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Blaine's Best


BLAINESWORLD
#715
6.14.2010

In this issue:

1. Reflections
2. FYI
3. Take your choice
4. Reviews . . . THE KARATE KID, etc.
5. TV alert
6. Great bumper sticker
7. Websites
8. Computer tip
9. Things I learned from the South, Part 2 of 2
10. A quote I like
11. Thought for the day
12. Advance planning department

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1. Reflections

A. Cynthia, my beautiful bride, and I had the pleasure of hosting
my cousin Blaine (yes, there's another Blaine in the world) and his
wife Joan for an all too brief few days . . . we drove to the Pisgah
Inn, driving along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and got to stop
for this picture opportunity.

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The food there is excellent and for lunch, it is very reasonably
priced . . . I enjoyed my chicken salad wrap, and Cynthia felt the
same about her beet salad . . . for more information, please click:

http://www.pisgahinn.com/

We also got to walk around the lake surrounding our community
where we had another picture opportunity--this one featuring Blaine
and Joan.

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In addition, we spent some time walking around Asheville . . . of
course we got to go to Kilwin's for ice cream and to Sushi Thai for
Thai food, but we also got to check out:

* Pack's Tavern, a very attractive new restaurant in town . . . our chance
to sit outdoors made for a particularly nice evening . . . my baby spinach salad
wasn't bad; I'm just not sure I would get it again . . . Cynthia felt the
same way about her Reuben sandwich (they just don't have corned
beef here as good as it was in New Jersey) . . . we were all impressed by the fact
that Blaine got me to revisit broccoli, ordinarily not one of my favorite food items . . . my
opinion hasn't changed one iota . . . for more information, please click:

http://www.packstavern.com

* French Broad Chocolates where we sampled maple bacon ice cream . . . I
kid you NOT . . . it has to be tried to be believed . . . for more information, please
click:

http://frenchbroadchocolates.com/

* Chocolate Fetish where we all shared a delicious cookies & creme chocolate
round . . . the store has recently expanded, so there's even more fantastic tasting
to sample . . . for more information, please click:

http://www.chocolatefetish.com/

* Ten Thousand Villages . . . this is a store featuring over 130 artisan groups 
in more than 38 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East where you
can get fair trade jewelry, home decor, gifts and more . . . for more information,
please click:

http://asheville.tenthousandvillages.com/php/stores.festivals/store.homepage.php

* Woolworth Walk, which is located in a converted Woolworth's building . . . crafters
from around the area set up shop here, and there's also an old-fashioned lunch
counter . . . for more information, please click:

http://www.woolworthwalk.com/art/crafts.html

B. Professionally, I attended SCORE's annual appreciation luncheon at the Crowne
Plaza . . . Nick Jordan, our dynamic chairman, served as master of ceremonies . . . he
did a super job and got things off to a great start with this story:

* One guy says to his good friend, “I just bought a new hearing aid.
It is top of the line. It cost me over $4,000, but I can hear everything
clear as a bell.”

The friend says, “That’s terrific”. I know it must have improved your life
immensely. What kind is it?” 

“12:30."

* Stan Stafian, our equally dynamic membership chair, was next up . . . he presented
an Honorary Member award to Dave Campbell, president of MMS Direct, for
having been a recipient of SCORE counseling who has now become a success
in the community . . . he's also become a big supporter of our local chapter's
work . . . Dave's company is one that provides marketing services; for more
information about it, please click:

http://www.mailmanllc.com/

* Our keynote speaker was David Gantt, a local attorney who also is the hardworking
chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners . . .he discussed the economic
environment for local small businesses and then graciously stayed to answer
several questions . . . that's yours truly with Commissioner Gantt on the left, and yes,
I'm really wearing a tie for the first time since I've been in Asheville.

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C. CONGRATULATIONS to:

* Gayle Crist, dating coach extraordinaire, who was recently featured as a
subject expert on NBC-TV Philadelphia in a segment about online dating.
You can view it here by clicking:

http://www.datingsuccesscoaching.com/datingsuccess_002.htm

* Tina Tuttle . . . her daughter Meg just passed her nursing boards and,
perhaps best of all, has been offered a new job.

* Al Rieger and family on the recent birth of their latest granddaughter.

* Chic and Joni Dowburd on the birth of their new grandson, Ryan
Gregory Williams, born on June 8th . . . 6 lbs.3oz & 19 1/4 inches.
* Bob Butcher who not only did a great job in running the recent Radio-Controlled
Racing Sailboat Regatta at Biltmore Lake, but who also had his boat win several
of the races.

* Will Hester for being accepted into this fall's class of the Asheville
Citizens Police Academy. As he noted to me in an email, "Heads
up . . . there's a new Sheriff coming to town!"

DON'T FORGET:

If you would like me to nominate you for this program, send an email
to bginbc@aol.com and put POLICE ACADEMY in the subject line. Also, if you have
any interest in me nominating you for next year's Leadership Asheville class,
send an email to bginbc@aol.com and put LEADERSHIP ASHEVILLE in the subject line.

D. CONDOLENCES to:

* Bill Kline and family on the death of Bill's mother.

* Nancy Clark and family on the death of Nancy's mother.

***** BLAINESWORLD BEST AWARD *****

This week, it goes to the fine folks at Cinebarre in Asheville--my favorite
local theater.

I like it because it is close to us, but also because you can get a meal
and eat it at the same time you're watching a film . . . the food is usually
quite good, too . . . I often get a hamburger and fries, and I've rarely been
disappointed in either item . . . Cynthia leans toward the salads and
says they are equally good.

An added plus is that the employees are always customer-oriented . . . Lynette
Hansen has taken over as the head person in charge . . . we've been
impressed how quickly and effectively she has stepped in for Griffin
Ruggenberg (BLAINESWORLD BEST AWARD winner in February, 2010,
who has since moved back to the chain's Denver locale) . . . we've found
her to be friendly, as well as helpful.

A new assistant manager there, Julia McGee, has also impressed us . . . and
though we like all of the servers, our personal favorite remains Maddi
Desmarais . . . her enthusiasm continually bowls us over, and we
are amazed at her memory . . . she never writes down an order, yet
to date, has never gotten anything wrong.

For more information, please click:

http://cinebarre.com/locations/asheville-nc
 
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2. FYI

HELP REQUESTED DEPARTMENT (big time):

I've been in touch with two of my former students/longtime friends, Jack
Pfeifer and Joanne Elliott, who have given me permission to share
their stories with BLAINESWORLD readers . . . please read them
and if you can help in any way, kindly do so  . . MUCH OBLIGED!

* Maureen in Pennsylvania:

I’m reaching out to you on behalf of my husband who needs a kidney
transplant . . . on the outside chance that among our large parish
family there may be someone willing and able to meet this noble cause
and fulfill this prayerful request. Many of you know my husband, Jack
Pfeifer, as a staff member of the Saint Andrew Religious Education
Department where he is a JAM leader and facilitates the Protecting
God’s Children program. Jack is also an Aspirant in the Permanent
Deaconate Program at Saint Charles Seminary, as well as a husband
and father.  He is in renal failure and in need of a kidney transplant. 
A willing donor must be in general good health and have "O" type blood.

If interested, please contact me directly or the Hospital of the University
of Pennsylvania, Living Donor Kidney Coordinators--Terri or Sheilagh
at 215.662.6200. 

Thank you and can I ask also that you please keep us in your prayers.

Maureen Pfeifer
Home: 215.579.2509
Cell: 267.795.7995 .

* Joanne in Pennsylvania:

My father, John Plath, went missing from the Sierra Oaks Nursing Home
in Bensalem, PA on Sunday evening (sometime after 7:30-8:00 p.m.). An
Amber alert was sent to all residents within a five mile radius via telephone
and an article has appeared in today's Bucks County Courier Times on the
front page. Action News also reported it on several news programs yesterday. 
Both the Bensalem and Middletown Police Departments, the fire departments
and volunteers, as well as friends and family have been actively looking for him. 
My father has severe dementia, is now wearing his glasses (which renders
him practically blind) and is not wearing his hearing aid or false teeth. He is
Caucasian, 5'8" tall, white hair, and walks very slowly.  If anyone has seen
him, please call the Bensalem (215.633.3700) or Middletown Police Station
(215.949.1000). If at all possible detain him until help arrives.

For more information and a picture, please click:

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=7496105

FYI, part 2

* FREE Emergen-C samples:

http://www.facebook.com/surfrider?v=app_384709341416

You probably need to be a Facebook member to read the
above, but if you are, do check out this offer . . . Emergen-C
is a vitamin drink mix that gives you 1000 mg of C plus B vitamins
and more . . . I've been taking it for well over 10 years, and it
helped me support my belief that "I don't do colds."

 * Quiznos $2.99 sandwich, soda and chip deal through June 23 . . . this is
a big savings since the price of a sub alone is $4.29-$5.89, depending on the
particular sandwich, plus chips are $1.19 and a regular fountain drink is
about $1.50 . . . call your local shop to make sure that it is a participating dealer.

http://www.quiznos.com/299mealdeal/

* Karen in North Carolina:

Amazing New Yoga Poses

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbMdX6qL-uk

* Ruth in Pennsylvania:

I enjoyed interviewing Jim Donovan today.

http://www.scriptingforsuccess.com/jim-donovan/

DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY:

To listen the above; you'll enjoy it . . . Ruth does a fine job
with the interview, and Jim is a great subject . . . for a long
time, he's been one of my favorite authors/motivational speakers.

* John in Pennsylvania:

Interesting you mentioned this [that all physicians should see THE
DOCTOR]. My wife and I watched it about a month ago on Netflix instant
play. Excellent movie. I enjoyed Mandy Patinkin's and Adam Arkin's
performances as well. After spending the last five years seeing multiple
spine surgeons, I almost feel this movie should be a requirement
for licensure.

* Dana in Pennsylvania [commenting on a French version of "Happy
Together" being in GET ME TO THE GREEK]:
 
Asking the "expert" . . .just wondering . . . how many languages has
that been recorded?

ANSWER:

I'm not sure, but if any reader can help out, please advise . . . in the interim,
I did find out this additional information about the song:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Together_%28song%29

* Mel in Colorado:

I have just created my newest venture: Pet Loss Therapy, and here's
my new website. Comments are welcomed, as are those who need to talk!

www.copingwithyourpetloss.com

* Pat in Pennsylvania:

Congrats on completing the Citizen Police Academy course! Asheville
sleeps a little sounder now!

* Janet in New York: 
 
In your (I think) most recent issue, you shared someone's coleslaw
recipe. I think it had some Asian touches. Nice. Since I know many
of your readers are up North, I would simply observe that something
called Summer Slaw, a prepared salad available in the delicatessen
section of the market is sold by Stop N Shop. (Stop N Shop also has a
business relationship with Giant Market which operates from DC, south,
I think.) It is simply delicious. Not your usual slaw:  in addition to what
one would expect, the ingredients include chopped tomatoes, red
cabbage, scallions and other things I am still in the process of identifying,
probably some other herbs and seasonings. The taste is sensational!
Retails for $3.99 a pound, but goes on special, down to  $3.49. Try it!
You'll like it.  

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3. Take your choice

There was a little boy named Kenny who used to hang out at the local
corner market. The owner didn't know what Kenny's problem was, but the
boys would constantly tease him. They would always comment that he was
two bricks shy of a load or two pickles short of a barrel. To prove it,
they would offer Kenny his choice between a nickel and a dime, and
Kenny would always take the nickel. The others got a big kick out of that,
knowing that he'd always take the nickel because it was the larger coin.

One day after Little Kenny once again grabbed the nickel, the store owner
took him aside and said "Kenny, those boys are making fun of you. They think
you don't know the dime is worth more than the nickel. Are you grabbing the
nickel because it's bigger--or what?"

Slowly, Little Kenny turned toward the store owner and a big grin appeared
on his face as he said, "Well, if I took the dime, they'd stop doing it, and
so far I have saved $20!"

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4. Reviews

A. THE KARATE KID is one of those rare films that both parents and
their children can enjoy . . . grandparents will like it, too, especially
if they saw the original movie with the same title . . . this version had much
the same story, but one key change worked--big time . . . 12-year-old Dre
Parker (Jaden Smith) is transported from this country to China . . . that
gave a whole new spin on things, in that it was fun to see how he would
adjust to a completely foreign environment . . . Smith was fantastic, as was
Jackie Chan in the role of the kung fu master . . . you'll find yourself cheering
at the end, though be forewarned that you'll be in the theater for a somewhat
overlong 140 minutes . . . rated PG.

B. EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES   is now out in DVD format . . . my review
from BLAINESWORLD #695 follows:

Enjoyed EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES, but I did not love it . . . it's
a drama based on a true story of a guy who quits his job to pursue
a cure for a disease that is killing two of his children . . . he does so
by teaming with an unconventional scientist to form an unlikely
alliance . . . Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford are fine in the
leading roles; Keri Russell, as Fraser's wife, has little to do in
hers . . . the whole film is too formulaic . . . however, it did
keep my interest until the end . . . though rated PG-13, I don't
think anybody under the age of 10 would very much appreciate it.

C. Author Dan Buettner came to my hometown a few weeks ago to talk about
THE BLUE ZONE, his bestseller about the (to quote the subtitle) LESSONS
FOR LIVING FROM THE PEOPLE WHO'VE LIVED THE LONGEST.

I was mesmerized by his presentation, especially when he talked about the
fact that it is possible to retain health and vitality well into the 80s, 90s and
even 100s . . . in addition, I wanted to learn more about what happens in a
Blue Zone--or area where higher percentages of the population live
astoundingly long lives.

What's amazing is that they do so not through pills, surgery or medications, but
rather through the foods they eat, the company they keep and their perspectives
on everyday life.

Buettner interviewed countless folks, and their stories were what made this
such a good read . . . for example, 100-year-old Marge Jettson begins every
day with a mile walk, a stationary bicycle ride and some weight lifting . . . she
also has six glasses of water before breakfast: 

* "All that water," she said by way of explanation as she returned [from
the bathroom]. "C'mon, I want to show you our garden." On the way
up, I asked if she ever got lonely. "Well, sure, you miss people.
Most of my friends have died. My husband is dead," she
said matter-of-factly. "But I just like to talk to people. My
motto is: A stranger is a friend we haven't met yet. I don't
know a lot of non-Adventists. I don't go to movies or dances.
But I still have a lot of friends around this place and other
places in town. I think I was probably shyer when I was younger.
There are days when my forgetter is working overtime. I
remember just as many things as I did before, but after
a hundred years or more, I have so many things in my
computer I don't know what button to push." She walked
off the elevator laughing at herself.

In addition, I liked how Bueettner brought in the research of others
to buttress his points:

In one of [Dr. Brian] Wansink's experiments, he invited a group of people
to view a tape and gave each one either a one-pound bag of
M&Ms or a half-pound bag of M&Ms to eat as they pleased.
After the video, he asked both groups to return their uneaten
portions of candy. Those given a one-pound bag ate an
average of 137 M&Ms, while those given a half-pound bag
ate only 71. We typically consume more from big packages.
Wansink's lab examined 47 products in this experiment,
and the same thing happened over and over. He also found
that the size of the plates and glasses we use has a
profound impact on how much we consume. About three-
quarters of what we eat is served on plates, bowls, or in
glasses. Wansink's experiments showed that people
drink 25 percent to 30 percent more if they drink from a
short, wide glass rather than from a tall, narrow one, and
31 percent more if they from a 34-ounce bowl compared to
a 17-ounce one.

Lastly, the author's final chapter--"Your Personal Blue Zone"--makes this
book worthwhile reading, even if that's all you look at . . . he presents a series
of nine, easy-to-follow lessons, all of which contain such valuable advice
as the following:

* The bathroom scale can be a simple yet powerful reminder to not
overeat. Put the scale in your way so you can't avoid a daily
weigh-in. In fact, weighing yourself is one of the most surefire ways
to reduce your weight and keep it off in the long run. One study
that followed 3,026 women who were trying to lose weight and keep
it off found that after 2 years, women who weighed themselves
daily lost an average of 12 pounds. Women who never weighed
in actually gained an average of 5 pounds. In other works, at the
end of 2 years, women who weighed themselves every day were
(on average) about 17 pounds lighter than the women who never
weighed themselves.

I'd write more, but being hungry, I think I'll stop now and eat some
nuts--another recommendation you'll find in this excellent book.

D. Heard PUT ON YOUR CROWN, written and read by Queen Latifah.
This isn't an autobiography, nor it is a how-to-become a Queen book . . . rather,
it is a book about the moments that helped Queen Latifah  become the woman
she is today.

I've been a Latifah fan for quite some time, enjoying many of her
movies (and, in particular, her latest: JUST WRIGHT) . . . I was less aware
of her many other accomplishments, such as the fact that she is also a
world-renowned musician, president of a recording company, author and
movie producer . . . a key to her success has been that she has never
been afraid to try anything . . . as she notes:

* Don't tell me you're too old to try something new. My mother just turned
60, and she's taking piano lessons for the first time.

She goes on to add that:

* My "to do" list is constantly growing. [For example] I recently tried skiing.

I was moved by the author's stories about her mother, as well as about her
brother . . . she poignantly talks about his death via a motorcycle accident and how
she was able to pull herself through her grief . . . in fact, she managed to ride her
motorcycle again.

This book is geared toward young women . . . Latifah aims to help them build a strong
sense of self-esteem . . . she says one way to do this is to:

* Take ten minutes to be by yourself--even if you have to lock yourself in the bathroom.

Doing so will enable any reader to follow this final tidbit of advice that I think effectively
summarized PUT ON YOUR CROWN:

* If I ran into a 19-year-old person, I'd tell her to live full out!

***** CONTEST #3 OF THE YEAR *****

One lucky reader will get a CD version of the above book . . . If you'd like
to be entered in the drawing, send an email to bginbc@aol.com and
put CONTEST #3 in subject line . . . then in the body of the email, include
your snail mail address . . . entries must be received on or before Monday,
June 21 . . . a winner will be announced in next week's issue.

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5. TV alert

A. PENN & TELLER: BULLSH*T, now in its eighth season,
has a very engrossing show  on cheerleaders . . . I already
saw this episode and recommend it strongly . . . Wednesday
at 8 p.m. on SHOWTIME . . . ordinarily, you can catch the
guys on Thursdays at 10 p.m. with repeats throughout the week.

B. FOR NEDA is a documentary is about the young woman who
was among those killed for protesting the reign of Iran's Mahamoud
Ahmadinejad in the spring of 2009 . . . according to THE WALL STREET
JOURNAL, "It is a searing picture of daily life in the Islamic Republic
of Iran, and the rage of those determined to resist its oppressive
rule." . . . Thursday at 4 p.m. on HBO; repeated on Saturday at 3 p.m.

C. CROSSROADS features both Keith Urban and John Mayer in a
Nashville concert . . . Friday at 10 p.m. on CMT.

D. SCONDRELS is about a family of hoods who try to become responsible
members of society after their patriarch is sent off the big house . . . the
mom (Virginia Madsen) then insists that her children all get honest jobs . . . I'll
be viewing, if just to see Madsen . . . according to TV GUIDE, she "is the best
reason to watch" . . . season premiere on Sunday at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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6. Great bumper sticker

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7. Websites

A. THANKS to Marty in New Jersey for reminding me that we all need
some hugs . . . you can go to Sondrio, Italy and get them for FREE: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN8CKwdosjE

MY TWO CENTS:

Watch, if just to hear k.d. lang's rendition of "Hallelujah" . . . she
does justice to one of my favorite Leonard Cohen songs.

B. Jean in Pennsylvania got me thinking as a result of her recent
Facebook post of this great Emerson quote:  "To  be yourself in a world
that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest
accomplishment." . . . I agree and think that's much better than to make
you look like somebody else as these folks did via plastic surgery.

http://www.oddee.com/item_96941.aspx

C. BLAINESWORLD, the website, remains up and running . . . to view
it, please click:

http://www.blainesworld.net

If you're new to this website . . . or just want to trip down "memory lane"
with me, click "Blaine's Best" on the left and then "Pictures" . . . you'll
see a collection of shots featuring yours truly, Cynthia, Risa, and a whole
bunch of other friends and relatives . . . click on the first one from any year,
then arrows will make it easy for you to navigate to others . . . make sure
you have your sound on when you view these pictures because when
you do, you'll be able to listen to arguably the greatest rock song
of all time.

D. Are you on Facebook? In the unlikely event we have not yet contacted
as friends there, please feel free to send me an invite by clicking:
 
www.facebook.com/blainegreenfield

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8. Computer tip

Two readers commented on a new service called Dropbox, which is something
that might well be of interest (and use) by others . . . it can be viewed
by clicking:

http://www.dropbox.com/

* Danny in North Carolina: 

Blaine recommended that I try a Web Service called Dropbox.com, and I
am glad he did. As an iPad and iPhone user, one of the features that I miss
is being able to hook up a thumb drive and move files back and forth. With
DropBox, I can do just that. I can now move any file to any computer
of mobile device quickly through their downloadable application or directly
through their website.   

For the PC, it is as easy as saving or dropping a file in the special folder,
and then it is almost instantly available on my other devices. For the iPad,
the built in document viewer, picture viewer and media viewer saves me from
hopping from one app to download the file, to another to view it.  

For anyone wanting constant access to their files on the go from any device
or on the web, this is the application for them. The first 2 GB is free, and you
can get more free space by recommending your friends. Paid accounts are
available that offer up to 100 GB of space.

* Alex in Pennsylvania:

I use it all the time. I used to carry around a flash drive for my work/school
netbook and home computer. Now I just put everything into my dropbox folder
on either computer and boom it's instantly available on every device I use,
including my iPhone and my soon to be delivered iPad! In addition, you can
access Dropbox from anywhere else via the web too! All files are in it's free
cloud storage. It gives you 2 gb free storage--the ability to earn more free
storage by referring friends--and you can purchase storage up to 100 gb! Really
a great product.  

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9. Things I learned from the South, Part 2 of 2

(Concluded from last week.)

"No, Jew?" is a common response to the question, "Did you bring any beer?" 
 
You measure distance in minutes. 
 
You switch from heat to A/C in the same day. 

All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect
or animal. 
 
You know what a "DAWG" is. 
 
You carry jumper cables in your car--for your OWN car. 
 
You only own five spices: salt, pepper, Tony’s, Tabasco and ketchup. 
 
The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages
for local high school sports and motor sports and gossip. 
 
You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday. 
 
You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit "a bit warm."
 
You know all four seasons: Almost summer, summer, still summer and Christmas. 
 
Going to Wal-Mart is a favorite pastime known as "goin’ Wal-Martin"  or "off
to Wally World."
 
You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good chicken stew weather. 
 
Fried catfish is the other white meat. 
 
We don't need no dang Driver's Ed. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive
dag-nabbit. 
 
You understand these jokes and forward them to your Southern friends and those
who just wish they were from the SOUTH. 

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10. A quote I like

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither
does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily.--Zig Ziglar,
American author and motivational speaker

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11. Thought for the day 

On being a dad
 
4 years old: My Daddy can do anything!
7 years old: My Dad knows everything.
8 years: My Dad does not know quite everything.
12 years: Dad doesn't know very much.
14 years: Oh, Dad. He's old-fashioned.
21 years: Dad, that guy is so out of date!
25 years: Dad knows a little bit, but not much.
30 years: I must find out what Dad knows about it.
35 years: Before we decide, we must get Dad's opinion.
50 years: What would Dad have thought about that?
60 years: My Dad knew everything!
65 years: I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more.

Author unknown
(if you know who wrote this and/or the source, please let me know) 

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12. Advance planning department

A. North Carolina event:

Joe in North Carolina invites participation in the following program:
"Community Conversation: Our Budget, Our Economy." As he notes:

Thousands of Americans will come together on June 26, 2010, all
over the US, to weigh-in on the strategies our nation can take to ensure
a strong economic recovery and a sustainable fiscal future. I think this is
an important issue for every American to weigh-in on. Our ability to manage
our budget and deficit responsibly--or not--will impact our children and
grandchildren's lives. That's why I'm hosting a Community Conversation.
AmericaSpeaks will provide educational tools and a discussion guide. I'll
provide snacks. And you provide . . . you! Please join me!

Location: Southern Community Bank and Trust, 1751 Hendersonville
Road, Asheville

Time: 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

For more information and/or to register, please click:

http://tinyurl.com/25trkfz

B. Pennsylvania/New Jersey events:

* Kitty in New Jersey:

Help get the word out about Tomato Patch!  We lost a bunch of seniors
this year, so we need to recruit some more folks for Session I. If you know
anyone going into grades 8-12 next year who is interested in the arts,
they would love Tomato Patch!  Check it out online at:

http://www.kelseyatmccc.org/tomato_patch.shtml

* Allen Hoey will read from Stricter Poems and also a few newer poems.
Books are available for sale and signature. Refreshments will be served.
(The Library usually has a nice selection of cookies and cheese and a
bottle or two of nice wine.)

Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Newtown Library Company, 114 Center Ave., Newtown, PA

C. Other event:

June 19th at 2 p.m. 
Speaking & Book Signing Event in Oak Brook, IL
Topic: "How To Reduce Stress & Weight Naturally" by Alex Ong

For more information, please click:

http://www.mindyourownwellness.com/Event.html

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PS. June 14, as you probably know, is also Flag Day . . . as to
that event's significance, I think the following sums it up well:

If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him--it means
just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was,
in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to
establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known--the
right of men to their own selves and to their liberties.--Henry Ward Beecher
(1811-1896), American abolitionist and author, best known for UNCLE
TOM'S CABIN

So Happy Flag Day to y'all and, also, on Sunday, I'm hoping
that you get to enjoy Father's Day with your Dad  . . . or if he's
no longer around, at least get to think of him fondly as I'll
be doing. Then revisit Section 11 for an additional reminder
about why your Dad was and/or is such a cool guy. 

In addition, methinks that we all need to pray for the folks who died
in the BP oil spill, as well as for our remaining soldiers in both Iraq and
Afghanistan . . . while we're at it, include those in Israel and her neighbors
who are seeking peace . . . and perhaps most importantly: Make it
a great week, too!

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