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Diane English (a.k.a The Great Cosmic Happy Ass)
Based on her retail and metaphysical experience and her deranged sense of humor, she has created a line of... "Greeting Cards for the Spiritually Challenged". Ranging from the deeply affirmative to irresistably irreverently funny, Diane's cards are proven best sellers and will bring deep laughter and tears to you - and your friends, loved ones and customers. See her work at greatcosmichappyass.com.


Dreaming Your Way to Creative Freedom is a personal but universal primer for increasing creative and emotional freedom.What do dreams mean? Can they help us understand who and where we are? Recognizing shortcomings in creative work and becoming able to observe in dreams the unconscious conflicts which require such shortcomings is the crux of this personal but universal primer for increasing creative and emotional freedom and power. As Lucy Daniels shows us the landmarks, personal symbols, and specific outcomes of her 30-year struggle against writer’s block, she also offers a road map for others to use on their own journeys.

The Eyes of the Father focuses on the universal truth that many cannot bear to acknowledge — that powerful people and experiences in our pasts control us in the present. A case in point is artist and piano player Lily Price. As a small child when her parents are star entertainers in Los Angeles, this blue-eyed, red-haired, black-skinned daughter of a flamboyant white musician and a beautiful black singer glories in the delight her father shows for her and her strikingly “special” appearance. But when tragedy brings Lily and her mother back east to the rigidly conservative home of her fundamentalist minister grandfather in Millboro, North Carolina, “special” is viewed as “freak.” And Lily’s response to this loss is only one of several compelling and intertwined character conflicts. The Eyes of the Father is a love story with epic dimensions. In it, as in real life, human strength and frailty interact with fate to produce a mixture of sadness and joy in which one person’s tragedy becomes victory for another.

Joan 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, The Three Mrs. Parkers, 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."

Lavinia 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 ashevillemovementcenter.com or call 828-275-4838


Shannon Knapp is the Founder and President of Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc. an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy center that provides for an educational and therapeutic partnership between horses and people through a professional, solution-oriented experiential approach for individuals with or without diagnoses. A licensed Therapist, an Equine Specialist, and the horses help participants gain insight into patterns, behaviors and feelings that may keep them stuck or hold them back from their potential. horsesenseotc.com
Reeta Wolfsohn
Through Femonomics, Reeta Wolfsohn CMSW ( founder of Femonomics), provides women with strategies for understanding and overcoming the "Gender of Money" in their lives. A certified social worker, therapist, author, lecturer, trainer and consultant, Reeta has appeared on the "TODAY" Show and been written about in numerous national publications including REDBOOK magazine, and New York NEWSDAY. Her work focuses on women's issues and concerns, particularly the financial situations that challenge so many women. femonomics.com


Peggy Millin
Want 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 clarityworksonline.com

  White Hart Woods offers classes in art, dreams, and spiritual studies in an intimate garden setting. Our experienced teachers, healers, and artists are experts in their fields, and skilled at drawing forth the wisdom and creativity of our guests. Join us in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains to renew, rejuvenate, and remember who you really are. [See events]. Visit whitehartwoods.com, call 877-246-3615, or email us at [email protected]

  Celia Miles
Editing at its best. New Eyes Editing offers online or hard copy editing by local professionals. Check our Web site, neweyesediting.com, for more information, or email [email protected] with questions. Request a complimentary, no obligation edit of a page of your work

ASA HUGGETT’S healing practice combines the ancient traditions of Andean shamanism with contemporary energy medicine. Her training includes several years of studying with master shamans including Alberto Villoldo (Shaman, Healer, Sage) and a 2 year program in Archetypes & Sacred Contracts with Caroline Myss (Anatomy of the Spirit, Sacred Contracts). Both of these traditions highlight the importance of renegotiating the contracts held in the unconscious which restrict our growth and the expression of the Authentic Self. Read more about her work at ancientpathwaysguide.com    [Carolyn Myss, left, Asa, right]



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 personally, or call the office for one of our agents, Ben or Jane.

828-680-1048 office   828-273-9755 cell
[email protected]


Julie Parker (also one of the two publisher/editors of WNC WOMAN) is the creator of the magazine's covers and the designer of the look and feel of WNC WOMAN. The magazine is 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... 828-689-2988; handwovenwebs.com

Totsie Marine creates websites that make people say, "Wow!" Clients report that customers find her websites a pleasure to peruse...easy on the eyes and people-friendly, with no flashing distractions. And they get the job done.

The job? To create a reaction, sell a product or inspire a phone call with clean, appealing design and targeted marketing. Totsie will invest time getting to know you and your customer, then fine tune your message to draw optimum search engine recognition. Call Totsie today at 828-299-4521. View her online portfolio at totsie.com


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