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December Interfaith Program Presenter at Grateful Steps: Tracey Schmidt

If you heard Tracey Schmidt read poetry at the Bookfest, I am sure you will be back December 18 to hear her again. You know a treat is in store for those who attend December's Interfaith dialogue program at Grateful Steps.
 

 
 

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Thursday, December 18
 
(always the 3rd Thursday)
Grateful Steps Bookshop
159 South Lexington
(One bock west and one-half block
south of the Orange Peel)

5:30 - 7 p.m.
Refreshments provided.
All faiths are welcome.
828 277 0998

 

Here is one of our speaker's poems to show you why she is such a good choice for a December Interfaith Program:

Building a Shrine

 

My life so far
Has been like
Trying to put a very large love
Through a pinhole.
I have tried to make myself
Small enough to fit into this world.
But finally the shell has rent in two-
And the shrine of my being has emerged.
 
We are guided home on an invisible thread—
One day the distance between our self and the hole
Simply
Disappears.
 
And then the love fits perfectly.
 
There is so much work to do in this world
When we could simply choose
To be ecstatically happy.
To take rocks and driftwood and build an altar
To all that is good inside of us—
And to set our one shining life
On fire.

 
Hot off the press
Journey into a Disturbed Mind

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After a serious head injury at age 4, the author developed intense headaches and a tendency to daydream. When doctors stopped medication he had been receiving for migraine headaches, he began self-medicating with non-prescription, street drugs. He soon started hearing voices that directed his activity. He developed bizarre beliefs, an altered reality and a life of personal horror. Earl Lynn Surrett takes the reader with him on this journey into madness and successful intervention. His memoir is a gift to those striving to understand the inner struggle of mental illness, specifically schizophrenia.

Journey into a Disturbed Mind
by Earl Lynn Surrett
ISBN 978-1-935130-86-4
List Price $9.95


If you preorder now, the book is 10% off!


Contact us for a pre-publishing discount
when ordering the above books or order
from the on-line store on PayPal
(828) 277-0998 info@gratefulsteps.org
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Final Rights, by Tena Frank

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When Tate Marlowe discovers an abandoned mansion in Montford, the historical district in Asheville, NC, she realizes the place shares a distinctive design element with a small house she owns. Tate is sure this similarity cannot be accidental. Driven by a desire to discover the connection and save the neglected house from destruction, she searches for its rightful owner and begins to unravel a family history strewn with murder, suicide, grief and shame.

Her search leads her to an old man living out his last years in self-imposed isolation and a young woman searching for remnants of her past and a place to call home.
With each revelation, Tate delves deeper into the lives of people inextricably connected by blood, family secrets, individual aspirations and calculated retribution.


Final Rights
by Tena Frank
ISBN 978-1-935130-84-0
List Price $15.95



One Apple at a Time, by Evan Williams

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Whether toting spring water, chopping wood or learning to plow with mules, young Glenn Williams’ childhood is anything but carefree, his elementary school education abruptly terminated by the demands of the family farm. Many years later, his hard-fought accomplishments take on legendary status as he shares them with his eager grandson.

Dolling out homespun advice peppered with bygone language, Glenn makes indelible impression on a young mind in search of a real-life hero. Acres of gigantic apple trees become the classroom where Glenn imparts the greatest gift he has to offer a grandchild--the fundamental lessons of life.

Set in the tranquil mountains of Western North Carolina and spanning two centuries of local history, One Apple at a Time chronicles the Williams family’s march toward the American Dream.

More than a tribute to one man, this historical narrative captures the essence of all that is good about family. Inseverable bonds--to each other, their community and their land--are the result for this close-knit family in the business of growing apples on the same soil for multiple generations. Come along and share their triumphs, mourn their losses, and laugh aloud as they deal with the challenges of farm life, one apple at a time.

One Apple at a Time
by Evan Williams
ISBN 978-1-935130-65-9
List Price $9.95



Dr. Graff Remembers: World War II, by Peter Carl Graffagnino, M.D.

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Dr. Graffagnino was a physician who enlisted in the U.S. Army and won a Silver Star and a Presidential Unit Citation for staying with wounded men when under enemy fire. Not abandoning the men, he became a prisoner of war. He endured a grueling hundred-mile march through the snow and ice of Northern Poland after being released from a German POW camp. After his rescue, he experienced extreme Post-Traumatic Stress disorder.

In an amazing piece of literature—found among the author’s papers by family members years after his death in 1984—this astute and articulate physician describes his descent into what he calls a “break with reality.” His mental status deteriorated to insanity.

However, on his return to America, Dr. Graff entered a Texas hospital and was eventually cured. His recovery was so complete that his physician colleagues saw him as a revered leader and mentor, never suspecting the toll that war had once placed on his health.

Dr. Graff Remembers: World War II Reflections
by Peter Carl Graffagnino, MD
ISBN 978-1-935130-54-3
List Price $24.95




Bathsheba’s Book, by Ann P. Saab

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Bathsheba has been seen in some circles as a slut. In others, she is highly esteemed, a role model for motherhood as the successful mother and nurturer of King Solomon, who became the ruler at Israel's most glorious time.

Starting as a simple country girl, she experienced the richness, intrigue and perplexities of life in David's palace before winning her way to be the Queen Mother in Solomon's kingdom. This book tells her story of that journey.

Bathsheba's Book
by Ann P. Saab
Cover art by Marc Chagall: David and His Harp
ISBN 978-1-935130-79-6
List Price $13.95




Tobacco Roots: Just This Side of WWII, by Connie W. Vice

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A Kentucky native, Vice grew up on a tobacco farm in Ewing. She graduated from King’s Daughters’ School of Nursing in Ashland and has since practiced bedside nursing in several settings. Vice is both writer and illustrator of her new book.

A collection of poems, Tobacco Roots portrays rural life in a small Kentucky community in the 1960s. With this backdrop, Vice discusses themes such as the freedom of childhood, the warmth of community and the profound beauty in everyday moments. As she writes in the author’s note, “There is poetry in all things that allow imagination. I don’t mean just poetry of words but the poetry of living each moment.”

Tobacco Roots: Just This Side of WWII
by Connie W. Vice
ISBN 978-1-935130-48-2
List Price $9.95



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Coming Soon in 2015

Zak and Niki: A first look at rising above racism by Cynthia Yancey

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Zak and Niki: A first look at rising above racism
by Cynthia Yancey
ISBN 978-1-935130-90-1
List Price $14.95


Brat: Diary of an Ego State by Alan G. Marshall, Ph.D.

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No one knows how it happens. But for some people who are painfully abused, a separate part of the brain emerges and takes on the portion of the pain that is unbearable. An advantage is that the person does not have to live daily with the keen awareness of the pain, which could destroy his life. A disadvantage is that the pain is not really gone, and causes vague physical and mental symptoms that make no sense minus the memory of the abuse. In this book, that “other” part of the brain keeps a diary, not only of the abuse, but also the therapy that intervenes to help with the healing.


Brat: Diary of an Ego State
by Alan G. Marshall
ISBN 978-1-935130-95-6
List Price $12.95

If you preorder now, the book is 10% off!


Deep Blue Kid: Diver Zack and His First Underwater Adventure, by Sam and Zachary Conviser

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Watch through the eyes of 12-year-old Zachary Conviser as
he learns the science of scuba diving, how to be a safe diver
and how we all can respect the underwater environment.

You will join young Zack as he studies his diver certification
class material, learns with an instructor how to be a safe
diver, and you will go with him as he first enters the myster-
ious, underwater world of the open ocean.

But be careful, you just might learn something about the
depths of the ocean and see some remarkable sights like
Zack's first encounter with a shark, his watching an incredible 
cleaning station and a host of unusual creatures only seen in the depths of our oceans. 

Deep Blue Kid
by Sam Conviser
ISBN 978-1-935130-53-6
List Price $9.95

If you preorder now, the book is 10% off!

The Season of Light by Patricia Lynn Collins

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This story-poem, The Season of Light, is an interfaith, multi-cultural
exploration of the celebration of Light that is common to many spiritual
and religious paths at the same time of the year.

The Season of Light
by Patricia Lynn Collins
ISBN 978-1-935130-51-2
List Price $14.95

If you preorder now, the book is 10% off!


Contact us for a pre-publishing discount
when ordering the above books or order
from the on-line store on PayPal
(828) 277-0998 info@gratefulsteps.org
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Our commitment to supporting and celebrating the art of local artists now manifests in our latest publishing project, The Asheville Art Book.

Introducing the Asheville Art Book.

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The Asheville Art Book will be a first-of-its-kind guide to the quality and variety of artwork produced in Asheville, North Carolina. It will serve as a representative sample designed to document this significant moment in the life of Asheville’s art community, and as a showcase meant to bring the attention of the art world to what our little corner has to offer.


Please help us out by donating via the button on the website
www.theashevilleartbook.com. A $20 donation is effectively a pre-order for the paperback edition; A $100 donation is a pre-order for the hardcover edition (which won't be available for retail sale); it also qualifies you for recognition in the book itself. For sponsorship of $500 or more, you will receive the hardcover edition, mention in the book and invites to all our launch events. 

We're counting on you and everyone else who supports the arts in Asheville to help get this book to press!

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