Pet Care Corner: Heart Murmurs in Dogs and Cats

 

By Dr. Caroline Kiss, Courtesy of Animal Hosp of North Asheville

 

A heart murmur is an abnormal sound heard on auscultation (listening) of the heart with a stethoscope. The normal heart makes two distinct sounds often described as “lub” and “dub”, which are the sounds of the heart valves closing. A murmur is often described as a “shooshing” or “whooshing” sound that occurs in between the normal lub-dub-lub-dub sounds of the heart. If severe, some murmurs can drown out the normal sounds of the heart and can even cause a vibration that can be felt when placing your hand on the chest wall. Continue reading

August 2014

 

All the content from the August, 2014, Let’s Get Physical issue! Continue reading

Meet Our Advertisers: Bob Hanna, PhD

 

Emotionally Focused Therapy For Couples: Creating Secure And Loving Bonds

 

It is human nature to be social beings with an authentic need for connection and intimacy. We are meant to live interdependently, looking out and caring for each other. This desire for secure bonds is not meant to end at childhood but rather continues throughout our lifespan. Prior to the so-called civilized age, our ancestors lived in close-knit tribal communities for more than 100,000 years, sharing food and resources and offering comfort and support for each other. It’s in our DNA. Continue reading

We Are Story Stones On Which Sacred Carvings Are Made Daily

 

By MariJo Moore

 

When I turned fifty during the summer of 2002, I decided it was time to do some things I had been threatening to do for years: I chose to ignore those who said I wasn’t Indian because I wasn’t enrolled, as well as those who said my writing shouldn’t be taken seriously since I self-publish (through my little company rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING); I completed a novel, begun in the 1970s, The Diamond Doorknob, that deals with racism, abuse, alcoholism, and survival and dedicated it to The Madwoman; and I published my book of poetry Confessions of A Madwoman, through which the madness of my creativity was made public. The Madwoman is my creative self – the self that has kept me going all through my life – when I was suffering from alcoholism, and when I finally realized that creativity was my way to deal with the ups and downs of a mixed-blood life. Continue reading

Yoga with Lillah

 

You’ve probably heard of animal whisperers. They’re called whisperers because of an uncanny ability to communicate with animals and hear their secrets. Have you heard of a back whisperer? And did you know we have one in our very own backyard? Continue reading

Funny, Isn’t It?

 

By Jeanne Charters

 

Matt was not amused about being dragged away from the newspaper that Sunday morning, but I had successfully conned him into taking me to B B Barnes to get something for that concrete planter out in front. It’s been sitting there empty through all the seasons of the past two years. I think my neighbors were preparing to draft a petition on this matter, so there was some pressure about gettin’ ‘er done. I also had an orchid plant in serious need of something. What? Not a clue. As I will explain shortly, I’m clueless about plants. Sometimes, when I’m clueless, I make up for said ignorance by determination. Continue reading

Life Is A Contact Sport

 

By Marie O. Davis LPC and Tayria Ward Ph.D.

 

One of the joys of sports, whether individual or team sports, is the consistent challenge to perform at our best. We measure that by looking at other’s performances or by exceeding our own previous attainments and striving to improve skills with every try. Continue reading

How Their Gardens Grow

 

By Maggie Cramer

 

Three local women farmers share their stories and sneak peeks at their Farm Tour offerings

 

If variety is the spice of life, ASAP’s forthcoming Farm Tour is sure to make yours downright zesty – at least for a weekend. The annual event, September 20-21, will showcase 30+ diverse Appalachian Grown™ farms across WNC, ranging from cheesemaking to fiber to meat operations. Even no two participating vegetable farms are quite alike. Continue reading

CosmiComedy: Godness is Everywhere

 

By Lavinia Plonka

 

I’ve often thought of shopping as a kind of religion. People walk down the aisle, genuflecting to pick up a bag of flour, raising their arms to reach the Honey Nut Cheerios. Along the way, they fall into temptation, buying a half-gallon of ice cream (or is that buying an indulgence?) and then redeem their purchases with double coupons and offer up their money at the moment of reckoning the total purchase. When they leave, they are uplifted because they have saved $10 off today and earned valuable points towards future shopping. And then when we get home and pull out that ice cream we experience buyer’s remorse. Continue reading

Meet Our Advertisers: Prama Wellness Center

 

By Time to Detox in a Peaceful Environment

 

The Prama Wellness Center (located on the same property as The Prama Institute in Marshall, NC, just 20 minutes from downtown Asheville) specializes in effective detox and rejuvenation techniques for long-term health and well-being. Continue reading

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The fabulously fun and informative Lunch & Learn event with Saralyn Collins, sponsored by WNC Woman, takes place this month on August 21st (Could YOU be sabotaging your own sales without realizing it??).
Event begins at 11:30 with networking, then lunch, introductions, workshop and discussion. LOCATION: Four Points Sheraton Hotel (exit 240 and Merrimon) 22 Woodfin St (easy parking and access).
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