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The female body is a complicated organism, and the reproductive system is perhaps the most complicated of all. Sex can be a beautiful part of life and the core of intimate relationships, but over the years sexual pleasure will inevitably ebb and flow. 

Naema Pierce • Rumble Contributor | Somewhere in the many messages that we have received about sex, most of us have accepted the idea that if a penis is erect and a vagina is wet, then that person is primed and ready to go for sex.

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | All energy connects. We like to compartmentalize issues in our lives, but from an energetic stance that’s an impossible feat. Energy flows through our body through energy centers known as chakras. How it moves through these centers is determined by our mental and emotional health. This is powerful information and if we are willing to do a little sleuthing it can offer us a chance to change course and deepen.

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | How we feel in a space makes a big difference in our ability to recover from life’s stressors. By setting up a place designated for meditation, we build up the energy in a room making our time of meditation practice there more powerful. The physical body spends less time trying to relax and expand because the space already offers a heightened vibration. By implementing a few items and adjusting your schedule you will reap even greater rewards from as few as 5 minutes of meditation.  

In just over a span of five years, the women’s heavy athletic division at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games has grown from a group of three dedicated competitors to now attracting more than a dozen professional athletes form the across the country to participate in the weekend’s slate of ancient competitions.

“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” – William Wordsworth, 1798

This month is Plastic Free July, a perfect time to conserve for the sake of your health as well as all Creation. [1]  One way to do this is to bring your own bag (BYOB) every place, every time you shop. 

Before noon on Monday, July 19, school employees smelled propane. Summer school students, summer childcare students, and staff were evacuated to a soccer field adjacent to the school. Maintenance and emergency services were notified.

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Q: I need to have some oral surgery and will need to be on a diet that is mostly liquids for a couple of weeks. What are some things I should plan on buying or stocking up on? 

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | My intuitive design work is based on the principles of Feng Shui. I started out as a Feng Shui consultant and quickly learned how to sense patterns in a space that contribute to disharmony in a home. Here are the top two mistakes I see people make when designing their homes. Addressing these can make a HUGE difference in how your home can support your health, wealth and relationships.

Folkmoot, North Carolina’s Official International Folk Festival, returns with the reimagining of its Summerfest, scheduled from Thur., July 22 to Sun., July 25. The festival will be located at Lake Junaluska, Downtown Waynesville and the Folkmoot Friendship Center.

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | I work with the spirit world. I am grateful for those in the living that trust me to hear their stories of pain and to those in spirit that step forward to ease that pain and offer love as a path to healing.

Q: If someone has pre-diabetes (borderline diabetes) is it safe to eat breads with no added sugar? 

New York Times bestselling author Delia Owens will keynote Literacy Together’s 13th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Auction on October 28, 2021.

By Maxine Hooten | I'm the youngest of my fourteen cousins. Ten of us are girls. I always love seeing them but since the pandemic I haven't gotten to see a lot of them. I was so excited when my cousins from Florida, Jamie and Katie, said they wanted to come spend the weekend with us because it was Jamie's birthday. We invited my other family to come celebrate too . My mom said that I could be in charge of making the birthday cake. But I decided to make a birthday pie, peanut butter pie to be exact.

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Do you remember the 1960s game “Operation?" Cavity Sam lays on an operating table with various cavities exposed, holding plastic pieces that need to be removed. All that is required is a pair of tweezers and your fine motor skills to heal this poor chap! If you can successfully remove the plastic piece without touching the walls of the cavity, you win the money associated with the cost of the surgery. If not, his big red nose buzzes and lights up so bright, it puts Rudolf to shame.

Our VOICE learned on June 16 that we would not be receiving $298,000 in continued grant funding from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission due to the alarming decrease in Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) dollars at the federal level. This funding supported vital ongoing, longtime services, one of which is free counseling for sexual assault and human trafficking survivors.

Q: What is the difference between the Laura Lynn "Nu-trish" milk and the Laura Lynn regular 1% milk? 

 By Dr. Dara

Have you ever taken a chance at something that you never thought you could? Have you put aside all the reasons you shouldn’t do something and did it anyway? Have you made a big decision purely off your instinct–your gut instinct? 

Gary Lewis of Clyde didn’t get the scratch-off ticket he wanted when he stopped at a convenience store to play the lottery, but he did find a 100X the Cash ticket with a $100,000 prize.

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Haywood County courts are back in full swing following safety-related case delays during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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By Harmony Robin • Guest Columnist | As I sit and gaze out my window, the summer breeze cools my face. Listening to the sounds of a summer night and typing away what I hope will have significance or meaning to someone, somewhere, someday. 

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of balancing a space by using a combination of the elements water, wood, fire, earth and metal. Understanding how energy moves or becomes stagnant and the effect it has on the people living there, is key to transforming the living environment. So this begs the question, “how do you know if your home has good or bad energy flow?”

 

Meet the author of The Girl Explorers, Jayne Zanglein, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. She will greet folks and sign books.

The Rotary Club of Sylva chooses a student of the month for good grades and exemplary study skills.

Q: I was buying this item at Ingles and suddenly it has disappeared! What happened to it?

Celebrate summer with an evening of entertainment that includes a delicious dinner and fabulous production. Dine With Divas drag dinner cabaret is a mouth full of fun and premieres at the Highland Brewing Event Center on July 29.

By Daley Hooten • Rumble Contributor | On June 11, Welsh pop singer Marina released her latest album, Ancient Dreams In a Modern Land,” and announced her upcoming tour in 2022. I had been signed up to receive newsletters from her, so as soon as I got the news I jumped on my laptop, turned up the volume and jammed out for the next hour. 

Q: Do "lactation cookies" work?

How’s your pickle knowledge?

One of the spices I love most is cayenne pepper which has capsaicin in it. Capsaicin is shown to help increase your metabolic rate! It does this by increasing your internal body temperature which in turn makes you burn more calories. So the spicier food you eat... potentially the faster your metabolism. Think about like harissa or other spicy additives to food that can up those internal body temps! 

The Asheville Gallery of Art welcomes June with the show “Soul of Place: Images Inspired by the Places We Love,” featuring the landscape paintings of Karen Keil Brown and Cathyann Burgess. 

Two of North Carolina’s largest managed care organizations recently announced they will consolidate in preparation for the state’s transformation to Medicaid managed care. 

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Visitors who fed a bear peanut butter in Cades Cove received a citation from Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers after a witness provided video documentation of the incident.

After an investigation, the visitors confessed and were issued the citation on Thursday, June 3.  

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By: Dr. Linda Sparks ND, LAc

While I am sure most folks like to drink to relax or for social reasons, some of us are drinking more than the body would like.  Alcohol can take its toll on the body and the mind, especially in larger quantities.

By Hylah Birenbaum

This August I will be celebrating my 50th birthday, so I decided that this year I am dedicating it to me with some self-care and self-love.

 Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN is the Corporate Dietitian for Ingles Markets. She can answer your questions about food from the farm to the plate, whether you want to know about nutrition, ingredients, preparation or farming practices. 

From the Rumble Team

There are a ton of classic movies about high schoolers. While these nostalgic films center on teens in high school, the feeling of opportunity, possibility and sheer joie de vivre make them captivating for all audiences. With graduation season fast approaching, and the excitement of the ensuing summer season, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites. Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy these high school classics. 

The Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency has identified a symptomatic COVID-19 case at Silverbluff Early Education & Preschool in Canton.

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By Emily Duvall

My high school experience embodies the saying, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” 

Q: Should I be buying local honey to prevent or relieve seasonal allergies?

May is National Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Awareness Month. More than 30,000 adults and kids in the United States have CF. In West Virginia, a CF survivor is currently winning her 37-year battle with the disease — thanks to her life-saving double lung transplant. Her transplant is not only allowing her to breathe easier; it is also the reason she will be celebrating a very special Mother’s Day this year with her daughter.

National nonprofit credit counseling agency Take Charge America explains the fiscal flubs young adults should avoid to build a strong financial foundation after graduation.

Memorial Day Weekend Events

The shift to remote learning during the pandemic caused angst for parents, but it also led to unexpected benefits that they may find hard to let go of as their children return to school.

When we think of spring cleaning we typically think of scrubbing, mopping, organizing, and generally getting our homes back in shape. But why is it that we only do it in the spring or fall? What if we didn’t have to do it at all? Obviously we need to keep everything clean, but not many people enjoy taking two or three full days to just get down and dirty and clean the dark recesses and corners.

Are you a creature of habit when it comes to buying produce? How about trying some new/different items! 

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