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FEB
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Spoonful of Positive: Sunday Thoughts, 1960's Music!

Flowerpower1 Spoonful of Positive! 1960s Love and Peace!

Spoonful of Positive: Sunday Thoughts!  Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s I had a lot of messages about Love & Peace. Yes, we were in Vietnam, reminded on evening news, having a brother serving there ... a paratrooper, my parents not knowing his whereabouts for 6 months, finding him through the Red Cross. Seeing black people beat by law enforcement while marching for their civil rights, women fighting for their own rights, JFK killed, Nixon ... It was the music of that era tha...

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FEB
08
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Spring Snack Time Recipes! Lime Avocado

BowlsSnacks Spring Into New Snack Recipes!

Spring Into New Snack Recipes! Lime Avocado Hummus Recipe  Ingredients1 teaspoon whole peppercorns1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and pitted1/2 cup fresh parsley sprigs1/2 cup olive oil1/4 cup grated Romano cheese1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves1/4 cup lime juice1 garlic clove1/2 teaspoon sugar1/4 teaspoon saltTortilla chips DirectionsPlace peppercorns in a food processor; process until ground. Add remaining ingredients; process 2-...

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FEB
06
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Spring into New Recipes! Springtime Crockpot Minestrone

BowlYummy Spring Into New Recipes! Springtime Crockpot Minestrone!

Now, when we think of springtime, usually a crockpot doesn't come to mind. Hey, it's easy, yummy and healthy! Giving you time to get out and enjoy Spring! Springtime Crockpot  Minestrone  INGREDIENTS 1 sweet onion, diced3 garlic cloves, minced3 carrots, peeled and sliced1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes2 (15 ounce) cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock3 cups water8 ounces of uncooked ditalini pasta12 thin asparagus spears, stems removed and cut ...

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FEB
05
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Games for Kids on PBS!

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​Kids and learning online, What? So many times parents worry about the time their kids spend online.  PBS offers a safe environment where kids can learn while playing entertaining games! Clifford the Big Red Dog is an interactive game that kids relate to from those wonderful Clifford books! (I even remember Clifford!)  Take a look @ Elmo's World! Who doesn't LOVE ELMO!  PBS is a great place for parents and children to play together and for parents to know their child can...

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FEB
04
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Container Gardening Tips for Beginners

SmallPlants Container Garden Tips

 Once you get the hang of container gardening you might find yourself growing more and more pots each year.  Here are some of our best tips for successful container gardens. Don't Skimp on DrainageWhile this may sound like an odd first tip, it can be a matter of life and death for your plants. When there isn't a big enough hole or holes for water to get out of your pot, your soil becomes too wet and the roots of your plants can rot which causes the plant to die. The bad news is that ma...

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FEB
02
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Recipes: Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Strawberries Spring It On Recipes! Healthy, Tasty Strawberry Oatmeal Bars!

Spring It On! Hey, Healthy can be tasty!  Strawberry Oatmeal Bars are a healthier fruit dessert made with fresh strawberries, whole grain butter crumb topping, and a lightly sweetened vanilla glaze. This healthier oatmeal bars recipe is a favorite, because these delicious treats are easy to make and just 100 calories each!  Ingredients FOR THE STRAWBERRY BARS: 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats — gluten free if needed 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour — or substitute all-purpose flour or 1:...

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FEB
02
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Spring Into: Healthy Dinner Recipes

Fruitsveggies Spring Into New Recipes: Grilled Salmon with Greek Salad

Spring is just around the corner! Time to get some yummy, easy, healthy recipes together! Grilled Salmon with Greek Salad You can whip up this light and refreshing dish in just 20 minutes. It doesn't get easier than that! Grilled salmon pairs perfectly with an herby salad and lemony tzatziki. YIELDS:4 servings TOTAL TIME: 20 mins INGREDIENTS 1 6-oz. container lowfat Greek yogurt2 tbsp. fresh lemon juicekosher saltFreshly ground black pepper2 tbsp. chopped fresh mint1 tbsp. chopped fresh dil...

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FEB
01
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Positively Saturday

Confetticrowd Spoonful of Positive: Positively Saturday!

We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.  Barack Obama I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight an...

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JAN
31
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Citizen Science Discovers a New Form of Northern Lights

NorthernLights An unknown fingerprint appears in the sky

Science Daily: Citizen science discovers a new form of the northern lights Date:January 29, 2020Source:University of Helsinki Summary:Working together with space researchers, amateur photographers have discovered a new auroral form. Named 'dunes' by the hobbyists, the phenomenon is believed to be caused by waves of oxygen atoms glowing due to a stream of particles released from the sun. SCIENCE NEWS Working together with space researchers, Finnish amateur photographers have discovered a new...

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JAN
28
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OK Boomer, Reality?

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So, up until about five years ago, I didn't really consider myself a "Boomer." I have older brothers and a sister that I did think of as a different generation from me.  My oldest brother was 14 when The Beatles first appeared on live The Ed Sullivan Show, I was 6 years old. I am a major Beatles fan, at 6, yes, I loved their music, of course, my brother who was in his teens was a Real Beatles Fan back then (he still is). When I was 14, I was into John Denver, Roberta&nbs...

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JAN
27
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Parkinson's Disease May Start Before Birth

Memory Parkinson's Disease: Begins Prior to Birth?

Stem cell study finds malfunctioning brain cells in patients who were diagnosed before age 50; researchers test potential new treatment Science Daily  Date:January 27, 2020Source: Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterSummary: People who develop Parkinson's disease before age 50 may have been born with disordered brain cells that went undetected for decades, according to new research. The research points to a drug that potentially might help correct these disease processes. People who develop Parkinso...

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JAN
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WNC Nature Center sets record attendance in 2019

GrayFox Urocyon Cinereoargenteus Gray foxes are the forest fox of the eastern United States

WNC Nature Center Director Chris Gentile attributes the growth in attendance to a combination of planning and partnership. "When I first started at the Nature Center in 2010, we created a '2020 Vision' master plan to shape the future of the center.   2019 was an exciting year for the WNC Nature Center!  The City of Asheville Featured the WNC Nature Center on their site: WNC Nature Center Sets Record Attendance in 2019! WNC Nature Center Director Chris Gentile attributes the growth in a...

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JAN
25
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Spring Into New Recipes! Herby Spring Chicken Pot Pie!

OnePotCook Spring Into New Recipes!

Spring Into New Recipes!  Wow, is Spring really just around the corner? It is, so let's get ready with yummy recipes! This recipe is tasty and since it's all in one pan,  easy to clean up! Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra for brushing over the pastrybunch spring onions, sliced into 3cm pieces 250 g frozen spinach 6 ready-cooked chicken thighs 350 ml hot chicken stock½ tbsp wholegrain mustard200 g frozen peas 200ml half-fat sour cream½ small bunch tarrago...

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JAN
25
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Recipes: Spring It On!

Apronsmore Spring Soups!

Spring is just around the corner! Time to get recipes ready, set, go! Soups for Spring? Sure Thing! French Onion Soup Gratinee Recipe Recipe by:Jersey Tomato "About as good as it gets! This is the version of French Onion Soup that people seek when they go to restaurants. I have been making it for 30 years and it never fails to please. It makes an exquisite presentation, too!" 1 teaspoon salt2 large red onions, thinly sliced2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced1 (48 fluid ounce) can chicken broth1 ...

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JAN
25
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Of ants and men: Ant behavior might mirror political polarization

Antswork Political?

Saturday's WNCTIMES "Mind Your Head" Of ants and men: Ant behavior might mirror political polarization  January 8, 2020 Source:Princeton University Summary:Division of labor and political polarization may be driven by the same processes, say computational biologists. They found that two forces -- ''social influence,'' the tendency of individuals to become similar to those they interact with, and ''interaction bias,'' which leads us to interact with others who are already like us -- are...

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JAN
17
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Indoor Fun for Families!

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Holidays over, newness of year kind of wearing off? Family getting on each other's nerves? How about a little play time? Below are a few games that will make time at home together a little fun!  Building You don't need a fancy building set for this. Popsicle stick cities, card towers, even buildings out of blocks, or indoor forts out of boxes or pillows, will do just fine. If you want to get competitive, whoever builds the highest tower wins. Magical Mama (or Papa) Be your kids' very own Ha...

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JAN
15
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Healthy Lifestyle 2020

Highmountains Healthy Lifestyle 2020:

So, by now people who made New Year's Resolutions may have either given up or are weary at this point. Time to hit the reset button? For so many of us who want to lose weight or just eat healthier, it's a real struggle. We decided to take a look online to see if there was something to help get that energy going, again. We found 2020 Lifestyles, signing up is free, quick and easy. We will be sharing information found on their site to help spark interest in a healthy lifestyle.  2020 Lif...

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JAN
14
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A Tip-Top Tip: Customer Gives $2,000 to 2 Bartenders

Smile Tip-Top Tip!

 MILFORD, N.H. (AP) — A customer made it much more than a double for two New Hampshire bartenders when he tipped them over $2,000 on a $21 check.  Bruce Girouard and Karen Vaillancourt say a customer left them a $2,078.74 tip even though his bill was for only $21.26 on Friday at the Pasta Loft in Milford.  The man asked the bartenders to check his math before he left and wrote his number on the top of the check in case management had questions, WMUR-TV reported.  Vaillancourt...

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JAN
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Top Asheville Area Winter Things To Do!

MyWinter2017 Top Winter Getaways Asheville Area!

It's snuggle season! The winter months of January, February and March are the most serene of the year in Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.  So it's the perfect time for a North Carolina mountain romantic getaway, including a Valentine's trip. Surprising to some, it rarely snows in Asheville. Since the city is protected by the highest mountains in eastern America, snow is often kept about 20 miles away on the higher mountain peaks and ski areas. Top Asheville Area Winter Th...

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JAN
10
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How Odd: Western North Carolina Odd, Fun Facts!

HowOdd Odd & Fun Facts Western North Carolina

Western North Carolina, well know for white water rafting, hiking in the mountains and friendly people! Here are a few oddities and fun facts about WNC!  Brevard - specifically, is home to white squirrels — not albino squirrels, but white squirrels. Legend has it that after a carnival passed through town in the 1940s, two white squirrels escaped and have since left their mark on future generations. While some don't believe they exist, they are very, very real. Asheville - With 250 room...

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