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Eye On Your Home – home watch for peace of mind

Welcome To Eye On Your Home Property Management and Home Watch Specialists

Eye On Your Home is a second home property management company for homes in North Carolina. Our Home Watch, Concierge Services, Estate Management, Real Estate Maintenance and Cleaning Service offers support to owners of a Vacant Home.

Our motto is “What can we do to make your life easier?” With one phone call, you can have local, flexible, experienced, and trustworthy support for the maintenance, Home Security and value of your Real Estate Investment.


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.


The Good (the Bad The Ugly) by Jane Edwards

Really.  It is high time we acknowledge the tremendous things Donald J. Trump has done as our president. I can think of eight things right off the bat:
 
1. Spared us from both constant Republican stonewalling and nonstop vitriol from the GOP’s Perpetual Senate Investigative Committee to Impeach Hillary.
 
2. Dramatically increased public awareness of and interest in the Constitution. Including such concepts as the Emoluments clause, Article 25, and the 25thAmendment.


LGBTQ Health Initiative Launches in Asheville with $10,000 grant

LGBTQ Health Initiative Launches in Asheville to Promote Innovation

Asheville, NC (August 8, 2017) – The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) is providing a grant of $10,000 to Western NC Community Health Services (WNCCHS) to support its leadership and innovation in LGBTQ health, including its Transgender Health Program and HIV/AIDS services. 


Courtney Martin

“Women throughout history have traded their very lives for the idea that there is nothing more important than nurturing others. In some ways, I believe that. In other ways, I know that idea, unexamined, threatens my sanity and health.”


YWCA Launches New Evidence-Based Model for Diabetes Program

YWCA Launches New Evidence-Based Model for Diabetes Program

 ASHEVILLE, NC – Beginning in August 2017 the YWCA Diabetes Wellness & Prevention Program (DWP) is taking on a new model. Through our new evidence-based curriculum, DWP aims to help program participants lower A1C blood sugar levels, lose weight, increase energy, and build a community of support.


Planned Parenthood at a Glance – Some Stats About Who We Are

Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. Planned Parenthood also works with partner organizations worldwide to improve the sexual health and well-being of individuals and families everywhere.

Planned Parenthood has 56 independent local affiliates that operate more than 600 health centers throughout the United States, providing high-quality services to women, men, and teens. Planned Parenthood often is the only source of family planning for a large proportion of the women we serve.  Continue reading


Youth Financial Literacy – Important Tips from Starks Financial Group

In October 2016 and May 2017, Starks Financial Group sponsored several rock concerts for area middle and high schools.  Rock concerts, you say?  What on Earth does this have to do with financial literacy?  Well, these were very special rock concerts!  These concerts were in partnership with Funding the Future, a non-profit dedicated to helping get the word out to today’s young people about the importance of financial literacy.


Charlottesville: What the Data Say on Women of Color

The recent “Unite the Right” events in Charlottesville saw the mobilization of violent individuals by organizations working to exploit hate and fear in an effort to advance white supremacy.  The emboldened white nationalist movement in the United States requires redoubled efforts to address racism in America in all its forms, from structural racism and inequitable public policies, to outright terror.


Barkwells – the dog lovers’ vacation retreat

You and your best friend are free to run, swim and play at Barkwells, where more than 8 acres of fenced meadows and a pond give you lots of room to roam in a safe, secure environment.

Located in the heart of the beautiful western North Carolina mountains, these eight vacation rentals have all the comforts of home, along with special luxuries for you and your people.

You can run your owner all over our meadows and into the pond. You can run (better have them drive you) to AshevilleHendersonvilleBrevardthe Biltmore estate or the Blue Ridge Parkway in just 20 minutes. Tell your folks you want to vacation near Asheville, where you can drink in the mountain air, visit the Biltmore Estate, go hiking and see waterfalls in the Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest, and watch them eat themselves silly at one of the pet-friendly, fabulous independent restaurants in the area.   Visit us online at Barkwells. Where you and your best friend are free.


Starks Financial Group

Starks Financial Group looks and feels like a small, independent, personalized financial planning and investment management company because we are. Yet we have the backing of a leading international financial firm offering research, support and client service that has been recognized industry wide. Our relationship starts with you and a financial plan that builds into an investment plan to meet your personalized goals and dreams. Set up a free, no obligation initial consultation.

The financial planning and investment management services we provide are designed to encompass all aspects of your financial life and help you achieve the goals and objectives you have for today and during the many years of your retirement. Once we have created a financial plan that meets with your approval, we develop an investment plan compatible with your goals, time line, and risk tolerance.

As an independent firm, we are not obligated to promote or sell any proprietary investments, but rather have complete freedom to tailor your investment plan based solely on your best interests.

Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Member FINRA/SIPC, Registered Investment Advisor

(828) 285-8777
www.starksfinancial.com


Featured Artist: DAVID LA MOTTE

LaMotte’s first album in a decade offers twelve new songs played by three dozen musicians from six continents. A fusion of cultural influences, from blues to bluegrass and from Latin to African, are mixed together by LaMotte and his two co-producers, Chris Rosser and Tom Prasada-Rao, to create an aural travelogue that mirrors LaMotte’s own geographical journey in the last ten years. The songs are also informed by his personal journey—becoming a father, living and working around the world, and exploring his own capacity for positive impact in questions of justice and peace.  


Science Says Period Brains Aren’t A Thing: Women Are Not Surprised – Our Bodies Our Blog

Finally, a study shows what those of us who menstruate already know: there is no such thing as “period brain.” According to researchers in Switzerland and Germany who collected data on 88 women, there is “no consistent association between women’s hormone levels, in particular, estrogen and progesterone, and attention, working memory, and cognitive bias.”

Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective

Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective Inc. is a 501(c) 3 certified non-profit organization which purposes to increase and sustain opportunities for more diversity within the Western North Carolina performing arts community, by producing, and working with other performance artists or groups to present works which confront issues of social diversity in a provocative way; and by providing opportunities for audiences to explore visions of our diverse world.

Click here for tickets: Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective

 

 

 


Social Issues – Catholic nuns in PA build a chapel to block the path of a gas pipeline planned for their property

By Julie Zauzmer – Washington Post

 The end of the road, where the street suddenly stops and the towering wall of corn begins, always called out to Linda Fischer. She would pedal her bike there slowly as a child, back before they built any houses on the road, when it was just the cornstalks growing thick toward the sky. It was the silence she found there, the holiness she felt in that stillness, that led her to dedicate her life to God.

Fischer has always known this land as sacred.

Now the 74-year-old nun and her sisters in their Catholic order suddenly find themselves fighting to protect the land from an energy company that wants to put a natural gas pipeline on it.

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