Muddy Sneakers: Connecting Kids With Nature

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| By Ruby Compton | “Will my shoes actually get muddy?” is the most often asked question to instructors of the non-profit organization Muddy Sneakers when staff first introduce the outdoor science education program to students. While honest in intention, …

 

Poetry: Night

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| By Jennie Boyd Bell | Owl hoots in the forest. Wind roars through the trees, surges over the mountains,             recedes to a whisper,       surges again. I lie cocooned in my tent;       the wind breathes me. Jennie Boyd Bull recently …

 

Poetry: Crest Trail

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| By Jennie Boyd Bell | I hike along the summits of the tallest mountains in the East—       historic Mitchell, Craig, Big Tom, Balsam Cone, Cattail Peak, Potato Hill, Then steeply down to Deep Gap; leave Winterstar, Gibbs and Celo …

 

Book Review: “Slightly South of Simple” by Kristy Woodson Harvey

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Not until the last fire was extinguished, ninety-nine days after the World Trade Center attack, could Ansley Murphy accept that her husband perished in the south tower. Why did her gentle, adoring Carter, who dearly loved their daughters Caroline, Sloane, …

 

Good Neighbors

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| By Kristin Dunn | These mountains became a haven for my family when we moved from the coast to the opposite end of this beautiful state. What did we know about this area? Hardly anything except there was a …

 

7 Deadly Sins Of Unprepared Sellers

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| By Peggy Crowe | You plan ahead personally, right? Then it only makes sense that you would do so when selling your most valuable asset. Preparing your home to show and be its best is a sure-fire way to …

 

Sara Laws: My Model of Love and Service

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| By Ian Rudick | I met Sara Laws at an Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” event, where I learned about her work for the Hope Chest for Women. I was immediately attracted to their small grassroots …

 

Food For Thought: Get Your Culture Here – It’s For Your Gut!

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Taco or Tostada Bar Anyone? Nachos? You can have cultured foods that are easily made and stored in the refrigerator so you are ready to make many yummy dishes in a flash. Just add your creativity!

 

Spiritual Summit Initiates Minister’s Vision

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Reverend Darlene Strickland’s visionary leadership as Senior minister at Unity of The Blue Ridge in Mills River, NC is garnering national attention. With family roots in Goldsboro, NC, and business roots as a Senior Executive working with BRIO Toys and …

 

From Incontinence to Confidence: How To Get Rid of Your Vaginaphobia

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| By Dr. Susie Gronski | Nothing can freak you out more than peeing all over yourself. I’m not just saying this because I’m a pelvic health specialist. I know first hand what it’s like to be utterly embarrassed when …