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Section 2, part 2

(1) Kerr keeps Warriors winning with yoga

(2) Bev Cohen [referring to her recent contest entry, in which she said if she won the LEADERSHIP book, she wanted it to go to Donald Trump]:  I felt he needed it more than anyone else. I am in DC where I participated in the Women’s March. Wow!

(3) Roberta Gurwood: Eating ice cream for breakfast may improve mental performance

(4) Evelyn Blau:  Just watched Patriots Day with a Greek dinner afterwards. Great date day! … .Seriously moved by this movie. Our son works downtown and the marathon ran right by his condo so we didn’t know where he was at the time of the explosion. Even if the movie took some artistic licenses, it was really well done.

(5) Garrett Artz:  Hey friends, please take a moment to vote for RiverLink on this Diamond Brand poll. Your vote supports our K-12 Education program where we expose children to the importance of clean water in the French Broad River Watershed. Thanks!

(6) Ilene Procida [about A DOG’S PURPOSE]: I went to the dog film with 2 girlfriends and we all cried, along with the entire audience, for most of the film, when we weren’t oohing and aahing the dogs. I didn’t realize it was a Lasse Halstrom film, whose previous works are all favorites of mine. I’d still love to see your favorite list!

Still not sure which was the potentially abusive dog scene- maybe in the car?- I can’t read all the controversial junk out there now- but I didn’t sense that any dogs were hurt making this movie. Definitely a film for dog lovers. Very sweet message. Your thoughts?

Response: We liked it!

(7) This Incredibly Detailed Breakdown Of A Louis C.K. Joke Is Wonderful


(9) Kathy Byers: I saw Dennis Quaid on two talk shows, and I believe him.  It sounds like someone is trying to make money with a doctored dog video. … Thanks again for all you do, not only for your community, but for us all over the country.

(10) Arlene Ditzler: Regarding your questions about the abuse of a dog in the movie, A Dog’s Purpose, Dennis Quaid, who stars in the movie, stated on a talk show that there was no animal abuse on the set of that movie. If there had been, he would not have been part of the movie. Not sure–if there was abuse–that I would or would not see the movie. …  Hwever, I know that I will not see any movie starring Meryl Streep. When she took the opportunity to disrespect the President (and it wouldn’t matter to me who had won the Presidential race) and substitute “her opinion” for an acceptance speech before a captive audience, my opinion of her changed. She is one of the best actresses ever, but she lost a fan after that so called “speech.” …. Just sayin’.

Response: You’re entitled to your opinion on Streep. But she was giving her opinion, which I believe she has the right to do, and didn’t even mention Trump by name. He, on the other hand, has a much larger captive audience and has insulted well over 305 people. For just a partial list, please click:

(11) Andi Block: What a great project [mentioned in last week’s issue] for the homeless.


Section 12A, NC events


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(2) Presenting with Power and Purpose (led by Barrie Barton)
Mondays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Mars Hill College, South Campus, South Asheville

In this highly interactive learning lab, you will test drive techniques to step up confidence, overcome nerves and present yourself with greater presence and purpose. By the end of your 4-week series, you’ll be presenting naturally and with greater impact than you thought possible.

What to Expect:
How to leverage 4 significant Core Speaking and Listening Skills
How to powerfully connect with colleagues, clients and audiences
How to access an inner tool set for instant self-awareness, tame nervousness and build greater confidence

Support materials – Incuding class notes, tips and handouts
One on one coaching with Barrie during the sessions

Who’s should attend?
*Entrepreneurs who need to pitch and launch
*Creatives who want to have a bigger presence
*Managers who want to level up
*Authors and Speakers who have upcoming events
*New hires that want greater confidence….

“The simple exercises and feedback Barrie offered have made a difference in my interactions personally and professionally. I feel a confidence I haven’t felt before this class.”
D. Burns, Therapist and Coach

Need more information or want to talk with Barrie?
Email me and we can set up a phone conversation.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events



(2) At Kelsey Theatre:

God of Carnage

A comedy of manners… without the manners!

Fridays, Feb. 3 & 10, 2017 at 8pm

Saturdays, Feb. 4 & 11 at 8pm

Sundays, Feb. 5 & 12 at 2pm

A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their principles in tatters. PinnWorth Productionspresents this internationally acclaimed comedy which takes you into the most dangerous place on Earth – Parenthood

Tickets: $18 adults, $16 seniors, $14 students/children


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