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Why I train grandmothers to treat depression | Dixon Chibanda

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

This post is offered by Cynthia Turner 

 


SHE LOVED HORSES: Thea & The Green Man new CD release

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.


AN AFTERNOON WITH ANN PATCHETT, Bestselling Author of the New Novel, The Dutch House

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café & the Great Smoking Writing Program at UNC Asheville Present An Afternoon With Ann Patchett, Bestselling Author of the New Novel, The Dutch House

Asheville, NC — Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, and the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC Asheville, welcome acclaimed New York Times-bestselling author Ann Patchett on Saturday, Oct 26, 2019, at 12 Noon, as she presents her new novel, The Dutch House. The event will take place at Jubilee! Community Church, 46 Wall Street, in downtown Asheville. Doors open at 11 am and light refreshments will be available. Tickets are $32.50 each and include a signed copy of the book. Visit www.malaprops.com to purchase tickets.


ADRIENNE RICH on the Political Power of Poetry and Its Role in the Immigrant Experience

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


FROM COHABITATION TO COHOUSING: Older baby boomers create living arrangements to suit new needs

The Conversation <us.newsletter@theconversation.com>

One of the major questions of growing older is, “where do I want to live as I age?” For many baby boomers, an important goal is staying independent as long as possible. Many in this generation desire to age in their homes and make their own choices as long as possible.

Living preferences are changing, as are relationship patterns, such as greater numbers of mid- and late-life adults who are single, childless, or live at a distance from adult children. “Senior cohousing communities,” or SCCs, are a form of communal living that integrates common areas and private residences. They promote choice and independence, which are particularly important for the aging baby boom generation.  CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

 


THE THIRD SELF: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”

“In the wholeheartedness of concentration,” the poet Jane Hirshfield wrote in her beautiful inquiry into the effortless effort of creativity“world and self begin to cohere. With that state comes an enlarging: of what may be known, what may be felt, what may be done.” But concentration is indeed a difficult art, art’s art, and its difficulty lies in the constant conciliation of the dissonance between self and world — a difficulty hardly singular to the particular conditions of our time. Two hundred years before social media, the great French artist Eugène Delacroix lamented the necessary torment of avoiding social distractions in creative work; a century and a half later, Agnes Martin admonished aspiring artists to exercise discernment in the interruptions they allow, or else corrupt the mental, emotional, and spiritual privacy where inspiration arises.                          

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The World’s Happiest People Have a Beautifully Simple Way to Tackle Loneliness

in Pocket Worthy

QuartzJenny Anderson

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.


Asheville-based Artist Carrie Cox Displays A Quiet Strength In New Exhibition

Opening Reception Oct. 19 from 5-7:30 p.m. at Wedge Studios Spotlight Gallery
 
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA (October 11, 2019) – Like many, Asheville-based artist Carrie Cox deals with life’s trials and tribulations. Her response has been to find order in the chaos. Inspired by a quiet strength she has recently embraced, her latest work exhibits light, order, and the beauty that exists in the little things. 


SEASONAL EVENTS in Asheville and WNC

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.


**MALAPROP’S Bookstore/Café – October & November Events

Malaprop’s Café has evolved into the meeting place in our town. Our café boasts a literary menu, with treats from local bakeries and organic, fair-trade, shade-grown coffee roasted locally. We offer free wireless service and eight plug-in stations. Our baristas embrace the role of community catalyst. Join us whenever you can!  (Listen to Audiobooks and Support Malaprop’s Bookstore)


GRETA THUNBERG Makes TIME’s List Of Women Who Will Change The World

by Liam Gilliver in PBN Plant Based News

‘Young people across the world have followed her path, striking and marching to make clear to adults and decision-makers that this is a true emergency’.

Teenage climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has made it onto TIME Magazine’s list of 15 women who will change the world.


Historic Markers Project – Buncombe County

by Ami Worthen

(This story was written for the Buncombe County page in the December 2017 issue of Urban News.)

Leaders from the historically African American neighborhoods of Shiloh, Burton Street, East End and Stumptown are partnering with the Asheville-Buncombe African American Heritage Commission (AAHC) on the installation of historic markers in their neighborhoods.


ADL and Aspen Institute Announce Inaugural Class of the Civil Society Fellowship

New York, NY, September 10, 2019 … ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and the Aspen Institute today announced the inaugural class of the Civil Society Fellowship: A Partnership of ADL and the Aspen Institute. This new Fellowship, part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, aims to prepare and engage the next generation of community and civic leaders, activists and problem solvers from across the political spectrum.


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