Dad: Foreman of our Family, Architect of Dreams

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| By Mel Kelley | Disposing of my Dad’s stick piles feels a bit like burying him before he is dead. Looking back, I suppose Daddy had a history of making stick piles in the yard, stacking branches here and …

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My Son: A Why Chromosome

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| By Susan Lachmann | There were signs. Some might call it coincidence; others might say Divine Providence or maybe a “cosmic foreshadow.” I am simply sharing that which came to me, in images and words, to inform and illuminate …

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June Snippets

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“There are two great days in a person’s life — the day we are born, and the day we discover why.” ~ William Barclay Jump In! If you are looking for a form of exercise that burns more calories than …

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Words From The Editor: The Y-Chromosome Issue

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Since we are primarily a woman’s magazine it’s unusual to devote an entire issue to men; but we love doing it once a year in honor of the men in our lives: sons, husbands, brothers, friends, etc.!

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Transitions

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Over the next few months you will see some wonderful changes to WNC Woman. Last month we introduced you to a new member of our team, Dari Mullins. This month I want to introduce you to Sandra Grace, now our …

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Dari’s Difference

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Several years ago, I hosted a radio show called “Dari’s Difference.” The show featured people in the community that were making a positive impact in their sphere of influence. The show also provided encouraging content to inspire the listeners to …

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May 2017

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All the content from the May 2017 “Let’s Get Out There!” issue!

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Poetry: Kayaking Lesson on Lake Superior

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| By Janis Gingermountain | We go along parallel, Julie and I, like two yellow ducks bobbing on the holy swells of the Mother’s bosom, lightness of being attained at last. Now I can die happy. ‘Round and ‘round the …

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Of Course You Can Go! It’s Food For Your Soul!

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| By Janis Gingermountain | Spring is here, with its sense of freshness and promise, and summer is not far behind. You want to have a new experience, so you’re perhaps pondering going on a journey. You could go alone, …

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Barb McEwen: Blazing Trails into the Unknown

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| By Kiesa Kay | On any given day, Barb McEwen can be found hiking in the mountains, listening to the wind, and appreciating the quiet wonders of nature. After many intense years of work in health care, she nurtures …

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Muddy Sneakers: Connecting Kids With Nature

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| By Ruby Compton | “Will my shoes actually get muddy?” is the most often asked question to instructors of the non-profit organization Muddy Sneakers when staff first introduce the outdoor science education program to students. While honest in intention, …

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Poetry: Night

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| By Jennie Boyd Bell | Owl hoots in the forest. Wind roars through the trees, surges over the mountains,             recedes to a whisper,       surges again. I lie cocooned in my tent;       the wind breathes me. Jennie Boyd Bull recently …

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Poetry: Crest Trail

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| By Jennie Boyd Bell | I hike along the summits of the tallest mountains in the East—       historic Mitchell, Craig, Big Tom, Balsam Cone, Cattail Peak, Potato Hill, Then steeply down to Deep Gap; leave Winterstar, Gibbs and Celo …

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Book Review: “Slightly South of Simple” by Kristy Woodson Harvey

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Not until the last fire was extinguished, ninety-nine days after the World Trade Center attack, could Ansley Murphy accept that her husband perished in the south tower. Why did her gentle, adoring Carter, who dearly loved their daughters Caroline, Sloane, …

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