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Centering Women’s Stories, like Rhonda’s

Before 36-year-old Rhonda Jones was identified as a murder victim found on April 17th, 2017 in Robeson County, she was simply a daughter, sister, friend and mother. Before headlines, documentaries and controversies surrounded her name, Rhonda was loved by those who knew her best. Her mother, Shelia Price, wants the world to know that there is more to Rhonda’s story than what the media cares to share on the third anniversary of her unsolved death.


Finding Community in Isolation in Ordinary Insanity: Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood

Author:  | April 15, 2020    Ploughshares at Emerson College

Posted In Critical EssaysSarah Menkedick’s new book, Ordinary Insanity: Fear and the Silent Crisis of Motherhood in America is about fear, of course, and anxiety, but it’s also about community. The book, a mix of interviews, case studies, and memoir, is an examination of maternal fear and its history, causes, repercussions, and implications. In the conversations Menkedick has with new mothers, it becomes clear that the relationship between motherhood and fear is a cycle propelled by isolation and shame: shame about parenting decisions leads to isolation which leads to fear and often, then, to further isolation and shame.  CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


ART IN BLOOM on Track for June – at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts

As of now, we are still on track to celebrate our 14th annual Art in Bloom scheduled for June 11, 12 and 13. Will we have a gala? We sure hope so. It’s a yearly event many people look forward to and will be a beautiful way to celebrate the end of our confinement!
With so many elements still uncertain, there is nothing but time to make flexible plans.


Racism, Sexism and Intersectionality


Simplify Your Financial Life

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.


Should I exercise during the coronavirus pandemic?

Experts explain the just right exercise curve –

In The Conversation

So here we are, perfecting our social distancing skills while schools, sports and other forms of social engagement are on indefinite hold, by a dangerous virus named after a (regal) crown. The coronavirus is named because the center envelope is surrounded by small protein spikes called peplomers. These little protein spikes wreak havoc when they attach to lung tissue and hijack otherwise healthy tissue into building a potentially lethal coronavirus army of invaders. CLICK TO CONTINUE


This Conversation is the BREAK YOU NEED – Introducing the Youth Poet Laureates

We introduced two Youth Poet Laureates over Zoom. Dive into their conversation in Lily Lines at the Washington Post – Story by Madeline Weinfield, Illustrations by Maria Alconanda Brooks

You probably know that there is a United States Poet Laureate, but you would be forgiven for never having heard of the Youth Poet Laureate. This country has had a Poet Laureate for nearly a century, but it took until 2017 to formally celebrate the work of young poets with an official title. It was Urban Word, one of the oldest youth literary arts organizations in America, that instituted the position, utilizing panels of esteemed writers to select a Youth Poet Laureate each year not only for their art, but also for their activism. Featured photo by Hugo Ruiz                                                CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

 


The Rememberists

By Kara Imle

I’ve been a memoirist since childhood. It started with drawing. Pencil gripped in my fist, I scrawled out the things I saw in my head: herds of horses; packs of wolves; a toothy, bat-winged dragon. These creatures did things I witnessed in my dreams and in my waking life, as I tumbled about in the woods or stared spacily at the walls while my mother tried to get my attention. The adults around me hailed my scrawlings as budding creativity, but to me it was only an observational skill. Perhaps they’re one and the same. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

Feature photo by Ross Henderson in Unsplash. Thank you!


BUNCOMBE COUNTY: Reduce the Spread of COVID-19: What to do When You are Sick

It is important that everyone in our community take steps to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19. The safety of our neighbors, family, and friends is protected when all of us practice physical distancing, eliminate all unnecessary travel outside the home, and stay home when you are sick. Employing these strategies is the best way to manage the spread of COVID-19 in Buncombe County and our region. But what should you do if you are sick or unsure about whether you have COVID-19? CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


Domestic Abuse Victims Are Terrified of Staying Home Right Now

As the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic has been realized, calls for Americans to practice social distancing and self-quarantine have increased. The long-lasting social and financial ramifications of these necessary precautions remain unclear. But for the one in four women and one in nine men who experience intimate partner violence, the consequences are immediate: Staying home means staying in an unsafe, potentially deadly environment. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


SHARING LOCAL FOOD BANK INFORMATION from YMCA of WNC Community Health

As always, below are links to our mobile market calendar for March and April and flyers for free weekend meals. 

**We are continuing mobile markets, but instead of client choice we are pre-packing food boxes for our neighbors to just come and pick up.**

**While schools are closed, we are also offering free meals for kids under the age of 18 at 6 school sites. Please review the links below for locations and times.**


Local Business Supporting Local Workers: McKibbon Hospitality Establishes Associate Assistance Fund

Tampa, FL (March 20, 2020) – In the 94 years that McKibbon Hospitality has been in business, they have never endured more challenging times. COVID-19’s impact on our business, our industry, our communities, and the entire world, has been rapid and nothing short of devastating. For that reason, the company has been forced to make extremely difficult decisions, including completely suspending operations at several hotels and laying off the majority of their highly valued associates. 


9 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR CHILD ACADEMICALLY ENGAGED WHEN STUCK AT HOME and more…

I don’t know if my present anxiety levels are at an all-time high because I’m terrified of the possibility of catching COVID-19 or if I’m just overwhelmed by the thought of being quarantined for two weeks or more with a preternaturally curious and questioning 6-year-old (who seems to have an impossibly protracted “WHY” phase going on right now).


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