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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

Aye and Begorrah

This Friday we celebrate 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

With A Greateful 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

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

The Poverty of the Heart Revisited

A few weeks ago a friend of mine died. I didn’t see him much these past years, but we knew each other in high school and I would see him from time to time in the lobby at Eblen needing some assistance as his health had been failing for sometime and his life had been a struggle for some time. But in thinking about him these past weeks and through all the difficulties he faced I don’t think I ever … Continue reading

Epilogue: A Single Pair of Shoes

A while ago we received a phone call from one of our one of our councilors of the Graduation Initiative about a young girl in Buncombe County. This particular young lady had come to the councilor’s attention as she was going through files of students who were in jeopardy of not graduating due to missing too many days of school. Now this student was not a disciplinary problem and her grades were even better than one would expect for one … Continue reading

Jack Brisco Remembered

It has been seven years since Jack Brisco passed away. Thousands of media outlets across the globe reported his death which brought tens of thousands of responses from nearly every continent and country imaginable. Jack was far more than an athlete. He was a good man and a close friend. I had many heroes growing up. Figures from history, sports, my grandparents, and my high school principal all made an indelible impression on me as they still do today. But … Continue reading

Kindness Changed the World More Than 60 Years Ago

“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 more than sixty 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 … 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