Justin Belleme: From Go-Kart Go-Getter to Digital Marketer

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| By Kathleen McCafferty | As an eight-year-old, Justin Belleme got his first taste of entrepreneurism when he had a burning desire to get a go-kart. He could be found scouring the classified ads each week looking for models for …

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Book Review: “Cripple Joe: Stories From My Daddy” by Donald Davis

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| Reviewed by Mary Ickes | Donald Davis writes in the “Author’s Notes” that family pictures are valuable only if we ask for their stories rather than forever wondering “What is that about?” No one understands the concept better than …

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So Many Men & So Little Time!

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…That’s what goes through my head each year as June approaches and I’m confronted with the decision about who to feature for the Y Chromosome Issue. In the past my strategy has been to either dedicate the month to just …

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What’s Your Stack? Balancing Your Three Centers

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| By Randy Siegel | Each of us has three distinct centers of human intelligence – head, heart, and gut – and each of these centers has its own focus, function, and call to live our best life. At any …

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An Open Letter To My Daughter Gracelyn In The Era Of Donald Trump

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| By Bruce Mulkey | “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” –Shel …

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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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Sidney Barnes and Aaron Price Talk Music

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It’s the Y Chromosome Issue! Yeah! Obviously, I’m an advocate for women artists, and everyone who knows me well knows that the opportunity to spotlight local female artists in this feature each month is one I treasure. Everyone who knows …

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Book Review: “Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland” by Jeremy B. Jones

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Little did Jeremy B. Jones suspect that a kindly man, who stopped to help repair his car, would launch an odyssey by asking where he was from. When Jones indicated Henderson County, to the west, the man proclaimed, “Oh, so …

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Voice for Compassion

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| By Brynda Bechtold | Maybe it’s because he stands so tall or it’s his smile and heartfelt warmth, or it might be his name that makes him so memorable. Rowdy. It makes you wonder, but Rowdy Keelor was named …

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A Hero’s Journey of Healing

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| By Kristine Madera | Kevin Peer is a sacred storyteller, but not in the warm and fuzzy, Kumbaya sort of way. As a documentary filmmaker for National Geographic and the National Parks Service, Kevin’s films portrayed the archetypal forces …

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Dagmar

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| By Barbara Marlowe | Dagmar was seventy-four and I was twenty-two in 1976. I was a master’s level social work student assigned an internship in a state mental hospital. In the 70s, state hospitals were hopeless places filled with …

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Book Review: “Katabatic Wind” by Stephen Crimi

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| Reviewed by Bonnie Willow | An accomplished author has appeared on Asheville’s writing scene – one whose work as a publisher has helped support that very scene. Stephen Crimi, author of Katabatic Wind: Good Craic Fueled by Fumes from …

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Mr. Hawk

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| By Ayal Hurst | My husband Hawk came from a working farm in Kansas. When other children were out playing, he was milking cows, driving a tractor, shearing sheep, plowing fields, or herding cows. There were some days when …

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