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Hollywood should call out lying politicians. Jimmy Kimmel shows how.

By Arwa Mahdawi in The Guardian

Hold the front page: in today’s breaking news, it would appear that politicians are liars. We’ve got late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to thank for this shocking revelation. Kimmel opened up Tuesday’s show by calling out Louisiana senator Bill Cassidy for lying to him about his plans to remove healthcare for millions of Americans.  

In May, “after my son had open heart surgery, which was something I spoke about on the air [Cassidy] was on my show and he wasn’t very honest,” Kimmel said. “He said he would only support a healthcare bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs, no matter how much money his parents make.”  Continue reading

“I live a healthier life now I’m free of the trappings of modernity” – What Do You Think?

By Mark Boyle – The Guardian

When people learn of my decision to reject modern complex technology in favour of older, slower, forgotten ways, their first line of inquiry usually involves healthcare. Considering its importance to our lives, this is hardly surprising. Yet because of its emotive nature – which of us, after all, doesn’t have friends or family needing glasses, hearing aids, stents or prescription drugs? – it seems difficult to have a calm, objective discussion on the subject.  Continue reading

When women sign off emails as men, doors open. It’s like magic!

By   in The Guardian

Picture this: you’re a woman. You’ve got a great idea for a startup, but you’re having trouble getting people to work with you on it. You have a sneaking suspicion it’s because of your gender … although then again, it could all be in your head. What do you do?

Invent a male co-founder, of course.

A pair of artists and entrepreneurs named Penelope Gazin and Kate Dwyer elicited grim laughter from women all over this week when they revealed they’d done just that in their quest to get their startup off the ground.  Continue reading

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.

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.

10/13/2017 SOUTHEAST WISE WOMEN HERBAL CONFERENCE – A Weekend Dedicated to Women’s Natural Health

The Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference began thirteen years ago as a gathering of 200 women who came together to immerse themselves in the study of herbal medicine and the Wise Woman tradition of Earth-based healing. This year, organizers expect over 1200 women, of all ages and backgrounds, to attend the weekend event—held from October 13-15 at Lake Eden in Black Mountain—making it one of the most popular and vibrant herbal events in the country.



Adult Classes – Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:30

1st class only one hour: September 20 (5:00 – 6:00) 

1 ½ Hour Classes: September 27, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15

No Classes October 4 or November 22 – Last Class November 29

9 Classes for $100

Student Classes for Ages 10 – 18 – Tuesdays and Thursdays

Level 1 (no marimba experience) 4:00 – 5:00

Level 2 (with instructor approval) 5:00 – 6:00

September 19, 21, 26, 28, October 3, 5,10, 12 17, 19, 24, 26 (No Class October 31),

November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 (No Class November 23)  November 28, 30             

20 classes for $200

All Classes will perform in a Final Concert – Dress Rehearsal  – Friday, December 1

Concert on Saturday, December 2

All classes and the concert will be held at Rainbow Community Center, 60 State Street in West Asheville


Contact Sue Ford if you are interested.  828-776-7918

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.



Summer’s over and you’ve kissed your beach reads goodbye just in time to fall for reading all over again. Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe is here for you, YA fans! Announcing our first ever young adult author festival, YALLAPALOOZA 2017. FromSeptember 15th through October 23rd, meet publishing’s most popular YA authors at events happening in the store and all around the city of Asheville! There’s something for everyone: edgy realism, smart sci-fi, digital dystopias, ‘banned’ books, nail-biting horror, fantasy, and New York Times bestsellers galore.

Gender remains one of climate change’s great inequalities

Sales agent Shumitra Chaudhari in the shop she has recently opened selling clean energy and beauty products in Kailali District, Nepal (Photo: Ashden)

Globally, women are more affected by climate change. Sweden’s deputy prime minister and the head of the Green Climate Fund say they must be brought into the discussion

Gender often remains the untold story behind climate change. After the television snapshots of devastation wrought by climate-induced disasters, our thoughts often remain with the local people forced to deal with the wreckage.

Laurel Bush Riverfront Cabins near Dillsboro, NC

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

10/13/2017 PAN HARMONIA OCTOBER CONCERT “All Hallowed Viola” & Midday Music at OLLI

All Hallowed Viola

Enjoy a rare opportunity to revel in the deep, rich voice of the solo viola. At times lyrical, then mischievous, then majestic, come experience the viola in all its facets. The program features unaccompanied works by JS Bach and Henri Vieuxtemps, along with works for viola and piano: the soaring tone poem “Adagio” by Zoltan Kodaly, and the heroic Sonata op. 11 No. 4 by Paul Hindemith. 

Audiences may know Kara Poorbaugh as the Principal Violist of the Asheville Symphony, and the violist of the Opal String Quartet. She has also performed with Pan Harmonia for many years. She will be joined by the inestimable Tate Addis on piano.  See 

#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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