Words From The Editor


By Sandi Tomlin-Sutker


It’s the third week of July as I write this column. It has been the “month of the rains” for sure all over WNC; some areas more devastated than others. Out where I am in Madison County there were mud slides, roads and small bridges washed out and even a “sink hole” when a section of parking lot collapsed many feet down. Meanwhile, out west record temperatures and drought caused fatal wildfires. I was envisioning a pipeline taking our extra water out there, but alas, it’s not possible. And, as someone said to me, we could be in drought again anytime so we need to keep our water.


Sandi Tomlin-Sutker. Email: editor@wncwoman.com

Sandi Tomlin-Sutker. Email: editor@wncwoman.com

OK, I’m rambling. Maybe my brain is also waterlogged. On to this informative and thoughtful issue: our annual theme of Our Bodies Our Selves.


Tina Owen of MAHEC starts us off with a look at a new initiative making C-section births more “family friendly” instead of merely a surgical procedure.


Suzanne Rosoff celebrates turning eighty with panache and good health. What a model for us all!


We profile several of our advertisers this month like Dr. Jo Jo Yonce and Dr. Ronald Caldwell who offer their expertise to support your ability to get healthier, physically and mentally.


Several writers offer varying perspectives on healing: from emotional trauma; from chronic illness; using sacred dance or vocal toning or the earth itself; even ways to help heal victims of the Rwanda tragedy.


And we profile local doctor, Laura Ellis, in the television reality series Neale Bayly Rides: Peru where the group focuses their ride on getting to an orphanage in Peru.


Local herb company, Red Moon Herbs is changing hands and we have a wonderful summary of where they came from and where the new owner plans to go.


Defining the Our Bodies Our Selves theme in broader terms you’ll learn about the work of the Literacy Council of Asheville in giving adults the important skill (along with increased self-esteem) of reading; young victims of domestic violence are given an opportunity to move forward with educational scholarships; and several women take it all off in Anam Cara’s theatre piece: Women Reading Nude.


Of course, there is much more than I can list here: Food for Thought; Common Sense Health; Currency Corner; Organizing 202; Pet Care; Women Minding Their Business; a Book Review; Women Making Music; Cosmicomedy and Funny, Isn’t It? complete this chock-full issue!


As always, enjoy it … and write to me. with your thoughts and ideas!

Sandi Tomlin-Sutker
Written by Sandi Tomlin-Sutker