RTL Today reported on the 8th edition of the Luxembourg Peace Prize in our RTL Reports video, published on Sunday. Our video report features an excerpt of Dame Jane Goodall’s video acceptance speech. The 85-year-old British primatologist and anthropologist was awarded the 2019 Prize for Outstanding Environmental Peace. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
by Anja Boynton in Medium
This morning, I woke up early for a work call. I walked out into my living room and was disappointed but unsurprised by what I found.
I made dinner last night. Baked lemon-herb chicken, garlic bread, mesclun salad with fig balsamic dressing, and grilled artichokes. It is my ambition to cook on most nights, but lately, that goal has felt out of reach, just another unchecked box on my ever-expanding to-do list.
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.
Sonia Ann Johnson, née Harris, was born a fifth-generation Mormon in Malad, Idaho. She graduated from Utah State University, pursuing her M.A. and Ed.D. from Rutgers University after marrying, and through many moves and pregnancies. She taught English at American and foreign universities, working part-time as a teacher while accompanying her husband on overseas jobs. The family returned to the U.S. in 1976, buying a house in Virginia, one of the states that had not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. Johnson became such an ardent supporter of the ERA that she was excommunicated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1979. She exposed the role of the wealthy Mormon Church in sabotaging passage of the ERA. She went on a 37-day hunger strike in the Illinois statehouse in 1982 during the last days of the ERA countdown to symbolize how “women hunger for justice.”
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?
“BE BRAVE! – A SALUTE TO SHEROES”, Save the Date for Womansong Concert – December 7th and 8th! at A-B Tech
Asheville’s longest-running women’s community chorus presents its winter concert, “Be Brave – a salute to Sheroes!” honors the many “Sheroes” in our world: well-known public figures such as Malala, Pauli Murray, Harriet Tubman, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg who have changed history, along with everyday women who rise above life’s challenges to lead with love. Tickets at www.womansong.org
We’re in for a wonderful evening with the marvelous co-author of the best-selling book, The Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Irin Carmon at the Diana Wortham Theater in downtown Asheville. Click to learn more about sponsorship and ticket options.
For questions regarding sponsorship, please contact me at Nikki.Harris@ppsat.org or by phone at 828-252-7928 ext. 6237
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.
RTL Update 2019
The 2019 edition of the Luxembourg Peace Prize, as organised by the Schengen Peace Forum and the World Peace Forum, was held on 14 June 2019.
Harlan Lebo is a cultural historian at the Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He is the author of 100 Days: How Four Events in 1969 Shaped America. His previous books include Citizen Kane, Casablanca: Behind the Scenes, The Godfather Legacy, and Citizen Kane: A Filmmakers Journey. He resides in Los Angeles.
Save the Date! – Root Ball October 5th, 2019
Mark your calendars now for Asheville GreenWorks’ annual End of Summer Party by the River!
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.
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.
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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
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.
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
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.
When I was in the fifth grade I made it to the finals in both a public speaking contest and spelling bee—both were in front of the entire school. My tiny body strutted to the podium. The ocean of bobbing, grinning parents and siblings didn’t scare me. No nerves entered my body, instead, self-reliance fired into the audience. I puffed my chest out. My voice didn’t rattle—it rang clear.
I didn’t win first place in either contest. But I remember the poise and self-assurance I felt in front of all those people. At age 11, my confidence climbed.
But it only soared a little longer.
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.”
At the Fetzer Institute, we believe in the possibility of a loving world: a world where we understand we are all part of one human family and know our lives have purpose. In the world we seek, everyone is committed to courageous compassion and bold love—powerful forces for good in the face of fear, anger, division, and despair.
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