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A Tiny Ripple of Hope

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance” -Robert Francis Kennedy. Last month marked the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, June … 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

What So Proudly We Hail

With independence Day this Tuesday and in the spirit of July 4th (and the spirit of America), I thought this week’s closing thoughts should recognize some interesting facts about the holiday and our founding fathers who placed their lives on the line to establish our country. Here’s to all who have sacrificed their lives for freedom. July 2, 1776, was actually the day that independence was declared from Great Britain, as part of a resolution passed by Congress on that day. … Continue reading

Remembering Rosa Lee

Skyland, North Carolina is wonderful and unique place in which to grow up and live. If you ask ten people where the boundaries of Skyland begins and ends you will more than likely get thirty different answers. Answers like “from the Dairy Queen to the Parkway Bridge” or “from the fire department to where Searcy’s Produce used to be.” There is little if any agreement where the borders of Skyland lie, but there is one thing that those of us … Continue reading

Forty-Four Cents : A Modern Tale of the Widows Mite

No matter what our faith may be, I would tend to believe that almost everyone knows the story of the widow’s mite, the story of the poor widow who entered the temple who put her offering into the temple treasury. She did so quietly and alone. She was not looking for any recognition as the wealthy were who went before her putting in large amounts money and making sure that all who were around were well aware of their generosity. … Continue reading

“ The Greatest” Quietly Helped Eblen Touch Many

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” That quote has been one of my favorites and one that has remained in my thoughts almost daily since I ran across it a dozen or so years ago. When I first read it I was more than a bit surprised at who first spoke these words. It wasn’t Mother Teresa, Dr. Martin Luther King, or Mahatma Gandhi. Those simple but powerful words came from Muhammad … Continue reading

Williams / Baldwin Teacher Campus “Smart Housing” Opens It’s Doors to New Frontier in Education

A little more than a year and a half ago, we welcomed everyone at a luncheon at A-B Tech to the official announcement to what we called “the worst kept secret in Asheville.” Now just nine months after breaking ground, the “worst kept secret in Asheville has become one of the most watched and anticipated educational projects in the country as we have received calls from across the nation from school districts, businesses, local governments, and universities, inquiring how this … Continue reading

Thanks to All Who Kept So Many Warm This Winter

With warm days finally upon us we haven’t forgotten all the wonderful families we served this winter for heating assistance and all who helped us keeping so many warm. We are still compiling the total numbers of all our families assisted with heating and utilities for the winter but we do know that through our heating programs, we served nearly 12,000 families with nearly three quarters of a million dollars from the beginning of November through the end of March. … Continue reading

A Remarkable Mind

On April 29, 1962 at a dinner honoring the the Nobel Prize winners of the western hemisphere, President John F. Kennedy remarked, “I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” This past Saturday,, we celebrated Thomas Jefferson’s 274th birthday. He was born … Continue reading

Epilogue – 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 nine years since Larry Norman passed away. This past Saturday he would have celebrated his 70th birthdayFew have helped shape my thoughts and overall view of the world as Larry Norman. I had written a few years ago that I have found myself living in two different worlds. The first is where I spend the greater portion … Continue reading