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Aye and Begorrah

Last Saturday we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and in honor of all of our friends of Irish decent (and those who wish they were) here are a few facts about St. Patrick’s Day we thought you might enjoy. St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration … Continue reading

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 ten years since Larry Norman passed away and with a long awaited biography being released next week, I found myself thinking about a friend that I met just a few months after graduating from high school. Few have helped shape my thoughts and overall view of the world as Larry Norman. I had written a few years … Continue reading

Epilogue: Looking at Lincoln

“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right … Continue reading


By Mother Teresa of Calcutta People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered… forgive them anyway If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives… be kind anyway If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies… succeed anyway If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you… be honest and frank anyway What you may spend years building, someone may destroy overnight… build anyway If you find serenity and happiness, people … Continue reading

Epilogue: A Single Pair of Shoes

This past Saturday I had a great privilege to speak at the mid-year commencement of Buncombe County Schools. With the 2017-2018 school year half way through I was reminded of a story of a courageous family that was brought to us by Sharon Fish, one of our amazing Graduation Initiative counselors. She told us about a young girl in one of our schools who had come to a councilor’s attention as she was going through files of students who were … Continue reading

As I See It: Don’t Wait for Leaders

There is no doubt to anyone who has ever lived in our community that the people of western North Carolina are as kind and generous as one would find anywhere. We don’t have to look far to find a great number of people and organizations that give of themselves in the service of others. It is in these troubled times that we fortunate to have so many that are willing to reach out to help those in need.But as the … Continue reading

Epilogue: With a Grateful Heart

From time to time we receive kind words of thanks from the families we are privileged to serve. We thought you might like to read a few of them this week. On several occasions I have come to Eblen Charities seeking aid. My requests for help have always been handled in a courteous and efficient manner. Other organizations could learn a thing from Eblen. Our community is fortunate to have your help during a time of need. Thank you from … Continue reading

Dr. King’s Message Still Resonates More Than Six Decades Later

“Be loving enough to absorb evil and understanding enough to turn an enemy into a friend.” Those very powerful words of kindness weren’t spoken, but written as advice sixty-two years ago from Dr. Martin Luther King on a one page typed sheet of paper titled Integrated Bus Suggestions.  Known for his courage, compassion, and unwavering vision of equality, Dr. King’s words have resonated across the globe and like his model Mahatma Gandhi, set the bar for non-violent protest and change … Continue reading

The Heart and Soul of Eblen Charities

This week not only began a New Year but saw some record breaking cold weather return to the mountains with wind chill dropping well below zero. With this, Eblen Charities in partnership with Buncombe County Health and Human Services have expanded our heating assistance programs and extending our office hours to 7:00 PM on Tuesday nights throughout the winter. With the increasing number of families that we have seen over the past few months. But there is quite a bit … Continue reading

Epilogue: Giving More Than Hope

As I begin to write this the day after Christmas, the yuletide season of this year has already come to a close. Christmas trees have begun to be put away for another year or dragged to the curb to be picked up, lines to exchange gifts or to begin to spend gift cards begin to form, offices and stores reopen, and for so many our regular routines return. But as so many of us now turn our thoughts now turn … Continue reading