One summer evening not long ago, on a rainy Brooklyn rooftop, a friend — a brilliant friend who studies the cosmos and writes uncommonly poetic novels — stunned me with an improbable, deceptively simple yet enormous question: “What does poetry do?”
I fumbled for Baldwin: “The poets [are] the only people who know the truth about us. Soldiers don’t. Statesmen don’t. Priests don’t. Union leaders don’t. Only poets.” And then I mumbled something about how poetry gives shape to our experiences through language, thus conferring validity and dignity upon them, enlarging our access to our own humanity. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
by Shannon Ashley in Medium/Equality
“They are trapped and they don’t even have the language to talk about how they feel about being trapped, because the language that exists to express the full range of human emotion is still viewed as sensitive and feminine.” – Michael Ian Black
For whatever wrong reason, I have in the past been guilty of perpetuating the myth of the “man cold” and commenting that “men are babies.” As I get older, it’s one type of sentiment that I have nixed from my vocabulary.
When we talk about toxic masculinity and mainstream culture, it seems to me that both men and women have been subject to different and varying degrees of infantilization.
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Sometimes a place for people to come together is what’s needed most.
Toad, a 20-year-old Danish woman living in Copenhagen, has been lonely her whole life. She is autistic, and as a child, did not have any friends. When she moved from the country to the city, not much changed. “They says it’s a phase, but a phase becomes a life,” she says, surrounded by six other young adults in a cozy apartment in Copenhagen—all of whom are working on becoming less lonely.
“BE BRAVE! – A SALUTE TO SHEROES”, Get Tickets Online for Womansong Concert – December 7th and 8th! at A-B Tech
Asheville’s longest-running women’s community chorus presents its winter concert, “Be Brave – a salute to Sheroes!” honors the many “Sheroes” in our world: well-known public figures such as Malala, Pauli Murray, Harriet Tubman, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg who have changed history, along with everyday women who rise above life’s challenges to lead with love. GET TICKETS HERE
Described by Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray as “a song that reflects the charisma of baseball,” ”Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” written in 1908 by lyricist Jack Norworth and composer Albert von Tilzer, is inextricably linked to America’s national pastime. But while most Americans can sing along as baseball fans “root, root, root for the home team,” few know the song’s feminist history.
Ami Worthen aims to illuminate, amplify, and fortify transformative community action.
Her writing and collaborative projects center social justice. Based in what is now known as Asheville, NC, a region that is the ancestral homeland of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, Ami follows the call of collective liberation.
from Gloria Steinem Tweet
We Are Makers by Amy Richards is based on the women highlighted in the MAKERS series. These are women who have broken boundaries and made the world a better place for everyone living in it.
Working with women through the loss of a spouse or partner has, unfortunately been a predictable occurrence at Starks Financial. Like many, we struggle with wondering what we can say or do to be helpful.
If you look at a map of the United States, you might think that only men live here.
Across two decades of studies, persistent gender differences often chalked up to biology can be replicated by manipulating an individual’s level of power.
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For more than 30 years…Cultivating Connections between People, Plants and Places…amid a 434-acre public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Surrounded and crisscrossed by forested coves and meandering creeks in the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.
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Here’s a wonderful TED Talk on YouTube. Dixon Chibanda is one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe — for a population of more than 16 million. Realizing that his country would never be able to scale traditional methods of treating those with mental health issues, Chibanda helped to develop a beautiful solution powered by a limitless resource: grandmothers. In this extraordinary, inspirational talk, learn more about the friendship bench program, which trains grandmothers in evidence-based talk therapy and brings care, and hope, to those in need.’ CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
by Jessica Valenti in GEN
Ten years ago today, I got married in an upstate New York ceremony that I planned down to the dinner napkin placement and band’s song order. I wore gray instead of white — I had just written a book decrying America’s obsession with virginity — and had spent the two previous nights meticulously punching out leaf-shaped pieces of paper with my then fiancé, pasting them on seating cards. It was a lovely and love-filled day.
She Loved Horses, by Thea, is a new CD release of heart-opening songs with emotional impact and spiritual roots by an award-winning, singer-songwriter. Thea spent her early childhood barefoot among the Seminole Indians on the banks of the Miami River, and all of her childhood summers in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where she currently resides in Asheville. These influences, along with her abiding love of nature, weave images of river, ocean, mountain and canyon through her songwriting.
The Matilda effect is a bias against acknowledging the achievements of those women scientists whose work is attributed to their male colleagues. This effect was first described by suffragist and abolitionist Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826–98) in her essay, “Woman as Inventor” (first published as a tract in 1870 and in the North American Review in 1883). The term “Matilda effect” was coined in 1993 by science historian Margaret W. Rossiter.
Asheville’s seasons are a palette of colors and experiences, ranging from the enchanting holidays and spring mountains bursting with blooms to the outdoor adventures of summertime and the breathtaking colors of fall. In Asheville, you’ll find plenty to do any time of year. Pick your season for the best of fall, winter, spring and summer! Asheville for every season.
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