BLAINESWORLD #1100 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

(1) Mike Denny: Thanks Blaine! I saw that article [“For Your Brain’s Sake, Keep Moving”]. You’re obviously living up to that one. I feel boring when I read your blog. lol. … Don’t think I’ve said my mother passed away from Alzheimer’s about 3 yrs ago and lost my father right after Christmas last year. He just ran out of steam and passed very peacefully. He was 92. … Still visiting Bucks by the way. But the business has changed. Have another year or two and will think about another business.  … Enjoying the mild fall weather here in Philly area. I’m sure it’s beautiful in Asheville.

(2) Marty Sutton: Interesting issue, BG.  You gotta love Betty White!

(3) Mark Beloyan: This is my girlfriend’s webpage and Facebook page. Please share with all your friends.
Me Too No More
The Me Too No More group is here to provide a safe place to provide support for you to share your story as a victim/survivor of abuse
On Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Me-Too-No-More-126566974714125/
Website:
https://metoonomore.com

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(5) Trissa King: Just saw the movie “Lucky” at the Grail Moviehouse!! WONDERFUL movie, with Harry Dean Stanton in the title role.

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) Mike  Yow:

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(2) Chelsea St. John Wade: Arsenic & Old Lace, presented by Theatre Veritas

November 16th, 17th, and 18th
Thursday and Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm

Adults $10 Students $8 Children $5

The Colonial Theater
53 Park Street
Canton, NC 28716

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(3) Paula Hanke: 2 Upcoming Concerts for YOU!!

1. A revival of the show we created a few years back, this time focusing on the lives of Brazil’s treasured female vocalists who successfully collaborated with the brilliant Antonio Carlos Jobim: Elis Regina, Astrud Gilberto and Leila Pinheiro to name a few.

I’m so happy to be accompanied once again by Michael Jefry Stevens, Frank Southecorvo, Zack Page and Ben Bjorlie.

**Call 828-669-0816 to be placed on the advance reserved list for the reduced price.

**Tickets will be available soon at   http://www.whitehorseblackmountain.com

2. Peggy & Paula
Winter Solstice/Holiday House Concert

December 17 (TBD afternoon/early evening)
Fletcher, NC
$35pc or $60 Couple.

We will provide FOOD, COCKTAILS and the ENTERTAINMENT!

*To raise $$ for our gofundme project-next phase:
creating our LLC partnership and recording ‘Love Is A Rose’ EP

*Plus……a % of proceeds will go to ‘United For Puerto Rico’.

For Tickets either:
1) Email us at womenwhomademusichistory@gmail.com
Put ‘I Want to Attend the Holiday House Concert’ in the subject line. And we will respond with details of house concert and where to send check or paypal payment
or
2) Donate $35 (single) or
$60 (for2)  https://www.gofundme.com/womenwhomademusichhistory
and we’ll get back to you with the details!!!

(4) Judith Loniak: Please join me for the Opening Reception for our Peaceful Appalachians 11th Annual Juried Group Exhibit, which will be Saturday, November 4th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The show is at the Green Sage Cafe, Westgate — 70 Westgate Pky. Asheville, North Carolina. We hope you will join us to enjoy our member’s images.

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Section 2

59 Glorious Gratitudes*

by Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW

Tomorrow is my 59th birthday. It not only doesn’t freak me out to be getting closer to 60, but it delights me to consider all the blessings that have come along with nearly six decades on the planet (this time around, at least) and maybe a wee bit of wisdom. I made a list of 59 things I am grateful for.

Fifty- Nine Glorious Gratitudes
1. Family
2. Friends
3. Health
4. A beautiful cozy home
5. The Muse who inspires me
6. My Jeep that gets me where I need to go
7. Work that I love
8. Cuddle Party
9. Free Hugs
10. Laughter Yoga
11. Love
12. Sex
13. Yoga
14. Meditation
15. Drumming
16. Dancing
17. Music
18. Books
19. Writing
20. Nature
21. The gym
22. Animals
23. That I am becoming more outspoken
24. Travel
25. Abundance in all forms
26. Social media that keeps me connected to the world
27. Chocolate
28. My memories
29. That I learn from my history without making it my destiny
30. Being able to channel ideas in written and spoken form
31. Persistence
32. That I face each day with grace
33. Forgiveness
34. Compassion
35. That I am a powerful manna-fester, sometimes at the speed of thought
36. I am learning to ask for what I want and am willing to receive it
37. Adventures
38. My increased willingness to be vulnerable
39. My playful nature
40. My resilience
41. My ability to uplift myself when I am down in the dumps
42. Ancestors
43. That I am a love spreader and life lifter
44. My spiritual connection
45. The overlapping soul circles in my life
46. My left of center tree-hugging hippie sensibilities
47. The generosity of people in my life
48. My ability to connect with kindred spirits every day
49. My computer
50. The love of my life who is on his way
51. Friends who call me on my shit when they need to
52.Those who encourage me
53. Pedicures
54. Time at the gym
55. Messages from the Other Side
56. The venues and publications that invite me to write for them
57. WXPN (my favorite radio station)
58. Serendipity and wonderful surprises
59. Every day miracles

Oh, and that meme with the elephant, bird, and quote was another of those miracles. After a friend created it for me a few years back, it went on a worldwide whirlwind tour and on my birthday three years ago, it landed on Julian Lennon’s Facebook page. How cool is that?

I was reminded this morning that I share a birthday with Paul Simon. Both he and I are Still Crazy After All These Years.

Note: To listen to the above song, please click:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=46bkXgxb66E

Section 2, part 2

(1) Sharon Lewis: I love the Netflix sitcom ‘Schitts Creek’ starring Eugene Levy.

(2) Sunny Ruble: Heh Blaine, so glad you had such a phenomenal time at your 50th!  For me, going to past HS reunions has been like twilight zone, with the “kids” you remember so well from then, being so changed and “elderly” (nice way to put it, right?) … just seems so surreal.

The concert was the best ever… I will have a DVD I can share with you later!Thanks for putting in the picture of us all at the concert… and we all did thumbs up in your honor!!!

(3) Jack Bowen: Thank you for posting about the advanced directive. I spent many years in my professional life providing services to LTC facilities, so that I can relate to the author’s experience and conclusions. This is part of the most difficult [however necessary] conversation we all should be having with our families! Yours is a life well lived!

(4) Linda McClean: That’s cool, Blaine. I had my 50th high school reunion last October. Time is flying on by!Hugs to you and Cynthia.

(5) Ange Maffei: Still a handsome man–both inside and out. 

(6) Mark Beloyan: Silly thought. The baby doesn’t have the right or chance to defend itself.  Everyone not already a criminal can own a gun to defend themselves. If you didn’t know, you have to go to class to get a concealed weapons license, pass a shooting test and a criminal background check.  Unlike abortion, the parent can perform safe sex and birth control practices, unlike a victim in a robbery, rape or assault. You can be assaulted with a hammer, knife, pipe or even fists  … bigger guys (versus smaller guys) beat you with their fists and your only defense might be a gun. 

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Section 12A, NC events

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(2) Dakota Mann:

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(3) Henry Stryon: A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT

October 13,14 & 15, 20, 21 & 22, 27, 28 & 29, 2017 (9 performances)

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

Written by John Fuller
Directed by Bob Stacy
Produced by Lauren Day

http://www.thebrevardlittletheatre.org/

Based on the story by Mark Twain, this is the tale of a young engineer just out of college (the Yankee), who is experimenting at home with all kinds of mechanical devices and whimsically expresses the wish that he could invent a time machine. He unexpectedly gets his wish when he is knocked out by one of his own experiments and awakens in the Court of King Arthur, where Merlin immediately dislikes him.

BREVARD LITTLE THEATRE
55 East Jordan St.
Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 884-2587

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Amy McKenna: Savor Bucks County features an amazing sampling of delicious savory foods, beverages and excellent desserts from caterers and restaurants in the Bucks County and surrounding areas.

Over 20 vendors, including:

Andale Latino Grill Andale Latino Grill
Brio Tuscan Grill Brio Tuscan Grille
Corporate Source Catering Corporate Source Catering
Dave & Buster’s Dave & Buster’s
DiAntonio’s Catering DiAntonio’s Catering
El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar El Barrio Cantina & Tequila Bar
Got Wine? Got wine ?
Historic King George II Inn King George Inn
Joseph’s Premier Events & Catering Joseph’s Premier Catering
M.E.I. Catering M.E.I. Catering
Muscle Maker Grill Muscle Maker Grill Langhorne
Steam Pub Steam Pub
Village Catering Premier Philadelphia Catering Village Catering

A great evening of food, fun and networking. One exhibitor will be given the 5 Star Award for Savory and one for Sweets for receiving the most votes from our attendees.

For tickets, please click:

http://cca.lbccc.org/webforms/EvtListing.aspx?dbid2=palbc&keyword=320763&class=E

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(2) Joe Doyle: DRAMA LAUNCHES ACTORSNET’S 22ND SEASON–NEW ADAPTATION OF IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE

EVENT: IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE: ActorsNET launches its 22nd season with a stunning new adaptation by Tony Taccone and Bennet S. Cohen of Sinclair Lewis’ satirical drama, It Can’t Happen Here. Writing in the 1930s, Lewis, an acclaimed socially conscious author, adapted his best-selling novel of the same name into a play as a warning. His message? Do not elect a fascist to the American presidency. This play imagines the dire consequences had Franklin Delano Roosevelt been defeated in his bid for a third term. Elected instead is pseudo-populist “Buzz” Windrip, who initiates martial law, prompting many to flee the country and/or join resistance movements. Co-directed by Joe Doyle and Andrena Wishnie. Co-starring Tom Stevenson and Kyla Donnelly. Also starring (alphabetically) James “Jim” Cordingley, John Helmke, Gina Rose Hermans, Tim Irvine, Olivier Leroux, Jessica Mousley, Marco Newton, Ed Patton, Jack Petzko, R.O. Scott, D.J. Tomalin & Hayley Rubins-Topoleski. Featuring (alphabetically) Francesca Arco, Sean Costello, Joe Doyle, Dee Hamilton, Bonnie Kapenstein, Griffin Kemp, Katie Marra, Rick J. Speer and Ellen Wisnosky. Stage managed by Francesca Arco and Katie Marra. Set and costume design by Cheryl Doyle. Lighting design and operation by Andrena Wishnie of Morrisville. Sound design by Joe Doyle. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

SHOW DATES: Oct. 13 – 29, 2017. (Nine performances only)

TIMES: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.

PLACE: The Heritage Center Theatre, 635 North Delmorr Avenue (Route 32), Morrisville, PA – near the Calhoun Street Bridge.

ADMISSION: $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (62+), $15 for WHYY cardholders and students. Parental discretion advised. Group rates available for ten or more.

TO RESERVE: Call the nonprofit Actors’ NET at 215-295-3694 or email actorsnet@aol.com.

ON THE INTERNET: The Company’s website is www.actorsnetbucks.org. Social networking includes Facebook page — “ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County” — and Twitter name @actorsnet.

COMING NEXT: Weekends, Dec. 1 – 17, ActorsNET presents the regional premiere of Bo Wilson’s comedy, THE CHARITABLE SISTERHOOD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR – a comic romp about the theft of a baby Jesus from a crèche, which causes ladies from feuding southern church groups to unite and present a Christmas show. Directed by Joe Doyle. Starring Virginia Barrie, Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski and more.

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Section 2, part 2

(1) Bray Creech: Glad you liked The Glass Menagerie at HART. Thanks for the review. I’m going to try and catch it myself.

(2) Amy Joy Suben: 6 Ways to Invite Spirituality Into Your Life

http://www.thewayofmeditation.com.au/blog/6-ways-to-invite-spirituality-into-your-life/

(3) Walter Beals: The underground tank of my oil heater in my house has apparently gotten a leak in it and a bunch of water has gotten into it. I found out it’s going to cost me about $1600 to replace. I was just informed by my bank that my $1600 loan request was denied.

From upcoming juggling gigs and teaching fees, I have about half the money I need. SO, I need to make money so that I can have oil heat in my home this winter!

So… I’m running a special!! I will cast your face for $60! My normal cost for casting a face is $100. Performers! You need a cast of your face!

PLEASE SHARE THIS with your performer friends or anyone you know who is interested in having their face (or any body part for that matter) cast and replicated in ultra-cal 30 plaster!

Thanks!
Walter

PS from Blaine: We’ve also had Walter cast our hands, as well as the hands of friends. This makes for a unique gift.

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Section 11, Thought for the day

What if I get dementia?
by Dr. Jeff Sneider*

As a physician who has worked at nursing homes for decades I have watched many patients go through the natural life cycle of Alzheimer’s type dementia. I have seen healthy patients scared about the future. I have seen families struggle with decisions. I have seen caregivers, including doctors and nurses, conflicted about withholding treatment or applying treatment. I have wondered, what would I do if it were me?

As I have aged, I have become aware that my memory is not as good as it once was. I forget names at a rapid rate. I sometimes can’t find words. My typing has become more prone to error. My hand shakes a bit. What if I get Alzheimer’s? What if I can’t take care of myself? What if I can’t recognize my wife, my children or my friends and I can’t remember who I am? How would I want to be treated?

Before answering the question, I have to share some of my assumptions with you about life, and medical care, about pain and suffering, and about dying.

I know that I will die, though I feel much the same as Woody Allen, who said, “I’m not afraid of dying, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” That is a joke, of course. As someone who has practiced meditation, I do want to be there, if possible, when dying, except in cases of trauma where sedation is necessary. Interestingly, the person with Alzheimer’s is not there at the end, everyone else is there for you.

There is no effective treatment for Alzheimer’s, or most forms of dementia, once the damage has been done and brain function has been lost. You can’t get it back.

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Alzheimer’s is a specific progressive disease affecting more than the brain. In addition to the dreaded loss of memory, inability to recognize people and confusion about language, and orientation to themselves, their surroundings and other people, people with advanced Alzheimer’s type dementia can’t dress or feed themselves, can’t clean themselves after they go to the bathroom, can’t walk, and often can’t swallow. It is not just that they “forget” how to feed themselves or clean up after a bowel movement, there is a real physical loss of function, like the ability to swallow, that has nothing to do with memory. The progress of the disease covers many different body systems and is inexorable.

Many people maintain their social skills long after the memory has started to slip. A person with no memory for people or recent events can still be pleasant, carry on a coherent conversation and seem to be functioning normally as long as pointed and specific questions are not asked. We will often declare that such people are not competent to make decisions about their own medical care, even though they can tell you how they feel on any given day, or what they want. The ability to understand abstract ideas like “what to do if x,y, or z happens” is lost.

Behavior associated with poor memory, like getting lost, forgetting people and events, seems to come and go, especially in the first few years. It is not unusual for family members to wonder if they are “faking” memory loss because some days are so much better than others. They are not faking.

Personality can change drastically. The nice grandmother can suddenly start swearing like a sailor. The grumpy grandpa can become pleasant and placid. Paranoia, possessiveness, fear of anything new and aggressive behavior can also develop in people who were previously nice and calm.

Currently available medications purport to slow the progression of the disease, and they do, but not much. The drugs are expensive, may have side effects, and it is difficult to tell if they are working in any given patient. Once someone has advanced disease, requiring full support for all activities of daily living, lacking awareness of their surroundings and visitors, there is no point in continuing the drugs, but discontinuing the drugs may cause an acceleration of the downwards course of the disease.

People with Alzheimer’s don’t die from Alzheimer’s, exactly. Like other people with advanced dementia they often die from malnutrition that leads to infections which lead to death. Pneumonia due to choking on food or secretions is a common pathway to death. Urinary tract infections that lead to kidney infections and blood infections are common causes of death. Skin breakdown leading to widespread or deep skin infection is a common and often particularly painful way to go. A broken hip from a fall can lead to a deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) and pulmonary embolism (blood clot to the lung) and death. Any other cause of death, from cancer to heart attack can intervene as well and might be difficult to diagnose and impossible to predict.

(Remember I am giving you my opinion here from personal observation and study.) Death by starvation, especially when the person starving has no hunger and no awareness of their own difficulties, is a painless way to go. A feeding tube in a person who can’t swallow because of dementia, does not prolong life. A patient can still aspirate and die of pneumonia after a feeding tube is in place. Feeding tubes are not usually recommended for patients with Alzheimer’s who cannot swallow safely.

I am amazed by the love and care demonstrated by family members, nurses and other staff in nursing homes and day care centers towards patients with advanced dementia. At the Jewish Home of CNY we have repeatedly taken patients who were thought to be dying, some even on hospice care, and helped them to survive for many years. Our nurses and aids keep people clean and dressed and well fed years after the person has stopped bathing, dressing or feeding themselves.

Nursing home care is very expensive. The majority of the budget for the State of New York is for Medicaid and the majority of Medicaid’s budget is spent on nursing home care. Doctors get less than 4% of the Medicaid budget.

The truth is that no matter how dedicated a family is there is often a point at which caring for an individual with advanced dementia exceeds the ability of the family to cope. In the best cases families proactively look for solutions such as long-term care institutions. In the worst cases, the person with dementia has to break a hip or get skin breakdown, sepsis or pneumonia and end up in the hospital before the family realizes that they can no longer meet the patient’s needs.

There is tremendous guilt in family members who feel that they are expected to care for their mother, father, aunt, uncle, brother or sister when they get sick. Words like “I never want to be in a nursing home” or “I’ll never let you go to a nursing home” have often been spoken. Such promises create unrealistic expectations and more guilt. I never want to be in a nursing home. I never want to be in a car accident. I never want to break a bone. My wishes may not always be fulfilled when I am trying to determine a future that I can’t understand or control. I accept that and don’t blame my family for what happens.

People have often not given clear advance directives about how they want to be treated should they become incapacitated, leaving their families to guess what they would have wanted. Most family members have to think what they themselves would want, not what their loved one would have wanted, because there is just not enough information.

In New York State we are fortunate to have the ability to state our advanced directives to our friends and family and to our eventual caregivers, doctors, nurses and institutions about how we want to be treated if we become ill. These advance directives, made by a person of sound mind and confirmed by a physician and witnesses should be legally binding. The sudden appearance of a relative from another state (usually Texas or California) who has a different idea about how to do things should not change the care plan if advanced directives are in place.

Doctors and nursing home administrators are very risk averse and don’t want to take chances. If advanced directives are not clear, even if families are not threatening to sue, the unfortunate patient will suffer the results. In the absence of advanced directives, medical care can be like a freight train: slow to start but very difficult to stop. Doctors and administrators can’t decide not to treat someone. Only a patients clear advance directives or a firm and strong courageous family member can do it, and only if the entire family agrees.

The worst thing that can happen to a patient with advanced dementia, in my opinion, is the intervention of aggressive medical care, with intensive care being the worst of the worst. Needle sticks, uncomfortable and dangerous tests, strange environments, sleep deprivation, dangerous medications and the ever present risk of medical errors makes hospitalization and intensive care very dangerous and uncomfortable for patient and family alike.

The comments above reflect my beliefs, based on years of observation. These are the assumptions I am using to determine how I want to be treated if I should ever develop dementia. You may have your own set of assumptions, but unless you have extensive years of medical training and experience in geriatrics, I would suggest that my assumptions are good ones to start with. At any rate, these assumptions plus an understanding of the world derived from the study of Buddhism, especially Zen, have given me comfort with change, uncertainty and the inevitable “unsatisfactoriness” of life. All of this informs my feelings about how I would want to be treated if I developed advanced dementia, and it is very different from how most of my patients with dementia are treated.

Let’s start with the extreme example and work backwards. Not all of the following factors need to be present, but if I am in a nursing home suffering the end stage of dementia; if I don’t recognize my wife or my kids; if I don’t know where I am; if I am having trouble eating and need to be fed; if I am having trouble swallowing; if I am having trouble walking and need to be in a wheelchair; if I am often confused and sometimes uncomfortable emotionally or physically; if I sometimes get restless or combative with my caregivers because I don’t understand what is going on; if I sundown; if I am at risk for falling –  if many or most of these qualities are present then I think the instructions for my caregivers should be clear: keep me comfortable, do not do any routine medical tests, give me only those medications necessary to keep me comfortable physically, and allow a natural death. If you think I have a urinary tract infection, do not check a urine sample. Don’t do any blood tests. Do not prescribe antibiotics. Under no circumstances send me to a hospital. If I have pneumonia, give me oxygen, morphine if necessary but no antibiotics. Pretend that I am at home and it is 1850, but don’t let the doctors bleed me or cup me! Do not over sedate me. There is a tendency to think people are suffering at the end of life even when they are simply dying. I do not want to be sedated unless it is necessary to protect myself or others from harm. In today’s terms, using a MOLST form, I would be DNR, DNI, no feeding tube, no IV, no antibiotics, no hospitalization, comfort measures only.

The difficult decisions usually start before the patient reaches the scenario above. There are usually several hospitalizations for complicated bladder or kidney infections, pneumonia from choking on secretions or food, possibly a broken bone, even a broken hip. The patient with dementia can be treated through such emergencies, can tolerate hip surgery, and then go to a nursing home for “rehab” or long term care if the family can’t handle it any more.

Working backward from the extreme scenario, I see that there is not much difference. When I get to the point where my physician feels that I cannot make my own decisions any more because of dementia, my advance directives should be those listed above. DNR, DNI, no feeding tube, no IV medications or fluids, no antibiotics, no hospitalization, comfort measures only. Minimize sedation unless I am a danger to myself or others. Stop doing tests. Stop drawing blood. Stop all unnecessary medications and treat only to keep me comfortable. Do not treat to prolong my life.

Pretend I am that old Indian chief in Little Big Man, who said, “It is a good day to die.”  He just went to the top of the mountain to lie down and wait for it. We don’t need a doctor to die. Since we have no control over when and where it will happen, we have to be patient, enjoy the time we have, and live on. I would prefer to have my family by my side at home, or in a nursing home, rather than a hospital ICU. I realize that I may not have that choice, or that ending. As Yoda once said, “Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.” In that case I will take what comes, but if dementia is in my future and my family is struggling with decisions about my care, above are my directives. I know they will be followed.

* Reprinted with Dr. Sneider’s gracious permission from his blog: http://doctorjef.blogspot.com/

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) Nathan Singer: “Put out the Light, and then, Put out the Light.”

Montford Park Players & Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective presents…

OTHELLO
by William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by Scott Keel

*WHEN?
November 3 – 19 (Fri – Sat) at 7:30PM and (Sun) at 2:30PM
Tickets are FREE, with suggested donation of $10-15 per person. Reservations can be made either online (montfordparkplayers.org ) or on the phone (828-254-5146).

*WHERE?
BEBE THEATRE.
20 Commerce Street, Asheville, NC 28801

*WHO?
Features: Stephanie Hickling-Beckman, Trinity Smith-Keel, Ian Patrick Mendes, Jon Stockdale, Devyn Ray, Jason Williams, Sonia D’Andrea, Phillipe Andre Coquet, John Preston Mendenhall, and Daniel Henry

Designs: Deanna Braine, Rachel Gordon, Katy Hudson, Victoria Smith, Kristi DeVille, Sean David Robinson, Rodney Smith, Scott Keel, and Nathan Singer

*WHAT?
Set in Venice, Othello the Moor (Stephanie Hickling-Beckman), a noble black general in the Venetian army, has secretly married a beautiful white woman, Desdemona (Trinity Smith-Keel), the daughter of a prominent senator, Brabantio (Phillipe Andre Coquet). Upon discovery of their marriage, Desdemona is disowned, and the two make their way to Othello’s station in Cyprus, where a heated naval battle against the Turkish forces is under way.

Meanwhile, Iago (Ian Patrick Mendes), Othello’s trusted enisgn, harbours a secret jealousy and resentment towards her and lieutenant Cassio (Jon Stockdale), whom recently recieved a grand promotion to second in command. Intent on revenge, Iago hatches a devious plan to frame Cassio, undermine Othello and Desdemona’s love, and wreak havoc on the isle of Cyprus. Touching on themes of racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance, Othello truly is one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.

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(2) Waylon Wood in ST. NICHOLAS at 35below. For tickets, please click:

https://ashevilletheatre.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F0Z00000MmPHSUA3

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Glenn Burd: The Plumstead Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting, Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Speaker: Florence Cook

Meeting Place: Plumstead Township Office 5186 Stump Road Plumsteadville PA

(2) At Actors’ NET of Bucks County:

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Section 2, part 2

(1) Alyson Miller-Greenfield: My friend Melita Kraus is traveling all the way from Croatia for her art opening in Brooklyn! Friends – please get the dates on your calendar and SHARE THIS POST with your east coast kindreds!

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(2) Sharon Lewis: Would you be comfortable encouraging your many BLAINESWORLD fans to “like” Deep River on Facebook?

Response: For sure! Sharon’s group rocks. See for yourself by clicking–and then liking–the following link:
https://www.facebook.com/deepriverasheville

(3) Elizabeth Pou: I enjoyed reading the analysis of the health un-care bill currently proposed.   Thanks for including that. 

(4) Dan Becker: I would love to see this kind of info in all your newsletters. Maybe you could create a new section of info on issues.

(5) Jessica Curry-Ellison: Love the newsletter. I love the puns, too.

(6) Mike Martinelli: [with a review of a film currently in theatres] STRONGER *** 1/2

Jake Gyllenhaal gives one of his best performances since Brokeback Mountain in the true story of Jeff Bauman who lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Jeff who is trying to patch up his relationship with girlfriend Erin (played by Tatiana Maslany) tries to prove himself by committing to show up at the marathon to supporter. Jeff lives with his alcoholic mother, (played by Miranda Richardson who gives a brilliant performance.) which makes his personality non commital. So after several breakups with Erin, he decides to prove himself by showing up at the marathon. Unfortunately, he was right next to one of the bombers, which did enable him to help the FBI find the brothers responsible for this. The real life Jeff Bauman had an amazing sense of humor for a man who lost both his legs. He also was very humble and had to interest in becoming the hero they made him. He also very much like his mom turns to the bottle. When faced with being told he is going to be a father Jeff runs because he doesn’t believe he is fit to be a father with no legs.


The story is intense, funny at times and does have a sweet happy ending.


Look for Jake Gyllenhaal and Miranda Richardson to receive Golden Globe, SAG and OSscar nomination in 2018.

(7) Bill Lewis: Just finished watching a really good movie: Passengers with Anne Hathaway.

(8)  Herb Spiegl: The most popular restaurants in every state (and Washington, D.C.)

(click) http://people.com/food/favorite-best-restaurant-every-state/new-jersey-de-lorenzos-tomato-pies/

Note: Make sure you see New Jersey … and what’s written about Herb’s favorite place. (And one of mine, too.)

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) T.J. Shimeld: In October, Celebrate National Magic Week & Disability Employment Awareness Month at The Vanishing Wheelchair’s Little Theatre

The Vanishing Wheelchair is the embodiment of both these national celebrated times of the month of October.

The Vanishing Wheelchair Little Theatre is the permanent home of the 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity for people with disabilities, The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. The Little Theatre at 175 Weaverville Highway, Suite K, in Asheville is the venue for several magic and variety shows for the public and is available for private functions and parties. A special production of “Magic, Mirth & Meaning,” a family-friendly, hour-long production that features story tellers, singers, jugglers, and magicians, will be held on October 21 at 3 p.m. The show is free, with donations accepted.

The show is a perfect way to celebrate the month of October as the nation celebrates the role people with disabilities have in our workforce and country. The United States Department of Labor explains: “Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation.’ Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.”

The last week in October is the time of year to celebrate the art of magic. The Society of American Magician’s Web site delves into the history of National Magic Week: “In the summer of 1927, less than one year after the death of Harry Houdini, a “Houdini Day” was established. […] A friend of the Houdini’s requested and obtained permission from Mrs. Houdini to proclaim October 31st [the day Houdini died] as National Magic Day in honor of Harry Houdini. A plan was formulated to celebrate this day by having free magic performances for shut-ins and the handicapped, who would otherwise not be able to go out and enjoy a show.”

The show “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” features numerous talents of people with disabilities and those who wish to help them. At any given show, an audience may see singing, story telling, and of course magic. The show appeared and disappeared for several years since the non-profit’s founding on November 24, 2010. On February 20, 2013 the show began appearing in Asheville on a monthly basis, finding its stride at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

The Vanishing Wheelchair has used the proceeds from the events it hosts to launch “All Things Possible” to teach skills in performing, painting, photography, music, crafts, writing, and wood working to people with disabilities. These workshops are available to other non-profits to share with their clientele and will be conducted at the 175 Weaverville Highway location. Eventually the non-profit wishes to expand to establish a universally accessible hands-on museum for children to explore the arts and sciences at which people with disabilities can work and continue to learn these skills.

Come support and see what The Vanishing Wheelchair is all about. Tickets may be available at the door, but advanced reservations are strongly encouraged since seating is limited. Purchase tickets online at www.VanishingWheelchair.org, or contact Magic Central, 175 Weaverville Highway, Suite L, Asheville, North Carolina 28804, or call 828-645-2941.

For more information contact T.J. Shimeld at tjshimeld@gmail.com, 1129 Allman Ridge Road, Morganton, North Carolina 28655. Call 828-443-8414.

(2) Dean Jones:

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(3) Tracey Johnston-Crum:

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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

Let the Games Begin in ‘Sleuth’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Oct. 6 to 15

West Windsor, N.J. – Excitement and suspense await as the award-winning Maurer Productions OnStage (MPO) presents Anthony Shaffer’s “Sleuth” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, October 6 and 13 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, October 7 and 14 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, October 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCCs West Windsor Campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on October 6.

With all the ingredients of a top-notch thriller, “Sleuth” keeps the audience guessing as the plot twists and turns. The action centers around two characters, Andrew Wyke, a successful crime writer who lives in a grand country manor, and his wife’s lover, Milo. Andrew likes playing dangerous games, especially when they involve his wife’s ambitious, young paramour, but it turns out that Milo is a highly worthy opponent. Fueled by jealousy and generational conflict, the plot also works as an elaborate parody of the Agatha Christie genre of country house thriller.

“Sleuth” was a hit on Broadway, earning the 1971 Tony Award for Best Play. It was adapted into film three times – in 1972, 2007 and 2014.

The cast features George Hartpence of New Hope, Pa., as Andrew Wyke; Dan Keyser of Bridgewater as Milo Tindle; Phillip Farrar of Morristown as Inspector Doppler; Harold K. Newman of Mahwah as Detective Sergeant Tarrant; and Roger Purnell of Wayne as Police Constable Higgs.

The show is directed by Diana Gilman Maurer, co-founder of MPO with her husband, John M. Maurer. The Maurers are the show’s co-producers. Other members of the production team include Master Carpenter Jeff Cantor, Lighting Designer M. Kitty Getlik, and Sound Designer Judi Parrish. Costumes are by Anthony Remer and the stage manager is Stacy Maurer.

Maurer notes that Sleuth offers complex character studies that deliver until the very end. “Another neat thing about this production is that Mr. Hartpence played Milo Tindal 13 years ago, so now he’s come full circle,” she said.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 students and children. 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 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.

Pictured (below): George Hartpence, left,  and Dan Keyser.

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Section 2, part 2

(1) Len Ennis: Enjoyed The Producers too and liked the new seats but hated the cup holders at ACT. Want to see a great show? Go to Flat Rock and see Amadeus. What a performance. Finally, stop tempting us with donuts!

(2) Thanks, Jeff Baumeister, for sharing this reaction to the picture (of us eating black-and-white cookies) in last week’s issue:

 

(3) The most sought-after job in America pays $110,000 a year — if you have this skill

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-most-sought-after-job-in-america-pays-110000-but-you-will-need-this-skill-2017-09-21?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo&ref=yfp

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) Jeff Messer: The Mousetrap at Parkway Playhouse

Agatha Christie’s classic takes snow storm stranded strangers in a boarding house and makes one of them a murderer. Suspects include a newly married couple and boarding house manager, whose suspicions nearly wreck a perfect marriage; a spinster with a curious background; an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef; a retired Army major who claims his car overturned in a drift; and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. In comes a skiing policeman. He arrives, the jurist is killed. To get to the murderer’s pattern, the officer probes the background of everyone present, rattling a lot of skeletons.

Show days and times:
September 30-October 1 | October 6-8 | October 13-14
Friday & Saturday 7:30 PM | Sunday 3 PM

Ticket Prices:
$20 for Adults
$18 for Seniors (60+), Students (18+ with ID), or Military (active or retired)
$10 for Children (under 17)

Special Events:
Opening Night Party – Saturday, September 30
Post Show Discussions – Sundays, October 1st and 8th

CAST
Mollie Ralston | Kristen Livengood
Giles Ralston | Graham Livengood
Christopher Wren | Dakota Mann
Mrs. Boyle | Rose Ray
Major Metcalf | Doug Shaw
Miss Casewell | Kristy Sutton
Mr. Paravicini | Rob Storrs
Detective Sergeant Trotter | Steve Elderbrock

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(2) David Joe Miller:

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Section 12B. PA/NJ events

(1) Let the Games Begin in ‘Sleuth’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Oct. 6 to 15

West Windsor, N.J. – Excitement and suspense await as the award-winning Maurer Productions OnStage (MPO) presents Anthony Shaffer’s “Sleuth” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, October 6 and 13 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, October 7 and 14 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, October 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCCs West Windsor Campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on October 6.

With all the ingredients of a top-notch thriller, “Sleuth” keeps the audience guessing as the plot twists and turns. The action centers around two characters, Andrew Wyke, a successful crime writer who lives in a grand country manor, and his wife’s lover, Milo. Andrew likes playing dangerous games, especially when they involve his wife’s ambitious, young paramour, but it turns out that Milo is a highly worthy opponent. Fueled by jealousy and generational conflict, the plot also works as an elaborate parody of the Agatha Christie genre of country house thriller.

“Sleuth” was a hit on Broadway, earning the 1971 Tony Award for Best Play. It was adapted into film three times – in 1972, 2007 and 2014.

The cast features George Hartpence of New Hope, Pa., as Andrew Wyke; Dan Keyser of Bridgewater as Milo Tindle; Phillip Farrar of Morristown as Inspector Doppler; Harold K. Newman of Mahwah as Detective Sergeant Tarrant; and Roger Purnell of Wayne as Police Constable Higgs.

The show is directed by Diana Gilman Maurer, co-founder of MPO with her husband, John M. Maurer. The Maurers are the show’s co-producers. Other members of the production team include Master Carpenter Jeff Cantor, Lighting Designer M. Kitty Getlik, and Sound Designer Judi Parrish. Costumes are by Anthony Remer and the stage manager is Stacy Maurer.

Maurer notes that Sleuth offers complex character studies that deliver until the very end. “Another neat thing about this production is that Mr. Hartpence played Milo Tindal 13 years ago, so now he’s come full circle,” she said.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 students and children. 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 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.

Pictured (below): George Hartpence, left,  and Dan Keyser.

(2) Christina McGinley:  10th annual Women’s Scholarship Tea

Join us for an afternoon Tea in support of student scholarships on the beautiful grounds of the Tyler Formal Gardens! Email foundation@bucks.edu or call 215-968-8224 for tickets.

Thursday, October 5 at 1 PM – 3 PM at Bucks County Community College

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(2) Carol Saich: Click here to support Lora’s car for work

Lora and Coy were in an accident in the torrential rain yesterday .  Thankfully, they are okay, but Lora’s car is a write off.  Lora’s job is to  take care of children and she needs to drive to get to work so please, please donate whatever you can to help get Lora back in a vehicle.  Ideally we would raise much more than $2000 but that’s a good sum to aim for initially .  Let’s see if we can really raise the roof on this one and get our Lora back in  a car soon.

Thank you so much to all Lora and Coy’s friends for supporting this fund.

To contribute, please click:

https://www.gofundme.com/loras-car-for-work

(3) Preventing Dementia by Moving Your Body

http://agelessgrace.com/preventing-dementia-exercise-and-dementia/

(4) Alyson Miller-Greenfield:

 

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) Jeff Catanese:

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(2) Rodney Smith: The odd minds responsible The SuperHappy Trivia Challenge, present: The SuperHappy Radio Hour!

Every month, the SuperHappy crew take you back to the glory days of live radio with adventure, comedy, and stuff that’s just weird.

Some of the best comedic talent in Asheville take the stage, for a live, radio style show – recoreded for podcast.

LOCATION: MAGNETIC 375 – 375 Depot. Street
DATE/TIME: Sunday, Sept 17 – 7:30 PM Doors open at 7
TICKETS: $5 at the door

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) At Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College:

Note: The following link will take you to a site where you can buy tickets for the above show:

http://www.kelseyatmccc.org/Barefoot%20in%20the%20Park.shtml

(2) Glenn Burd:

 

PLUMSTEAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Founded 2006

P.O. Box 1725

Plumsteadville, PA 18949

Dear Neighbors & Members:

The Plumstead Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting, Monday, September 18th, 2017 at 7 PM

Program: ~ Have you noticed less bees in recent years – Roger Wenhold will talk about everything bees .
 
Meeting Place Plumstead Township Office 5186 Stump Road Plumsteadville PA.

Next Meeting: October 16, 2017

 

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Section 2, part 2

(1) Ruth Planey: GREAT interview with Anthony Cerrato.  He’s such a nice man.  Super supportive of the community.  I don’t think the poor man knows how to say NO.  Thanks for giving him the opportunity to talk about his wonderful restaurant.

(2) Margie Zack: I loved this issue! Quotes are great and so too are the pics of you with your former colleagues and friends – and beautiful daughter and her hubby.
Thanks for sharing!

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(4) How to Recognize Burnout Before You’re Burned Out

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/smarter-living/workplace-burnout-symptoms.html?action=click&contentCollection=Europe&module=Trending&version=Full®ion=Marginalia&pgtype=article

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(7) Diane Milikan: For my cat-lover friends: Richard Friedman, my former colleague’s LA-musician husband, composed the music for this Sony Orchard VOD movie. Just released on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. Rotten Tomatoes wrote a nice review.

Rotten Tomatoes excerpt:
An exciting adventure story that the millions of lovers of cat videos will cherish, “The Amazing Adventures of Marchello the Cat” was created over six years, with real cats. It is the first-ever movie filmed from a cat’s point of view (eight-inches off the ground). A unique and captivating story of Marchello (voiced by TROY GARITY), the adventure begins when he is left home alone and escapes out a window… In an age saturated by studio formula-films, “The Amazing Adventures of Marchello the Cat” is a truly unique independent family film.

(8) Jerry Crouch: Hal Prince’s 10 Greatest Broadway Musicals, Ranked

http://www.vulture.com/2017/09/hal-prince-best-broadway-musicals.html?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=s3&utm_campaign=sharebutton-b

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(10) A radio host’s rules on having difficult conversations

Note: The link below should take you to an article that I thought you’d find of interest. If you get a message to subscribe to the Journal, close it out via the X in the upper right hand corner. You should then be able to read the article with no problem.

 

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) Michel Louzon: Hop ’til you Drop Sock Hop and Silent Auction
Hosted by Arms Around ASD
Saturday, October 21 at 6 PM – 9:30 PM

Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do
1009 Patton Ave, Asheville, North Carolina 28806

Benefitting Arms Around ASD’s new center, Hop ’til you Drop will be held at Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do (one of the event sponsors) on Saturday, October 21 from 6-10 p.m. We’ll have food (Mellow Mushroom pizza, Publix wraps and Cook Out hot dogs) and drinks (adult and kid-friendly – milkshakes from Cook Out, Oskar Blues beer and kombucha from Buchi – all sponsors), a live 50’s band, Lindy Hop lessons, 50’s style dancing, a sensory friendly chill room and lots of awesome auction items so everyone can do some holiday shopping while supporting a great cause. $10/person or $25/family will include food and beverages donated by local businesses. 50’s attire strongly encouraged! Tickets available online soon.
http://www.armsaroundasd.org/events/hop-til-you-drop/

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(2) Jeff Messer: Marquee Comedy Presents: Blue Ridge Pride Comedy Night 2017
Public · Hosted by Talk About Funny and Marquee Comedy

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
The Magnetic Theatre
375 Depot St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Jeff Messer & Jason Scholder team up to bring you 90 minutes of laughter and celebration featuring local and regional LGBTQ comedians, hosted by two of the whitest, straightest men in Asheville. Because… Asheville.

Advance tickets available at http://www.themagnetictheatre.org
Remaining tickets will be available at the door on September 27.

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(3) Jensen Gelfond: Internet Safety in a Nutshell: Protect Your Identity Online

Thu, September 28, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

St John’s Episcopal Church
290 Old Haw Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28805

Your family’s privacy and security have never been more important as our society relies on the internet for so many aspects of our lives. This class empowers you to keep your devices, internet connection and personal information safe, and secure your offline identity in an age when ID theft has never been more prevalent.
Topics covered include how to…
  • Practice safe web browsing
  • Manage your Passwords effortlessly
  • Shield your iPhone, Android, Mac or PC from malware and ransomware
  • Protect your home wifi network from intruders
  • Spot and prevent online scams
  • Protect your offline identity from prying eyes
  • And more! To help keep your family safe and secure.
This class is designed to benefit you regardless of your level of computer knowledge. Learn the cliff notes version of important security concepts, and prevent yourself from becoming the “low hanging fruit” that digital thieves successfully target.
Presenter Jensen Gelfond, owner of Asheville Digital Lifestyle, takes pride in distilling technological topics to benefit Ashevillians of all kinds.
To register, save $10 off the $20 admission fee, use use the code “10off” when you register by clicking this link:

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) At Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College

Memphis – (Special Event)

Fridays, Sept. 8, 15, 2017 at 8pm

Saturdays, Sept. 9, 16, at 8pm

Sundays, Sept. 10, 17, at 2pm

Escape 2017 and travel back to 1950s Memphis, Tennessee! Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Memphis is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break It’s set to an original score by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan that evokes the powerhouse funk of James Brown, the hot guitar riffs of Chuck Berry, the smooth harmonies of the Temptations, and the silken, bouncy pop of the era’s great girl groups. Turn up that dial as PinnWorth Productions brings you this roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll musical!

Note: I haven’t seen this particular production, but methinks it will be great because the show is–and Kelsey always does great work.

For tickets, please click:

https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=e35357ad9500f33ccf8148746bc5f75b&vqitq=0fb78f74-edcd-49b1-b45c-92145ffd590f&vqitp=3e39ce09-919d-4aea-b942-c2968293dc40&vqitts=1505040307&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=f4f1af0da6e63c0db409596dea958a87

 

(2) Cyndy “Snake Dancer” Paige:

 

RHYTHM OF THE EARTH and Cyndy Paige

Invite You To The:

2017 Fall Equinox Retreat – BEAR MEDICINE


 
You may have noticed that recently I have been offering the retreats only to the one-year shamanic circles, but Bear tells me that this one must be open to all.  Understanding Bear as nurturer and healer is so important right now on our planet.  Embrace the medicine!
 

In the Historic Hills along the

White Clay Creek in Landenberg, PA

October 28 at 10 am – October 29 at 4 pm

 

Come and steep yourself in a weekend of experiences, celebrations and powerful integrative healing opportunities that will inspire and guide you to connect deeply with the energies of the Fall Equinox and the Medicine of Bear.  Bear is thought to be the great healer in Native American tradition. Some have found this weekend to be deeply transformational.

 

Feed yourself with ancient teachings that have been passed down from generation to generation. During our retreat we will explore many ways to understand and embody the energies of Bear. She teaches us to nurture ourselves, to honor our boundaries and those of others.  She shows us how to journey deep inside of ourselves for insight – to remember what we already know, and she teaches us how to take what we learn out into the world to manifest healing on all levels.  We will experience:

  • Sacred Sound Healing
  • Ancient Sacred Chants
  • Native American Story Telling
  • Meditative Drumming and Shamanic Journeys
  • Guided Meditation or Journey to the Heart of Mother Bear
  • A Sacred Earth Dance (no experience needed)
  • Equinox Ceremony

We will spend some time outside in the Sacred Medicine Wheel celebrating the turning of the wheel of life and the coming of Fall. Please bring a potluck, a journal, a pad, blankets, and a pillow for your comfort while lying on the carpet or sofas to journey AND for lying on the ground outside (weather permitting).  Some beds are available, there is plenty of room for sleeping bags on the floor, and if you want to sleep outside – bring your tent, the views are amazing.

 

Location – We will stay in my home studio, which overlooks stunning views of the White Clay Creek Preserve. Directions will be provided upon registration. If you have a frame drum (no experience needed), bring it, if not I have plenty.

 

To Register – simply email me at SnakeDancer@RhythmOfTheEarth.com or call 610-563-3918. Please register early, space is limited.  The energy exchange is $300.

 

About Cyndy – Cyndy “Snake Dancer” Paige received her name from Spirit in a profound Vision Quest experience. Snake is often seen as a healer and teacher in both Native American and western medicine traditions.  Cyndy is of Muscogee Creek and Choctaw heritage and is a Council member of the Buffalo Trace Society.  She has completed a several-year, initiatory-type apprenticeship with a Cherokee medicine woman, and studied extensively with a Lakota shaman, a master drummer, a Grammy nominated sound healer, a pioneer in the world of past life regression, and numerous healers.  Cyndy has a private healing practice, she facilitates one-year shamanic apprenticeships, solo vision quest experiences, solstice and equinox retreats, numerous workshops, and is a guest speaker at conferences and independent schools.  Cyndy also creates, and assists others to create, Native American medicine tools such as drums, rattles, medicine bags and other ceremonial objects.  She humbly honors her teachers, both seen and unseen.

www.RhythmOfTheEarth.com

 

610-563-3918 (Call/Text)

 

Please Like Us on Facebook and Join Our Meetup Group!

 

To register please contact Cyndy by phone at 610-563-3918
For more information please visit: www.RhythmOfTheEarth.com
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