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A Suspenseful Memoir Inspires Readers to Open Their Minds

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- "No Time for Fear," a new e-book by Yvonne Haarsma, is a suspenseful page-turner that reveals how a mother and her two sons escaped an ego-driven husband while on the run across four continents and being pursued by Interpol, Mounted Police and the FBI.

This thrilling memoir starts out by setting the stage for what appeared to be a match made in heaven. However, the author quickly realizes that things are not at all what they seemed. Now, she's got to figure out how to protect herself and her two young sons from a powerful man who is charming, deceitful and filled with a thirst for revenge.

In a marriage that had reached a dead end, she was desperate for solutions. She sought the assistance of a counselor who, unbeknownst to her, showed herself to be a medium to help put things back on track. Soon, Yvonne begins to receive somewhat unbelievable messages, and is not convinced until a person very familiar to her reveals himself - her deceased grandfather, Edward.

Through messages from the other side, Edward shows her how to trade the darkness for the light and works behind the scenes to carefully guide her.

On the run for a year throughout Asia, Europe, North America and South America, Yvonne and her two boys confront extreme challenges and triumphs.

Readers will meet the many people who helped the author and learn how to trust their own inner voices.

One Amazon reviewer wrote, "This book could be a film script; all the elements are there - passion and suspense."

Another Amazon reviewer states, "Truth is definitely stranger than fiction. A truly intriguing tale, not only of survival and justice, but how our spirit guides are always looking out for us and work with us in ways we cannot always imagine or understand. We need more inspiring and eclectic stories like this."

Yvonne's main reason for writing this book is to help others find their strength and to trust what they may not always understand.

In Yvonne's words: "It was those difficult moments in my life and then the realization that our spiritual self helps to make us stronger. I've learned so much from this experience and hope it will inspire others too."

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Born in The Netherlands, Yvonne is a shining example of how to deal with extreme adversity. Her travels have brought her to six continents through an incredible series of extraordinary experiences. She's had 30+ years of practice as a karmic astrologer where she's helped hundreds of people discover their true life's path. Many of them have stayed in touch with her, sharing their thanks for her gift of insights.

​Her indomitable spirit and unflinching positive outlook are truly a model for others who grapple with the challenges associated with domestic abuse and a male-dominated society.

​Yvonne is the mother of two grown sons. She has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Belgium and she and her husband, Elliott, split their time between the two countries.

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Yes Legend Jon Anderson’s ‘Olias Of Sunhillow’ 2 Disc Remastered & Expanded Edition Now Available For Pre-order

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new expanded and remastered 2-disc edition of the classic debut solo album by YES vocalist JON ANDERSON, "Olias of Sunhillow." Released in July 1976, the album was a conceptual work recounting the story of an alien race on a journey to find a new world following volcanic destruction on their home planet.

All music on the album was written and performed by Jon Anderson and the recording took place at Anderson's Buckinghamshire home studio whilst Yes were on hiatus following the tour to promote the album "Relayer." Initially recorded on an 8-track tape machine, the arrangements were then re-recorded on to a 24-track tape machine. The album saw Jon perform the music entirely alone, teaching himself to play keyboards and acknowledging the influence of such legendary musicians as Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz and Vangelis on his work.

"Olias of Sunhillow" was released by Atlantic Records in the summer of 1976 in an elaborate gatefold sleeve designed by David Fairbrother-Roe and was a top ten album in the UK.

This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original album master tapes and fully restores the stunning original artwork; and also features a booklet with a new essay and exclusive interview with Jon Anderson.

Over the ensuing years the excellence of the album has led to many calls for the album to be remixed in a 5.1 Surround Sound format. Alas, despite extensive research, the multi-track masters of the album cannot be found. However, this expanded edition of "Olias of Sunhillow" features a DVD featuring a high resolution 96 kHz / 24-bit re-master of the stereo mix and also includes a high resolution 5.1 Surround Sound up-mix derived from the original stereo master tapes as an additional feature.

"The more I realize that time flies when you're having fun...boy oh boy, the fun I'm having listening to my early solo work....

"OLIAS for me was like going to music school for Three Months solid without breathing...

"Totally captivated by making a true SOLO album...every sound, vocal, instrumental and whatever came from the cosmos is there on the album...a dream made reality...

"I never really listened to it all the way through after it was released, I must have listened to every sound a zillion times while mixing it...

"So, a month ago I listened to the whole album again...and felt such joy and gratefulness to have gone through that experience, and here I am so many years later going through a similar musical journey...

"Time flies by when you're having fun...

" and 'light'...." Jon.






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Asheville Cooking Classes – A Fun and Educational Alternative to Dining Out

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- After being closed for several months, Cottage Cooking Asheville has re-opened, but classes look a little different now. They're even more intimate and guests will enjoy more of a demo versus hands-on experience.

For the Zoom-weary crowd, these classes are a great alternative to learning online. People are craving more in-person experiences and Cottage Cooking satisfies with everything from bread baking and sushi rolling to creme brulee burning and more. They provide a nice way for couples to re-connect, families to spend time together, friends to have a laugh or two, and kids to learn a new recipe or two.

Prior to the pandemic, classes went up to six at the Cottage Cooking location and strangers would often break bread together. Now, classes are limited to four who know each other. And, if there's a couple who wants to book a class, they'll get a private class for the regular price of $75 versus $90.

"For now, we're not putting people together who don't know each other," Liisa Andreassen, co-owner, Cottage Cooking, says. "We want everyone to be safe and comfortable."

Recently, Cottage Cooking has had several requests from honeymooners, couples celebrating anniversaries and girls getting out of town for a weekend escape.

"People want to do 'something,' but are still not ready to commit to eating out. Our classes fit the bill," Andreassen says.

Cottage Cooking will also take the show on the road and go off-site for groups of six to 12. For all classes, everyone is required to wear a face mask and people will eat outside when weather permits.

The Cottage Cooking property includes two lovely decks, a firepit area and vegetable gardens. There's even a wildlife dining area and 'museum' that's free for all to visit.

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About Cottage Cooking Asheville

John Godts and Liisa Andreassen, a husband and wife team, are the brains behind Cottage Cooking. Andreassen, a New York City native, is a writer by day, has a background in catering and also an extensive roster of food-related copywriting clients.

Godts hails from Brussels, Belgium, and has a few European specialties to share. Baking is one of his passions and he loves to joke with guests along the way. He works as a physical therapist at Mission Hospitals, but also enjoys entertaining and cooking.

The couple has an appetite for travel and adventure and Cottage Cooking helps to fund that hunger. Whether on the road, in the air, or underwater, they're always on the lookout for new recipes to share.

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Groundbreaking New Book Transforms the Death Process for Terminally Ill, Families

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Individuals who are living with a terminal illness and the people who love them can now deeply transform their shared experience of the dying process, thanks to a new book released today by author Melody LeBaron, "Transforming Death: Creating Sacred Space for the Dying" (ISBN: 978-1733477123).

"Transforming Death: Creating Sacred Space for the Dying," breaks new ground as the only book in its genre which explores how to partner with the environment to support the deep, transformative process of dying. The book is available for purchase on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.

"Now is the time to bring death back into its place in the circle of life," she says. "Cultivating a sense of presence through the creation of sacred space helps to shape that experience."

LeBaron wrote "Transforming Death: Creating Sacred Space for the Dying" for each person who will someday die, for those who seek a more conscious death, and for the caregivers of persons living with a terminal diagnosis.

"Each dying person needs a team," she says. "Ideally, there is more than one caregiver, so responsibilities are shared, community is strengthened, and no one gets depleted."

The work is grounded, foremost, in LeBaron's first-hand experience of the death of her mother in 1990, followed by the loss of her younger sister in 1995, and her 17-year-old son, Logan, in 1997. The difficulty and rewards of these challenges served as an initiation into what she now calls "the death mysteries."

"'Transforming Death,' is the book I needed all those years ago," she says. "A book for preparing ourselves and those we love for a natural, conscious process of death and dying."

Much as one might read parenting books before the birth of a new baby, she had hoped to prepare for the arduous journey ahead. However, in the 1990s, there was only one book on death and dying, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross' groundbreaking 1969 work, "On Death and Dying."

"Life will guide you where it wants you to go," she says. "When I face something hard, I try to deliberately work through my denial and prepare for it."

Fortunately, she found a like-minded mentor in the late Sharon Turnball, Tennessee's first female funeral director. Turnball suggested she perform a beautiful ritual - that of preparing her mother's body for burial. That experience and insights would change LeBaron's life and work forever.

"We need to partner with death instead of resisting it," she says.

At this time, the pervasive presence of death seems an indelible part of our world's overculture, LeBaron notes.

Each of us must develop the ability to find meaning and healing in the face of death as a pandemic spreads and 20th century structures crumble. We mark the demise of American culture with the passing of family members, friends, and idols of bygone days.

"There's a collective dying and grieving process as we come to understand what is in the present, versus what once was in the past," she says. "For those who are aware of what's happening in the world today, and struggling to understand and stay uplifted, this book will help them, too."

About the Author

Author Melody LeBaron has been called to midwife the dying for more than 30 years. She works with the dying and their caregivers to create an optimal conscious death experience, catalyze the difficult emotions evoked through grief, and claim the gifts of the grieving process. Melody also facilitates a leadership process for women, and coaches clients through the process of transforming their homes and workspaces, their relationships and their lives. For more information, visit

"Transforming Death: Creating Sacred Space for the Dying"
By Melody LeBaron
Published by Melody LeBaron.
July 14, 2020
264 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7334771-1-6 (e-book)
July 14, 2020
264 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7334771-2-3 (paperback)
Library of Congress Catalog Number: 2020911008

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Cottage Cooking Adds Baking Class to its Schedule Lineup

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Cottage Cooking, known for their dinner-party style cooking classes, has recently expanded into offering daytime baking classes. Founders, John Godts and Liisa Andreassen, recently attended some baking classes at the King Arthur Flour Baking School in Norwich, Vermont, and are excited to share what they learned.

"To date, we've given three baking classes and they've all been great fun," Andreassen says. "We typically bake buttermilk biscuits, candied ginger scones and a hearty, sandwich-style white bread."

Classes last about four hours and are $75 per person. So far, they've been very well received.

Godts, who enjoys baking bread and sharing tips, takes the intimidation out of baking for his guests. He says it's a great "stress reliever."

"There's nothing like coming home from a long day and kneading some bread," he says. "It's a great way to unwind."

Guests receive detailed recipes, hand-on baking training and a tips sheet with do's and don'ts to help elevate their baking skills. They also learn about compound butters and easy-to-make jams.

If the weather is nice, guests can enjoy freshly-brewed tea, to accompany their baked goods, while sitting on the back deck under the shade of their hosts' umbrella or cozy up in the firepit on chillier days.

"We're also doing brunch classes where we incorporate some of these baked goodies too," Andreassen says. "Brunch typically includes potato latkes, an egg frittata and scones."

While the couple's dinner-party style classes continue to be at the core of their business model, they're quickly getting known for these new offerings too.

About Cottage Cooking Asheville

Founded in March 2015, Cottage Cooking was started to fund the couple's appetite for travel. John is a physical therapist by day and his wife, Liisa, is a freelance writer. Since they started their cooking class business, they've been to 11 countries and 18 states. They enjoy taking cooking classes when they travel and share what they learned with their guests. They also pick up aprons from different cities and guests enjoy trying them on for size. Cooking classes are designed for the home cook and given in the couple's renovated 1950's style ranch home in North Asheville, about two miles from downtown.

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Healthy Homes Expert Rick Bayless Today Offers New ‘Radon Health Risks’ E-Book to Public

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Rick Bayless, owner and founder of A Healthier Home, LLC, today offers a new e-book, "Radon Health Risks: What You Need to Know When Living or Working in the Southern Appalachians."

"Radon Health Risk: What You Need to Know When Living or Working in the Southern Appalachians," is a 27-page e-book chock full of solid information and insights that readers can put to use right now, without any special training or prior knowledge.

"A swath of uranium rich soil runs underneath the entire area," says Bayless. "When radon gasses rise upward through the soil and into area homes, it constitutes a significant health risk."

Radon is currently the second leading cause of cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society and Environmental Protection Agency.

The risk from radon is underscored by the fact that radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless, says Bayless. However, testing is relatively inexpensive.

Readers will quickly learn:

* What radon is, what it does, and how it affects healthiness
* The risk factors for radon in WNC and southern Appalachians
* Signs that a home may have a radon problem
* Costs and decisions associated with radon testing
* What to do if radon is detected in a home
* Expectations for the radon mitigation process
* The dynamics of radon through charts and images
* And more!

"After reading this book, homeowners will be able to assess the likelihood of a radon issue in their home, to perform basic maintenance that protects their family's health, and make decisions about adequate testing and mitigation," says Bayless.

He emphasizes that his approach to environmental home healthiness is practical. Bayless, like his book, balances good old-fashioned common sense with accessible scientific principles.

"We're all in this radon situation together," he says.

About A Healthier Home, LLC:
A Healthier Home, LLC, is western North Carolina's leading environmental home health services provider. Author and founder Rick Bayless is a national award-winning, NEHA-certified environmental home health and safety consultant. Individuals who would like to learn more about how we cure sick houses, or who wish to obtain a complimentary copy of "Radon Health Risks: What You Need to Know When Living or Working in the Southern Appalachians," may visit the website,

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Asheville Angel Pets Conference and Angel Pets Expo 2019

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Bright Star Studio, llc proudly presents a pioneering, unique, and much needed, Angel Pet Conference 2019 in North Carolina, covering many topics on senior pet care needs, end-of-life care, caregiver support and grief healing.

Important medical topics for senior animal needs and resources, assessing animal quality-of-life, explaining animal hospice and palliative care, covering the medical, practical, emotional considerations for pets at the end-of-life transition. Special focus is also on grief healing from pet loss for ourselves and family, which is often complex and under-addressed in our society.

Angel Pets Conference 2019:
* Saturday, June 8, 2019, 8-5 p.m. (Salon A)
* Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville NC 28801
* Topics covering Senior pet care, end-of-life issues, grief support. Some professional CEs offered.
* Tickets $90-$125

"We all want to loving care for our pets during this time, but don't always know how." Understanding more about these areas will help us become better equipped to handle this critical time for our pets and ourselves. Being aware of the resources available can be tremendously helpful and healing. Tribute video will be played at end for attendees' pets.

This is a seated, educational, ticketed event, ideal for pet parents and pet professionals. Some presentations offer CE credits.

The goal is to help us become more knowledgeable and comfortable in caring for our pets (and ourselves) during this difficult, but inevitable time in our pets' lives.

Speakers include expert local area veterinarians, Dr. Beth Marchitelli DVM (4PawsFarwell); Dr. Kasandra Garner, DVM (Animal Hospital of North Asheville); internationally recognized pet loss specialist Coleen Ellis, CT, CPLP (TwoHeartsPetLossCenter), and Dr. Angel Mitchell, DVM, Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital.

Conference schedule, program description, speaker bios, ticket information can be found on website:

Sponsorship opportunity still available.

Angel Pets Vendor Expo 2019:
ASHEVILLE, N.C.: 45+ vendors specializing in services and products for pets, pet artists, senior pet care needs, end-of-life, caregiver support, grief healing and other pet supportive topics. Select featured vendor presentations throughout the day. List of Vendors and presentation schedule can be found at

* Saturday, June 8, 2019 10-6 p.m. (Salons B/C)
* Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville NC 28801
* Open to the public, $5 admission.
* 45+ vendors specializing in services and products for pets, pet artists, senior pet care needs, end-of-life, caregiver support, grief healing and other pet supportive topics. Select featured vendor presentations throughout the day.
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The goal of the Angel Pets Expo is to bring people together with resources and service which help the care and honoring of our pets.

Vendor opportunities still available.

Angel Pets Conference and Angel Pets Expo 2019 are proudly presented by Bright Star Studio, llc - "A Place of Art and Spirit" - offering energy work, classes, meditations, conferences which focus on caring for ourselves and others. Learn more:

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Cottage Cooking Launches YouTube Channel as Part of Marketing Strategy

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Cottage Cooking, a cooking class business in Asheville, North Carolina, has recently launched a YouTube Channel to showcase a series of topics, including a behind-the-scenes peek into what happens before a cooking class, how the company got started, tips for making a tomato basket and more.

"Videos are a fun way to communicate what we're doing at Cottage Cooking," Liisa Andreassen, co-owner Cottage Cooking, says. "Potential clients can really see what we're all about. We've even had guests agree to participate in the videos and they love it. It's fun for everyone."

The most recent addition to the video collection is one that highlights their "Cooking with Beer" class which showcases a variety of local beers. Asheville has more breweries per capita than any U.S. city and roughly 100 local beers can be enjoyed in this eclectic mountain town.

"We figured why not offer a cooking class where guests can enjoy a beer not only in their glass, but on their plate too," John Godts, co-owner and chief bottle washer, Cottage Cooking, says.

View the "Cooking with Beer" class video here: as well as a host of others on the Cottage Cooking YouTube channel:

About Cottage Cooking:

Founded in March 2015, Cottage Cooking was started to fund the couple's passion for travel and for sharing their loved of food too. To date, together, they have traveled to six countries and more than 20 states and always bring back some new-founded culinary knowledge to share.

Cooking classes are designed for the home cook and a typical class is designed like a dinner party where guests prepare and eat an appetizer, main course and dessert. These classes make for a great date night or ladies' night out. The company also travels off site and has built a reputation in the business for hosting fun bachelorette parties and kids' birthday events. In addition to a schedule which can be found on their website, they'll also design custom dates and menus as requested.

Classes range from $50 to $90 and are typically two and a half hours in length. All classes are BYOB.

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30+ Vehicles on Display at the 2017 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together in Asheville, NC for 76th Jeep Anniversary

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Old Willys Jeeps from 1941-1964 will be on display at the 2017 Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together including military, CJs, wagons, truck, and forward control. More than 30 Willys Jeeps will be on display representing originals, restorations and modified in varying conditions from "rust buckets to trailer queens."

The show opens to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Grace Arts Center Pavilion in Mills River, near Asheville Airport. The show runs for one day only. More than 30 old Willys Jeeps will be in one location with something for everybody, including the popular World War II restoration and civilian models from 1941-1964. The show includes exhibitors from many different states.

The original Willys Jeep was created for the military during World War II (WWII) and is a great American success story. The original Willys Jeep was designed in only 18 hours and the prototype arrived only 30 minutes before the government deadline. 660,703 Jeeps were built for World War II. Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower listed the Jeep among the three primary tools that helped win WWII.

Willys was a record breaking independent auto manufacturer and was assembled in 22 countries. Jeep celebrated its 75th Anniversary just last year, with events all around the world.

Will Springer, event producer for the Southeast Willys Jeep Get Together annual auto event, said, "I was delivered from the hospital in a Willys Jeep. Some of us have owned Willys all our lives and others are newbies. All the different stories make it an interesting event, and Willys is a great American story."

Show hours are: Saturday - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Grace Mills River, Asheville, NC

Public tickets can be purchased at the gate. Prices are $5; free for children under age 6.

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Cottage Cooking in Asheville Adds Off-Site Services

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- In response to multiple requests, Cottage Cooking, a cooking class business in Asheville, N.C., has decided to add off-site services. In the past, they've given on-site cooking classes in a private home (and still do), but now they're also taking the show on the road.

"Our renovated 1950s-style ranch home in North Asheville is the perfect setting for two to four people, but we've had many requests to go off-site for things like corporate team building activities, bachelorette weekends and family reunions," Liisa Andreassen, co-founder Cottage Cooking, says. "People really like the fact that we come to them because then they can really let their hair down."

To date, Andreassen and her partner and husband, John Godts, have done a few off-site events including a corporate training where the class participants made ravioli and Bolognese sauce and a three-generation family reunion where a grandmother, her two daughters and three grandchildren tried their hands at wonton soup and coconut-baked shrimp.

"It's fun for us too," Godts says. "We get to see some cool houses and it's always fun to work in another kitchen. It shakes things up a little."

While there's a $15 upcharge per person for going off site, people seem to think it's worth it. It saves them travel time and they can play host. In order to book an off-site class, a minimum of four participants is required and it needs to be within an hour drive.

"We've even been asked to give classes at local colleges and assisted living communities," Andreassen says.

For now, they're trying not to exceed 10 people per class so they can maintain the intimate-style of teaching and learning that they've earned a reputation for since being in business.

Godts and Andreassen have both taken classes in larger groups and agree that a smaller venue is the way to go.

"I found those big classes to be intimidating and not a lot of fun," Godts says. "Our goal is to have some laughs, prepare and eat good food and hope people learn something along the way too."

About Cottage Cooking Asheville:

Founded in March 2015 by John Godts and Liisa Andreassen, Cottage Cooking was started to fund the couple's appetite for travel. Cooking classes are designed for the home cook and a typical class is designed like a dinner party where guests prepare and eat an appetizer, main course and dessert.

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