A few years ago I happily discovered Dada Maheshvarananda’s work, and later, when I read his book, After Capitalism, it was a further revelation. A broad and ambitious book, it sets out a comprehensive critique of the economic system that’s literally killing planet Earth as it distorts and destroys all life as we know it—call it the Death Ship. After Capitalism offers, as well, an alternative vision, a humane horizon we can begin to see through the soot and the smut, something to move toward as we engage the struggle against the Dark Angel. The book felt urgent when I first encountered it, and I gave it to friends and comrades everywhere. Its message is even more urgent today—the crisis deepens and the approaching catastrophe accelerates.
Money really is a defining factor in any relationship, but poses special challenges when you’re contemplating marrying for a second (or third) time. In a 2012 study of 4,500 couples, fighting about money early on in a relationship was by far the most accurate predictor of divorce, regardless of income, debt or net worth. Researchers found that no matter how long the relationship had lasted, if there were monetary disagreements early on, there was a good chance that the overall satisfaction with the relationship would be poor. So, if money plays such an important role in our relationships, what can we do about it?
In January 2019, the Thomas Wolfe Cabin Master Plan was commissioned by the City of Asheville, in partnership with the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County.
The overall goal of the project is to create a long-term master plan to guide the restoration of the City-owned Thomas Wolfe Cabin, including its surrounding 44-acre site, which is part of Azalea Park. The Thomas Wolfe Cabin was designated a Local Historic Landmark in 1983.
The City and Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County desired
a master plan that:
- Preserves the cabin;
- Provides for public access and enjoyment of the site; and
- Incorporates appropriate uses that help to make it sustainable and more widely appreciated for its cultural significance. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO > THE CITY OF ASHVILLE OPENGOV
By Gordon Hempton in On Being
A single thunderstorm upended Gordon Hempton’s life. While on a cross-country road trip in his mid-twenties, he decided to pull over in a field to get some rest. As the storm rolled in, he simply laid back, listened, and began to hear things he’d never noticed before: chirping crickets and the way the thunder echoed across the valley.
This is what we tell volunteers when they are working on the Blue Ridge Parkway:
Patriarchy is at its most potent when oppression doesn’t feel like oppression, or when it is packaged in terms of biology, religion or basic social needs like security, comfort, acceptance and success. Heterosexuality offers women all these things as selling points to their consensual subjection.
We’ve done a re-run of my poetry book and CD, Toward the Clearing, more copies available!
Jean describes her poetry as “a choreography of words” as she joins her poetry with musical accompaniment. Her poetry book includes a CD of the poems accompanied by oboe, English horn, flute, piano, fretless banjo, violin, and balafon in the final product that is a beautiful collaboration with regional musicians and readers. Jean’s work has previously been published in It’s All Relative – Tales from the Tree, and in The Great Smokies Review – Online Publication through UNC Asheville
The Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), PROPOSED REVISIONS to NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT (NEPA) REGULATIONS
Sent in from Green Corner, the Montford Community Newsletter – Mitch Russell
I don’t usually advocate and try to remain politically neutral in this column, but to shut out our voices in a process isn’t American. There is a potential change in the US Forest Service National Environmental Policy Act, NEPA, that could have catastrophic consequences. The change could include removing public comments and involvement, as well as not utilizing outside scientific analysis. You may comment using any of the methods at the end of this article, but please do so by August 26 @11:59pm
Pisgah National Forest is the closest to Asheville and in its entire range contains roughly 513,000 acres managed by the Forest Service. There is additional acreage managed by other agencies or entities.
by Jessica Valenti
Over the last year, Americans have seen some of the worst measles outbreaks in decades. The once-eradicated disease is now endangering the health and lives of people from New York to Washington, where the governor recently declared a state of emergency.
In The Conversation: If you’re a parent of a preschooler, you might be wondering how you can help set your child up for success once they enter kindergarten.
By now, you have probably heard of the importance of reading and talking to your child to support their language and literacy skills. You may have even made reading, talking and learning the ABCs part of your daily routine.
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The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund (AMKRF) has been supporting and promoting the social justice work of leading progressive organizations since the late 1980’s. AMKRF supports efforts that address systemic change with regards to policy, legal, and cultural reform.
In 2012, the AMKRF founded The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship. The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund is based in Asheville, North Carolina.
NORTH CAROLINA POLICY WATCH – Special report: Our wetlands and streams are worth saving. But it’s incredibly hard to do.
Over the next two weeks, Policy Watch will publish a series of stories about a commonly used method of environmental protection for wetlands and streams called “compensatory mitigation.”
MEN AND BOYS TAKING A STAND FOR HEALTHY MASCULINITIES AND GENDER JUSTICE
The Men’s Story Project is a replicable storytelling and dialogue project that brings critical dialogue on social ideas about masculinity into public forums around the world – via men’s own voices and stories.
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We understand first-hand, the importance of having personalized birth plans in place that provide the confidence and capability necessary for women to achieve their birth goals.
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