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Section 2, part 2

(1) Emily S. in NC: How to Make Morning Routines a Habit for All-Day Productivity

How to Make Morning Routines a Habit for All-Day Productivity


(2) Mary Jo L. in NC:  Thanks for the TV review. I love Ken Burns and will look for The story about the Sharps. Have you heard about QueenSugar? The story was written right here at Warren Wilson College. The show airs on OWN and revolves around a contemporary Louisiana family with more issues than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. It’s a series of one-hour episodes and the first few are On Demand.

Will we see you at the Asheville Quilt Show this year? It’s Sept 30, Oct 1 & 2 at the Ag Ctr. Sooooooo many quilts this year!!!! Let me know if you are there so I can say “hi.”

(3) Carole S. in NJ: Tom and I saw SULLY last night.  Certainly glad I didn’t believe some of the reviews I read!  Thought it was great.

And I’m certainly getting revved up for the new TV shows this Fall.  The ones you’ve mentioned all look terrific.  Hope our excited anticipation is warranted.  Will let you know what I think!

(4) Ilene P. in NC: Thank you for sharing the incredibly inspirational story of the schoolteacher in Louisville, KY. I’ve passed it on to many friends,and am saving it to watch anytime I even think of kvetching. What a hero. His family and his students are so fortunate to have him in their lives.

Thank you for inspiring each of us to be more, too! Please give Cynthia a hug from me, and we hope to see you soon. I just purchased tickets to “Loveland” at ACT 10/13. It sounds very special.



 (6) Visual journeys by six phogotraphers
(7) Secrets to lasting relationships from high school sweethearts
(8) Bev C. in PA: Have you watched the new TV series on FOX called Pitch? It’s about the first woman to pitch in the major leagues. Pretty good first episode.
(9) Jeff M. in NC: This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning.

(10)  Lisa Z. in PA (with a REQUEST FOR HELP): No good deed goes unpunished.  Last year, you supported Stephen’s school fundraiser, so here I am bugging you again.  He wanted to send personal texts to everyone (a couple of you may still get them), but I said I’d send an email for him. Once again, he is trying to earn the big prize – a limo ride to lunch with some of his classmates.

We DO NOT want you to purchase unwanted magazines, but if there is something you want or you have a subscription you’d like to RENEW, please go to the following link (be sure to check the box for renew and it will not start until your current subscription ends):   Select option on left for “Let’s Get Started.”
Type in code for Stephen’s school: 1989664
When prompted, enter Stephen Zaglin.  Stephen is spelled with “ph”.  You may be able to just log in with your information from last year (if you remember it). If you need help entering an order, let me know.
It will take you to his page for shopping.  There are other products, but Stephen ONLY gets credit for magazines.
Orders will be accepted through Friday, September 30th.
Your support is appreciated, but not expected.
Lisa and Stephen
(11) Am I introverted or just rude?
(12) How to pay for college with less stress

(13) Mike M. in NC: BRIDGET JONES BABY *** 1/2Absolutely a delightful 3rd film in the Bridget Jones series. This film has everything going for it that you will love. It’s funny you will LOL the whole movie, has a great score of oldies and a great cast.

Bridget ,played by Renee Zelwegger and Oscar nominee for the first film finds herself alone on her 43rd birthday. When her co worker and friend takes her on a weekend adventure to a ourdoor concert she meets a dark handsomne stranger named Jack,played by the very sexy Patrick Dempsey. When Bridget who has had a bit to much to drink accidently ends up in Jack’s tent they spend the night together. Fast forward 16 days to a baby christening when Bridget runs into her true love Mark, played in all 3 films by Colin Firth and whom she ends up spending the night with. Bridget who from the first film has always kept a diary about love now finds herself pregnant and no clue which man is the father. The hillarious escapes will keep you laughing and the end, Bridget’s wedding is written so well that it keeps you guessing who is really the father.
Even if you didn’t see the first 2 Bridget Jones films or didn’t like them you will absolutley love this one. Definately added to the other 4 films on my favorite films in 2016.
Even if the movie had been bad you can’t go wrong for 2 hours watching Patrick Dempsey and Colin Firth. LOL.

(14) Could it be sepsis? C.D.C. Wants More People to Ask

(15) A friend of mine needs a place to stay in Asheville:


Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 (first choice)

Oct. 7, 8, 9 (second choice)

Oct. 21, 22, 23 (third choice)

Needs a bed, a place to shower, WIFI access or close to WIFI access and preferably a fan (or air conditioner).

Willing to pay something.

He doesn’t smoke or drink.

Please call Steven at 305.710.9499.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) MARK YOUR CALENDARS! There will be a number of FREE events taking place in the Asheville area during the week of September 26—30, 2016 in recognition of Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. The events have a specific focus on providing technical assistance that will aid in the promotion, establishment, and development of minority owned businesses. Check out the website for more information regarding these and other fantastic events, seminars, and workshops taking place throughout the week at or call (828) 398-7951.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Fantasy and Reality Collide in ‘Jake’s Women’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Sept. 30 to Oct. 9

West Windsor, N.J. – Modern relationships have never been messier than for Jake, a novelist who finds more success in his career than his life. The award-winning Maurer Productions OnStage (MPO) presents Neil Simon’s comedic classic “Jake’s Women” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 1 and 8 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Oct. 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Sept. 30.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

This wildly comic and sometimes touching play features Jake’s flashbacks about the women in his life – that are occasionally interrupted by the actual women!  Jake’s women include a revered first wife, Julie, who died years earlier in a tragic accident; his daughter, Molly, who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman; his boisterous and bossy sister, Karen; an opinionated analyst, Edith; his current wife, Maggie, who is contemplating her future with, or possibly without, Jake; and the newest arrival, Sheila, a woman who just may be part of Jake’s future.

The cast features Kurt Penney of Pennington as Jake; Erin Leder of Bordentown as Maggie; Michele Kallman of Hightstown as Karen; Makenna Katz of West Windsor as young Molly; Gina Migliaccio of Hamilton as older Molly; Laurie Hardy of Hamilton as Edith; Jessica Braynor of Lawrenceville as Julie; and Cathy Liebars of Langhorne, Pa., as Sheila.

The show is directed by Diana Gilman Maurer, co-founder of MPO with her husband, John Maurer.  She notes that “Jake’s Women” is considered one of Mr. Simon’s hidden gems and that the cast for this production is proving very talented at juxtaposing moments of high comedy and high drama.

“The show is both moving and funny, and takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions,” Maurer said.  “I am really proud of this cast and how well they navigate the moods and nuances of each character.”

Maurer is co-producing the show with John Maurer. Other members of the production team are Set Designer Jeff Cantor, Lighting Designer M. Kitty Getlik, and Sound Designer Judi Parrish. Costumes are by Anthony Remer; the stage manager is Rosie Karlin.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students/children and may be purchased online at  or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking 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) Get Set to Soar “In the Heights” at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Oct. 14 to 23

West Windsor, N.J. – The Big Apple has never felt more like a small town than in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical “In the Heights.” The Pennington Players proudly present this Tony Award-winning show at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, Oct. 14 and 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 15 and 22 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Oct. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Oct 14. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

“In the Heights” stars a group of neighbors – and the close-knit Washington Heights community they call home.  It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and uncertainties.  Set over the course of three summer days, the show centers around Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon, and dreams of winning the lottery so that he can return to his native Dominican Republic.  Meanwhile, Nina, Usnavi’s childhood friend, has returned from her first year at college with unsettling news for her parents, who have spent their savings to build a better life for their daughter.  Sharing the trials of a heat wave, a power failure, and the sudden death of a beloved neighbor, Usnavi and the other residents come to recognize what it truly means to be home.

Nominated for 13 Tony Awards in 2008, “In the Heights” was the winner of four: Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.  It won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and was also nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  The show has toured extensively in the U.S. and abroad, where its universal message connects with audiences everywhere.

Says Pennington Players Director Kyrus Keenan Westcott, “We are thrilled to be bringing this show to the Kelsey stage. The music is fun, the dancing is intense, and the story will capture you from the opening note. Words cannot describe how excited I am for people to see this.”

The show stars Terrence Berry of Asbury Park as Usnavi; Alexandra Cusumano of Manalapan as Vanessa; Phil Solomon of East Brunswick as Benny; Mimi B. Francis of North Brunswick as Abuela Claudia; Tara Keelen of Flemington as Nina; LaJuan Miller of Plainfield as Sonny; Lorraine Perri of Florence as Daniela; Brittany Rivera of Hamilton as Carla; Joe Rodriguez of New York City as Piragua Guy; Jake Van Horn of Levittown, Pa., as Graffiti Pete; Elio Lleo of West New York, NJ, as Kevin Rosario; and Jen Rosario-Kent of Cherry Hill as Camila Rosario.

The ensemble features Ray Alexander of Burlington, Tia Brown of Lawrence, Christian Confalone of South Brunswick, Ashley DiStefano DeAntonio of East Brunswick, Mariah King of Jersey City, Marshall McGuire of Ewing, Taylor McQueen of Springfield, Kelsey Rivera of Perth Amboy, Sasha Saco of Hamilton, Dani Tucci-Juraga of Morrisville, Pa., Rob Veith of Mount Laurel, Donte Wilder of Newark, and Shan Williams of Ewing.

The creative team includes Producers Vicki Kaiser and Judi Parrish, Director Kyrus Keenan Westcott, Stage Manager Vicki Kaiser, Assistant Stage Manager Vianna Fagel, Music Director Mike Gilch, Choreographer Rachel Tovar, Lighting Designer Star McCloud, Sound Designer Nick Mastalesz, and Set Designer Bryan Schendlinger. Properties are by Dottie Farina and costumes are by Sally Page.

Tickets are $20 for all and may be purchased online at  or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking 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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