Book Review: “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chödrön

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| Reviewed by Patricia Furnish | It’s a pleasure to write about a woman like Pema Chödrön who has had such a profound effect on people around the world. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times was first …

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Getting Above The White Noise: 3 Strategies To Ignite Your Volunteer Sales Force

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| By Meridith Elliott Powell | A few weeks ago I was working in Charleston, South Carolina, delivering a keynote presentation for a client. I agree, not a bad gig. I arrived early afternoon, the day before my session, as …

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Meet Our Advertisers: White Oak Financial

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White Oak Financial Management partners (and sisters) Laura McCue and Priestley Ford recognize that seeking out financial advice can be an intimidating experience. Part of what they do as financial advisors, Laura says, is help sort through the confusion with …

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Strong Women Collaborate to promote STEM

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| By Cynthia Stephens | Study after study demonstrates that women are underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. However, members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) STEM committee are working together to change this fact. …

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Woman-Space at Heron House

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| By Anya Robyak | There are plenty of venues in Asheville for the big shows – downtown and the River Arts district locations that seat hundreds for some of the most popular acts and tours. But what about artists, …

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Think You Can’t Ever Retire? Think Again!

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It is a common refrain these days: “Oh, I’ll never be able to retire!” But is that true? Partly, it is. We have a much harder task than our parents and grandparents did regarding our ability to retire. Therefore, some …

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Redefining the History, Color of Appalachian Poverty with OpenDoors of Asheville’s Jasmine Middleton

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| By Lauren Stepp | The War on Poverty might just be the longest battle these mountains have ever faced. Officially declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, the campaign has featured artilleries of federal aid and failed bootstrapping …

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Mary Edwards: A Voice for Kids

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| By Kiesa Kay | As a girl, Mary Edwards got hurt. Her parents weren’t her perpetrators, but she ended up in foster care. She learned to hide her tears and smile even when she felt full of pain.

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Speaking of Style: Fashion vs. Style

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| By JeanAnn Taylor | For the month of January, I wrote about the importance of determining your personal style and gave a few pointers on how you can use your signature style to make a positive impact. The February …

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Thirty Years of Powerful Voices

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| By Susan Lachmann | “I hear in my mind all of these voices I hear in my mind all of these words I hear in my mind all of this music And it breaks my heart, it breaks my …

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Angélica Reza Wind: Our Proactive VOICE for Action and Compassion

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| By Jonna Rae Bartges | When an estimated 10,000 people braved the weather in January to march in Asheville the day after the inauguration, one of the speakers they came to hear was a first-generation American daughter of Mexican …

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Brewing Up A Storm: Brandi Hillman – Keeping with Tradition

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| By Anita Riley | If you ask Brandi Hillman where she gets her tenacity, she’ll tell you it comes from her mother, who learned it from her mother. “My maternal grandmother was from a large, tobacco farming family in …

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Meet Our Advertisers: Aging Projects, Inc.

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Aging Projects, Inc. is expanding to assist aging in place & needs your help!

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Common Sense Health: Keeping Our Bones Strong

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I’ll cut right to the chase. Due to the fact that our current health care system – (which really should be renamed our “Disease Care System”) is dominated by a very powerful pharmaceutical industry, most people (including physicians) are not …

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