Blue Ridge Books Celebrates 15 Years

In this day and age of Amazon, Kindles, big box bookstores, streaming services and social media that fight for more of our attention everyday; local, independent bookstores are in constant competition with these heavy hitters. And yet, those like Blue Ridge Books seem resilient to it all. What’s the secret?

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'Self-sufficiency is Resistance'

Julie Fox Jones’ family has been in Cullowhee for at least 100 years, probably even longer. Naturally, as a kid growing up here, all she wanted to do was leave. Get out of town. What she didn’t expect was that once she’d made it out, all she would think about was how to get home. 

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My Afternoon With Samson

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | I was recently in a store to get help with a cabinet door hinge. I couldn’t remove a stripped screw.

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Lentil Walnut Bolognese

Two weeks in Italy eating pasta for one, if not two meals per day did not dampen my craving for the food. If anything, it increased the fervor for creating delicious, elemental pasta dishes using (mostly) healthy, whole ingredients. 

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The Ripple Effect: Words have power, and so do thoughts

Have you ever imagined a different life for yourself? Do you spend a little time fantasizing? Do you ruminate on past experiences until the pain is once again real? Where do these thoughts go when you’ve wallowed long enough? Most of them (or a version of them) travel into the astral plain where they wait for other thoughts to join them and gain enough strength to make their way into your reality. Huh?  

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Clara's Story

I’m about to get a little graphic. I’m sorry to those it will inevitably make uncomfortable. I really don’t want to upset anyone. I hate conflict and I know I’m probably not going to change anyone’s mind, but the Supreme Court’s ruling on overturning Roe v. Wade is a stark black and white solution to a complicated and multifaceted, gray area. 

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Cristina's Story

I’m a private person when it comes to writing publicly about my life, but I feel compelled to share my story as it could have turned out tragically if set in a neighboring state present-day.

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Good night, sleep tight!

When I visit a home for a feng shui consultation, I usually ask, “How do you sleep?” This is an extremely important question from an energetic stance because it is during our sleep time that our physical bodies return to perfect health. Why? When we fall asleep, we lose all resistance and our physical bodies come back into alignment with well-being. Resistance in our waking hours keeps us in a limited perspective with known outcomes and often fear based assumptions. Having 6 to 8 hours in complete and utter bliss works wonders for our health!

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Summer Succotash

I created this recipe on a whim, and it ended up being absolutely delicious. It’s not complicated, but it is fresh, fresh, fresh. It tastes like summertime on a fork.  It also stores well and can be eaten for several days after the initial batch is made. Enjoy! 

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