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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.


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

 


Racism, Sexism and Intersectionality


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!


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


Women serve on front lines of coronavirus but earn less than male peers.

Wear red to support Equal Pay Day on March 31

“Celebrate” Equal Pay Day on March 31 by wearing red to symbolize how “in the red” women and minorities are when it comes to equal pay. Women are on the front lines fighting the coronavirus in our nation’s hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. And not a single one of them is represented in the U.S. Constitution. 


Women Trainers Lead the Way in Sustainable Agriculture

Development experts believe gender equity will be critical to global food security in the coming decades, as the world’s farmers struggle to produce food for a rapidly growing population on a shrinking area of arable land. In Latin America, one in five farmworkers is a woman, and in East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, half of all agricultural laborers are women. Yet despite being just as skilled as their male counterparts, women in developing countries have less access to resources (such as credit), and therefore lower crop yields.


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


KATHRYN O’SHEA Presents Her Debut Full-Length Album, Entitled JANUARY 9TH

Asheville born and based singer/songwriter Kathryn O’Shea offers you her debut full-length album January 9th, which she describes as a “tribute to the dates we find impossible to forget.” 

Available for pre-order now on: kathrynoshea.bandcamp.com 

Available everywhere for streaming and download on Friday, April 10, 2020  www.kathrynosheamusic.com Name Your Price


OVERLANDING – 17 Things to do to Reduce Your Impact on the Environment

Sustainable travel is a very important issue these days so we’ve covered this subject from an overlanding perspective. Overlanders usually use large vehicles, with either gas or diesel engines with low mpg’s.

While using hybrids or even electric vehicles for overlanding is still in the distant future (and those type of vehicles may not even be desired by the overlanding community), there are still several things that overlanders can do to decrease their impact on the environment. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


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.


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


The Leader of the Free World Gives a Speech, and She Nails It

Angela Merkel doesn’t do drama and she doesn’t give speeches on TV. So the mere fact that the German chancellor faced the camera across a desk and spoke to the nation Wednesday evening made the gravity of the situation clear. “Es ist ernst,” she said—“This is serious”— and those three bland words had more power than a hellfire sermon. Then she pivoted from statement to plea: “Take it seriously.” Quickly, she moved on to historical context, the reason for her unprecedented impromptu appearance: “Since German unification—no, since the Second World War—no challenge to our nation has ever demanded such a degree of common and united action.”  CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


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