The phenomenon of near-death experiences is more widespread than popularly believed, with some estimates placing it in the millions. Several Western North Carolina residents recount their experiences, which they say have been transformative and life-changing.
More gems from the Kids Issue 2016, including this excerpt: “Who am I? I don’t quite know yet. Who do I think I am? I could write forever.”
On Saturday, April 2, supporters and opponents of the recently-passed North Carolina legislation House Bill 2 demonstrated in Asheville’s Pack Square. The new law overturns a Charlotte ordinance that would have allowed people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity rather than the sex that matches their birth certificate. It also prevents other municipalities from passing similar ordinances to Charlotte’s, and it limits legal recourse for those who believe they have experienced discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or disability.
“My grandparents would also do anything for me. They support me in every way.”
“I love the feeling I get when I’ve found someone who looks past my flaws and sees who I truly am.”
“The way I let my body flow, be free to just let go and leap in a dance, is what makes me ‘me.'”
“Who am I? I am winter bonfires and chasing little kids and little animals. Afternoons spent out in the woods.”
“Mom works, gets ready, cleans up, relaxes, goes to sleep. She has beautiful hands.”
By Andrea Golden Dulce Lomita Mobile Home Cooperative began in June 2013 with the purchase of a six-unit mobile home park in the Emma neighborhood. Members of the cooperative, who had been renting mobile homes in and around the area, created the cooperative as an opportunity for our families for first-time homeownership. But we also […]
“I am from the wonderment of finding family out of friends who ran out in the rain on that hot summer day.”
“Journalists and writers everywhere sought out Daniel A. Kanipe, eager as they were for firsthand accounts of Custer and the battle, both of which had assumed mythic proportions by the turn of the century. “
“If you’re reading this, I hope you’ll search your soul to see if you can find there the commitment to help a young person. If not, please talk to your friends, clergy and civic groups to help us locate more volunteers.”
“Let’s elevate this bipartisan issue during 2016 elections. Encourage candidates to support the high-yield investment that quality early childhood programs can bring to our parents, children and communities.”
“We remain very concerned by the closed, pro-Duke and unconstitutional process in this case, including the lack of regulatory scrutiny of Duke Energy assertions.”
“The mean-spirited abuse hurled at college students and professors alike reflects a dying political paradigm coupled with a fear of the young.”
“If Duke makes a large financial investment now in an unnecessarily large natural gas plant, that plant will have to continue to emit carbon dioxide for many decades to justify its construction.”
“When serious, authentic architecture is rejected in favor of simulacra, we exchange reality for a mythical past where everything is made to resemble what might have been.”
“In the current rapidly evolving energy environment, building a plant that’s bigger than the absolute minimum required, and doing it sooner than it’s really needed, is risky. Taking such a risk when better options are readily available is nothing short of foolhardy.”
Tensions have boiled over within the Stakeholders Forum that has been seeking to build harmony on the Pisgah-Nantahala Forest plan revision after more than 40 organizations signed a memorandum of understanding supporting the creation of two National Recreation Areas in Western North Carolina.
“So where is North Carolina’s official rock song? It’s staring us right in the face! This beloved tune was written and performed by a talent that was sharpened and informed by a childhood spent in North Carolina.”
“There is far too much at stake – the climate crisis, the state economy and the very principles necessary for a democratic society to function – for this process to move forward under the shadow created by Sen. [Tom] Apodaca’s bill limiting regulatory and public review to 45 days.”