GIVING THANKS: Rabbi Justin Goldstein of Beth Israel Congregation in Asheville says gratitude is the foundation of the Jewish tradition, which celebrates the miracle of     oil staying lit for eight days during Hanukkah. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

The best holiday gift for lifting spirits, wellness

In the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the pressures of gift buying, parties and family gatherings yet forget about that old Thanksgiving stalwart — gratitude. But thankfulness may be the best gift you can give yourself and others this time of year. “The holidays can be a really challenging time,” says Asheville psychologist Deborah Barnett. […]

Lost and found

After many years of visiting from New Orleans, we arrived in Asheville in September of 1981, finally ready to make it our home. Once again we were struck by the skeletal remains of a once-vibrant city now barely connected to its illustrious past, except for a mishmash of glorious but unkempt early-20th-century architecture. But even […]