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Remembering Rosa Lee

Skyland, North Carolina is wonderful and unique place in which to grow up and live. If you ask ten people where the boundaries of Skyland begins and ends you will more than likely get thirty different answers. Answers like “from the Dairy Queen to the Parkway Bridge” or “from the fire department to where Searcy’s Produce used to be.” There is little if any agreement where the borders of Skyland lie, but there is one thing that those of us … Continue reading

Forty-Four Cents : A Modern Tale of the Widows Mite

No matter what our faith may be, I would tend to believe that almost everyone knows the story of the widow’s mite, the story of the poor widow who entered the temple who put her offering into the temple treasury. She did so quietly and alone. She was not looking for any recognition as the wealthy were who went before her putting in large amounts money and making sure that all who were around were well aware of their generosity. … Continue reading

“ The Greatest” Quietly Helped Eblen Touch Many

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” That quote has been one of my favorites and one that has remained in my thoughts almost daily since I ran across it a dozen or so years ago. When I first read it I was more than a bit surprised at who first spoke these words. It wasn’t Mother Teresa, Dr. Martin Luther King, or Mahatma Gandhi. Those simple but powerful words came from Muhammad … Continue reading

Williams / Baldwin Teacher Campus “Smart Housing” Opens It’s Doors to New Frontier in Education

A little more than a year and a half ago, we welcomed everyone at a luncheon at A-B Tech to the official announcement to what we called “the worst kept secret in Asheville.” Now just nine months after breaking ground, the “worst kept secret in Asheville has become one of the most watched and anticipated educational projects in the country as we have received calls from across the nation from school districts, businesses, local governments, and universities, inquiring how this … Continue reading

Thanks to All Who Kept So Many Warm This Winter

With warm days finally upon us we haven’t forgotten all the wonderful families we served this winter for heating assistance and all who helped us keeping so many warm. We are still compiling the total numbers of all our families assisted with heating and utilities for the winter but we do know that through our heating programs, we served nearly 12,000 families with nearly three quarters of a million dollars from the beginning of November through the end of March. … Continue reading

A Remarkable Mind

On April 29, 1962 at a dinner honoring the the Nobel Prize winners of the western hemisphere, President John F. Kennedy remarked, “I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” This past Saturday,, we celebrated Thomas Jefferson’s 274th birthday. He was born … Continue reading

Epilogue – Remembering Larry Norman

“What a mess this world is in, I wonder who began it? Don’t ask me I’m only visiting this planet.” It has been nine years since Larry Norman passed away. This past Saturday he would have celebrated his 70th birthdayFew have helped shape my thoughts and overall view of the world as Larry Norman. I had written a few years ago that I have found myself living in two different worlds. The first is where I spend the greater portion … Continue reading

Someone Who Understands

It is amazing how an act of  kindness can touch a heart and change the lives of not only the ones you receive it but the ones who give it as well. No matter how old we may be or who we are an act of kindness no matter how small we think our act may be it has the power that can very well be felt around the world. As author Mark taw in wrote “Kindness  is a language … Continue reading

April Fools

This Saturday is April 1st, or as most of us know it as April Fool’s Day. And as silly as this unofficial holiday may seem in comparison to so many others, it’s origins and traditions are no less fascinating. While the origins of April Fools’ Day are sketchy at best, one of the more popular theories dates back to the 16th century. Prior to 1582, the new year began on April 1. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new … Continue reading

There Are Only So Many Tomorrows

This past month I lost two wonderful friends. They were loved by those who knew them and their lives touched countless others. In thinking of my friends I thought it might be appropriate to reprint some thoughts I wrote a year and a half ago. So for now, my friends, I hope you know how much you meant to so many and that in this life I have been so blessed to know you. Here is my epilogue from August … Continue reading