BLAINESWORLD #1070 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Training your brain so you that you don’t need glasses





(6) Arlene Ditzer:   I just listened to your first radio broadcast. I was eager to hear more about Brian Biro and his latest book. I really enjoyed the interview, took notes, and I cannot wait to buy “There are no Overachievers.” You did a great job as host. Why am I not surprised???? Good luck! Thanks for all your support during the past 27 years. You continue to amaze me.

(7) Pat Hannigan: Sorry, but with the emphasis that they put on writing and meaning with what one writes..I’m confused….. In a good fun way, I have to inquire about two comments near the begining of your newsletter.

First, it seems that a lot of your newsletters start off with comments about shows you saw during the week. And that is great. And as any night flows you write about your dinner excursions… So I have to ask about the real message of what is being sent here.. You wrote:

(2) From there, we went to dinner at a place that is rapidly becoming one of our favorite eateries in Waynesville, Angelo’s, where we received fine service from Alicia.  You say it is becoming a favorite place.. ( Meaning its not there yet as far as your favorite? Why not?  ). Seems you are referring the establishment. no?  And you go on to say that you received great service from Alicia. Hmmm……What about the others? The Matrie D, or the chef? or hostess? But you really never mention if the food  is good or if someting there is your favorite? Or? ???? For me it reads that you are following one of the golden rules.. That is, if something is bad don’t metion it. But just highlight the positives… Make sense?

(3) On another night, we had a delicious meal at Sushi Thai. Emily was our server, and she got everything just right. Hmm.. when you say “delicious”.. meaning it was the best you ever had ? Or so so? Maybe say on a scale of 1-10 what was this? And like above you praised the server which is great. But what about the establishment? The atmosphere? Or what about the owner, chef, hostess?

Sorry but it is what hit me as I read your post…and I mean this in a good way… Thoughts?

Response: As you probably know by now, I tend to emphasize the positive; in fact, a friend even wrote a play about me with the title MR. POSITVITY. See below if you never saw it:

So if I have a good experience at a place, I’ll mention it without going into too much detail. I used to give more detail, but my blog was running even longer than it is now. And it was also taking me too much time to write.

If a server is not particularly memorable, I don’t mention him or her. Same thing about a restaurant. And I don’t typically mention others in a restaurant unless they make a special impression on me. They did on a recent visit to Bonefish Grill–as evidenced in BLAINESWORLD #963:
Met our friends Tom and Marcy Gallagher for a dinner at Bonefish Grill that was just perfect. Things started out well when we received an enthusiastic greeting from Daniel Hopey, the matire d’. Randall Keaton (left) provided attentive service throughout the meal. And special thanks to Brian Wess (right), the assistant food manager. He made a “special” dish for me, coconut-crusted tilapia, then came over to see how it came out.

I do like finding something good about most things I do and/or encounter!


Section 12A, NC events

(1) What The Health

Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:30pm–8:17pm
at Carmike 10 – Asheville121 River Hills Rd, Asheville, NC, United States, 28805
$10.00 General
Contributions Available
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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Joni Dowburd: The Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre production of HELLO DOLLY continues through April 8 at at the Neshaminy High School auditorium. For tickets, please click:

Note: This group’s shows are always excellent. I’m especially sorry that I won’t be up North to the above since Joni is also in it, and that alone should make it watchable.

(2) ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ to Lift Spirits and Warm Hearts at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre April 22

West Windsor, N.J. – Young audiences are invited to spend an afternoon in the woods as “The House at Pooh Corner” comes to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre.  The show is presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre as part of the Kelsey Kids Series on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Faithfully based on the 1928 A. A. Milne classic, Winnie-the-Pooh and friends make a visit to the magical Hundred Acre Wood in a tale of imagination, fun and friendship.  This charming musical introduces a new generation to the Pooh story, proving that the lessons shared by Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin are truly timeless.  Young and old alike are reminded that “…Of course, it isn’t really good-bye, because the forest will always be there… and anybody who is friendly with bears can find it.”

Virginia Repertory Theatre (formerly Theatre IV) is an award-winning nonprofit professional theater company that has been producing high quality children’s shows since 1975. Based in Richmond, Va., the traveling company tours from Wisconsin to Florida and Texas to Maine, while also presenting major productions in its home city.  The company performs live for more than half a million children, teens, parents and teachers across America every year.

Tickets for “The House at Pooh Corner” are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and children.  Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

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