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Nourishment of the mind and body go hand in hand on the journey. Keeping the body healthy and fit is an important means of supporting and aiding that nourishment.  In this section you will find information to  contribute to women’s health, the growth and well-being of the mind, body and spirit. As you know,Asheville and Western North Carolina have much to offer.  Your topic and contributor ideas are welcomed.
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NORTH CAROLINA STATE POLICY WATCH – The inconvenient truth about our so-called “booming” economy

The inconvenient truth about our so-called “booming” economy

We’re living through the worst “good” economy in generations, a reality that many of the rich and powerful people who have rigged the system are desperately hoping the rest of us won’t notice. The last time rich people managed to siphon off this much of the treasure that our economy generates, handlebar mustaches were a thing, and not just in hipster coffee shops.

Corporations and investors are getting rich, but most North Carolinians are just trying to get by.


HELPMATE of ASHEVILLE – SAFE HAVEN SOCIETY Envision a World Free of Violence!

Empowering Our Community to Create a World Free of Violence
Safe Haven Society
At Helpmate, we are fortunate to have the strong support of our generous community. Our collaborations with other organizations, partnerships with area businesses, the participation of many faith communities, and the ongoing philanthropy of individuals makes this work possible, and we are grateful.  Contact Helpmate


ERA: Our Equality Pledge is up and running! See Who’s for Gender Equality in the U.S.

Dear Equality Warrior,

Our Equality Pledge is up and running!  

Let’s shine a warm, fuzzy light on the marvelous candidates who signed the Equal Means Equal Equality Pledge this week and committed to vote “yes” on ERA and equality for all Americans! 


Here’s one example of how women’s invisibility happens. What are your examples? by Lisa Sarasohn

By invitation, I submitted a workshop proposal, titled “Gate of the Mysterious Female,” to a Tai Chi conference. In the Tao Te Ching, ancient writing that points to the principles of Tai Chi, the “Mysterious Female” refers to the non-dual, world-creating Source Energy that both surrounds us and abides within our body’s center.


The child-free life: Why so many American women are deciding not to have kids

By Petula Dvorak  Washington, D.C.

Oh, come on, millennial women. Just look at us.

Frantic and apologizing, overwhelmed between staff meetings and gymnastics, shamed for bottle-feeding, booted for breast-feeding, passed over for promotions, denied on the day-care list — isn’t this what you’ve always dreamed of?

No thanks, they’re saying, to today’s lovely vision of motherhood. And in huge numbers. 


Behavioral Health Care Integration in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Medscape – MedGenMed Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health

Jean M. Cassidy, LCSW, BCD, Virginia A. Boyle, PhD, Hal C. Lawrence, MD

Abstract and Introduction

Depression, anxiety, and somatoform disorders are 2 to 3 times more prevalent in women than in men. Since the advent of managed care and other pressures on the healthcare delivery system in the United States, there has been a notable diminishment of services and service funding for treatment of mental health conditions, whether they are temporary, transitional, or chronic. As a result of this trend, we have seen an increase in the number of patients seeking help for emotional and mental health concerns from their family doctors or, in the case of women, from their obstetrician-gynecologists. We have also found that emotional and mental health problems are often converted into physical symptomatology that carries fewer stigmas and is often viewed as easier to treat. Many women use their obstetrician-gynecologists for primary care, particularly during their reproductive years. Provision of behavioral healthcare is critical to health maintenance for many of these women. Barriers to the integration of behavioral healthcare into obstetrics and gynecology practice need to be understood and systemically addressed.


A LIBERAL EXPLANATION OF SOME SIMPLE BELIEFS – I just want to be understood…

by Larry Allen

An open letter to friends and family who are shocked to discover I’m a liberal… I’ve always been a liberal, but that doesn’t mean what a lot of you apparently think it does. Let’s break it down, shall we? Because quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of being told what I believe and what I stand for. Spoiler alert: Not every liberal is the same, though the majority of liberals I know think along roughly these same lines:

1. I believe a country should take care of its weakest members. A country cannot call itself civilized when its children, disabled, sick, and elderly are neglected. Period.


Couples Therapy Can Help Partners CommunicateBy Howard M. Turney, Ph.D., MSW and Rebecca F. Ward, MSW, LCSW

By Howard M. Turney, Ph.D., MSW and Rebecca F. Ward, MSW, LCSW

Couples really benefit from therapy. Self-help books, TV, movies and commercials are all about relationships. We are a species that needs relationships; most of the happiest folks are those who have found good friendships as well as a close emotionally intimate relationship. This is a complicated union, and a marital relationship often needs help to guide it through developmental phases so it can progress to the warm, loving comfort of a good marriage.


Casual sexism creates victims. We should acknowledge that and police it.

By Libby Brooks in the Guardian

What can a man say to a woman on the street these days without fear of prosecution? Ever since campaigners and police forces started talking about treating the public harassment of women as a hate crime, there has been an equal and opposite push to defend some bloke’s right to … what exactly? Shout a catalogue of sexually explicit demands at a stranger while following her down a street at midnight? Exchange friendly observations about the state of the weather in a shop queue in daylight?

As with #MeToo, this is far less complicated than some would like us to imagine.


THE FREE CLINICS – Creating a Healthier Community – Henderson and Polk Counties

The Free Clinics invites our community to join our HealthWays team and help make Henderson and Polk Counties healthier places to live, work and play.  HealthWays is a new pilot site of Microclinics International that improves community health by building on the premise that healthy living is contagious. HealthWays will create a local model of “viral health” building upon existing social networks of friends, families, neighbors, and colleagues and nurturing dynamic peer-to-peer learning and support.


ACLU – BRETT KAVANAUGH AND THE CASE AGAINST THE SUPREME COURT- Podcast and Transcript

The Supreme Court is meant to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. Historically, however, it has repeatedly failed to live up to that promise. Can one justice change the course of the court? Erwin Chemerinsky, a Supreme Court litigator and dean of Berkeley Law School, discusses the court’s history and the threats a Justice Brett Kavanaugh could pose to our constitutional rights. 


The surprising way gun violence is dividing America

May 31

On average, there are 276 gun homicides a week in America. There are 439 gun suicides. All told, there are, on average, nearly 1,200 incidents involving gun violence, every week, in America.

This landscape of gun violence — suicides, homicides, mass shootings, accidents — is not evenly distributed. Instead, it plays out over geographic and political dividing lines — and these may help explain why individual Americans see the issue so differently. Continue reading


Decades of painful activism pays off for Ireland’s abortion campaigners

The Guardian

For many, Friday’s vote was not just the culmination of months of campaigning, but years of pushing for change.

Three decades ago, Anne Marie Keary was threatened with jail, burdened with legal bills and grappling with abuse and threats that poured down her phone, because she had published phone numbers for British abortion clinics in a student welfare guide.


SNAP to Attention: Pay Attention to Farm Bill

By Beth Messersmith

Hunger is a constant challenge here in the Tar Heel State. While it may not dominate every news cycle, one in 7 North Carolina families struggles to put food on the table on a daily basis. In fact, food insecurity is so omnipresent here that North Carolina has earned the heartbreaking distinction of being the 10th hungriest state in the nation.


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