by Teri Vlassopoulos in Catapult Magazine
I was happy raising my kid, living my life without worrying about writing.
We’re two years into my daughter’s life and we still don’t quite have a bedtime routine. It skips around depending on so many variables, and while she’s a good sleeper once she’s actually asleep, getting there is more of a process than a routine. Often by the time she’s out, I am too, having drifted off in the dark along with her.
A History of Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café By Emoke B’Racz My love of books came naturally: it is an inheritance from my grandmother, who always told us that our only wealth was what we had in our heads, what we learned, because all else can be taken away.
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is dotted with small towns and cities with downtowns and neighborhoods that have been officially designated as Historic Districts in North Carolina. Some of these quaint small Appalachian towns began as post-Revolutionary War settlements. Others evolved from 19th-century farm communities or as a direct result of the coming of the railroad to Western North Carolina after the Civil War.
My vision for Pick and Preserve started many years ago and came to fruition when my partner, Andrew, bought his farm, Ashe’ Spring. We live together on the farm and are in the process of creating a homesteading environment.
What Are Grateful Steps?
The name “Grateful Steps” emerges from a life of witnessing miracles and experiencing great love of family and friends. As the world evolves, people are increasingly aware of the power of gratitude. It is a way of being in the world, a way that reminds us to take things “one step at a time” and to be grateful for every step we are able to take, even through the most challenging landscape.
Who Are We?
Grateful Steps is a nonprofit publisher of all voices, all faiths, all cultures. We have a Christian philosophy but we are not a religious publisher. We are here to help others tell their stories, rather than get other people to live ours. The first title we published, in fact, was a novel about the troubled romance between a Jewish woman and Muslim man, The Other Half of My Soulby Bahia Abrams. Being an independent publisher means carrying the responsibility of amplifying as many voices as we can. For this reason, Grateful Steps considers all writers (provided a work is not rooted in hatred toward any one group of people) and helps them bring their book in excellent form into the world. Some books come to us ready to go. Others take years to find their fully imagined state. Grateful Steps editors work with authors until the books are the best possible reflection of the creative spirit in the author and in the living world. Visit our online store to see our wonderful books. Visit our Website: Grateful Steps
Innovative programming utilizing an outstanding collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries has established the Asheville Art Museum as a leader in the arts for Western North Carolina and the Southeast. It is the only organization of its kind providing cultural and educational experiences for residents and visitors to the 24 county region.Established by artists and incorporated in 1948, the Asheville Art Museum is committed to being a vital force in community and individual development and to providing life-long opportunities for education and enrichment through the visual arts.
Welcome to one of the treasures of Western North Carolina. The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, founded in 1985, is a volunteer-based community theatre showcasing the talents of the people of the region. HART, under the leadership of Executive Director Steven Lloyd, has grown into one of the most active theatres in the Southeast, producing a year-round schedule of plays and musicals from its home, The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House. Opened in 1997, and funded by the support of people throughout the community, HART’s home is a stunning facility constructed in the style of the traditional Summer Stock playhouses of the 1920’s. Architect Joe Sam Queen and builder Pat Burgin used native materials to create a facility that is both grand and informal. Click here for seasonal shows Haywood Arts Regional Theater
Innovative programming utilizing an outstanding collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries has established the Asheville Art Museum as a leader in the arts for Western North Carolina and the Southeast.
The latest and perfectly named book of poems by Tina Barr, Kaleidoscope, carries the reader through thievery and wonder, devotion and sin, sickness and love, and from Tennessee to Turkey, in a rhythmical display of poetic vision. Barr plays words like music. The very tempo of that music, gears that unfold the tight weave of language threaded throughout, surprises the reader’s expectations with the breadth that Barr achieves from her palette of words. (Reviewed by Vanessa Loh) Go to: Kaleidoscope Paperback/Amazon
This document presents a revised framework for the classification of natural communities in North Carolina. Natural communities are central to the work of the Natural Heritage Program. Tracking occurrences of good examples of them comprises a major portion of the program’s inventory and database work. Natural communities are important components of biodiversity. They also represent a crucial means of conserving species diversity, as they offer a means of capturing many of the poorly known and un-tracked species that occur in them. The classification of natural communities has also proved useful for a variety of other purposes, including guiding research, organizing ecological information, characterizing sites, and defining habitat for particular species.
Books and publications recommended by George Ellison on North Carolina’s natural heritage:
Exploring North Carolina’s Natural Areas: Parks, Nature Preserves, and Hiking Trails (UNC Press, 2000) edited by Dirk Frakenberg, is a collection of 36 Tour Guides divided among the coastal, coastal plain, piedmont and the mountains.
Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachians and Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians: Thirty Great Hikes (UNC Press) by Timothy P. Spira
A new river access point is being built on the French Broad River in Asheville’s River Arts District — a boat ramp on Riverside Drive just south of the Smith Bridge. The City of Asheville partnered with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to make this project happen.
The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The Asheville Symphony was established in 1960. At that time, all musicians performed on a volunteer basis and the Symphony was without a resident conductor or manager.
Since 2000, cellist Yo-Yo Ma has brought together musicians from all over the world with his Silk Road project.
Video of the performance after the screening by part of The Silk Road Ensemble. The concert on YouTube The Trailer for the Music of Strangers Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott – Ave Maria (J.S. Bach/ Gounod)
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Finishing Line Press announces the publication of Whose Names Have Slipped Away, a chapbook of poems by Kathy Nelson.
Whose Names Have Slipped Away, published by Finishing Line Press, is poet Kathy Nelson’s second chapbook collection of poems. The poems in this collection are meditations on nature observed through the lens of relationship and through the universal experience of impermanence.
Poet Tina Barr says that “Kathy Nelson’s work ministers to the deep places within us; she explores difficult interpersonal arenas with conviction and courage.” Editor and poet Nancy Dillingham calls Kathy Nelson’s poems “brilliant distillations of moments in nature … (that) mirror, and become metaphor for, the eternal struggles between daughters and mothers.”
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