MINDFUL PRACTICE: Elise Cross leads a meditation class for Asheville kids at Urban Dharma. Photo by  Tim Cross

Asheville kids learn meditation and mindfulnes­s

The benefits of meditation for adults are well-researched and supported by science. Improved cognition, decreased anxiety and increased focus are just a few of meditation’s touted effects. The research on children’s meditation isn’t as plentiful, but studies have shown that kids, too, can reap the benefits of “quieting the mind.” Asheville parents and teachers are […]

ADDRESSING A CRISIS: State Attorney General Josh Stein speaks about the opioid crisis and listens to the problems facing Buncombe County at a conference in Asheville on Tuesday.

Attorney General Josh Stein discusses opioid crisis in WNC

State Attorney General Josh Stein visited Asheville on June 6 to discuss the region’s efforts to combat the far-reaching effects of the opioid crisis. While not alone among North Carolina counties in dealing with drug abuse, overdoses and drug-related deaths, Buncombe County’s problem is significant, local representatives and Stein said.

PERSISTENT PATIENT: Beth Zahller runs an all-girls child care service in Asheville. She struggled with having her metal allergy discounted as stress. Photo courtesy of Beth Zahller

Gender bias impacts medical care, say local and national experts

According to a host of experts in Asheville and around the nation, female patients are likely to experience more dismissals of symptoms and receive less medical knowledge about their diseases as a result of “gender bias in medicine.” The long-standing prejudice is well-known within the medical community — and women are still taking the brunt of it, experts say.

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER: While community members largely spoke out in favor of Alternative 4B for Section B of the I-26 Connector Project, several aspects of NCDOT’s design, such as the three bridges that would span the French Broad River near Montford (above), have a coalition of Montford neighbors and others questioning the scale and scope of the design. Image via NCDOT; courtesy of DWAC

Despite progress, concerns about the I-26 Connector persist

When the DOT finally decided on a design for Section B of the Connector project in 2015, many stakeholders thought they saw light at the end of a very long tunnel. Other residents, however, see serious flaws in Alternative 4B, questioning whether the project’s long-term benefits will justify the sacrifices their neighborhoods must make to see it completed.

WALK AND LEARN: Marc Williams guides participants on a walk and teaches woody ethnobotany at the 2016 annual Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium. Photo courtesy of Linnea Wardwell

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium comes to Black Mountain June 2-4

For over a decade, Larry and Linnea Wardwell have had one main goal: to bring high-quality herbal medicine into practice. The annual Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2017, planned for the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain Friday to Sunday, June 2-4, does just that, says Linnea Wardwell. The symposium, which began when the owner of Gaia Herbs […]