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Carl Jung was a workaholic, and unlike his wife he needed little sleep. After Mrs. Jung (Emma) went to bed, Carl would sit in their darkened bedroom sipping cognac after cognac while thinking great thoughts. One night he began ruminating…
We shrinks have been accused of starting the sexual revolution, which began in the mid-20th century. This isn’t true. A case could be made that it was the Irish writer, James Joyce, (no relation) who started the sexual revolution, at…
The emotional system is subject to illness just as are the various parts of the body, but to isolate an emotional illness, and put a completely accurate label on it, is often impossible. A bodily illness, on the other hand,…
Many people thing being a shrink is a mysterious, even glamorous, profession. It is, but only at cocktail parties. The day to day doing of it is hard work and often involves the elements of: Fear (I hope she doesn’t…
One of the first things we learned as psychoanalytic candidates was that a person’s I.Q. (basic intelligence) and his or her emotional stability have nothing to do with each other. Early on in my practice I experienced this. Some of…
When my session on a Friday was over I got up and proceeded to the door of the consultation room. As I passed Jean’s chair he handed me a piece of paper. He’d never done this and I asked what…
Early on psychoanalysis was dubbed “The Jewish Science” because nearly all of the first practitioners were Jews. Although Christianity was fathered by Judaism, there are some striking differences between these faiths. Jews don’t concern themselves with an afterlife; Christians are…
I had become a dedicated analysand (patient) and continued to see Veryl after my wife and sons moved back to Florida. I became hooked on the process, intrigued by the simple truths it revealed, and hungered for more. I also…
Wednesday, 05 April 2006 00:00

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 1: Colorado

By Jim Joyce We like to think we are in charge of our lives, and sometimes we are, but there are times when events occur beyond our control that take us places we didn’t know existed and from which there…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Candidates share similar views on immigration

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on campaign issues in the 11th District Congressional race between Republican Congressman Charles Taylor and Democratic challenger Health Shuler. Voters looking to the topic of…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Family ties, past and present

The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne. Algonquin Books, 2006. All of us bring ghosts to our table. Whether we dine alone in a lovely restaurant or take our supper at home with our spouse and children. Whether we…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Local pickers’ uncommon talent

By Chris Cooper It would be pretty tough to find someone around here that hasn’t heard at least a little about the hard working congregation of local musicians that call themselves Commonfolk.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

'An Inconvenient Truth’ Regardless of where you may stand on political issues, one very important truth is making itself abundantly clear on this planet. It’s getting warmer. If you haven’t seen Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” you owe it…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Archeologist to visit proposed quarry site

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Tuckasegee residents are hoping that the proximity of an ancient Cherokee village to the site of a proposed rock quarry will help coax state officials not to issue a permit to the quarry’s operators.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Flood money decisions important for taxpayers

The media coverage the last three weeks about goings-on inside the Haywood County School System involve very complicated spending matters. The controversy about flood rebuilding decisions, FEMA reimbursements and accusations about motives, however, come down to a very important matter…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Swain sheriff challenger wants a turn at the helm

When word of a shooting in Whittier roused Swain County Sheriff Bob Ogle from his house last Thursday night, he arrived at a complex crime scene.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Isn’t anyone going to defend the pope?

By Marshall Frank They’re at it again. Once again, the world is held hostage as Christians pray for their lives and nations shutter at the prospect of chaos everywhere, all at the whim of the religion of peace.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

The end, perhaps, of the Bush tyranny

In the five years since the terrorists attacked us on 9/11, it has seemed that President Bush could get away with virtually anything, from falsely connecting the attack on 9/11 to our pre-emptive war on Iraq to completely ignoring the…
I woke up this morning with the echo of Johnson Catolster’ gentle laughter in my head. I had been dreaming that I was riding through the Great Smoky Mountains Park with Johnson, and as we came down U.S. 441 past…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Fine features of a familiar footpath

An ancient Chinese philosopher once admonished his listeners to “Study the familiar!” Ancient Chinese philosophers were always admonishing people to do one thing or another. That was their job. Sometimes they even knew what they were talking about.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Tourism task force rolls up its sleeves

A task force charged with inspecting the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is attempting to reshape the county’s approach to tourism promotion.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Results of zip code study revealed Sept. 28

Results of a much anticipated zip code study conducted in Waynesville will be shared at a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, at the Waynesville town hall.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Summer doldrums over

Birders are rejuvenated. Binoculars and spotting scopes have been cleaned and readied. Field guides have usurped The Da Vinci Code’s spot on the nightstand. Fall migration is in full swing.
Monarch butterflies will soon be passing through Western North Carolina on their long migration back to Mexico for the winter. The monarchs’ migration schedule is dependent on milkweed. They move north with the onset of spring, following the trail of…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

24 hours of running

By Michael Beadle At first it seemed like madness. Why else would anyone freely submit to running 15 to 25 miles up and down steep mountain roads and trails over a 24-hour period? Little did I know what I was…
Everywhere you go in Western North Carolina there are secluded places reputed to have been used as hideaways by the 500 or so Cherokees seeking refuge during the removal era of the late 1830s. Most of these legends are oft-told…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:11

Land management series planned

Landowners will have the chance to get a better handle on managing their woodlands responsibly with a lineup of summer workshops between July 16 and Aug. 22, each focusing on a different aspect of land stewardship. Locations include Cradle of…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:10

Local environmental knowledge sought

The Coweeta Listening Project will come to Cowee Farmers Market from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, to collect individual stories about special places in the region and the types of environmental changes that locals have seen over…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:09

Shopping for conservation

Shopping at Mast General Store in Waynesville on Saturday, June 7, will be a plus for the planet.
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:08

T-shirt design contest uncovers artist

Shelby Reece from Waynesville Middle School won Haywood Waterways’ Kids in the Creek T-shirt design contest. Her winning design, “Jumping Trout,” will be featured on 800 T-shirts when the program occurs this fall. 
One of the most prized bringers of spring song in Western North Carolina is the golden-winged warbler, and Highlands Plateau Audubon Society has awarded a grant to help increase human knowledge of these beautiful and endangered birds. 
Rhododendrons are opening deep pink blooms along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and new spring foliage blends into a bright blue sky dotted with puffy clouds. At the Graveyard Fields overlook this Friday morning, chirping birds and the occasional passing car…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Dark story explores love, retribution

I have always been drawn to authors who can seize your attention in the first paragraph and like a pit bull, refuse to let you go. Ron Rash can do that (Serena). So can Philipp Meyer (The Son). These guys…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

‘Group’ is hurting Haywood GOP

To the Editor: My name is Mitchell E. Powell and I was elected vice chairman to the Haywood GOP on the same day Pat Carr was elected chairman. I resigned from this position only a few months into my term…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Meat industry pollutes too much

To the Editor: I am delighted that EPA has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the EPA should have…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

GOP has done real harm to state

To the Editor: Look past the claims and misleading “facts” that the Republicans are putting out to see the reality. The net result from four years of Republican rule is a weaker middle class and a starved education system. There…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

While you were looking the other way

To the Editor: With the business of making a living that each of us has to address in any given day, we would expect those who represent us in the North Carolina Legislature — whose salaries are paid by our…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Why not moment of silence, not prayer?

To the Editor: We live in a country where we are free to pray wherever, whenever and within whatever religion we prefer. We are also free to not pray. If one wants a religious blessing on local governmental business decisions,…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist Occasions such as Memorial Day and the D-Day anniversary remind us of the fallen and the freedoms they died to protect. Speeches and commentaries extol the rights specified in the Constitution, religion, speech, assembly…
When North Carolina Republicans arrive at Harrah’s in Cherokee the first week of June for their annual convention, they will likely leave the din of discontent far behind. The rallies — the restless and the rowdies — and the realities…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Rep. Presnell sponsors de-annexation bill

It’s only eight lines long, but a de-annexation bill Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, has filed with the General Assembly’s Government Committee is drawing ire from some and cheers from others. The bill would remove a 3.4-acre property owned by Joe…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Macon County tightens retirement benefits

In its quest to cut the fat ahead of the looming county revaluation, Macon County is turning to its retirement policies. Commissioners recently voted unanimously on a pair of personnel policy changes that will tighten up post-retirement health benefits for…
The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority is still in the early stages of determining whether to hire an executive director. A committee has been formed and legwork is being completed.
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Drexel site master plan in the works

The former Drexel manufacturing plant site in Whittier is a step closer to its future. Jackson County was recently awarded a $10,000 grant, which will be put toward the preparation of a master plan for the site. 
Economy of scale tends to lean toward effectiveness of action, and that’s a fact that three environmental advocacy organizations in Western North Carolina plan to take advantage of over the coming year. By January 2015, the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, Western…
On a muddy Friday afternoon they gathered at Kituwah Mound, the Mother Town.   Preparing for the journey. Offering up prayers for the sendoff. 
A rash of medical complications hit inmates in the Haywood County jail over the past year, socking the county with a $100,000 cost overrun. Blame lies in part with a handful of big ticket procedures — a major stroke, heart…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:00

Craigslist alligator finds a home

A young alligator is on its way to a new life after the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission discovered it being sold illegally through a Craigslist ad in Clyde. After confiscating the reptile, the NCWRC had to find somewhere to put…
Natural gas drilling is one step closer to becoming reality after the North Carolina General Assembly delivered a newly ratified bill to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk on Friday, May 30.
A Civil War reenactment will be June 13-14 at The Shelton House in Waynesville. Enjoy lectures, Civil War reenactments, displays of period clothing, replicas of the Southern Cross of Honor, museum tours, barbecue and Contra-dancing. At 7 p.m. Friday, June…