Monthly Archives: February 2004

Embracing Willendorf, Chapter Six: Blissful Nakedness and a Leather Jacket from Goodwill: Did I Mention My Baja?

| By Byron Ballard | I am the whitest white woman that my Cherokee friend MariJo knows. Or at least that’s what she claims. Centuries of British ancestors in one tribe or another have produced some very fair skin. And …

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Who Will Come For Me?

| By Sharon Oxendine | In the end will someone say they want to be by my side, touch me with warm gentle hands, guide me on my journey, sit still and listen as I go near the edge of …

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My Life as a Wall

| By Lisa Horak | Walls. They are supposed to be strong and sturdy, capable of supporting an entire house. But if you have ever torn one down or damaged one unintentionally, you know that they are not as solid …

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The Legacy of Toy Whitley

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| By Julie Parker | I sat at Toy Whitley’s kitchen table eating her country ham biscuits, deviled eggs, and 14-day pickles, while she spun tales that had me alternately in tears and goosebumps. She likes to say “You can …

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We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

| By Breah Parker | What the world needs now is love, sweet peace and love. Who could argue with that? We look around us and see the very foundation of our society, the family as we know it, struggling …

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If The Shoe Fits

| By Kate Reynolds | Recently I made a pilgrimage to New York City. It’s always a bittersweet journey – New York was my home for nearly two decades. Most of my adult romantic dramas were played out against those …

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What Public Relations Can Do For You

| By Pat Beebe | Inside humor from the public relations business: “Spin doctors don’t have any patients.” If your idea of PR is that it’s simply a means of covering up the truth, you’re missing one of the most …

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The Loo Review: Stoney Knob Cafe

The loo review (in which we review the loos—rest rooms, that is—of local restaurants) was on holiday over the holidays…and is now back due to popular demand. Several people this month put the bug in our ear that a good …

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The Silver Jag

| By Celia Miles | Sometimes I see it still–that orange globe, that golden glow atop the dark mountain, that moon that became metaphor. I was barely twenty, remarkably innocent, romantic to the core. And in love. We were driving …

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Community-Oriented Marketing

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| By Ian Bryan, Y Chromosome Guest Author | I first set foot in Asheville on a Monday evening in early July 2002. I had spent that day driving for nine hours in a hot, silent car because both my …

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On Holy Ground

| By Sandra Smith | In Asheville on Orange Street, just off of Merrimon Avenue in a beautiful old house, there is a place of sanctuary and beauty where the word feminist warms the heart and brings a smile to …

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

| By Lisa Horak | Imagine this: your women’s reading group is getting together tonight. You are particularly pleased with yourself because you stayed up late to finish the book despite the fact that it really didn’t hold your interest. …

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Poem: The Girl in the Picture

| By Amanda L. Trancoso | She is gone. That old body burnt up long ago In a pyre of raw emotion and Righteous indignation. I see her then With curves in all the right places A coy, inviting smile …

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Funny, Isn’t It?

Recently, I heard that Mother Teresa has been beatified. That is the stage leading to being declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Now, I have no problem with this…certainly Mother Teresa did a lot of good for the …

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