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The Cheater’s Guide to Beating Alzheimers: New Research and Prevention Breakthroughs

By Paula Spencer Scott in Parade

Sometimes I walk into a room and can’t remember why. I lose my keys. I blank on names. So I wonder: Could I be heading for Alzheimer’s, the way my dad and my grandmother did? Or is there a way I can beat such a fate?

That’s how I found myself in a New York City doctor’s office one recent winter afternoon, playing computer card-matching games and identifying smells like lemon and Play-Doh. These brain tests were part of my extensive workup at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, the first of its kind in the U.S. and one of only a handful of centers to focus on the emerging science of dementia risk assessment and prevention strategies.  Continue reading

Immigration arrests spark outrage across North Carolina

, By Frank Taylor

Immigrant advocates and elected officials across North Carolina are speaking out against a series of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests over the last week. Leaders in the Triangle, including several mayors, strongly condemned the arrests of some 25 people in that region of the state, according to the Herald-Sun of Durham. In the mountains, ICE agents confirmed arrests of at least 12 individuals in Buncombe and Henderson counties Saturday, with some activists claiming as many as 14 had been detained.  Continue reading

WOMANSONG’S SPRING CONCERT “We Are One” – June 1 & 2 Get your tickets now!

Womansong, Asheville’s largest and longest-running women’s community chorus, invites you to its spring concert,  “We Are One,” at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 2nd at 3 p.m.  

This is the inaugural concert of Womansong’s new directors, Althea Gonzalez (Artistic Director) and Amanda Carroll (Assistant Artistic Director).

Data and Trust – 4 Painful Lessons from Facebook By Frank Grillo and Mark Blessington

If there was ever a doubt about the strategic nature of data, it should be long gone now. Facebook has made a public spectacle of what happens when you get your data strategy wrong. An early read on four macro-level lessons Facebook teaches us about data strategy is provided below.  An article is sent in by Mark Blessington

This Patriot’s Day, It Was Women Waging Revolutionary War

By Lauren Sandler at the Huffington Post

In Massachusetts, Patriot’s Day is celebrated annually with the mother of all marathons. Growing up, I assumed that every American schoolkid had Patriot’s Day off, to commemorate the first battles of the Revolutionary War; later, I learned that it’s about as common as calling a water fountain a “bubbler.” Regardless, this Patriot’s Day was a fine one for American women, and days later, I am still glowing from the gynophoria.

ICE Raids Continue Across Buncombe County Today – Coalition of Clergy Groups Issue Statement Opposing ICE Raids in WNC

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ICE raids continue across Buncombe County this morning. This is the 4th day they’ve been in our community after a week of raids across our state. These raids are separating families, terrorizing the Latinx community, and forcing people to hide in their homes. Our community is responding with unity, strength, and support for impacted families. But still, the arrests continue. What can you do? First, donate to CIMA, which is leading our community’s response:  Next, join us by sharing this graphic to say you stand with immigrant families. Make your voice heard.

Contact: Aaron Sarver, Communications Director, Campaign for Southern Equality, 773.960.2857 (c),


Coalition of Clergy Groups Issue Statement Opposing ICE raids in WNC

Asheville, NC (April 17, 2018) – The following statement is signed on to by these faith leaders in WNC:


Rev. Tami Forte Logan, Faith 4 Justice Asheville

Rev. Amy Cantrell, Beloved Asheville

Very Reverend Todd Donatelli, Cathedral of All Souls Episcopal Church

Rev. Nancy Shested and Rev. Missy Harris, Circle of Mercy Congregation UCC

Rabbi Justin Goldstein, Congregation Beth Israel

Rabbi Batsheva Meiri, Congregation Beth HaTephila

Rev. Dr. Marcia Shoop, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Rev. Sara Wilcox, Land of Sky UCC

Holly Roach Knight, Transform Network                                                                                                                                               

Lead Minister Rev. Mark Ward and Associate Minister Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Unitarian Universalist Congregation Asheville


“As people of faith, our teachings warn us not to ‘… oppress the widow, the orphan, the immigrant, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’ (Zechariah 7:10)”

“Faith 4 Justice Asheville vehemently opposes the ongoing use of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) by the federal government. These actions are devastating communities across Buncombe County,Western North Carolina, the State and the Country. We are calling on the City of Asheville and Buncombe County to publicly condemn ICE presence and their use of manipulative tactics against residents in our county.

“Portraying immigrants and refugees as criminals and threats rather than seeing them as God’s beloved children is immoral and un-American. We are called to love our ‘neighbors as ourselves’ and the criminalization and dehumanization of our immigrant siblings through ICE tactics and actions prevent us all from seeing their humanity, and we risk losing our own. It is immoral to track human beings down like animals in their places of residence, on their jobs, in their neighborhoods, while at the grocery store, and at their children’s schools. Most of these community members are only deemed illegal because this country changed laws and policies to prevent them from remaining hereafter we used them for our own purposes. Many have been here for generations, like many of us.  

“The reality of our history in the U.S. is that this country’s prosperity has been built on the backs of poor and disenfranchised immigrants who either sojourned here by choice or by force. As people of faith, we are called to care for those in need and love one another, and as leaders of this City and County, you are called to serve and protect all residents. We call on you to create sanctuary in Asheville and Buncombe County and stop allowing our immigrant neighbors to live in a constant state of fear and panic. We implore you to continue to model the very best of our values and our common humanity.”



North Carolina State POLICY WATCH – the Progressive Pulse


Could smaller schools mean safer schools? One of the nation’s best teachers believes so

As the North Carolina General Assembly House Select Committee on School Safety meets again on Tuesday, one of the the America’s best public school teachers has several suggestions for improving safety.

Gaston County high school English teacher Bobbie Cavnar believes that smaller schools paired with more nurses and psychologists will enhance the safety of our classrooms.

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Business and Personal Financial Planning with Dawn Starks at

I have been a financial planner for over twenty years.  During that time, I have read just about every personal finance book under the sun.  Why do I torture myself so?  In the early days of my practice, I hosted a call-in radio show in Asheville, NC, called Money Matters.  For five years I spent an hour each Saturday morning discussing every financial topic imaginable.  I didn’t want to become boring, so I would read others’ works on personal finance to find new and different ways to explain the same old concepts.  Now I just read them for fun.

And yes, I just said that out loud.

EQUAL PAY DAY: What You Need to Know about the Gender Wage Gap in 2017 and into 2018 !


Equal Pay Day 2017 is Tuesday, April 4, marking how far into the year that women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Women make up almost half of the workforce, are the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children, and are graduating from college at higher rates than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2015, women working full-time, year-round made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.

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