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JoanJoan Medlicott

Joan Medlicott is best known for her series of novels taking place in Western North Carolina … the first being The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love. Her latest novel, A Blue and Grey Christmas, is in bookstores now.

This is a heartwarming story about three generations of women who find their way past old hurts and losses to understanding, forgiveness and love. One reviewer called the novel “superb”. “It is high drama,” she writes, “as it tells the story of these women’s lives.”


CeliaCelia Miles

Celia Miles, Appalachian by birth and by choice, has published in a variety of genres (even in the true confessions market) and since retiring as a college English instructor, has written and/or edited nine books:sweet romances set locally and based on herbs and grist mills; Appalachian/historical fiction dealing with a childhood in the 1940s and a woman surviving the chaos of the mid-1800s; collections of short stories set in the south and abroad; anthologies (co-editor: poet Nancy Dillingham) of Western North Carolina women writing about Christmas and clothes.

Her latest novel, set primarily in Orkney, shows a woman’s journey to learn about her husband’s past on the Scottish island where she learns less about him than about herself-Journey to Stenness.


LaviniaLavinia Plonka — Asheville Movement Center

Where Healing, Learning and Movement Meet

Director Lavinia Plonka is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, a nationally renowned somatic educator and author of What Are You Afraid Of? A Body/Mind Guide to Courageous Living.

Her 35 years of experience in the movement arts informs the curriculum at Asheville Movement Center, where classes in Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, Nia, as well as special workshops in related subjects are continuously offered.

Lavinia also helps people in private sessions, addressing a range of challenges from stroke recovery and MS to artists wanting to improve creativity and performance.

Visit or call 828-275-4838


Gail           THRIVE.  CONNECT.  EVOLVE.

Absoulute Results with Gail Hagenbuch

AbsouluteResultsGail is passionate about helping clients create a success-filled life. Since 1990 Gail has dedicated her life to the Art and Science of mastering change in body, mind, and spirit both as a student and mentor. Her compassion and gentleness shows through everything she does.

Gail believes everyone can thrive and have the life they love living. Your real journey begins with your thoughts since everything is created twice, first in thought and then in reality. It is easier than ever when you engage your unique infinite intelligence.

Along with her Bachelors of Science degree, Gail holds many certifications in the Healing Arts, Oneness and Coaching. Gail combines her unique gifts with a proven system to empower and inspire clients to unlock what is preventing them from what they desire and mentors them to take conscious action to embrace their joy and aliveness. - 828-357-7006 - [email protected]


“What part of you is hungry?” is the question that will redefine the meaning of hunger and food in your life. Your deepest hungers and emptiest places do not solely reside in your body. Some or all parts of you are clamoring to be fed all the time. Achieve and maintain your healthiest weight by making a compassionate shift in how you feed every aspect of yourself – body, mind and spirit. Learn how to break the old connection of feeding your body at hunger’s first stirring by giving your hunger an opportunity to name its own food.

Sunny Kruger at 828-808-0850 — 1944 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville


PeggyClarityWorks, Inc. with Peggy Millin

ClarityWorksWant to dive into the creative well?
Need guidance on your writing project?
At a time of transition on life’s creative journey?

Participate in a writing class, workshop, and/or retreat to develop your writing voice, nurture your inner life, and transform your outer world. Author Valerie Leff calls the classes “juicy and rich, nurturing both the intellect and the spirit.”

Peggy Tabor Millin, MA
ClarityWorks, Inc.
“inspire your writing, enrich your life”

View our services and calendar at

StraussLawAppalachian Tropicals

AppalachianTropicalsDemelza Kittles founded Appalachian Tropicals in 2003 as a way to work from home with her three children, who were all under the age of five at the time. Many milestones later, her kids are grown and so has her business, from the kitchen, into its very own greenhouse. Appalachian Tropicals grows and sells exquisite retail and wholesale Orchids & Air Plants for every level of interest from curious beginner, to florist, to species aficionado.

Visit the Appalachian Tropicals orchid boutique, located in their greenhouse, just ten minutes East of downtown Asheville. Their plants are sure to brighten your home, your office and your spirit!

827 Charlotte Hwy, Fairview — 828-222-2225

AdvantageAdvantage Care Services

AdvantageCareMake your own Health and Wellness Care an individual choice!

• Choose Your *caregiver, *place, *cost, *time
• Oldest and most experienced independently owned homecare company - over 20 years in WNC
• Locally owned by mother/daughter nurse team
• Our employee turnover rate is half the industry standard

Call anytime, 24 hours a day — Call Now to learn more: 828-707-4771

HarpeWellnessHarpe Laser and Wellness

HarpleWellnessAre you ready to get serious about your health, lose weight and have improved energy? Would it make you feel happy to have a fresher, younger appearance? Dr. Charles Harpe and his wife Claudia Harpe offer the 30-Day GET REAL HEALTH CHALLENGE along with personalized Nutrition and Wellness Coaching to help you do just that.

We believe in beauty from the Inside out. Author of Naturvore Power, Natural Health Advocate and Speaker, Dr. Harpe is a Board Certified Internist who has been helping patients improve their health through natural means for over 20 years. Claudia is a Wellness Occupational Therapist and Nutrition Coach, helping clients put their health goals into action through healthful and purposeful activities they enjoy. Together, they are bridging the gap between Medicine and Natural Wellness.

Harpe Laser and Wellness Medical Spa also offers non -invasive medical spa services to help you feel and look your best. Call 828-575-2196 for a Complimentary Consultation.

HarpeWellnessWNC Hypertension & Wellness Center

WNCHypertensionWNC Hypertension & Wellness Center is your place for health screenings and healthcare. For diagnosis, preventive care, and help for your health concerns. Rely on a physician who provides continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient’s lifetime to maximize health outcomes.

• 35 Years in service
•Medicare accepted
• Patient Centered Medical Home Practice - Level 3
• Board Certified Internal Medicine
• 24/7 phone coverage for established patients
• Men’s sexual health issues

Schedule your screening today by calling 828-258-9068 or by visiting!

StraussLawStrauss & Associates - Estate Planning Attorneys

Strauss & Associates, P.A., located in Asheville and Hendersonville, North Carolina, can provide the answers. Our estate planning lawyers offer dedicated and informative representation in estate planning, transfer tax planning, probate administration, asset protection, elder law services, and related areas. Handling these matters is all we do, and you can be confident we do it well.

We are one of the first law firms in western North Carolina to use family limited partnerships (FLPs), limited liability companies (LLCs), and revocable living trusts to protect people’s estate plan. Other ways to protect assets and avoid unnecessary tax liability include:

•Business succession planning
•Medicaid planning for nursing home care
•IRA planning
•Charitable planning
•Estate tax and gift tax planning
•Asset protection

Our main goal is to help direct our clients by protecting assets and minimizing tax liability. It is critical to provide the latest estate planning tools to achieve these objectives.
Visit for more info.
Asheville: 828-258-0994
Hendersonville: 828-696-1811

SouthernLifeRealtySandy McCall — Southern Life Reality


“My decision to become a real estate broker came from a dream … what could be better than to match people with their idea of the perfect property? I enjoy being with people and helping them make their dreams come true.

“I am the owner and creator of Southern Life Realty and I look forward to working with folks wanting to buy or sell homes, land, farms and commercial real estate. Feel free to call me or email me at 828-273-9755.”

[email protected] —

NamasteCenterThe Namaste Center

NamasteCenterLogoJoin us on Sundays at 11am for our Soulful Celebration!

The Namaste Center …

• Is an Interdenominational Center where acceptance and freedom from judgement nurture your personal and spiritual journey.

• Provides a place for everyone seeking to discover their true nature as loving spiritual beings.

• Is a safe place to explore spirituality and to be supported and nurtured on your journey to peace, love, oneness and enlightenment.

• Is a spirit family providing knowledge, inspiration, and resources for not only learning the message, but for Being the message!

Click here to visit The Namaste Center online.

PattiDallasPatti Dallas

As the coordinator of the public access station in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Patti Dallas produced a variety of programs about her community. New to Asheville, Patti now specializes in family videos that include extensive interviews that are edited with family photographs and music. Her clients have enjoyed the experience of reflecting on their lives during the interviews, as well as watching the videos upon completion.

To see a sample of Patti’s work, click on the link below:

Ms. Dallas has also created a workshop called Living Your Legend, in which participants go through their lives together and respond to questions such as “What games did you play as a child?” and “How was the world different when you were a teenager?” For more information, call Patti at (937) 838-5054, or email her at [email protected]


AshevilleConsultingServicesAsheville Consulting Services

A veteran-owned business that designs custom web solutions for individuals, small businesses, and large corporations. Free development, support, and enhancement of your product using a monthly subscription. Call today for a free assessment on solving your technology business needs.
Barbara Jones, USMC (owner)
25 Renee Road Asheville NC 28806
[email protected]


HandwovenWebsHandwoven Webs

Julie Parker is one of the two founders of WNC Woman Magazine. The magazine began as an outgrowth of her web design business, Handwoven Webs, and her love of working with words and pictures.

Her websites, known for their ‘elegant simplicity’, are created with the hand of a writer, the eye of an artist, and the soul of a poet …


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