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Join Asheville’s 18th ORGANICFEST CELEBRATION Sunday, August 25, 2018 Pack Square, Asheville

Asheville’s  Organicfest is a festive, family friendly organic lifestyle event. Join us on Sunday, August 26, 2017 in Pack Square Park for a FUNtastic celebration filled with live music, organic eats, organic samplings, giveaways and more…


Smart Choices When Facing a Divorce

by Jennifer Adams, Financial Planner with Starks Financial Group. Inc.

I recently read “Divorce:  Thinking Financially, Not Emotionally,” by Jeffrey A. Landers.  Talking with women going through divorce over the past few years has convinced me that acting in concert with that title is a significant challenge.  A huge range of emotions—shock, anger, disappointment, guilt—complicate decision making during divorce.  It is a good idea to talk with your attorney or financial planner to have a third party that is not so “involved” in the emotional aspect of the situation. 

Despite these challenges, I’ve seen women make some smart choices over the past few years since I became a CDFA (Certified Divorce Financial Analyst).  I’ll share them here. 


Statement of Adrian Dominican Sisters on Cruel Treatment of Children at US-Mexico Border

June 25, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement concerning the treatment of immigrant children at the border between the United States and Mexico.

We denounce in the strongest possible terms the unconscionable mistreatment of children on the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump Administration, and call on our elected leaders to take all measures necessary to provide them with adequate food, shelter, and healthcare – and, most importantly, to reunite them with their families.


“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “

Wise words from Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005:

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.


Sharon Oxendine, director of the WWBC in “Women-owned businesses increasing in NC despite adversity”

, BY  in Carolina Public Press

Women-owned businesses are increasing nationally and statewide, according to a recent report, which credits women overcoming adversity for the growth.

Wendy Coulter, president of the Greater Raleigh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, said this boom in female-owned businesses stems from increasing empowerment of women over the years.


IMAGINE…A COMMUNITY CONCERT! to benefit the Haywood Street Fresco – August 4, 7pm

Hosted by pianist David Troy Francis, and featuring the most extraordinary performing artists from the Western North Carolina community. Francis returns to Asheville to artistically direct and perform in this concert because of his admiration for the Haywood Street Congregation, their service to the community and The Fresco


NORTH CAROLINA STATE POLICY WATCH – Latest GOP trial balloons confirm Cooper has been right to keep pushing for Medicaid expansion

It’s going to happen eventually. It may not be right away and it may not look exactly like it ought to look at first, but at some point in the not-too-distant future, North Carolina is going to expand its Medicaid program.

The momentum to move forward is too strong and the arguments against doing so are just too weak. Consider the following:

  • A growing and overwhelming majority of states – including many dominated by Republicans – have already taken the step and enjoyed extremely positive results.
  • The healthcare community is for it and the future of many hospitals depends on it.
  • A fast-growing segment of the state’s business community supports it.
  • As detailed in a recent, in-depth report, the economic benefits to the state would be huge.
  • Voters want it to happen.
  • Most importantly, it will, quite literally, save thousands of lives.

In comparison, the arguments against expansion look downright pitiful. Continue

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Colorado becomes 18th state to outlaw “conversion therapy” as North Carolina’s bill goes unheard

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Last week Colorado became the 18th U.S. state to outlaw so-called “conversion therapy” — a scientifically discredited practice that attempts to “cure” people of being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Gov. Jared Polis, Colorado’s openly gay governor, also signed a bill that will make it easier for transgender people to get state-issued ID and other documents that correctly reflects their gender identity.

In North Carolina, the Mental Health Protection Act, was filed in March. It would outlaw converstion therapy, part of a rapidly growing national movement.  Despite polls showing overwhelming bipartisan support for the ban, it faced stiff opposition from religious groups and conservative Republicans and did not receive a hearing in this legislative session. No such bill has yet been passed in any state in the Southeast. Continue

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NO UNION MORE PROFOUND – a celebration of human rights

Letters from Little Rock

By   |  July 2, 2015  in Oxford American

The poets Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs were married in California in October of 2013. Following the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, they exchanged a series of letters from their home in Little RockNickole begins:

Some images I want to bless in clear water and hold up to the light. Like my sister, nearly six years ago now, sitting up during a contraction to touch the crown of her son not yet born. Or my peonies in Kentucky—one June, I cut every single stalk and brought the armload inside, blooms big as grapefruit, blasting open with black ants. 


IF YOU WONDER HOW WE’VE STOOPED SO LOW, TAKE A LOOK HERE

Meet the Economist Behind the One Percent’s Stealth Takeover of America                                                                        by Lynn Parramore in Institute for New Economic Thinking

Nobel laureate James Buchanan is the intellectual linchpin of the Koch-funded attack on democratic institutions, argues Duke historian Nancy MacLean


THIS WEEK IN STREET ART: Apartment murals and the Girl Power of Persephone Rising

Muralist and new mom Lauren Pallotta Stumberg walked past The Edge construction site every day while she and her son strolled through their Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. She eventually gathered the courage to cold call the apartment complex’s property manager and propose a mural for the nine-story wall facing Edgewood Avenue.


CITY OF ASHEVILLE PUBLIC ART PROGRAM

( Photo from the 2018 RADfest)

History of the Public Art Program

Starting in the 1970s, people began to notice that Asheville had very little public art compared to other cities around the country. As an outgrowth of the Streetscapes program, the Urban Trail Committee was formed in 1992 to develop a walking art trail highlighting historically important architecture, people and events within downtown Asheville. The Urban Trail became an Asheville treasure and helped show citizens what public art could do for our community. In November of 1998, a group of eighteen concerned citizens came together to form the Public Art Working Group. Many meetings and a great deal of research later, City Council adopted the City’s first Public Art Policy. A newly established Public Art Board started meeting in May of 2000.


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