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A Debt We Never Can Repay

This Saturday we once again celebrate Veterans Day. Since its beginning in 1919, Americans recognized and remembered those men and women who valiantly served our country, so generation after generation could live in freedom that many around the world can only dream about. No amount of thanks and praise could ever come close to paying back the selflessness, bravery, and sacrifice of those who proudly donned the uniform of the United States and their families. They are heroes all. A … Continue reading

Happy Halloween

Did You Know? The word Halloween is an abbreviated version of the phrases All Hallows’ Eve or All Hallows’ Evening. Halloween comes from an ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago called Samhain. The festival took place in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and northwestern France. Samhain means “summer’s end” and marks the beginning of winter. Samhain is also thought to celebrate the beginning of the Celtic year. The Celts believed that Samhain was a time when … Continue reading

Here’s to the Crazy Ones- Remembering Steve Jobs

It has been six years this past Thursday since the world lost Steve Jobs, innovator, agitator, businessman, marketer, rebel, husband, father, and co-founder of  Apple. Inc. He changed the way millions of us communicate, listen to music, watch TV and movies, learn, and look at things in this world. He was 56 years old. Some time ago a friend told me how Eblen Charities continued to surprise her and so many others, and had for the past number of years. … Continue reading

With A Grateful Heart

Thank you so much for the recent donation of the snacks to our classroom teachers. We really appreciate your kindness and our children are already benefitting from this. It’s wonderful to know we have a partner within our community to help us make sure our children do not go hungry. Again, thank you so much for your generosity. What overwhelming generosity you have provided to our school. We have so many students who need a boost during the day and … Continue reading

One Dollar Has Never Been More Important

Last Monday our first clients arrived at the Eblen Charities – Waddell Client Service Center a little after midnight 4:00. By 7:00 AM when when we opened the doors more that 60 families had arrived to seek our help through our Emergency Assistance partnership with Buncombe County Department of Social Services. Families seeking help with housing and utility assistance arrive long before the sun is up to find help and make sure that they can get their children to school … Continue reading

A Hero in Our Midst – Remembering Had and Genelle Zeugner

This past Saturday a group of close long-time friends gathered to gather at TC Roberson High School to share memories of a wonderful time that has long passed us by and to remember an extraordinary couple that not only meant so much to so many but who shaped our community as no there has before or since. We all came together to share our memories of and to honor Had and Genelle Zeugner who both passed away last month after … Continue reading

As I See It: Lighting the Lamp

Last Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of the “Saint of the Gutters” Mother Teresa of Calcutta. I shared a story about Mother this past week with a friend of mine as we were talking about the amazing impact that this tiny Albanian nun had on the world and that still resonates two decades after her death. One of the greatest honors that I have had in my life was the opportunity to have corresponded with Mother Teresa. … Continue reading

“In Honor of All Who Carved the Grandeur We Behold”

Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer  with the last long weekend and the harbinger of the fall season.  But long before it took the meaning of the last cook-out of the summer, it held a deeper meaning for a much higher cause that began at the dawn of the industrial revolution. Labor Day was originally established as a day to honor those who toiled twelve hours a day, seven days a week to keep America running in the … Continue reading

Remembering George Scott

George Scott would have turned 88 last Sunday. Few people in my life have had as much influence and importance as George had. The impact that George had has only grown throughout the years and so many lives have been touched and are so much better because of him. Growing up we all had heroes. They may have come from history books we read, a movie or television show we watched, or a musician or band whose albums we wore … Continue reading

A Tiny Ripple of Hope

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance” -Robert Francis Kennedy. Last month marked the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, June … Continue reading