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Section 2, part 2

(1) Janeen Ravkin: I hope you do not mind this e-mail, but I think you should know:  I really enjoy reading Blainesworld, especially when there is something about one of our former/present colleagues.  I think we have been very lucky/fortunate to have worked with a great group of people.  When I see a familiar name;  i.e., Carol Seufert, Jim Chewning, Betty Tsai etc., even former students,  I enjoy everything i read about them or what they have contributed to either your Blainesworld, Orr the college community or the community itself.   Except death notices. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling and i want to thank you and all the them for making my 27 years at BCCC enjoyable and wonderful and very rewarding.

(2) Andy Scarpati: LOVE THE TIME COVER! I’d pick you over all those others too!! : )

(3) John Murray: How do you play telephone charades?

Response: Lot of fun. You split a group into half. One half leaves the room, the other half stays in the room. .. The half that stays in the room comes up with a phrase; e.g., something from this list: … Or we even got more elaborate. One thing we used: It is Black Friday, and you just went to the store to buy a large screen TV.” … Once you have the phrase, you get one person from the other room. Tell him/her the phrase. … You then tell him/her to act out the scene for the next person (that you have come in from the other room). The second person then acts out the scene for the third person, etc. … After all folks are in the room, you have the first person repeat the scene. And at the time, you reveal what the scene was supposed to be. … As you can imagine, it radically changes from the first person to the last.






Section 3, Joke 1

Thanks, Nancy Clark, for this recipe:
Cherry Almond Kugel
preheat oven 350 deg 55-60 min

1/2 stick (4 oz) melted butter
3 lg eggs, beaten
16 oz sour cream
16 or 24 oz container cottage cheese (When the store didn’t have the 12 oz size, I got the larger one, and preferred the results)
1 c milk
2/3 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp cinnamon, divided
2/3 c slivered almonds, divided
1/2 c dried cherries (may use other dried fruits if preferred, but delete almond extract if substituting fruit, as it compliments cherries best)
12 oz wide egg noodles

Cook the noodles according to package instructions, till just tender. Butter 9x 13 pyrex or ceramic baking dish.
Whisk eggs in large bowl, then mix in cottage cheese, milk, sour cream, sugar, melted butter and extracts. add 1/2 tsp of the cinnamon and add the dried fruit and half of the almonds.

If your bowl is large enough, add cooked noodles to custard mixture and stir till well blended, then add to the baking dish. Otherwise, add cooked noodles to baking dish and pour custard mix over them, making sure to disperse the custard mix evenly, coating the noodles thoroughly. Sprinkle top with remaining almonds, then rest of the cinnamon. Bake till custard is bubbling the kugel is firm and the top is golden brown. Start checking at 50 min. Don’t over bake, or kugel will be dry.

Cool a bit and serve warm. This refrigerates wonderfully. I cut it into squares when cool and heat for breakfast in microwave. Enjoy!


Section 5, TV alert

Me and Ben Bradlee
by Arthur Mayhew

Ben—we were not on a first-name level  but he’s dead now, so it doesn’t matter—was the iconic editor of the Washington Post when its coverage of the Watergate scandal led to President Nixon’s resignation in 1974.

I had taken a job at the American Press Institute in Reston, VA, in 1975. API was the premiere mid-career newspaper training organization, running around 20 one- and two-week seminars per year on a  variety of newspaper departments (news, advertising, etc.)

API had been founded at Columbia University in 1946 and moved to new facilities in the Washington suburbs in 1974. The Post, riding high from Watergate, offered to host many of our seminar members at a dinner in their building.

One seminar that I was in charge of in 1977 was for city editors. The Post would have a cocktail hour (literally) and then a sit-down dinner in their dining area. The head of the department hosting the group would speak and answer questions after dinner. Ben Bradlee was our host for the city editors seminar.

When he finished, he asked if the group would like to see the Post newsroom, where reporters and editors were hard at work producing the next  day’s newspaper.  It was an invitation to  newspaper heaven.

After walking through the newsroom, we wound up in Ben’s office, a hallowed place if there ever was one.  One of the first things everyone noticed was a series of unflattering  pictures of Nixon. Eyes closed; grimacing; mouth ajar; etc.  Ben said every one of the photos had been taken at public events and, therefore, could have been published.  None were, he said, because readers would accuse the newspaper of publishing these unflattering pictures because the “Post disliked Nixon.”

For our group of city editors, many from medium-sized dailies, it was a night that touched history. It was probably the highlight of the seminar. I know I have never forgotten it.

(Written December 5, 2017, after watching the HBO documentary on Bradlee.)


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Jeff Catanese:

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(2) The Twelve Dates of Christmas at NC Stage

Nov. 29th — Dec. 23rd, 2017

Wed – Sat at 7:30 PM & Sun at 2:00 PM

Saturday Matinees on December 2,9 and 23, 2017.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas is alternating with All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.

After seeing her fiancé on TV kissing another woman at the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary’s life falls apart — just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where “romance” ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical. It seems nothing can help Mary’s growing cynicism, until the charm and innocence of a five-year-old boy unexpectedly brings a new outlook on life and love. This heartwarming one woman show offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season.

“Make no mistake, TWELVE DATES is not a stage version of the “chick flick”; audiences of all ages and genders will enjoy getting to know this character.” -STAGE Magazine

Discretionary Content: Adult Language.

For tickets, please click:


Section 12B. PA/NJ event

Journey to the Land of the Sweets in Dance Connection’s ‘The Nutcracker’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Dec. 15-17

West Windsor, N.J. – No holiday season is as sweet without “The Nutcracker.”  Join Clara, the Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy for Dance Connection’s family adaptation of the timeless Tchaikovsky classic at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre.  Dates and show times for this magical production are: Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer’s West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Even the youngest theater goers will enjoy this fully-narrated, one-hour ballet set to the famous Tchaikovsky score. Dolls and sweets come to life, mice and toy soldiers do battle, and snowflakes dance in a snow covered forest. It’s abridged and yet complete – with a large cast danced almost entirely by children and teens in beautiful costumes and scenery full of warmth and wonder.  At the conclusion of the show, children and parents are invited up on stage to meet their favorite characters, who will be available to sign autographs.

Dance Connections (formerly known as New Jersey Youth Ballet) is based in Hillsborough, NJ. It was founded in 2007 by David Kieffer, who has extensive experience as a teacher, dancer and choreographer.

Tickets for “The Nutcracker” are $16 for adults, and $14 for seniors 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 is 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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