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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.


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.


THE FRONT PORCH – a good place to think about things

The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books

By ANIKA BURGESS in Atlas Obscura

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.  Continue reading

This article is offered by Ed Raiola


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.


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


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. 


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 


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


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.

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


#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.


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


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.


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.


How to Start a Garden – The Ultimate Guide by Jenn

What are the most important lessons I have learned over the years? How would I advise someone to begin for guaranteed success? People garden with different objectives in mind.


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