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What’s Normal?

Normalcy has been upended. Politics and the pandemic steal our focus if we allow them to. Currently, we are not in a “new normal”. We are in limbo … a wait-and-see proposition. What will become our new daily routine … the stuff we do without even thinking about it?  Of course, not all new normals are counter-productive. Every morning I …

Navigating Challenges

If the uncertain days contained within this unsettled year have left you feeling dazed and anxious, well, Sophie Webster is waiting to help you navigate and chart a new course for your life.  Sophie, from Laureavida Wellness LLC, an integrative health and wellness coach serving Atlanta, Western North Carolina, and the rest of the US, is helping us find a …

New Associate at Mckee Properties

McKee Properties, the experts in luxury real estate in the Cashiers area of the Western North Carolina mountains, has added Broker Associate Maggie Elmer to its team.  Prior to joining McKee Properties, Maggie served in the sales office of High Hampton as Office Manager. She’s lived in the Cashiers area since 2009.  “I’m thrilled to be part of the future …


Protecting Our Ecosystems

Staying healthy is on everyone’s mind and water plays a vital role.  Having clean water is important to people and healthy ecosystems.  We have an abundance of water here in the Highlands-Cashiers area, having the second highest rainfall in the United States. This high rainfall, coupled with our steep slopes, means we have more waterfalls than most.  Our clean water …

Don’t Forget The Rescues

I’ve never written a column quite like this before. But then again, we’ve never been in times like this before. On behalf of Rocky and the nearly 500 other animals we save and care for each year, I’ll be very straightforward – we need your help.   Please. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected us all. Social distancing restrictions have caused …

Chop Wood, Carry Water

Life on the farm as I explain to everyone who visits or works here is very Zen like, “Chop Wood, Carry Water.” It’s a daily repeat of activities and chores. Nature and the animals work like that and we do our best to stay in their rhythm, adjusting and adapting to their needs. One of the biggest challenges on the …


Full Circle of Community

When COVID has us otherwise confined, taking a jaunt down the street, walking past the Peggy Crosby Center is a welcome highlight of the day.  We breathe in the sweet, fragrant air of PCC’s pollinator garden. And we notice something else …an awareness of the symbolism that pairs Peggy and pollination. Peggy’s known for nurturing and growing non-profits and burgeoning …

The Cullasaja – Mountain River of Wonder

Peter Ray’s debut book, The Cullasaja – A Mountain River of Wonder, is a photographic love story about a river.  The Cullasaja River, situated in Macon County, flows 25 miles from the shoulder of Whiteside Mountain through the town of Highlands and into Franklin. There it joins the Little Tennessee River on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Over its short distance, …

Dig My Do

Many of you sent support when I went through my recent balding (chemo and radiation). Your sweet wishes, jokes, and empathy pulled me through that hairable time. I am glad my first hair poem resonated with those who’ve experienced chemo or had loved ones who did. Now that I am a fluffy again, here’s a poem to celebrate hair-etics everywhere. …


A Special Place for Special Weddings

“Do you think there are fairies in these woods?”  It’s a question that might usually cause you to cock your head to the side and audibly “hmm” when asked.   But when you’re standing beside the thick rhododendron forested trails that surround the Hutchinson House it seems all too logical a query.   I gazed down as the bright eyed seven-year-old …

Restore Function & Find Relief

There’s no doubt that the body is an amazing vessel that can endure various amounts of wear and tear.     Unfortunately, it is also susceptible to a wide range of issues that can create a decline in function, cause pain and lead to limited movement.  The culprit can be everyday habitual activities, a past or current injury, physical trauma, …

What is Your PH?

Have you ever thought of your Personal Health IQ? When we think about PH, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Hopefully, balance or homeostasis and the ability to live life in a constant state of great health!  Now, this is often easier said than done, but totally doable! A better understanding of the health dynamic, or PH (personal …