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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Brewing Up A Storm: Hail to the Chief

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| By Anita Riley | If I chose one word to describe Erik Lars Myers it would be “dynamic,” and that would be an understatement. It’s one thing to have the multi-tasking skills required of a business owner and head …

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The Art of Self-Empowerment – Lessons learned from the “Wee Ones”

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| By Rob Luka | “Get the papoose board,” commands the triage nurse, “you’re gonna need it”! A papoose board is what we use in the emergency room to strap down uncooperative children who are injured and need immediate treatment …

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The Kid and Me

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| By Richard L. Bergh | On February 19th of this year my Jonathan turned twenty-one years old. Of all his birthdays and other rites of passage, this is the first one that has affected me. It’s a strange experience …

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The Pursuit of Happiness

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| By Hamish Ziegler | The Founding Fathers saw a new vision of ourselves in the Declaration of Independence with the words: “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” It was our way of telling King George we were off …

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Creating the New Story: the Masculine and the Feminine

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— By Gary Stamper, Ph.D. — As modernity’s brief flight into the stratosphere of the industrial age begins its final descent, those who have not turned away from watching the inevitable hard landing will have few choices, but those who …

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Home Space: From Cave Man to Man Cave

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— By Mary Jane Grigsby — In my 40 years of Interior Design experience (I started when I was 5?), I have worked with many couples where each person wanted a space that was essentially ‘theirs.’

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The Magical Garden World Of Christopher Mello

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— By Julie Savage Parker — “I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.” ~ Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

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