BLAINESWORLD (formerly STUFF)--the newsletter--contains some jokes, hopefully not too risqué; websites; reviews, etc. It began in 1996 and has come out on a more or less weekly basis since then.
For this missive to work best, it needs to be a two-way process; i.e., you need to share your thoughts and ideas. I will do likewise. And toward that end, I'd like you to think about the following: If I gave you a dollar, and you gave me a dollar back, we'd each have a buck. However, if I gave you a joke, quote or idea, and if you gave me one back, we'd each have two.
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A. Cynthia, my beautiful bride, and I:
(1) Welcomed in the New Year with a great movie (see also Section 4A) and then had a bunch of friends to our home for dinner. Some of them are shown in the picture below.
L-R: Blaine Greenfield, Cynthia Greenfield, Annemarie Brown, Marvin Sadovsky, Carole Biro, Layne Cutright and Paul Cutright.
As part of the evening, Marvin led everybody in his infamous, oh-so-sacred meditation chant.
In addition, we got to celebrate Annemarie's birthday.
(2) Were invited, the next day, to welcome in the New Year at the home of Jon and Louisa Menick. That's Jon in the top photo.
Louisa is on the far right on this picture, and that's Emily Shaules on the far left.
And we were also glad to catch up with Amy and Ken LaDeroute.
(1) In the unlikely event you missed this information from last week, listen to:
Garth Brooks Live from Las Vegas 2013
Note: This is a different link than what was reported previously. That had been taken down, and there is the possibility that the above might too . . . so listen to it soon if you want to do so.
Brooks rocks . . . he gives a tuneful history of music that affected him, ranging from the 60s to present day . . . and including rock, country and folk. So many great performers are spotlighted!
(2) Cynthia's bike remains . . .
FOR SALE: Specialized Expedition Sport Low Entry - women's bicycle.
Turns out that she only used the bicycle for some 19 short rides. She is now working with a trainer and doing other exercises, so has no longer has any real need for it.
For more information about the bike, please click:
Note: The above describes the most current model, which is very similar to the one Cynthia bought--but more expensive.
Cynthia paid over $630 for this bike, including a helmet, bell, water bottle and pump. She is looking for half that amount, and she will also include--at no extra charge--a mounting rack that we used to store it in the garage. If interested, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and put BIKE in the subject line.
(3) There's still time to enter . . .
***** CONTEST #1 (for 2014) ******
One lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of Laurey Masterton's THE FRESH HONEY COOKBOOK: 84 RECIPES FROM A BEEKEEPER'S KITCHEN.
These 84 recipes celebrate the luscious flavors of honey. Each of 12 chapters focuses on a month of the year and a specific honey variety (such as tupelo, orange blossom, sourwood, or sage) and offers a complete seasonal menu showcasing that variety.
Note: I favorably reviewed this book in BLAINESWORLD #898. Methinks you'll like it as much as I did.
To enter: Put "CONTEST #1 in the subject of an email and send it to: email@example.com. . . make sure you include your name AND snail mail address in the body of the email . . . all entries must be received on or before 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13.
C. Congratulations to:
(1) Paul Cutright on being interviewed by Marilyn Ball on her radio show, Speaking of Travel. To listen to it, please click:
And to find out what Paul and his wife Layne are doing in Asheville, please click: http://paulandlayne.com/asheville/.
(2) Norm Kent on his appearance on HLN on the Nancy Grace show, discussing the legalization of marijuana:
(3) Fred Weiss on his engagement to Cynthia Greenberger Osofsky.
(4) Jennifer Ammons has come on board as our SART's Office Manager.
(5) Bob Ganz on being profiled by National SCORE in one of its videos:
(6) Liz and Richard Sims on the relocation of Sims Futon Gallery to 167 Patton Ave., Asheville. Look for them to be in their new location by Feb. 1. For more information about this establishment, please click:
(7) Bob Hinkle and his wife Kim Hughes on celebrating the fifth anniversary of their White Horse Black Mountain music hall. For more information, please click:
(8) Asheville for being named by the FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE as one of five secret food cities worth a second look . . . to quote from the entry, "Asheville prides itself on being on the wacky side, and a little bit of wacky goes a long way when it comes to interesting cuisine. To get a taste of the variety to be found in this little mountain town, consider . . . Cúrate . . . French Broad Chocolate Lounge . . . [as well as the nearby] Looking Glass Creamery and Knife & Fork." For more information, please click:
D. Condolences to:
(1) Lois Lytingale Henrickson and family on the passing of Chad G. O'Shea, Lois' husband. A Celebration Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Jan 25 at 2 p.m. at Unity Mills River with Rev. Rene Pare officiating (and others participating). All are invited. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a Chad Memorial Fund via checks to "Lois Henrickson" or to your favorite charity or to Unity Center - Mills River, NC. For more information, please click:
Also, if you've never had the fortune to see Rev. O'Shea or you'd like to revisit his wisdom, please click to listen to him explore ideas on mindfulness, spirituality and social conscience by clicking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMO-Fn_4E-4.
(2) The Everly family on the passing of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, whose hits with his older brother, Don Everly, carried the close fraternal harmonies of country tradition into pioneering rock 'n' roll, I was always a big fan of this group; to see why, please click the following link to see their 1983 reunion concert in London that I was surprised is available in its entirety:
Note: I'm also posting the above because of the following sentence I read from his obituary in THE NEW YORK TIMES:
He died in a hospital in Burbank, near his home in Southern California, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after lifelong smoking, according to reports from The Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press.
What a shame! And it leads me to make the following . . .
***** SPECIAL OFFER TO BLAINESWORLD READERS *****
If you smoke and want to quit . . . or you have a loved one, friend, etc. who wants to do the same, it would be my pleasure to give you a FREE copy of the above book . . . I'll be giving away books until I run out of them, which is unlikely . . . to obtain: just print your name on the outside of a postpaid envelope that's larger than 7 x 10 inches . . . put $2.77 postage on the outside of the postpaid envelope, then put it in another envelope and mail to me at this address: Blaine Greenfield, 19 N. Kaufmann Stone Way, Biltmore Lake, NC 28715.
***** BLAINESWORLD BEST AWARD *****
This week, it goes to 131 Main--one of our favorite local eateries.
I don't think we have ever had a bad meal there. Cynthia, in particular, says their ribeye steaks are the finest in the area. She also enjoys their coleslaw (made with peanut butter) and kale salad. I typically enjoy their meat loaf or hamburger, and recently, I had a delicious foot-long hot dog. The French fries, which are sliced very thin, are always excellent.
The other night, we were joined by our friend Julia Rosa.
Jonathan was our server, and he was top notch. At other times, we've been fortunate to have Taryn.
And one evening, Michael did a fine job making our visit a pleasurable one. We were especially impressed by how she handled an upset customer. He never complained about his meal until the check came, but then he kept saying that what he was served was "unforgivable." He kept repeating this, over and over. Finally, Michael smiled sweetly at him and said, "You're right, this meal is unforgivable, and I'm unforgivable too." He then had nothing else to say.
For more information about 131 Main, please click:
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If you're looking for a terrific single-room humidifier for your home or office, consider the Humio™ Humidifier by Tribest Corporation.
We have used models from other companies other the years, and this is by far the best we have ever used. It is extremely quiet, and it comes with both a night light and aroma oil compartment.
For an informative clip on this product, please click:
We purchased our unit at Earth Fare in Asheville. You can also purchase it online at amazon.com and from many other sources.
We had been placing in on our floor, in that we had read that you shouldn't put it on your dresser because it could make the paint bubble up and peel off. However, thanks to an excellent suggestion from Mary C. in NC, we now place it on a small step stool . . . and it now works better than ever.
FYI, part 2
(1) Steven S. in FL: My Uncle Gloria
(2) Chandler S. in NY: Dumb ass reporter
(3) Joey N. in NJ: Jon Stewart knows NJ corruption
(4) BJ L. in NC: Some People Call It 'The Best Anti-Smoking Ad Ever'
Repeat offer on smoking book
Note: See also Section 1D(2) for an offer on a book you won't want to miss!
(5) Candace M. in NC: State of Conflict: NC (Bill Moyers documentary that was blacked out)
Note: I had to check out whether the show had been blacked out. It had been! To read more:
(6) Pat H. in PA: Monterey Pop Festival 1967 Bonus Performances
(7) Bob P. in NC: Cats who love vacuum cleaners
(8) Dan B. in PA: Nice Purse
(9) Katrina C. in NC: Tag a friend who dances like this
(10) Brian B. in NC: WestJet Christmas Miracle: real-time giving:
(11) Michael M. in NC: THIS TRAIN--ROY ORBISON, JOHNNY CASH, CARL PERKINS, JERRY LEE LEWIS (FROM THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW)
B. Other tidbits from readers
To read each of the following contributions in full, please click:
(1) Terry V. in NC: Thanks for the shout out to Pisgah Legal and especially Tom Gallagher! (2) Roger C. in PA: Carol Burnett always tugged on her ear to say hi to her mom at the end of her TV show. (3) Mary C. in NC: It's truly amazing to read what you find to share with us each week. (4) Len E. in NC: I totally disagree with you on Wolf of Wall Street. (5) Rachel Rizzuti in SC: Here's my worship album link in case you wanted to check it out! (6) Pam: Some friends of mine Jim and Leslie, just retired and moved to Hendersonville. (7) Andy Scarpati in PA: Glad YOUR FACE is coming back!! (8) Barbara K. in NC: Awesome file duplicate remover [cited in BLAINESWORLD #897). (9) Donna M. in NJ: Post Cynthia's bike in Craigslist.
Husband and wife had a tiff. Wife called up her mom and said, "He fought with me again, I am coming to live with you." . . . Mom replied, "No darling, he must pay for his mistake. I am coming to live with you."
A. SAVING MR. BANKS, inspired by true events, is the story of how Walt Disney arranged for MARY POPPINS to be made into a movie . . . the task was not an easy one, and it took some 20 years to accomplish . . . Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers was outstanding; I'm hopeful that she gets strong consideration come Oscar time . . Tom Hanks as Disney was also great . . . the cinematography really captured the feel of the 1960s . . . rated PG-13.
If you'd like to read more about the film:
(1) For an interview with Thompson and Hanks:
B. INEQUALITY FOR ALL is now out in DVD format . . . my review from BLAINESWORLD #892 follows:
INEQUALITY FOR ALL is a documentary about the widening income gap in this country . . . some may tell you that this doesn't matter, but after seeing this eye-opening film, you'll feel differently . . . it features Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, and he comes across as the economics professor you wish that you always had (in that he makes the subject understandable) . . . rated PG, but definitely not for anybody younger than 13.
C. FOLLOWING THE PATH: THE SEARCH FOR A LIFE OF PASSION, PURPOSE AND JOY (Image) by Joan Chittister attempts to help readers answer two questions: 1. How do I know what to do with my life? and 2. How do I know when I've found my purpose?
Although I don't know if I have definitely answered these, I have certainly been thinking about them. The author, a nun and director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality, had me doing so by use of many interesting examples and thought-provoking passages.
* A Jewish story describes the process well. When asked why he became a rabbi, the old man answered, "In the slaughter house, to determine the percentage of meat reserved for kosher, the executioner counts the cattle coming down the chute 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9- and then says of every tenth kine, 'and one for God.' I knew that I was one of those."
* I learned very early in life that we all get two choices about how to live it: we can spend life amusing ourselves or we can take what engages us and turn it into a life. We can, as we've learned to say, spend our lives dabbling in a bevy of hobbies or we can embrace what energizes us and turn our hobbies-the things we love to do-into our lives.
And, also, this one that really struck home for me:
* When I am following my call, I lose all sense of time. I am, as athletes say, "in the zone." This thing I am doing is the whole universe of my life. It is not drudgery. It is not disgusting. It is everything life is about for me-all wrapped into one clear moment of life. And I am one great living desire to connect to it, somehow. It is small starving dogs in a puppy mill that leads me to become intent on passing legislation to protect animals everywhere. It is my need to do one more oil painting to enhance an otherwise phony world. It is the energy problem of the globe for which I have a small but plausible plan for solving. It may be the subject of oppression, injustice, domination and destruction that I refuse to allow the world to forget in my presence. FOLLOWING THE PATH is the ideal book to read at any stage of life, be it early adulthood, middle-age change or even retirement.
D. Heard THE WRECKING CREW: THE INSIDE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL'S BEST-KEPT SECRET (Tantor Media), written by Kent Hartman and narrated by Dan John Miller.
I thought it was a fascinating account of popular music in the 1960s and early 70s. It also taught me something that I didn't know; i.e., many songs during that era were often sung on tour by one group and often recorded by completely different musicians.
The author, a longtime industry entrepreneur, based his work on interviews with many of the music insiders during that time. In doing so, he used these to focus his book on the careers of such session masters as drummer Hal Blaine and keyboardist Larry Knechtel, as well as trailblazing bassist Carol Kaye and Wrecking Crew members who would forge careers in their own right, including Glen Campbell and Leon Russell.
I especially enjoyed the behind-the-scenes accounts of the recording sessions that gave such classics as "Layla" and "Strangers in the Night."
In addition, THE WRECKING CREW (on CD) had the added advantage of an interview with the Hartman. The only thing missing were any video clips, and I'm hopeful they may be part of a documentary that I'd love to see made.
A. TRUE DETECTIVE premieres on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 9 p.m. on HBO. I'll watch if for no other reason than to see the teaming of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. TV GUIDE's review noted: "Still waters run warped in a hypnotic if self-consciously brooding character study, where the banter is largely existential."
B. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: 1964 recalls that pivotal year in U.S. history, which included the Beatles arriving in American and Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. on PBS.
Note: PBS times and dates often vary, so check local listings.
C. INSIDE JOB is a competition where four overachievers compete for a six-figure job at a major corporation. One of the four actually works for the company and is spying on the candidates applying for the job. Premieres Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 9 p.m. on TNT.
D. 30 for 30: THE PRICE OF GOLD hunts for answers to the question: What really drove Tony Harding's ex-husband and his friends to bash in Nancy Kerrigan's knee before the US. Figure Skating Championships? Thursday, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
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6. Joke 2
BREAKING NEWS: Grocery stores everywhere in Colorado are reporting massive shortages of Oreo cookies and Twinkies. (Thanks Norm Kent for posting.)
To help me get higher on the list of reviewers, go to one book I recently liked very much: LEAP LIFE by Keith Challenger:
Read what I wrote, and if you find it helpful, indicate that fact at the bottom of the review. Thanks, in advance!
D. Are you on Facebook? In the unlikely event we have not yet connected as friends there, please feel free to send me an invite by clicking:
Methinks this is something I should get a some of my friends--make that a lot of my friends!
MR. HELPFUL here with a useful tip for the snow that many of y'all are getting . . . use it to keep your neighbor kids out of your yard this winter!
"Today, stop talking about one thing or one person who brings you down. Every time you feel the urge to bring it up, sing a line from your favorite song instead. The one I use to help move away from old news and downer people is 'I Will Survive' by Gloria Gaynor. I sing it loud and dance as I do. It makes me laugh and moves me forward every time."--Sonia Choquette, author of THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE: I BELIEVE THE SIXTH SENSE SHOULD BE FIRST
Note: The only problem with the above quote is that ever since I saw it thanks to Carole B. in NC, I keep humming the song. If you'd like to join me, please click:
Thanks David C. in NC for sharing the following article with me: "The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan's Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking" by Maria Popova.
It discusses Sagan's book, THE DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD: SCIENCE AS A CANDLE IN THE DARK and, in particular, highlights the above rules.
12. Advance planning department
A. NC events
To read about each of the following events in full, please click:
(1) Lessons in Leadership. (2) GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. (3) Katherine Sandoval Taylor in two separate concerts. (4) Majo Jo Madden: At 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 2nd. (5) Open House for Apex Brain Centers. (6) A musical tribute to the Beatles. (7) "THE NEXT GENERATION" with teenager Madison Fiedler. (8) Building Bridges.
B. PA/NJ events
To read about each of the following events in full, please click:
(1) THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA. (2) DR. SCARPATI'S HILARIOUS COMEDY HYPNOSIS SHOW.
C. National event
To read about the following event in full, please click:
Micah Solomon FREE webinar on customer service.
PS. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELVIS, on Wednesday . . . if you think he is still alive, the picture on the bottom is his "look" today as imagined by Sachs Media Group . . . to see what other rock and roll legends would look like now, meet the grateful dead (literally) by clicking: http://tinyurl.com/kb6ktbj . . . you'll see what John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and several other icons would look like if they hadn't died before their time . . . and for Queen's fantastic music tribute to them all, please click: http://tinyurl.com/l3x6vcb.
Also, make it a great rest of the week!