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Anita Walling, Prayer Pinch Pot

Anita Walling, Midwife to women in the second half of life, birthing their soul’s passion.

By Kathleen Colburn and Anita Walling Since starting this column back in April of this year, I’ve collaborated with several people that, in different and very special ways, are making this a more beautiful world. Ron and Laurie, Anita, Jack, Nick, Jason, you are beautiful people working hard to help us live more heart-centered lives. …

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Mother Earth Produce makes it easier to 
eat local and organic food.

Mother Earth Produce to Turn Three

It’s no surprise that a couple of educators are behind a local company’s quest to help Upstate and Western North Carolina residents learn about the bounty of our local fields and farms. Graham and Andrea Duvall, the owners of Asheville-based Mother Earth Produce (MEP), combined to turn their background in instruction—hers in the classroom and …

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rapid river magazine

My Sister And The Butterflies of Mexico

Nina Silver Preface The Aztecs believed that butterflies are the souls of our ancestors coming down to earth to be with us. I read that a few years after my father died. It gave me a start and then I smiled. I remembered an incident that happened a week after he died. Do I dare …

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Elizabeth Ellison, The Talking Dog

The Last Train: A Fable

George Ellison When the old man and his dog wandered into town it was just after nine of a Saturday morning. “My bird,” said the old man as he sat down beside me on the bench at the Bryson City depot, “don’t know but just one song. Most who’ve heard it are long gone. Others …

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