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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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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A Morning-after Conversation with Asheville’s Mayor

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| By Arlene Winkler | “I stand before you as a product of the blood, sweat, and tears of our foremothers that marched before us to make every aspect of my life a possibility,” she told us on that glorious …

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Remembering Victoria: An Ordinary, Extraordinary Life

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| By Marie Cochran | Victoria Casey McDonald passed away on Sunday August 17, 2014. At her homegoing service, a diverse assembly of family, friends and former students from every walk of life, paid their respects to a phenomenal woman …

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The Power of She – aSHEville Museum

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| By Heidi Swann | aSHEville Museum is a place filled with inspiration. Step into the exhibit gallery to experience the history, heartache, humor, and heroism of women and girls. The museum gift shop features a range of more than …

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Women Making Music: Regina Duke – A Singer of Substance

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A few days before this interview, I was perusing the Internet as usual and because I am blessed with Attention Deficit Disorder, I switched gears during a specified search for something when I glanced at a popup with a link …

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Brevard’s Reason to Bake: Creating Opportunities From Scratch

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| By Frances Neville | When Elise Sampson’s daughter Carolyn turned 18, she went to her mother with a dream – she wanted to be a baker. Elise knew she could help her find a job doing various other tasks, …

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Changing The World, One Exhibit And Dinner At A Time

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Heidi Swann, owner and director of aSHEville Museum, and Marsha Wallace, founder of Dining for Women, are both women of vision who believe in the power of crafting a good story and of engaging the power of the larger feminine …

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A Mother’s Love and a Legacy of Healing: An interview with Michele Longo O’Donnell

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| By Rev. Darlene Strickland | The power of a mother’s love is beyond understanding. Meet Michele Longo O’Donnell – mother, grandmother, former nurse, author, international speaker, minister, radio host, and pioneer of the first Metabolic Holistic Clinic in the …

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Constance Williams – Artist, Advocate, Animal Lover – wins WNC AIDS Project

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| By Emily Ostertag | Constance Williams, a lifelong lover of creating art, made Asheville her home over 10 years ago. Also a long-time supporter of the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP), Williams has donated several pieces of art …

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Answering The Call From Your Wild Heart: Interview with Dominque Warfield

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| By James Navé | When Sandi Tomlin-Sutker mentioned she’d chosen Adventure as the theme for August 2016’s WNC Woman, I immediately thought of Dominque Warfield, a citizen of the world who has chosen Asheville as her home. I first …

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One Plus One Equals Power

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| By Lisa Thomas | How often are you feeling stagnant in a sea of concern that your message is not being conveyed to those who have the final say? How many times have your ideas fallen on deaf ears? …

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This is a Hospital Gown?

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| By Samantha Healy | There is a young lady who is making the world better for us. Here is her story:

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Stephanie Swepson-Twitty: Visionary with Patience

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| By Bonnie Schell, MA | Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, President and CEO of Eagle Market Street Development Corporation (EMSDC), can look down The Block from her office at 700 S. Market St. in the South Pack Square Community Center. Completed in …

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