Riverside Drive is Getting Spicy

One early spring afternoon I sit tucked away in a booth at the newly-redesigned downtown Indian street food eatery Chai Pani. Across from me sits the easy-going yet highly revered three-time James Beard Award nominated chef and founder Meherwan Irani. He’s sharing memories of how he met his wife (and restaurant co-founder) Molly while waiting…

All Aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Over a half century ago, Charlie Brown’s creator Charles Schulz introduced an elusive Halloween mascot into one of his beloved Peanuts stories, allowing the characters to balk and bicker and wander around with curious eyes awaiting the Great Pumpkin. It’s one of Halloween’s most treasured tales, with fans from five to 55 years old. And…

Giving Gardens Help Communities Feed Themselves

As many of you know, I’ve been working with the wonderful folks at The Lord’s Acre over the past six months, assisting in administrative capacities, setting up and organizing their online platforms, helping to clarify their message, clean up important documents, pages of their website and more alongside their board and staff. These wonderful folks…

Not my Trash but this is My Home

Last weekend I made it out to one of Asheville Greenworks community cleanup events. If you’re not familiar with this small environmental nonprofit, you certainly should be. They not only host important community-wide events collecting hard-to-recycle items (tires, old TV sets, styrofoam, etc.) and litter collection events, they also educate, train and provide experiences outdoors…

Three Men Thru-Hike, Remove 1,000+ Pounds of Trash Along the Way

26-year-old Georgia native and wilderness guide Seth Orme was out hiking in Franklin, NC one afternoon when he started picking up little pieces of trash along the way. The crew hiking alongside him followed suit and soon found themselves with a pound of trash collectively. Orme looked out as he stuffed the trash into his…

Artist Phil Cheney Kickstarts Coloring Book

As I walk through the Whole Foods checkout line with a to-go container from the hot bar, a slice of cornbread and two bottles of Buchi kombucha, a mass-produced coloring bookdubbed “A Soul Bird’s Journey” sits on the stand in front of me. I look over at artist Phil Cheney, who has been yo-yoing the idea…

In light of HB2, Terpsicorps focuses on transformation

“When I heard about [House Bill 2], my train of thought couldn’t seem to get away from it,” says Heather Maloy, artistic director of Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. “Because HB2 focuses so much on transgender people, I felt it was important to create something that showed their transformation within a series of other transformations.” The…

WNC Brain Tumor Support celebrates 15 years

Suppose you’ve just gone to the doctor, who has looked in your eyes and told you there’s a malignant tumor the size of a baseball inside your head — and that you probably have only a year left to live. Such a verdict is unfathomable to most of us, but it’s reality for 7 million…