Mindfully Yours: That Extra Spark

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  By Judith Toy   The other day I was visiting my daughter Halle McComb’s wildly successful two-year-old gymnastics facility, flip! Gym, in Charleston, SC, where she employs many coaches, assistants and administrators. There were workers loudly installing a gigantic …

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Become a Business Magnet: Sales Strategies that Harm more than Help!

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  By Saralyn Collins   Sooner or later, you must face facts. You are not IN business until you HAVE business. One of the only ways you will ever HAVE business, is to ask for it from a highly qualified …

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Designing Education

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  By Kelly Pearce   In early May, new to Western North Carolina, I found myself sitting among a small crowd in the meeting room of Asheville’s YWCA for information about a new charter school opening in August 2014. With …

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Food For Thought: Is it a seed, a grain, a nut or a bean?! What you need to know!

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  By Sandy McCall   So what’s the latest scoop on what we should and shouldn’t eat? Oh yes, it changes continually it seems. Are you thinking about becoming gluten free or grain free, dairy or meat free? Or are …

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Former UNCA Chancellor Dr. Anne Ponder Reflects on Leadership and Asheville Life

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  By Frances Figart   With the announcement in late July that the University of North Carolina at Asheville has chosen its seventh Chancellor, Mary K. Grant, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the remarkable administration of …

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Teaching Creativity: An Interview with Susie van der Vorst on the Future of Education

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  By Katey Schultz   Camp Spring Creek, located just outside Bakersville in Mitchell County, is an academic and recreational camp supporting children, ages 6 to 14, with dyslexia. “So many people with dyslexia are misunderstood,” says co-founder and co-director …

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Katherine Morosani and the Asheville Center for Professional Studies

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  By Beth Browne   A 2013 Gallup poll produced the startling information that 76% of U.S. workers are not actively engaged in their workplace. Not only does this result in worker dissatisfaction and a loss of productivity, it costs …

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Currency Corner: Becoming Confident With Money

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  By Laura McCue   She was 92 yet her mind was as sharp as ever. In the past year she had lost her husband after 67 years of marriage. She talked with me about the emotional impact of her …

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Pet Care Corner: African Grey Parrots

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  Courtesy of Animal Hospital of North Asheville   The African Grey (Psittacus erithacus) from central Africa is a highly intelligent bird commonly encountered in captivity. This elegant medium-sized bird is entirely grey with a strikingly red short blunt tail. …

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September 2014

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  All the content from the September, 2014, Education Empowers Women issue!

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Meet Our Advertisers: Ted Riskin, The Relationship Mechanic

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  Interview by Hank Eder   Hidden away in Fairview is a beautiful retreat, where couples can spend some special private time and work on fine-tuning their relationship. The place is the Fairview Space for Transformation, run by Ted Riskin, …

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Integration in the Swannanoa Valley, Featuring Swannanoa Valley Museum

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  By Roberta Binder   The Swannanoa Valley includes Riceville, Swannanoa, Montreat and Black Mountain. A quiet sleepy area that began primarily as a farming community, it became a thriving popular summer resort as the stagecoach and train systems expanded, …

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Meet Our Advertisers: Taking the Road to Success with Gerri Critikos

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  By Rachael Johns   When I was in High School in the late ’80s, one of the most popular songs on the radio was by Whitney Houston. I recall it being incorporated into our end of the year music …

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The Healing Place Part II: Rape Crisis Center of Henderson County

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  By Mary Ickes   Mission Statement: To provide specialized services to help men, women, and children recover from sexual violence.   Last month, The Healing Place – Part I addressed the practical aspects of rape and sexual assault: North …

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