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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

A New Year – A Blank Book

As I write this, another year has gone by and with that so many things that come to mind that will make 2016 like no other year in our lives. I think that it is an indisputable truth that each year of our lives are full of moments that we can never again have in our grasp – they remain with us only in our heart and in our remembrance but they are with us all the same. So much … Continue reading

Someday at Christmas

By the time you are reading this the 2016 Christmas season will have come and gone. 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 … Continue reading

Three Shots Fired in Dallas Fifty-Three 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 20th century. 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. … 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 of … Continue reading