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The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books

The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books

They were known as the “book women.” They would saddle up, usually at dawn, to pick their way along snowy hillsides and through muddy creeks with a simple goal: to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities.

The Pack Horse Library initiative was part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), created to help lift America out of the Great Depression, during which, by 1933, unemployment had risen to 40 percent in Appalachia. Roving horseback libraries weren’t entirely new to Kentucky, but this initiative was an opportunity to boost both employment and literacy at the same time.

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Global Eco Watch

Global Eco Watch

~New Staffing Report Highlights Continued Growth in Campus Sustainability Positions
Median salaries increased across virtually all position types 
(September 5, 2017) – The results of a 2017 survey of higher education sustainability staff indicate that campus sustainability positions continue to grow and evolve. The 2017 Salaries & Status of Sustainability Staff in Higher Education report examines the nature of sustainability positions at colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and other countries. This report provides insights into salaries, funding, supervision, job satisfaction, challenges, and more.

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Flatiron Writers Room West Asheville – 2017 Schedule

Flatiron Writers Room West Asheville – 2017 Schedule

Write Here. Write Now.

We host Flatiron Writers workshops and events; in addition, our space is available for rent to writers who want to teach, host a book launch, or hold a writers’ group or book club meeting.Our goal: to nurture a vibrant and supportive writing community–inspired by Asheville’s rich literary history–while providing writers with quiet, affordable space in which to write, and classrooms in which to teach or participate in classes and workshops.

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How to Turn Stigma about Mental Illness into Compassion

How to Turn Stigma about Mental Illness into Compassion

by Jill Suttie, syndicated from Greater Good

Stephen Hinshaw explores what it meant to be raised by a father with psychosis—and how that experience has informed his work as a psychologist.

What is it like to grow up in a household with a parent displaying serious mental illness?

Renowned psychologist Stephen Hinshaw knows firsthand. His father suffered major bouts of psychosis that kept him periodically hospitalized during Hinshaw’s childhood. Yet, the reasons for these absences were never explained to Hinshaw, until he turned 18 and his philosopher father started to divulge his lifetime of struggles (which included being (mis)diagnosed with schizophrenia for decades). Continue reading The Greater Good Online

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#DefendDACA Women’s March and the Adrian Dominican Public Statement on DACA

#DefendDACA Women’s March and the Adrian Dominican Public Statement on DACA

On Tuesday, the Trump administration refused to renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), reinforcing the hatred, white supremacy, bigotry, violence and xenophobia that continues to cast a shadow in this country and around the world.

This decision could tear mothers from their children, our neighbors from their homes, our classmates from their education, and some of our nation’s most promising and hard working Americans from the futures they deserve. The lives of 800,000 undocumented young people are at stake if we do not act now.

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Women’s Equality Day: Celebrate and march for change Saturday, August 26

Women’s Equality Day: Celebrate and march for change Saturday, August 26

This Saturday, August 26, we will mark another Women’s Equality Day with a march and rally in Durham, NC. First commemorated in 1971, Women’s Equality Day marks the day – August 26, 1920 – that the 19thAmendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, barring voting restrictions based on gender. As I wrote last year, though, the struggle for gender equality for all women did not begin or end with this suffragist movement. And as we look at the status of American women 97 years on from this historic moment, it’s imperative we examine what full gender equality and equity would look like in our world, and take careful note where we still fall short. Continue reading

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STAFF READ OF THE WEEK – Our Executive Director, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, writes about building a new model of grassroots funding in the South

STAFF READ OF THE WEEK – Our Executive Director, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, writes about building a new model of grassroots funding in the South

When we launched the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) in 2011, my living room became our “office”, no one was getting paid, and almost every foundation we approached turned us down, either because they didn’t fund LGBTQ work or because they thought our primary strategy at the time – winning marriage equality in the South by 2016 – was laughable.

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THE ASHEVILLE GALLERY OF ART  Asheville’s longest established fine art gallery

THE ASHEVILLE GALLERY OF ART Asheville’s longest established fine art gallery

The Asheville Gallery of Art, with 31 regional artists, is Asheville’s longest established fine art gallery.

After 27 years in the same location we’ve opened in a new location :
82 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
(Across from Pritchard Park)

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Kathryn Stripling Byer, 1944-2017 – from the North Carolina Writers’ Network

Kathryn Stripling Byer, 1944-2017 – from the North Carolina Writers’ Network

CULLOWHEE—In 2013, we held the Squire Summer Writing Residency at Western Carolina University, where Kathryn Stripling Byer taught for so many years, and she led the poetry workshop at the Residency that weekend.

WCU was a welcoming host and venue, with one exception: in the building where we slept and took our classes, the air conditioning was stuck on overdrive, and we were freezing.

And then, after our first lunch together, Kay disappeared.

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UNC Asheville’s GREAT SMOKIES WRITING PROGRAM Announces Fall 2017 Classes

UNC Asheville’s GREAT SMOKIES WRITING PROGRAM Announces Fall 2017 Classes

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HANGER HALL a school for girls in Asheville N C

HANGER HALL a school for girls in Asheville N C

Hanger Hall is a unique community. We are one of less than ten schools in the United States devoted solely to middle school girls. We feel that this emerging time of life merits extraordinary attention; and it takes a community of parents, teachers, friends and family to give what is needed.

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OnTrack Financial Education Class Schedule through September, 2017

OnTrack Financial Education Class Schedule through September, 2017

All Classes are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

Pre-registration is required for all classes. Call 828-255-5166 to register.

Housing Classes

Homebuyer Education – ($50.00 participant fee, add 3 credit reports and FICO scores for $15.00) held at OnTrack WNC Offices)

(2-part class) Saturdays, May 13 & 20 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

(4-part class) Mondays and Wednesdays, June 12, 14, 19 & 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

(2-part class) Saturdays,  July 15 & 22 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

(4-part class) Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 15, 17, 22 & 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

(2-part class) Saturdays, September 9 & 16 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

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What Is Energy? Energy Basics – from U S Energy Information

What Is Energy? Energy Basics – from U S Energy Information

Energy Basics – Energy is the ability to do work

Energy comes in different forms:

  • Heat (thermal)
  • Light (radiant)
  • Motion (kinetic)
  • Electrical
  • Chemical
  • Nuclear energy
  • Gravitational

People use energy for everything from making a jump shot to sending astronauts into space. 

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Lisa Unger Baskin Collection – Duke University Libraries “The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”

Lisa Unger Baskin Collection – Duke University Libraries “The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”

Collection Overview

The Lisa Unger Baskin Collection arrived at Rubenstein Library in April 2015. Carefully assembled over forty-five years by noted bibliophile, activist, and collector Lisa Unger Baskin, the collection is a transformative body of material documenting women at work. In Baskin’s own words,

“The unifying thread is that women have always been productive and working people and this history essentially has been hidden.”

The collection includes many well-known monuments of women’s history and arts, as well as lesser-known works produced by female scholars, printers, publishers, laborers, scientists, authors, artists, and political activists. Taken together, they comprise a mosaic of the ways that women have been productive, creative, and socially engaged over more than five hundred years.   Continue reading

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