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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: 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

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

A Story Not Soon Forgotten

She came into our office on Friday, a young lady in early 20s but look much younger. She walked up to our desk and stood there for a few minutes trying hard to find the words she wanted to say.  “I’ve never had to do this before,” she finally said. “I don’t know what to say but I need help.” She quietly began to tell her story to our volunteer coordinator Mary Ann McMinn.  She explained and she had two young … Continue reading

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