When Duty Called: Even Grandma Had to Go by 2nd Lt. Dianah Kwiatkowski as told to Sandra Warren AND Hidden Casualties: Battles on the Home Front by Sargent Sara Raye
Reviewed by Mary Ickes
2nd Lt. Kwiatkowski gratefully recalls the hearty welcome she and her comrades received when returning from the Persian Gulf War in Saudi Arabia (January 17–February 28, 1991). She also recalls, with justified anger, people sneering that it wasn’t a real war and, “It was only 21 days long. You were a nurse, you weren’t in battle. What’s the big deal?” The big deal is that many of the people fighting the battles would have perished without nurses the caliber of 2nd Lt. Dianah Kwiatkowski and Sgt. Sara Raye (pen name). Continue reading
By Saralyn Collins
In our homes most of us have thermostats that regulate the temperature. When it gets a bit too warm, the air conditioning comes on to cool things off. When the temperature drops below a comfortable point, the heater comes on to move the temperature up so it will be warmer. The “comfort zone” is the range of temperature that’s not too hot and not too cold, just comfortable. Our personal comfort zone is where we’re comfortable with what we are doing, in our work and our lives. It’s when we experience no feelings of risk or anxiety. Some call it being comfortable. Others call it a “rut.” Continue reading
By Maureen “Mo” McDonnell, RN
Oh, how I gloated over the fact that I gave my kids so much soy when they were growing up. We were vegetarians then, and I felt so proud serving them soy sausages, soy hot dogs, soy smoothies, soy milk, soy ice cream. I thought I was the best mom on the block… that is until I found out the full soy story. See, there is a dark side to soy and since making that discovery I must say I feel a little guilty about all that soy I placed on their plates. Now older and with a little more humility, I council others to move away from soy unless it is fermented such as tempeh, miso, etc. Here are a few of the reasons why when asked today if I want some soy, this corny girl from Jersey responds: “soy tinly not!” Continue reading
By Julie Savage Parker
Veena Somani arrived at the River Arts District of Asheville by way of Pittsburgh, Vassar, a small village in the north of India… and finally Charlotte, gathering bits and pieces of herself along the way.
Dr. Veena Somani is a board certified physician in Integrative and Holistic medicine. She and her colleagues at Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville (IFMA), Dr. Brian Lewis and Dr. Chad Krisel, view each patient not just as a diagnosis, but as a complex tapestry of family, physiology… and dreams. This is reflected in their new patient intake form that has questions (in addition to the more standard ones) like: What are the most important things to you? If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be? And, What are your sources of Comfort, Nurturing, and Connection? In fact the intake form was so rich and so comprehensive that Dr. Somani decided to take it herself when she first joined the practice. Continue reading
By Sophia Noll
I’m often reminded of the “Jack in the Box” toy when clients open their dresser drawers! Items jump out, spilling onto the floor into a mix of miss matched stragglers. We’ve become experts at stuffing more than there is room for in our drawers. And why not? No one is going to see it so we’re safe. But take a good look because even our dressers are good representations, a little microcosm if you will, of our inner selves that is chaotically tucked away in those dresser drawers. Continue reading
By Roberta Binder
It was an amazing experience, sitting in the hall at Congregation Beth Israel, watching Golda Meir come to life through the interpretation titled, For You My Door is Always Open: A Visit with Golda Meir by RoseLynn Katz. She had spent over a year researching, studying and writing the entire one-woman show and presented an excellent portrayal of the Iron Lady of Israel. I was always captivated by Mrs. Meir, who was one of my earliest female power figures; she had served as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister in Israel and became its 4th Prime Minister from 1969-1974. Continue reading
By Judith Toy
Indigenous peoples link spirit with work, since human productivity is seen as a mirror of the work done by spirit in nature. Each of us is a reflection of spirit, born into this world with a purpose, which at its best is to bring beauty, harmony and community to Mother Earth.
How mindful and organic is a messy desk? Not. When I look at the unruly stacks of papers before me, I’m not so sure about my high ideals of harmony. So I take a snow day to clean the office out, file what’s not been filed, and am satisfied that I’ve made space for my heart work of writing and shepherding a mindfulness group, much of which takes place here at Communications Central, the office in my cottage. I’ve positioned my computer so that I can look out at the mountains and sky to more often remind myself to breathe. Continue reading
By Lavinia Plonka
“Learn at first concentration without effort: Transform work into play; make every yoke that you have accepted easy and every burden that you carry light.” Anonymous (From Meditations on the Tarot – The Magician)
Many years ago, while performing in France, I was talking to a woman as she packed for her vacation. “How long are you going to be gone?” I asked, after she told me she was going to travel through northern Africa.
“Six weeks,” she casually replied.
“Wow, how did you orchestrate such a long vacation?”
She looked at me as if I was daft. “Everyone in France gets a six week vacation. There is more to life than work, you know.” Continue reading
Jane Smolnik, ND, has been busy traveling around the country for the past three years training and teaching the advanced certification courses for Solas Academy in using Light and Frequencies for healing, plus doing many presentations in NY, CT, and MA.
She had closed her Natural Health office at the Wellness Lifestyle Center on Chestnut St. in Asheville, and now Dr. Jane is happily back here full time, extending her many skills, extensive knowledge, and compassionate healing style to the Asheville community once again! Continue reading