The Science of Ghosts – In The Spirit of the Halloween Season


By Happy Medium Jonna Rae


Happy Halloween month!!!! While this is the time people traditionally pull out their scariest ghost stories, I’d like to share this topic with you in a slightly different… ah… spirit. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

The Myth of Women and Money


By Dawn Starks of Starks Financial Group


Why is it that people think women are not good with money? As long as I have been in the financial services industry, I have wondered about this pervasive myth. Consider this statistic from a 2012-2013 research study by Prudential: 53% of the women surveyed were the primary earners in their household, as a result of partners losing jobs during the financial crisis, divorce, and deciding to marry later. But the very same study suggests that women, themselves, do not necessarily think they are good with money; only 23% of those same women feel ‘well prepared’ to make financial decisions. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Mindfully Yours: The Joy of Surprise


By Judith Toy


It was my late husband’s birthday. We reluctantly trudged through the door of the cavernous East Asheville office of the DMV to get his license renewed. The atmosphere was neutral to grim. Philip went to the bathroom. While he was in there, I decided to change the mood in the place, so I approached a group of people who were waiting their turn in line and asked them if, when he came out of the bathroom, they would sing Happy Birthday to Philip. They were totally on it. There was one family with four kids who happily joined in. There were maybe 12 of us total. He walked out unaware. The song echoed in the high-ceilinged old room and Philip, as well as the DMV staff was, well, flabbergasted. Everyone was smiling. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Meet Our Advertisers: The Women of Harmony Motors


By Roberta Binder


What a delightful experience to be greeted by the friendly employees at Harmony Motors, representing Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche. The three women I came to interview: Marissa Urban, Marketing and Community Relations; Christene Tornello, Service Director; and Jessica Pulley, Audi Service Technician, were ready to share their stories and enlighten me about the many positive operations of their company. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

For The Love Of Blueberry Pancakes


By Jennifer Lemmons


Alzheimer’s disease is a terribly debilitating disease that often begins with memory loss. Memories are our most valued treasures. The story of Lorelines and why we support Alzheimers North Carolina (AlzNC) begins with my own memories and my grandmother’s inspiration. Through her final year I was able to use my childhood memories as a way to connect with her and make her feel better, all the while strengthening my own heart to handle the life changes that I faced. When my grandmother’s memories failed her, mine kicked in. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Currency Corner: Self-Help Credit Union


Helping Women Build Financial Strength in Western North Carolina


Self-Help Credit Union has a long history of serving women, both in North Carolina and across the country, through a unique offering of financial products that strive to build wealth. As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Self-Help’s primary mission is to ‘serve the underserved,’ which includes women, children, minorities and rural inhabitants. “This doesn’t mean that we turn men away,” says Jane Hatley, WNC Regional Director, “just that we put special emphasis on making good, responsible residential and commercial loans to women and woman-owned businesses, and we pour our hearts into projects and financial practices that are creating better lives for children anywhere.” →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Local Nonprofit + Local Author = Local Good


By Kendal Privette


I sit across from Brittany and listen to her story. Domestic violence forced her to flee from home with her infant daughter nearly one year ago. Unemployed and homeless, she desperately sought help. And through a series of phone calls, coincidences and miracles, she found herself, one-thousand miles from her home, sitting face-to-face with Asheville citizen Mary Sczudlo, director of Homeless Services for Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM). And Brittany had found her place – Steadfast House, transitional housing for homeless women and children, including several beds specifically for veterans. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Homeward Bound


By Beth Russo


On a bitterly cold day last January, when the sky outside my window was gray and wind shook the glass in the windowpanes, I answered the phone at Homeward Bound. On the other end was a woman, her voice cracking as she asked, “Can you help me? And my kids?” →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Self-Advocacy Is Not Selfishness


By Ann Marie Houghtailing


After helping women build businesses, negotiate hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary increases and expand their opportunities, I’ve learned that at the heart of every one of these bold ventures is the ability to self-advocate. Earning your worth requires you to both acknowledge and defend your value. It would surprise most people to know that the smart, competent, successful women I work with often undervalue their contribution and accept less than they deserve. The truth is, self-advocacy is hard. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

Meet Our Advertisers: Finding the Heart of Horse Sense


By Sophia Noll


What does Heart of Horse Sense have in common with Horse Sense of the Carolinas? A passion for horses and a commitment to helping people! Heart is the creation of Executive Director Shannon Knapp, who is also Founder/President of Horse Sense of the Carolinas. Heart of Horse Sense is a non-profit organization that supports free Therapeutic Horsemanship, including Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning for Veterans, their families and for at-risk youth. As I listened to Shannon’s heart and vision there was no doubt that she’s one passionate, committed woman when it comes to offering Equine Therapy to Veterans and at Risk Youth. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading


November's Lunch & Learn with Saralyn Collins will be a great networking and shopping opportunity. In addition to that a local photographer will offer a great price on a portrait. Come mingle and chip away at some of your Holiday Shopping List!
Event on November 20th begins at 11:00 a.m. and goes until 2:00 p.m. LOCATION: Four Points Sheraton Hotel (exit 240 and Merrimon) 22 Woodfin St (easy parking and access).
To learn more and register: Click here for details!

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