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The On Being Project -NURTURING OUR CHILDREN’S SOULS Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

A rabbi and parent, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso wants us to think about how we might teach our children’s souls, not just their minds. She says nurturing the spiritual lives of our children is the work of understanding for ourselves “what really matters in life, what’s precious, what’s more important than earning a living and going through our daily routine.”  Click here to listen to the podcast


WOMEN ARE ALREADY THE MAJORITY. NOW LET’S BUILD A SUPERMAJORITY

In the past two years, we’ve seen what happens when women mobilize.

  • 1 in 5 Americans has participated in a march or protest since 2016. The biggest issue driving these actions is support for women’s rights.
  • Women donated $100 million more to campaigns and causes in 2018 than they did in 2016.
  • We’ve been the majority of voters in every national election since 1964. In 2018, women helped elect a Congress with a record-breaking 127 women members.

HANDS ON! CHILDREN’S MUSEUM The West Gallery features 2,500 square feet of new exhibits

HENDERSONVILLE– A 17-foot-long roaring Dinosaur, a fossil pit, a lego lab, and a model train station are all part of the new West Exhibit Gallery at Hands On! Children’s Museum. The non-profit unveiled the 2,500 square foot exhibit gallery earlier this week, after ten weeks of construction. The addition of the new exhibits is part of the museum’s strategy to become a world-class family destination experience.

Energy Innovation Task Force Announces Cancellation of Duke’s Peaker Plant, Honors Community Partners

The Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF) is excited to announce that through community collaboration, the gas-fired peaker plant, originally planned for 2023, has been pushed out beyond 2032. “Delaying the need for any additional natural gas-fired generation in Buncombe County beyond 2032 is a big deal. The facility would have cost residential and business ratepayers more than $100 million paid for through higher electricity bills,” notes EITF member and Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Brownie Newman. The peaker plant would have been used to ensure electricity production during peak demand times such as the coldest winter days.  Click here to read more


THE NEW COLUSSUS by Emma Lazarus (followed by Readers’ Poems for 2017)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


Homegrown Leaders at Habitat

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (March 25, 2019) — Cassidy Moore and Beth Russo of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity recently graduated from Homegrown Leaders program, a regional leadership and economic development program that develops and supports highly-motivated leaders who are committed to building regional collaboration across multi-county regions in the state. Homegrown Leaders is a program of the Rural Center and is sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and corporate, government and philanthropic partners. 


The Raleigh Report from Rep. Susan Fisher May, 2019

Flawed NC House Budget Passes

The most important bill passed each year is the State Budget. It invests around $24 billion of the money we pay in taxes in public education, health, public safety, and other public purposes. The budget is a two-year spending plan and covers fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Typically, legislators will amend the two year budget at its halfway point in next year’s “short” session.

GUARDIANSHIPS AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY a Series by Mariah D. McKinney,  Attorney & Partner of Garlock & McKinney, P.C

What is Guardianship and What Does it Have to Do With Me?

Imagine that every time you went out to eat, someone else decided what you were going to eat without asking your opinion, ordered your food for you, and then directed you to eat the meal once it arrived.  Imagine feeling like an observer and an outsider in all matters concerning your own personal preferences.  This is what it feels like for many people who have a Guardian appointed by the Court to make decisions on their behalf.  Wouldn’t you at least want the peace of mind to know that you were the one who chose the person who is making decisions for you?  Those who do not name their choice of decision-makers in legally valid Powers of Attorney give up their freedom to choose. 


Supreme Court expert analyzes North Carolina gerrymandering case @NCCapitol

Offered by Diane Amos, Weaverville, NC

Written by Tyler Dukes, WRAL investigative reporter, & Travis Fain, WRAL statehouse reporter

 — The future of North Carolina’s congressional district map is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, which last week heard oral arguments in a landmark partisan gerrymandering case.


How Reconstruction Still Shapes American Racism

by Henry Lewis Gates, Jr. in Time and offered by History News Network

Henry Lewis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher university professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

During an interview with Chris Rock for my PBS series ­African American Lives 2, we traced the ancestry of several well-known African Americans. When I told Rock that his great-great-­grandfather Julius Caesar Tingman had served in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War — enrolling on March 7, 1865, a little more than a month after the Confederates evacuated from Charleston, S.C. — he was brought to tears.


The Top-Secret Feminist History of Tea Rooms

By: Cara Strickland in JSTOR Daily

When you hear the words “tea room,” it’s likely that you immediately think of a Victorian-inspired establishment best suited to special occasions, a place for women in pearls. If you’d lived at the turn of the 20th century in Scotland, or the early 1900s in America, however, it’s likely that you would have a different picture entirely.


News from The Center for Art & Inspiration

THE CENTER FOR ART & INSPIRATION TO ANCHOR DOWNTOWN HENDERSONVILLE’S SOUTH MAIN ST.

Hendersonville, NC –  A new destination for theatre and the arts will anchor South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville when The Center for Art & Inspiration opens its doors at 125 S. Main on February 23, 2019.

A vision of theatrical writer and producer Jeanie Linders, the project also brings to the area a pop-up Malaprop’s Books, the renowned independent bookstore in downtown Asheville, and The Artful Cup Coffee Bar featuring the gourmet roasts of Independent Beans of Hendersonville’s 7th Avenue Historic District.


Community Public Input Session April 11, 3-4 pm

Calling all community members. Do you have ideas about improving access to child care in Buncombe County? We want to hear from you. Buncombe County is facing a shortage of child care and is working to expand access to high quality, affordable child care and pre-k.

Buncombe County is launching a new Early Childhood Fund and plans to invest $3.6 million annually to improve outcomes for young children. Grants made through the fund will focus on access to quality early childhood care and education. This is your chance to talk with members of the funding committee and weigh in on what you think is most important.


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