Determined She is famous among those of us who pay attention. Famous for walking back and forth along Tunnel and River Roads. She roams as far out as Bee Tree and far into town as the Asheville Mall. That’s about a 10-mile range. You can see her striding determinedly along the edge of the road most every morning and then read more >>

War v Peace Ten minutes into the new Avengers movie I knew I was in trouble. The small theater was full, half with adults with kids and half with adults, and the sound was earthshaking. The movie rumbled like an elephant barreling down a bowling alley. I was expecting it. I’d seen enough blockbusters to know what I was in for. The strangely read more >>

Move Reading Oliver Sacks’ memoir, written at the end of his long & illustrious life, inspires me on a whole host of levels. Just at the level of accomplishment, of course, but more deeply—& more interestingly—concerning his suffering & the setbacks he weathered & overcame. Growing up gay in a unforgiving, unseeing society, being deeply shy, working under the demands read more >>

Invisible He looked to be in his early 60s: compact, designer baseball cap tight on his head, beard close-cropped, clutching a smartphone in his right hand. It was eight in the morning, we were in line at Whole Foods, and the guy was wearing sunglasses. I thought at first he was talking to himself in a quiet mumble, but he read more >>

Need Work When I saw the white-haired gentleman standing on the meridian strip holding a cardboard sign, I instinctively reached for spare change. I try to keep dollar bills in one of the dashboard cubbies so I can roll down the window and wait for the guy to step over. “Good luck,” I say. “God bless,” usually the answer. But read more >>