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WYATT EARP AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY, An Historical Literary Fiction Trilogy on the Life of Wyatt Earp by Mark Warren

“Think you don’t like to read Westerns? Adobe Moon will change your mind.” ~ Allison Marlowe, Gulf Coast News Today.

Western historian Mark Warren’s award winning trilogy Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey transports the reader back to the 19th century West.

“…Warren is able to convey scenes with a cinematic clarity…” ~ Peta Stevalli on Born to the Badge, New Zealand Booklovers


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THE ENDURING GRACE OF JOHN LEWIS An interview in On Being by Krista Tippett

The legendary late civil rights elder and congressman, with lived wisdom for the culture of protest and common life today.

An extraordinary conversation with the late congressman John Lewis, taped in Montgomery, Alabama, during a pilgrimage 50 years after the March on Washington. It offers a special look inside his wisdom, the civil rights leaders’ spiritual confrontation within themselves, and the intricate art of nonviolence as “love in action.”   CLICK HERE  TO LISTEN


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An Exhibition Made for and by the Afro-Latinx Angeleno Community

By Elisa Wouk Almino in Hyperallergic

Since 2018, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a Mexican-American museum and cultural center in downtown Los Angeles, has been planning an exhibition on the culture and history of Afro-Latinx Angelenos. From the project’s inception, the lead curator, Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk, wanted the show to be realized by the local community. Over the course of several months, the museum put out open calls for local Afro-Latinx families and individuals to share their stories and artifacts, and received a wonderful range of submissions, from family photos and recipes to handmade jewelry, instruments, and orixa dolls. The result, afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city, opened in late February of this year. CICK TO CONTINUE


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5 Things Travelers Can Do Now to Combat Racism

by Tiana Attride in HERE

Five first steps travelers can take to be an anti-racist ally wherever they go.

As the Black Lives Matter movement gains traction worldwide, industries across the board are gearing up to diversify at last—and the travel and hospitality industries, like most, have plenty of work to do. 

While many changes need to take place on an industry level, individual travelers can still do their part to work against racism on their own personal trips. Although there are countless ways to combat racism in everyday life, these first five steps present a clear path to rearranging the way you—and your fellow travelers—think and act when you go out into the world. CLICK TO CONTINUE

 


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ADVICE FOR THIS STRESSFUL TIME from Dawn Starks in Simple Money

No debate, these are stressful times.  While this pandemic continues to unfold, here are some suggestions I compiled for the clients of my planning firm for how to cope with the stress that all of us are feeling.

I have divided it into three sections: advice for all, advice for those already retired or close to retirement, and those still in their working years.


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PISGAH LEGAL SERVICES Resources for Our Community

Pisgah Legal is creating timely, reliable and up-to-date information to help people navigate through various systems. Please check them out and share widely.

For Renters: On May 30, Governor Cooper extended a moratorium on evictions until June 20, 2020. Check out this updated information with common questions and answers for renters.                                                                             


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Resources for White Parents Raising Anti-Racist Kids

Kriya Lendzion – Evergreen Community Charter School,  Last edit: 7/15/20

Research shows that kids as young as toddlers are actively learning about race and ethnicity, forming stereotypes and biases based on the toxic images and messages that we are all soaking in. When parents ignore the topic of race, children learn that racial diversity and inequities are too scary to talk about, don’t truly exist, or aren’t important enough to address. Therefore, it is critical that parents learn to intentionally talk about race and racism and not leave children on their own to learn about it from the media or others. As parents, we have the greatest power to disassemble harmful messages, and shape kids that not only live in awareness, acceptance and kindness, but as active change agents in dismantling racism for our next generation. Here are some resources to help! CLICK TO CONTINUE


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ASHEVILLE LATEST TRAVEL UPDATES from Explore Asheville

As we continue in Phase II of North Carolina’s re-opening plan, shops, galleries, attractions, taprooms, and restaurants are predominantly open and welcome guests. In opening, many Asheville-area businesses, residents and guests are making a commitment to each other: Our Stay Safe Pledge.  Asheville cares about every neighbor and guest, and as you are welcomed into open shops, restaurants, attractions, and natural spaces, it is with sincere consideration for each other’s well-being. Learn about the Stay Safe Pledge here »


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IT’S A WRAP! Youth Media Academy Summer 2020!

It’s a wrap! In an inspirational and tear-worthy closing ceremony held last week, we celebrated sixty-six remarkable student filmmakers from coast to coast and the conclusion of our Summer 2020 virtual Youth Media Academy (YMA)—our free, four-week program training underrepresented youth in filmmaking and gender activism. In spite of the unprecedented circumstances we are all facing during a global pandemic, in our opinion, the young participants rocked it! 


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The search for mass graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre…important even if it finds nothing

The scientists and historians involved in the search for unmarked burial sites from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre are tamping down expectations about what will be found.

“Be realistic,” Dr. Phoebe Stubblefield told the Mass Graves Investigation Public Oversight Committee last week. “A century has passed.”

Stubblefield, a University of Florida forensic anthropologist specializing in human identification, thinks the committee’s work could well be successful, but before the search into some long forgotten corners of the city begins, she wants everyone to know it may not work out ideally. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


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USE OUR MAP to Support Local Sustainable Farmers Near You and Madison BioBlitz!

Protect Our Rivers By Supporting Sustainable Farms

Many small farms in our mountain region have lost business due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, large-scale meat operations in North Carolina are one of the leading contributors to water pollution in the state. Buying from sustainable local farms now is a way to not only feed your family but to protect our environment.

We’ve compiled a map of farms in our region that feed us while using practices that support healthy rivers, lakes and streams. Check out the map to find sustainable farms in your local watershed, and sign the pledge to support sustainable farms here.


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Featured Book & CD: TOWARD the CLEARING, by Jean Cassidy

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,  in The Great Smokies Review – Online Publication through UNC Asheville, in Speckled Trout Review, fall 2019 in These Trees by Ruthie Rosauer

In Ordinary Time  Click to hear Susan Shinn read “In Ordinary Time” with piano accompaniment by Lytingale


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