heron of Monroe as Charles Aiken; Roman Sohor of Manalapan as Little Charles Aiken; Zach Abraham of Highland Park as Sheriff Deon Gilbeau; and Sean McGrath of Churchville, Pa., as Bev Weston.

In addition to Stalsworth, the production team includes set and costume designer Kate Pinner, and sound and lighting designer Robert Terrano. Nicole Schulnick is stage manager.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, and $14 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

(2) Acts of Kindness Gone Awry in ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Jan. 22 to 31

West Windsor, N.J. – Never take candy from strangers. Or, as is the case in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” beware of elderberry wine offered by sweet, little old ladies. M&M Productions brings this American comedy classic to the stage at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre on Fridays, Jan. 22 and 29 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Jan. 23 and 30 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Jan. 24 and 31 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is 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. 22.

Welcome to Brooklyn circa 1940 and the warped, wacky world of the Brewster family. Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha, who are known throughout the neighborhood for their many acts of kindness, are a bit misguided, while their nephew, Teddy – a.k.a. Teddy Roosevelt – is downright batty. Enter Mortimer – the “normal” nephew – an author who has just gotten married and is hoping to announce his good news to the family. Before long, Mortimer is caught up in the craziness with no clear exit plan.

First a hit on Broadway, this fast-paced black comedy became an instant classic when the film version was released in 1944. It was directed by Frank Capra, with Cary Grant in the role of Mortimer.

Starring as the Brewster clan are: Linda Cunningham of Yardley, Pa., as Abby Brewster; Liz Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Martha Brewster; Kevin Hallam of Hamilton as Teddy Brewster; Tim Moran of East Windsor as Mortimer Brewster; Eric McDonough of Point Pleasant as Jonathan Brewster; and, as the family’s newest member, Stephanie Moon of Pennington as Elaine Harper.

Also featured are Matthew Cassidy of Morrisville, Pa., as Dr. Einstein; Dennis Hagen of Pennington as Lieutenant Rooney; John Hughes of Burlington as Rev. Dr. Harper/Mr. Witherspoon; Chris Schmalbach of Palmyra as Officer O’Hara; Stephen Stern as Mr. Gibbs; Tristan Takacs of Trenton as Officer Klein; and Shan Williams II of Trenton as Officer Brophy.

The production team includes producers Michael Almstedt and Mike DiIorio, director Sheldon Bruce Zeff and stage manager Chris Vorel Szemis. Costumes are by Louisa Murey.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, and $14 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

 

 

 

 

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