Pink Regalia helps women recover from surgery

  Pink Regalia, located in Waynesville and Asheville, is the second retailer in the nation to carry the newest technology…
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Cooking with stone fruits: an early fall treat

Literature abounds with references to stone fruits. They signal something luscious and, if not romantic, intensely pleasurable. But there is…
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'Tis the Season of Seasonal Beers

The transition from summer to fall brings with it a sense of excitement for favorite pastimes, favorite foods and of…
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WNC Apple Orchards, Festivals and Corn Mazes

JUSTUS ORCHARD U-PICK PUMPKINS AND APPLES: Address: 187 Garren Rd., Hendersonville, NC, 28792 Hours: Daily 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Cost: Various prices depending…
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Perfect Picnic Spots in the Great Smokies

As the sweltering heat is nearing an end, the fall season provides many enjoyable outdoor activities. Utilizing the beauty of…
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Onederland and Wanderlust

I struggle with my wanderlust most of the year, but there’s something about the change from summer to fall that…
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Family Life Abroad

By Whitney White Living abroad with my family is simultaneously good, weird, and freeing. As I sit down to pen…
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Meet the director of Nikwasi Initiative

Nikwasi Initiative, a new nonprofit established in 2018 with the mission of preserving the Nikwasi Mound in downtown Franklin and…
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Peaches and Cream Pie and a late summer wedding

My sister was married last month in a small ceremony in Waynesville. 
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The Table: Insatiable Appetite for Cooking

Welcome to the table, where I will contribute a semi-regular column about cooking and food and my insatiable addiction to…
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Pros & Cons of a Solo Parenting Vacay

A couple summers ago, my two little boys and I spent four days in sunny Orlando. It was a last…
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How I lost 70 pounds in a year

Last summer, I thought I could never lose weight — it was too hard, I was too busy and life just…
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Tips to stay fit during a pandemic

Q&A with Beth Sanderson Hooper: Teacher, Mom and Fitness Extraordinaire 
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WCU students start semester amid pandemic

The second week of classes at Western Carolina University is now underway, and while the COVID-19 Pandemic means that it’s…
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College classes look different during COVID-19

College students around the nation adjust to a new normal amidst COVID-19.
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Navigating this new normal as a mom and a teacher

By Laurie Bass Years from now, when we look back on the fiasco that is 2020, I wonder how we…
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Motherhood isn’t martyrdom

When I became a mom at age 29, I did all the things I was supposed to do, all the…
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Meet the Rumble Team

Our goal is to offer readers a beautifully curated email each week that will inspire and motivate women to live…
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Q&A with Rachel Clay

Rachel Clay is a voting rights activist. She works as the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Campus Vote Project, a…
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