Words From the Editor

This month we had to increase our pages because we had so much wonderful content and didn’t want you to miss any of it. In fact, I even had to leave out three articles since I ran out of space; so, check out the website for an intriguing piece on the role of a Doula in the birthing process. The other pieces will appear in future issues.


The May theme, Let’s Get Physical lent itself to such a variety of articles: starting with a dynamite profile of Lourdes Lorenz, RN, the director of Mission Hospital’s new Intergrative Health Department.


Moving our bodies is a major focus, of course, with two articles on the Ramble Run, a fun and fund raiser for the Community Foundation’s work for women in poverty.


There’s an outrageous event sweeping the country and we have our own version: the Mountain Mud Run (picture slogging through muddy water, climbing ropes…); it benefits Hands On! A Child’s Gallery.


Lavinia Plonka tells us about the happenings for Feldenkrais week along with an overview of the many practitioners in our area and a mini lesson in the technique you can use right at your desk.


I know you’ll be inspired by the story of Shannon Chisholm, an athlete and young mother, facing the loss of her ability to walk, yet never giving up hope—grateful to be alive.


We have a profile of one more Room Makeover nominee, Emily Dill whose story won our hearts. And several profiles of local artists who “get physical” with their craft: Susan Seidman’s mosaic mirrors; Mandy Kjellstrom’s recording of the many faces of Haywood Street in Asheville; the gorgeous watercolors of Kate Worm that you may view at the Watercolor Society’s June 3rd event; new in Asheville artist, Jennine Hough; and the collaboration of dance and painting with artist Adrienne van Dooren and Asheville Ballet’s Ann Dunn… an event to benefit another important cause: breast cancer research and education.


Of course, our theme has to include the beautiful WNC outdoors; the lineup for a music festival coming to Warren Wilson; and the Journey Through Forgiveness, a woman’s vision of healing and homecoming of the Cherokee displaced to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears.


You’ll find three other profiles of dynamic women: Dr. Jennifer Watkins (and family) of Asheville Medical Aesthetics; Patty Tracey, Madison County purveyor of junk and treasures; and oh, yum… locally made raw chocolate truffles from Moonlite Lewis!


Jeanne Charters of Funny, Isn’t It? is away this month, but she’ll be back in June. Lavinia’s Cosmicomedy is magical as always; Judith Toy interviews several women about how they combine Mindfulness with movement; Maureen McDonnell, RN presents a helpful overview of probiotics: what they are and how to get them into our bodies.


In the financial/business arena (very important to our physical selves) Lorri Gifford gives us the complete picture of Estate Planning 101, with lessons from a local attorney. Saralyn Collins continues her series on Becoming a Business Magnet with her advice on how to turn your passion into profit.


Mary Ickes’ and Roberta Binder’s two book reviews (Mary’s of 12 Literary Ladies and Roberta’s on In a Southern Closet about the difficulty of being a Christian lesbian) round out this varied, interesting and visually beautiful issue.


Enjoy… and email your responses!

Sandi Tomlin-Sutker
Written by Sandi Tomlin-Sutker