“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” – William Wordsworth, 1798
Editor’s note: Since this article was written by meteorologist and biologist Neva Duncan Tabb in April, disposable mask pollution has worsened horrifically, damaging the health of people and the wildlife on whom we depend for a viable life. See the video “More than 25,000 Tons of COVID-19 PPE Is Polluting Oceans,” November 19, by clicking HERE.
On the University of North Carolina Asheville campus, an established building now bears a new name. UNC Asheville’s campus community, along with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, gathered to celebrate the presentation of Bird Hall, named for Ella Bird, Beloved Woman of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and 2017 UNC Asheville honorary degree recipient.
The Western North Carolina Historical Association recently announced Even As We Breathe: A Novel by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle as the 66th winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The Award has been presented annually by the Western North Carolina Historical Association since 1955 for printed works that focus special attention on Western North Carolina.
By Tamika Walker Kelly | Since the beginning of this school year and through the final four months of state budget negotiations, we at the North Carolina Association of Educators advocated for meaningful salary increases, increased classroom funding and a fulfillment of the Leandro mandate. But above all, we fought for recognition of what’s happening in our public schools across the state.
By Karma Valentine Shuford | From my earliest memories, I have wanted to be a teacher. I remember “playing” school with my neighbor’s granddaughter, Julie. I remember my older sister using a chalkboard to show me new words. I remember waiting anxiously for the year when I could go to school. And I’ve been in school ever since.