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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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Dancing Leaves

by Nicholas Andrea Dancing leaves dancing leaves on the trees in a swift, morning, autumn breeze; possessed like whirling sufis moving, merrily, to the commands of Allah, verily. How are we like those sufi leaves dancing our daily lives to the rhythm of the cosmic vibes, a force, greater animating all we do, now and …

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Naked

by Nicholas Andrea Here I am, world walkin’ naked through this town unclad of intellect and there is nothing, for, to frown; Today is the day that I stopped knowing and found out I could never know again what even the next moment would bring where these steps will carry me; and that just makes …

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Just the Stone

by Nicholas Andrea I woke up this morning feeling sad vulnerable forsaken, sitting in a dark place looking at the cold stone of this world; and I saw me, and the stone; Lord, this wound, oh Lord, this wound! it just never seems to heal, like a God-shaped piece missing from the puzzle of my …

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Life and Death

by Nicholas Andrea Life and death a cosmic joke, a spirit comes and a spirit goes, pretends for a little while not to know, and finds itself in the throes of woes. But, if that fact we really know how, differently, would we choose what, and how we do, the dance of life – or how …

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Already Enough

by Nicholas Andrea Right here, right now, sitting in myself – already enough. To look across the way and see that tree aflame with the emerging colors of Autumn – that is enough; To sit here with a full belly letting this nourishment as food settle into this body – that is enough; To breathe, …

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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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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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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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What to Do – October 2014

Thursday, October 2 Taj Weekes and Adowa Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. $12 advance/$15 day of. All ages show, standing room only. The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave., Asheville. Attendees are encouraged to get up and groove! Call (828) 232-5800 or visit www.thegreyeagle.com. October 2-5 and 9-12 #OUCH! (An Accidental …

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Bidding Farewell

RF Wilson The cars of serious buyers and treasure hunters, speculators and the idly curious, inundate the neighborhood. The tree-lined streets are ablaze with orange and red and gold, redolent of football and bonfires, hinting of winter. By 6:30, people are knocking on the door at 136 Maplewood Road demanding to be let in for …

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Are You Looking at Me?

Sandee Setliff As an artist who normally works in a studio by herself, it is always a novelty making eye contact with people while being creative. I don’t mind it actually, but I’m just not use to it. We rely on eye contact to communicate and connect with one another on a conscious and unconscious …

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Inside: October 2014

Performance: ACT – The Addams Family..p6 HART – Urinetown..p6 AmiciMusic..p7 Gavin Geoffrey Dillard..p31 The Mystical Arts of Tibet..p32 Fine Art: Weaverville Art Safari..p10 Haywood Art Studio Tour..p11 Southern Highlands Craft Fair..p12 Jewels That Dance..p19 Satellite Gallery..p20 Village Potters..p22 Jonas Gerard..p23 Art After Dark..p24 Blackbird Frame & Gallery..p27 Al Ramirez..p42 Double Exposure..p43 Movie Reviews: Chip Kaufmann, …

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October 2014

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They’re Creepy and They’re Kooky

Asheville Community Theatre is opening its 69th season with the WNC premiere of the musical comedy The Addams Family. Featuring an original story with both classic and new characters, The Addams Family is the perfect Halloween treat for the entire family. “The timing couldn’t be better to see The Addams Family. We think it’s the …

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HART Presents the Tony Award-Winning “Urinetown”

“Urinetown” is one of the funniest Broadway musicals ever conceived, and, despite its title, a show suitable for the entire family. The Tony Award winning musical opened at the Henry James Theater in 2001 and became a smash, poking fun at the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement and municipal politics. It …

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Jonas Paints Plein Air

Plein Air is French for “open air” and is commonly used to describe the art of painting outdoors. Natural light was an important inspiration for the impressionist artists, and the charms of outdoor painting have also influenced other styles of art such as the Barbizon school. When Jonas Gerard paints plein air, the outcome is …

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The 67th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

The 67th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands takes place at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, October 16-19. Nearly 200 juried artists of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be selling works of clay, metal, wood, jewelry, fiber, paper, natural materials, leather and mixed media. With styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, …

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Haywood Art Studio Tour 2014

Explore Haywood County and meet some very talented artists and crafts people during the self-guided Haywood Art Studio tour weekend. Haywood Community College professional craft students will also participate and the public is invited to view the new state of the arts facility on campus. Some very talented and interesting artists are organizing a self-guided …

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Weaverville Art Safari Free Fall Studio Tours

The arrival of fall in Western North Carolina signals more than the start of colorful autumn foliage. It also marks the arrival of one of the most popular studio art tours in the area, the Weaverville Art Safari. Held on November 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this year’s tour boasts 47 …

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