Good Ol' College Try

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | I discovered a disadvantage to belonging to a third-party phone network that was impacting me negatively, so I headed to my nearest Verizon store to remedy the situation. I arrived at ten thirty a.m. and due to unforeseen circumstances by one thirty p.m. I was reaching my breaking point. It was a Friday, and I was racing against the clock to secure a good parking spot in my garage before the influx of people arrived for our town’s long-anticipated wine festival. Defeated, I left the store waving my white flag. I then noticed a nearby Staples and felt the urge to get a few office supplies. I was hoping somewhere in their inventory I might find a new perspective to put into my basket.

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Triple-win Climate Solutions: Lawns Into Meadows

“A meadow is what can happen when you give the earth a chance to heal itself.” Owen Wormser, Lawns Into Meadows.

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Rhonda Yarrington and Grass Root Garden Company

Brian and Craig Artley founded Grass Root Gardens in 1980. The business grew into one of the most trusted and respected garden centers in Western North Carolina. The community was saddened when the original owners closed the doors in 2021. Luckily, Rhonda and Brett Yarrington purchased and reopened the business as Grass Root Garden Company at the end of 2022 after several months of learning the trade and business operations from the Artley brothers. This week Rumble sat down with Rhonda Yarrington to learn more about her family’s powerful journey. 

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Turn Up The Volume

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | As we were getting ready to find a good breakfast place this morning my partner had a fleeting image in his head of his long underwear. He stepped out onto our patio and decided he only needed a light jacket to stay warm. As we made our way down the tree lined streets towards the restaurant, the grey clouds overtook the sun and the small amount of warmth it was offering. Feeling a chill, he then said to me that he had had an inkling earlier that he should wear more layers and wished he had listened.

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The "Whole Bloomin' Thing" Festival

Each year on Mother's Day Weekend, the “Whole Bloomin Thing” Spring Festival brings flowery fun to Waynesville. This year the festival will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, on Commerce and Depot streets in Frog Level. 

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Personal Finance for Parents: How I Taught My Children about Money

How do your children handle money? How do they earn, save, and spend it? How do you feel about their behaviors around money? As a parent, teaching personal finance to my children has been challenging. I’ve read books, watched videos, and tried a variety of approaches. Here are a few things I’ve learned.

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Denim Day for Sexual Assault Awareness/ Prevention

All residents, businesses, agencies, students and school personnel are invited to participate in the sexual assault awareness/prevention campaign on April 26 called “Denim Day” by wearing jeans or denim “with a purpose” on that day to support the “NOMORE” (excuses for sexual assault) campaign.

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Soul Journey

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | How do you know where your soul wants to take you in this lifetime? I’ve mentioned before that understanding your north node in your astrological chart can give you that information. But what if you have no desire to explore your astrological chart? Are there any other clues as to the soul journey you are on?

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The Aches and Pains of Nostalgia

One of those things that always catches me off guard is how fast time passes. College is a time where many people take new chances. In my case, joining rugby. You end up being the rookie and new guy again. You learn and go through a lot like having to pay dues, take out and wash muddy gear, take the ribbing from the vets on the team, anxiously introducing yourself to alumni when they come around and patiently counting the days until you’re someone on the team instead of the newbie wearing a white shirt.

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