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Brian Boles is Our July Artist. Come See His Extensive Art, Attend His Reception

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Currently, Grateful Steps is featuring the art of Brian Boles (BB). You are invited to attend his art reception on Friday, July 20, from 6-8 p.m., here at Grateful Steps, 30 Ben Lippen School Road, Suite 107, Asheville, North Carolina. BB's works include portraits of African-American musicians, abstractions, landscapes, waterscapes and especially skeletons who live on. BB has lit up the walls here at Grateful Steps with forty-two pieces of art. most of which are available for purchase. There will be light refreshments and an art discussion.
                                
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In the author's words: "My medium is life; not only does that go for artful living, but my paintings are garnished with leaves and flower accents, to give celebration to the creator, the greatest artist."
 
Brian attended Appalachian State University from 2000 to 2003 and prior to that, Isothermal Community College and Greenville Tech.
 
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His art, through acrylic and water color, contains  leaves and flowers all compiled from around the globe. BB is inspired by Katsushika Hokusai and is on a quest to paint the great wave. In the meantime, his art currently shows many musicians and, of course, skeletons who live on. The skeletons have bright candy colored grins made from everyday items and also marine and auto fuses.

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Reception
Friday, July 20 6-8 p.m.
Grateful Steps at Crest Mountain
Lots of Parking
Refreshments will be served
From Grateful Steps:"We love BB as much as we love his art!"


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A Mighty Forest, A Mighty World

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A Mighty Forest, A Mighty World is an easily accessible and timely allegorical review of our past, our present, and a future that still longs to be. Whether recalling the dynamic, centuries-old history of the Americas, the rift between environmental care and industrial productivity, or some elemental struggle we might wrestle with internally within our individual lives, it provides--in poetic simplicity--a concise picture of the path we've taken from an “idyllic youth” . . .  to the inevitable and impossible conundrum of where we are.
And as for the way forward? Here, for some, may lie a surprising and refreshing re-introduction. For all, it is hoped, a humbling and powerful reminder of mankind's greatest ally . . . and greatest hope.

A Mighty Forest
A Mighty World
by gn holt

An allegorical review of
where we’ve been,
where we are,
and where we’re called to go

ISBN 978-1-935130-19-2
List Price $8.95



Sacred Connections Horsemanship

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What if . . .
you felt safe galloping down hills . . .
you could ride your horse anywhere . . .

and riding was all you’d ever dreamed it would be?


Sacred Connections Horsemanship shows you how to create a loving, empowered partnership with your horse. Within this book is a step-by-step, logical approach to understanding and working with the horse through the wisdom of chakra energy. The method includes a system of communication using a language the horse can understand and a non-interfering way of riding that creates a healthy flow of energy between horse and rider. Here you will discover the secrets of creating the safe, cooperative, fun, happy horse you’ve always dreamed of riding.
This book is for the rider who wants more than a horse that submits. For the horseman or woman who wants more than playing games. For those who wish a deep, empowering connection with the horse’s mind, body and spirit . . .
is a step-by-step, logical approach to understanding and working with the horse through the wisdom of chakra energy. The method includes a system of communication using a language the horse can understand and a non-interfering way of riding that creates a healthy flow of energy between horse and rider. Here you will discover the secrets of creating the safe, cooperative, fun, happy horse you’ve always dreamed of riding.
This book is for the rider who wants more than a horse that submits. For the horseman or woman who wants more than playing games. For those who wish a deep, empowering connection with the horse’s mind, body and spirit . . .


Sacred Connections Horsemanship:
Empowering Horse and Rider through Chakra Energy

by Catherine Hunter
ISBN 978-1-935130-80-2
List Price $18.95


Who’s Got Your Back?

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In Who’s Got Your Back?, engaging characters are rising to the best within themselves as each one faces different and very real issues in life—among them single parenting and parental rejection, childhood incest revealed as an adult and the painful transformations that accompany major illness within the family. They draw the reader into a depth common to each of us. It is through these specific issues of life we each encounter that we are challenged to make choices, and it is through these choices that we manifest and become who we are in this world. Who’s Got Your Back? powerfully expresses the gamut of emotions from the dearest, innocent humor and tenderness of childhood to the soaring loves and sorrows throughout adult life. Pulled together by a young girl named Pauli, these characters face life’s realities with courage and strength. They bond with moving loyalty, such that the reader is left with an ever present beacon of hope and optimism. Who’s Got Your Back? is a novel that will remain within the reader’s heart.

Barbara Duncan founded and was director of The R.E.A.C.H. Centre, Reach Every Adult and Child to Heal, 1990-2007, in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she provided counseling for individuals, couples and families and specialized in the treatment of child abuse in all its forms. Her practice was featured as the “Healing Segment” of
Scared Silent, a nationally aired television documentary on all forms of child abuse, hosted by Oprah Winfrey, 1992. Barbara’s warmth, her belief in our inner wisdom and her enthusiasm for life are reflected in Who’s Got Your Back? She retired to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2007, where she lives with her husband, Russ, and their five small dogs. Sunsets over the mountains are especially meaningful to them.

Who’s Got Your Back?
by Barbara B. Duncan
ISBN 978-1-945714-13-9
List Price $14.95


Drunks, Monks and Mental Illness . . . based on a lie


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Rachel faces the obstacle of addiction. For most of her early life, she hid in the far corners of her mind. As a young child, she was brutally victimized by her red-headed monster, Ollie, and was afraid to come out from under her bed of fear. She continued to pile more and more blankets on that bed with unhealthy relationships, hard living, drugging and denial until finally she had the courage to crawl out from under that weight. That began her journey of recovery.

This book gives a glimpse into the raw, naked, heart-wrenching world of addiction and the struggle to return from the depths of trauma and tragedy. Though fiction, it is a true-to-life example of one woman’s journey from brokenness to picking up her own pieces, while trying to help others pick up theirs. This intriguing tale of self-medicating the torment of mental illness, takes place in the heart of the Western North Carolina recovery community. – Vernetta Eleazer, MS, LCAS,
CCS Director: Swain Recovery Center


Barbara Willis Kimbrell is first and foremost a believer in change. A licensed, clinical,substance-abuse counselor with her Masters in social work, she has witnessed change firsthand. Her own struggles are a testimony to her conviction that life’s scars are part of one’s identity and do not need to be concealed. She is a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and loving partner to a wonderful man. She is the proud daughter of a Russian immigrant. She has two dogs, Gizmo and Satchmo. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.


Drunks, Monks and Mental Illness
by Barbara Willis Kimbrell
ISBN
978-1-945714-14-6
List Price $12.95




Bent 31 Poems

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If I am in the chocolate dress,
If I am showing knee,
If I slap the mosquito on my leg,
and I am free
and climbing up the loft
to fetch another book,
then I feel most alive.

– from “Bent”

T.A. Price lives in Rutherfordton, North Carolina where she has enjoyed a long career as a distinguished teacher and school administrator.  A former feature writer for 
The Mountain Breeze, Price has also received first place awards for poetry in The Anuran and in Reflections literary magazines. She has been published in: WNC Woman, Rutherford County News, Survivor's Review, The Advocate, Fictionique, Open Salon (Scupper), and Our Salon. Prior publications include two chapbooks, and one collection of verse, Perennial Heart.

Bent 31 Poems
by T.A. Price
ISBN
978-1-945714-08-5
List Price $9.95

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Office in Back

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“It’s hell fighting like this!
I won’t do this anymore! What’s happened to us?
You’re not the man I married. We hardly speak anymore,
much less do anything together.”
 

C.J. faces the harsh reality he could become a two-time divorcé. He chalked up his first marriage as a mistake and simply let Cullen walk away without a thought to reconcile, despite telling her on their wedding day, “This was the best decision of my life.” Yet, the words he is hearing from his second wife, Leeta, are hauntingly familiar. But what if his first marriage wasn’t a mistake? What if he has just made the same wrong steps in both marriages? How does he save his second marriage from the same fate as his first?      C.J. had vowed to Leeta, “Till death do us part” and meant it. However, C.J. fears that at the rate they are going, their death and parting might not be due to old age but due to their own rage. One morning after another raucous fight with Leeta, C.J. is jogging down familiar streets, wondering, What exactly went wrong between Leeta and me? In the midst of his ruminations, a sign he had never noticed before catches his attention:

Jane H. Levy,
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Office In Back.

Surprised at his own actions, C.J. finds himself standing in the waiting room confessing to Ms. Levy that he hasn’t been happy in his marriage for a long time. Too many fights that go on into the wee hours of the morning . . . and frequently he can’t even remember what started the fight in the first place.      Leeta skeptically agrees to join C.J. in counseling. And thus begins C.J.’s journey, as he desperately struggles not to have another failed marriage to a woman he loves.

Linda Harley is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a North Carolina Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, bringing over thirty years of experience to individuals, couples and families/stepfamilies. She lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina, with her three horses, one dog and a cockatoo.


Office in Back
by Linda L. Harley
ISBN
978-1-945714-18-4
List Price $14.95



Coming Soon, Purchase now at 10% discount


Why Does God Pull Teeth? children’s book by Denise Owen, illustrated by Jo Wicker
Reflections of Emma
by Robert Tate
Invisible by Angela Scott
Joy on the Mountain by Wilma Styles
Bits of Sugar by Short Story Contest winners




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