Small Town, Nonprofit, Romance, Murder, Intrigue …


Who comes up with this stuff? Local author Renee Kumor, that’s who.


By Mary Jo Padgett


The fourth book in Renee’s popular “River Bend Series” of romance/mystery — An Act of Charity — was released in late April, just in time for brisk sales at the Blue Ridge BookFest at Blue Ridge Community College. The BookFest is an annual weekend celebration of authors and books … especially WNC-based authors. Renee’s newest book flew off her exhibitor table, as did copies of her three previous books. Continue reading

‘Ivy Rowe’ Raises Funds For Haywood Street Congregation


By Barbara Bates Smith


I have followed my bliss for 25 years, an actress touring with ‘Ivy Rowe’ from Lee Smith’s novel Fair and Tender Ladies. Now I will celebrate with a weekend of shows in Asheville as a benefit for a new focus that I feel passionate about – Haywood Street Congregation. Continue reading

Words From The Editor


By Sandi Tomlin-Sutker


One mission of WNC Woman from our beginning 12 years ago was, and still is, to connect women to each other and to resources in their communities. This month we focus specifically on the non-profit sector: highlighting all the work that these organizations–and the dedicated folks who create and maintain them–do for all of us. Continue reading

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Hi Maureen (McDonnell, RN, health editor for WNC Woman)


I found your [September article on dementia] to have wonderful and useful information. Since my mother basically died with dementia and mental illness, I am most concerned about doing what I can to have healthy brain/body functions. I also want to pass this info on to my daughters Continue reading

Mindfully Yours: That Extra Spark


By Judith Toy


The other day I was visiting my daughter Halle McComb’s wildly successful two-year-old gymnastics facility, flip! Gym, in Charleston, SC, where she employs many coaches, assistants and administrators. There were workers loudly installing a gigantic new specialty floor for flip!’s growing cheer program. Children’s camps were in session in another section of the gym. The air smelled of chalk and socks. Kids’ voices and nail gun shots echoed off the high-ceilings of the former warehouse. Continue reading

Become a Business Magnet: Sales Strategies that Harm more than Help!


By Saralyn Collins


Sooner or later, you must face facts. You are not IN business until you HAVE business. One of the only ways you will ever HAVE business, is to ask for it from a highly qualified prospect. Continue reading

Designing Education


By Kelly Pearce


In early May, new to Western North Carolina, I found myself sitting among a small crowd in the meeting room of Asheville’s YWCA for information about a new charter school opening in August 2014. With lofty dreams of finding the perfect alternative educational experience for my high school bound daughter, I never expected to leave so inspired. Continue reading

Food For Thought: Is it a seed, a grain, a nut or a bean?! What you need to know!


By Sandy McCall


So what’s the latest scoop on what we should and shouldn’t eat? Oh yes, it changes continually it seems. Are you thinking about becoming gluten free or grain free, dairy or meat free? Or are you just looking for a balanced diet suited to your personal needs? Continue reading

Former UNCA Chancellor Dr. Anne Ponder Reflects on Leadership and Asheville Life


By Frances Figart


With the announcement in late July that the University of North Carolina at Asheville has chosen its seventh Chancellor, Mary K. Grant, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the remarkable administration of the former Chancellor of nine years, Dr. Anne Ponder, who recently retired. Continue reading

Teaching Creativity: An Interview with Susie van der Vorst on the Future of Education


By Katey Schultz


Camp Spring Creek, located just outside Bakersville in Mitchell County, is an academic and recreational camp supporting children, ages 6 to 14, with dyslexia. “So many people with dyslexia are misunderstood,” says co-founder and co-director Susie van der Vorst. “But just look at the wonderful role models we have! Many succeed in spite of their education. Imagine how they’d be if they had been instructed in the ways they learn best.” Continue reading


The fabulously fun and informative Lunch & Learn event with Saralyn Collins, sponsored by WNC Woman, takes place this month on September 18th (Learn why NICE people DO get the sale!).
Event begins at 11:30 with networking, then lunch, introductions, workshop and discussion. LOCATION: Four Points Sheraton Hotel (exit 240 and Merrimon) 22 Woodfin St (easy parking and access).
To learn more and register: Click here for details!

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