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Registration is now live for our FREE virtual concert, Womansong Reimagined, happening December 10th at 7 PM! This song-filled evening will feature Womansong hits both new and old, as well as interviews with current and former Artistic Directors and choir members. There is no fee for the event, but as always, your generous donations are welcome and very much appreciated. We can’t wait to share the evening with you!


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About the Event

We are delighted to present Womansong Reimagined, our first-ever live-streamed concert! This virtual event will feature many of our favorites including “Juntos,” “Room at the Table,” and “Harriet Tubman,” as well as our brand-new recording of “My Vote, My Voice, My Right!” You will also hear from our current and former Artistic Directors, and from choir members who will share the impact Womansong has had on their lives. We are so excited to share this evening with you!

Please register for your free ticket to Womansong Reimagined. The admission link will be sent to you a few days prior to the event. Join us at 6:45 for member interviews and a special visual treat featuring Womansong’s CD hits, “I Will Carry You” and “Turn the World Around.”

​The New Start Program has provided more than $180,000 in grants and scholarships for women   in Western North Carolina  over the past 12 years.

CLICK HERE  to Donate to the New Start Fund 

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SIMPLIFY YOUR FINANCIAL LIFE by Dawn Starks @ Starks Financial

104 Easy Tips for Creating the Abundant Future You Desire

Dawn Starks’s mission throughout her career has been to demystify money matters for people who want to have control over their financial lives. In her new book, Simplify Your Financial Life, she provides 104 easy-to-understand practices that will remove the financial clutter in your life and give you confidence with your money management. Freeing up that cluttered space in your life allows you to live more fully, intentionally, and without hindrances.



And we can use the power of our money.

BY SALLIE KRAWCHECK in Magazine and What The ELLE

Even as we’ve been hit harder by the recession, our money has power. Women control 85% of household spending and $10 trillion of personal wealth — a number that’s set to triple in a decade as money transfers from Boomers to millennials. We can use that power.

If we can afford to give, we can make a plan — whether it’s to create a strategic philanthropic giving plan or finding ways to fit donating into our monthly budget.


SOFT FOCUS ART a soothing way to see

The Art of Soft Focus

by Jenna Martin in Medium 2018

I like to forage for wild mushrooms and collect edible wildfood. It is a gentle way to sink into a place and learn local ecology.

It also provides us with some really delicious mushrooms and herbs as well as knowledge of local poisonous plants; for example, our front yard is abundant in snakeweed, which was what killed Abraham Lincoln’s Mother.

Cows can digest the plant but the poison will leak into her milk and kill people! Interesting, no? CLICK FOR MORE

Fine Art in America – Soft Focus 

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LET’S “COME TO THE LIGHT, THE BEAUTIFUL LIGHT” Yes, I agree, it’s way past time…

11th-grade girls talked about Kamala Harris in history class. They have their own expectations for her.

They go to school in Atlanta’s majority-Black DeKalb County

By Caroline Kitchener November 10 in The Lily

Brittney Caldwell couldn’t wait to celebrate. Wearing a bright orange Howard University sweatshirt, she logged into Zoom to teach an extra-credit class with 10 of her female students from AP U.S. history. It was the first school day since Joe Biden won the presidential election, and Caldwell — a Howard alumna, like Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris — had come ready to discuss the history at hand.

“Kamala Harris,” she’d written on her presentation’s opening slide. “First female Vice President.”  CLICK FOR MORE


Re-inventing Work: An Interview with Matthew Fox

by Leslee Goodman, syndicated from, Nov 12, 2020 in Daily Good – News that inspires

An Episcopalian priest and theologian, Matthew Fox began his career as a member of the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church but was expelled in 1993 by Cardinal Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI. Among Fox’s teachings the Catholic hierarchy found most objectionable was his belief in “original blessing,” which became the title of one of his most popular books. The concept was in direct contravention of the Roman Catholic doctrine that people are born into “original sin.” Fox was also criticized for his embrace of the divine feminine and his acceptance of homosexuality.



Children, Anger Control and Inuit Wisdom

By Michaeleen D0ucleff and  Jane Greenhalgh in Goats and Soda


For more than 30 years, the Inuit welcomed anthropologist Jean Briggs into their lives so she could study how they raise their children. Briggs is pictured during a 1974 visit to Baffin Island.

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Back in the 1960s, a Harvard graduate student made a landmark discovery about the nature of human anger.

At age 34, Jean Briggs traveled above the Arctic Circle and lived out on the tundra for 17 months. There were no roads, no heating systems, no grocery stores. Winter temperatures could easily dip below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Briggs persuaded an Inuit family to “adopt” her and “try to keep her alive,” as the anthropologist wrote in 1970.  CLICK TO CONTINUE


Photo Credit: Liz Preyer   Asheville, North Carolina








This Indigenous Peoples’ Day Couldn’t Be More Important in Native Organizers Alliance

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day – October 12
It is a day to reflect on the history of Native peoples in the U.S. and the world. It is also a day to remind everyone that in the 21st Century Native peoples remain a vibrant part of political and cultural life.



These Four UNICEF Young Changemakers Are Changing the World

By Peter Green

They’re not waiting on adults to fix the problems that affect our daily lives.

Every child has a story. That principle has helped UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, build an unprecedented global support system for the world’s children since its founding in 1946. And it’s these stories and these children who are helping to change our world for the better. Young people are more than capable of offering creative solutions that deal with the most vexing challenges facing their generation, from pollution and global warming to cyber bullying and the social alienation of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“For years children have been seen and not heard,” said Anucha Browne, the Chief Engagement, Advocacy and Global Programs Officer for UNICEF USA. “Children are 25 percent of the population and 100 percent of our future. UNICEF is making sure they have a seat at the table when decisions are being made about them.” CLICK FOR MORE
In Anti-Racism Daily
by Nicole

 Today, Charlie walks us through the terminology and definitions you read frequently in anti-racism work; terms that we use often in our newsletters! We’re expanding key concepts we’ve discussed here into a glossary over the next few weeks, and these will be included. As you read, remember: definitions and how people relate to them are two different things. There is never just one answer or one perception, and how we each choose to identify ourselves is the correct answer, regardless of what the masses say. We must read, listen, and do our best to treat each other with kindness and respect. LEARN THE KEY TERMINOLOGY HERE

This is the Anti-Racism Daily, a daily newsletter with tangible ways to dismantle racism and white supremacy. You can support our work by making a one-time contribution on our website or PayPal, or giving monthly on Patreon. You can also Venmo (@nicoleacardoza). To subscribe, go to


CHECKING IN: about Perception, Perspective, and Patience

There Are No Black People in Africa

by Shourya Agarwal the Medium Daily Digest

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of interacting with a Nigerian co-passenger on a long flight to London. Apart from sharing a common love for Bollywood, we also happened to share the same former colonial ‘masters.’ We chatted for hours about the systems of power in our respective post-colonial countries. During this discussion, I asked her how racism plays out in Africa, an ‘all-black’ continent. To this day, her answer remains the most ingenious thing someone has ever told me.

“You know that there are no black people in Africa,” she remarked in an absolutely calm manner. Initially, it sounded nonsensical to me. Of course, there are black people in Africa. There is a whole continent of black people in Africa. How could anyone not see that?     CLICK FOR MORE

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EDUCATION AND HEALTH Some things to take to heart

by Margaret Roach – NYT In the Garden

Since Kate Spring and her husband, Edge Fuentes, founded Good Heart Farmstead in Vermont in 2013, she has cultivated not just mesclun, strawberries and tomatoes, but also the abundance of the patience required of a farmer. Plant parenthood reminds us: Living things take time. And sometimes they have minds of their own.


Lately, as mother to Waylon, a 7-year-old son she calls “our best crop ever,” Ms. Spring is occasionally asked to dig down even deeper, in a growing test of wills — as she did after three long days of carrot harvest. “There are those moments, like when all those root vegetables need to be washed,” she said, “and your child commandeers the hose and washes you instead.” CLICK FOR MORE


SOME WAYS TO GET TRACTION On This Journey Back to Who We Really Are

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS believes that in each child there is a special spark that, when provided with inspiration and encouragement, will lead them to become a positive, productive citizen of our community and the world.

With just a few hours each month as a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister, you’ll become a role model and a friend and provide your Little with the support they need to reach their full potential.

And … it’s rewarding and fun!


WOMEN & MONEY & Everything else

Paid family leave has never been on a state ballot — until this year     

By Soo Youn in The Lily

 ‘The rest of the country will be watching’

This election season, paid leave is on the ballot in Colorado.

As voters cast ballots for national, state and local candidates, they will also be asked to vote on Proposition 118, to create a paid family and medical leave program. If passed, it would be the ninth state, plus D.C., to do so.


CLIMATE, CLIMATE, CLIMATE and What’s Affected By It

in AVL Today a part of The City Council’s making moves

Building upon their Climate Emergency Resolution from January of this year, City Council also approved a decision establishing a zero-net loss tree canopy policy. Its goal? To establish tree canopy coverage of 50% by 2040 in order to fight canopy loss and ensuing “heat islands,” which can disproportionately affect minority communities. This resolution supports the establishment of a Comprehensive Urban Forestry Program in the future.

Want to dig in further? Check out the video of the meeting here.

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WOMEN: What We Have to Say…

Four Adrian Dominican Attorneys Reflect on Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

October 3, 2020, Adrian, Michigan – As the United States is engaged in controversy over President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, four Adrian Dominican Sisters who are attorneys continued to reflect on the impact of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


WOMEN’S WORK: Louise Gluck, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna

by Ron Charles in the Washington Post BOOK Club

Poetic justice: Louise Glück won the Nobel Prize in literature yesterday (story and video). The Swedish Academy cited the “austere beauty” of her poetry. Glück, already one of the most celebrated writers in America, is the 16th woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature since it was first awarded in 1901. The chair of the prize committee, Anders Olsson, said, “Glück’s voice is unmistakable. It is candid and uncompromising, and it signals that this poet wants to be understood — but it is also a voice full of humor and biting wit.”

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