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As I See It: There Are Only So Many Tomorrows Revisited

  the first two weeks of this year I have lost two wonderful friends. They were loved by those who knew them and their lives touched countless others.  In thinking of them I thought it might be appropriate to reprint some thoughts I wrote some time 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 … 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 past 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. As the number of families has grown during the past few months there is quite a bit more to the … 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

Someday at Christmas

By the time you are reading this the 2018 Christmas season will almost be over. All the hustle and holiday craziness are now behind us for another year as we finish the last of the leftovers, take down the tree, and pack up the ornaments and decorations. Along with the memories of this past yuletide is that of an amazing season of kindness and generosity that we saw through the Eblen Charities St. Nicholas Project, The Ingles Toy Store and … Continue reading

Three Shots Fired in Dallas 55 Years Ago

He was the second youngest man to hold the office of the presidency and the youngest man ever elected to it. He was the first Catholic to win the oval office and the first president born in the 20thcentury. He won the Pulitzer Prize on his way to winning the White House with one of the closest electoral margins in history. He faced down a Soviet threat of unimaginable proportions that saved the world from its first nuclear war. He … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving

Did you know ?: The first US Thanksgiving was held between 21 September and 11 November 1621 in Massachusetts by 50 Plymouth Pilgrims and their 90 Wampanoag neighbors. After that, Thanksgiving was held fairly randomly. Thanksgiving days were proclaimed annually by the US Congress from 1777 to 1783 which, except for 1782, were all celebrated in December. George Washington declared Thanksgiving in 1789 and 1795, and John Adams in 1798 and 1799. James Madison declared Thanksgiving twice in 1815. None … 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

To All Those Who Have Gone Before Us

I was asked to speak a few years ago at a small memorial service remembering the students, faculty, and staff of T C Roberson High School who had passed away. The service was part of a multi-class reunion held during a home coming weekend. Being an alumnus of Roberson, I felt honored by the invitation and surprised to see how many graduates came from across the five decades that Roberson had been in existence to honor their friends and classmates … Continue reading

Here’s to the Crazy Ones- Remembering Steve Jobs

It has been seven years this past week 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