HIGH MOBILITY:  Erika Bogan, left, and Shannon Chisholm, right, check out the MV-1 by Mobility Ventures and the Horizon Electric Adventure Vehicle (EAV) by Outrider USA. Photo courtesy of John Ryan Photography

Two Asheville women find their ‘new normal’ after spinal-cord injuries

After a traumatic injury, there is a physical, emotional, and spiritual process associated with recovery, and that is the process of finding your “new normal.” This is more than just re-learning and acclimating to the daily routine of life, it is about becoming comfortable and confident with who you are post injury, says Erika Bogan. “That is the biggest challenge. Finding your ‘new normal,’ accepting it, and becoming comfortable in your own skin.”

MOUNTAIN MAJESTY: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most beloved and most visited sites in the National Park System, attracting millions of visitors and tourist dollars to the region each year. Its creation was the result of over a decade of legislative wrangling, relentless promotion and fundraising, and the tireless efforts of WNC residents such as George Masa, a Japanese immigrant who helped introduce the Smokies to the American people through his photography. Photo via North Carolina Collection, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville

George Masa and the birth of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

“These efforts really are about protecting places for all Americans and for future generations,” notes Brent Martin of The Wilderness Society. The leaders of the national parks movement, he maintains, “all saw a much bigger picture, not only for all human beings, but for all living things.”

HEEDED THE CALL: "Coming to Asheville was a calling for me," says Joy Butler, social worker and director of The Healing Center of Asheville. "I felt I needed to be in the Blue Ridge Mountains healing the folks down here." Photo by Peggy Hustad

Local practition­ers talk about why Asheville may be ‘Therapy Town’

Asheville is known for many things, including adventure and nature, arts and music, food and beer, and rest and recreation. It’s been called “Tree City” and “Beer City”as well as named “best of” on many lists. But what about calling Asheville “City of Counselors”? Or how about “Therapy Town”?  For those of us who are counselors here […]

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ICYMI: Xpress feature reads of the week

Ahh, Spring is in the air! The tourists are buzzing around downtown and the lovely smell of Bradford pear trees is wafting on the breeze….which means we’re probably in for a heavy frost or one more freak snow shower in the coming weeks. Anyway, here’s some feature stories from the past week, if you’re looking […]

BIRTHDAY GIFT: Brad and Corina Cassinova use the support of Chama Woydak of HomeGrown Babies.  Photo by Destinee Blau Photography, courtesy of HomeGrown Babies

New birthing center highlights Asheville-area services

Although New Dawn Midwifery closes at the end of March, safe and supported birthing options abound in the Asheville area, including hospitals with obstetricians, hospitals with midwives and the WNC Birth Center, which is set to open this spring on South French Broad Avenue. Professionals across the region continue to advocate for education and support as the keys to making choices during childbirth. […]