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This section gives you information about the uniqueness of Western North Carolina whether you’re a tourist, a newcomer, or simply someone breaking out of habitual patterns to do something different. If we can help please contact us. info@sheville.org
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Surviving Life Beyond the Pale: I was set up! A journey from innocence through abuse to strength

Grateful Steps Publishing House is pleased to announce the arrival of Surviving Life Beyond the Pale: I was set up! A journey from innocence through abuse to strength, a new book by M.A. Sandry, an Asheville native. With a goal of helping others through similar difficult circumstances, the author takes the reader on a journey through her multiple, severe early life traumas, which she remarkably overcame through personal insight, courage and spiritual growth.


5 Things Travelers Can Do Now to Combat Racism

by Tiana Attride in HERE

Five first steps travelers can take to be an anti-racist ally wherever they go.

As the Black Lives Matter movement gains traction worldwide, industries across the board are gearing up to diversify at last—and the travel and hospitality industries, like most, have plenty of work to do. 

While many changes need to take place on an industry level, individual travelers can still do their part to work against racism on their own personal trips. Although there are countless ways to combat racism in everyday life, these first five steps present a clear path to rearranging the way you—and your fellow travelers—think and act when you go out into the world. CLICK TO CONTINUE

 


Watch video recordings of CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY: 2020 Virtual Conference: A Community Stronger Than COVID

Join the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Asheville Chapter

Asheville, North Carolina
We meet every 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville School. See more info on this event with directions and parking info as well as other events on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ashevilleccl


USE OUR MAP to Support Local Sustainable Farmers Near You and Madison BioBlitz!

Protect Our Rivers By Supporting Sustainable Farms

Many small farms in our mountain region have lost business due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, large-scale meat operations in North Carolina are one of the leading contributors to water pollution in the state. Buying from sustainable local farms now is a way to not only feed your family but to protect our environment.

We’ve compiled a map of farms in our region that feed us while using practices that support healthy rivers, lakes and streams. Check out the map to find sustainable farms in your local watershed, and sign the pledge to support sustainable farms here.


Featured Book & CD: TOWARD the CLEARING, by Jean Cassidy

We’ve done a re-run of my poetry book and CD, Toward the Clearing, more copies available!

Jean describes her poetry as “a choreography of words” as she joins her poetry with musical accompaniment. Her poetry book includes a CD of the poems accompanied by oboe, English horn, flute, piano, fretless banjo, violin, and balafon in the final product that is a beautiful collaboration with regional musicians and readers. Jean’s work has previously been published in It’s All Relative – Tales from the Tree,  in The Great Smokies Review – Online Publication through UNC Asheville, in Speckled Trout Review, fall 2019 in These Trees by Ruthie Rosauer

In Ordinary Time  Click to hear Susan Shinn read “In Ordinary Time” with piano accompaniment by Lytingale


CHANGING THE MESSAGE: Cruelty to persons who are gay is incompatible with Christian teaching

Grateful Steps Publishing House is pleased to announce the arrival of Changing the Message: Cruelty to persons who are gay is incompatible with Christian teaching, a new book by a North Carolina author, Julie Wood, about her son, an UNCA student who died by suicide. The boy had been viciously berated in front of his peers by a youth minister. The author is a Winston-Salem resident.

  The book is about a tragedy with a potential of great public interest. It challenges the hidden danger in the exclusionary language regarding homosexual behavior in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, an international organization.


Debut Novel by Susan Beckman Zurenda – Special Event August 5 at the Lake Lure Inn

Publisher’s Weekly Review

In Zurenda’s beautifully crafted debut, a young woman unexpectedly withdraws from her senior year of college in 1978 and returns to her hometown in South Carolina. The reasons Delia Green has “exiled herself at home” in Green Branch, S.C., come to light through details about her childhood spent growing up across the street from her first cousin, Eli Winfield.


WORKSHOP SERIES FOR MARKET GARDENERS Covers Everything about Common Crop Families

From Living Web Farms

Vegetable gardening and farming concerns itself with the culture of many crops, most of them fitting into one of five or six botanical families. Living Web Farms is producing an educational series that covers these crop families, one by one, delving into the particulars of growing the various species within each family, including tips for cooking and preservation. A virtual Zoom workshop on June 20, 2020 entitled All About Legumes will detail crops such as peas, beans, and other nitrogen fixers.


WOMANSONG OF ASHEVILLE – Public Message Affirming the Rights of All People

Affirming the rights of ALL people and demonstrating care and respect for everyone are key to Womansong performances and to our choir. Our shared, national history of white supremacy and horrific violence against black people, LGBTQ folks, native communities, women, and many other groups is at the heart of the civil unrest we’re experiencing.


FREE FROM FEAR CAMPAIGN – Southerners On New Ground (SONG)

After years of shifting political waters and we know that in order to continue to build the power we need in the South, regardless of who controls the White House, we have to be more clear about who and how we are in relationship to each other as Southern people who are working to earn the respect of future generations. Our very lives depend on it.


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