Three Days of Light Festival (3DL) comes to Hot Springs this weekend

Offering more than 50 workshops, which range in topic from sunrise meditation to fire spinning, the Three Days of Light Gathering (3DL) returns to the mountains this weekend. But 3DL director and founder Scott Love says says the three-day music and healing arts festival isn’t exclusively for people who “wear patchouli and have dreads.”

Finding hope: The long road back from eating disorders

For 16 years, Kasey Cramer hid her disease in plain sight. She skipped meals; she binged and purged. When she did want to eat, Cramer experienced such severe panic attacks that her throat would completely close up. But Cramer, one of seven panelists at the Sept. 26 “Voices of Hope: A Conversation About Eating Disorders” gathering, wasn’t ready to give up. “Recovery is possible; it is realistic,” she said.

Healthy discussion: Panel event highlights community solutions to national health problems-attachment0

Healthy discussion­: Panel event highlights community solutions to national health problems

Speaking to about 50 people at the Sherrill Center last night, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Shellie Pfohl urged audience members to view improving the health of the nation and ending childhood obesity as everyone’s responsibility. (Photo of Shellie Pfohl courtesy of UNCA)

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Compassion­ate citizens aid disabled vet

Day after day, Earl Grey sits in his wheelchair on Biltmore Avenue, his Veterans Affairs ID card taped to the top of a red Folgers coffee container. He’s been homeless for four years. But in July, some concerned locals decided to help Grey track down the missing paperwork so he could start receiving disability checks again and get off the streets. (Photo by Max Cooper)

Collateral damage: Local veterans wrestle with the aftermath of war-attachment0

Collateral damage: Local veterans wrestle with the aftermath of war

Despite having no military base nearby, nearly 20,000 veterans call Buncombe County home — giving it the sixth-largest veteran population in the state. As local visits for PTSD, depression, substance abuse, homelessness and unemployment continues to climb at Charles George VA, three local veterans share their struggles and stories about mental health. (Cover design by Sarah Riddle)

We’re so happy: Asheville ranks high in HuffPo happiness meter

Never mind that we’ve experienced the wettest July on record (and really, it’s got to be the wettest year ever). And never mind that the lower half of the Southeast gets dubbed “the sadness belt,” due to high unemployment and poverty, and a few other matters. In Asheville, we’re happy. At least, that’s what the Huffington Post says.