Funny, Isn’t It?

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I have heard of authors who like to write while drunk or stoned. Although I find that thought amazing and intriguing, I don’t think I could do it. I’m not good enough to pull it off. However, dear reader, an …

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Mindfully Yours: The Down Side of Going all “Be Here Now” and Other Friendly Dilemmas

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“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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Operation Toasty Toes

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Mission statement: 1. To provide hand knitted and crocheted slippers, dickeys, stocking caps, helmets, watch caps, helmet liners, and wristlets, etc., to America’s deployed service men and women. 2. To keep the public aware of the need to support our …

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CosmiComedy: Answering the Call

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The priest refused to baptize me because there was no Saint Lavinia. So my baptismal certificate has my name as Maria Lavinia. Hoping to redress this oversight on the part of the holy Fathers (after all, Lavinia was a common …

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Food For Thought: Fat Thoughts – A closer look before they hit your belly, thighs or heart!

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  By Sandy McCall   We have all heard the controversy about fat and the oils we regularly use in cooking. Well, surprise, surprise, the general views have changed once again! Now we are being told to eat saturated fat. …

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Pet Care Corner: Cat Breeds, Coats and Colors

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  By Kim Burress   Cats come in a variety of breeds, each possessing unique traits and characteristics that are seen in both appearance and behavior.

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What We May Be

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  By Karen Lauritzen   She arrived at my front door with a large container under each arm. One container held the prepared dough for her Sicilian Grandmother’s Fig Cookie recipe, the other the filling. It was December, 2010 and …

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Literacy Council of Buncombe County: “Sara”

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  The Literacy Council of Buncombe County teaches adults and children basic reading, writing, math, and English language skills through individual and small group instruction by trained volunteers. Students gain self-confidence and develop self-sufficiency to transform their lives as individuals, …

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Food For Thought: Sweets and Beets — Who woulda thunk it?

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  By Sandy McCall   Thinking about the glycemic load or the dairy and gluten content in the foods we eat or cook at holiday time isn’t always fun. But I do, I do! As a matter of fact, I …

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Women, Spirit & Money: The Snowball Effect: 11 Easy Ways To Create More Money During The Holiday Season

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  By Sherri L. McLendon   With the holiday season barreling toward us like a giant runaway snowball, it’s easy to be trapped in the land of not enough. Instead, make clever choices that help you source the money for …

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Become a Business Magnet: How Charging Too Little and Giving Too Much Undervalues You

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  By Saralyn Collins   This will be an entirely too familiar picture to many of you reading this today.   As women we have been conditioned and are wired to nurture, to serve and to give. There is nothing …

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Charla Schlueter: California’s Loss Is North Carolina’s Gain

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  By Clara B. Jones   I spent the better part of my career conducting research and teaching college students, most of them in their late teens or twenties. After retiring, I expected that most of my relationships would be …

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Women Making Music: Peggy’s Profound Inspirations

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  By Peggy Ratusz   As a vocal coach, I find the most challenging thing for many singers to realize is their ability to locate, tap into and invoke their own interpretations of songs they choose to cover. Consequently, we …

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Common Sense Health: Keeping It R.E.A.L. For The Holidays

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  By Maureen “Mo” McDonnell, RN   After the winter holiday-whirlwind passes (typically comprised of frenzied shopping, feasting and excessive partying), did you ever find yourself wishing you could have navigated through the jolliest of seasons a little differently? Because …

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