The Opposite of Addiction, with Jim Hardy

Jim HardyMeet Jim Hardy, a resident of Brevard, North Carolina, and organizer of a four-part series on the so-called “War on Drugs.” In this podcast, Hardy discusses the reasons why the War on Drugs should be radically and urgently reconsidered. According to Hardy, the War on Drugs has “turned criminals into millionaires [and billionaires], and sick people into criminals. In a nutshell, that’s America’s War on Drugs.” Hardy’s four-part series covers the following topics:

Session 1: Everything you Think you Know about Addiction is Wrong.
Session 2: The Tragedy and Damage of the War on Drugs.
Session 3: Enlightened, Compassionate, Accessible Treatment for Opiod Addiction.
Session 4: Into the Light: Local Sources of Hope and Compassionate Support and Healing for Those Dealing with Drug Abuse and Addiction.

This podcast discusses the history of the War on Drugs and the need to advocate for a new approach. The following experts and resources are referred to in the podcast, all of which can be found on YouTube:

The House I Live In, an award-winning documentary by Eugene Jarecki.
Everything You Think you Know about Addiction is Wrong, a Ted Talk by Johann Hari.
What is Addiction?, a YouTube Video by Gabor Maté.
Addiction and Trust, a YouTube Video by Marc Lewis.
The Biology of Desire, a YouTube Video by Marc Lewis.
Addiction in the Age of Brain Science, a YouTube Video by Dr. Marcus Heilig.
Drug Addiction is a Learning Disorder, a YouTube Video by Maia Szalavitz.
Addiction 101, a YouTube Video by Raj Mehta.

After hearing this podcast, please consider inviting Jim Hardy to speak to your organization, house of worship or business! Reach Jim at, or by calling 828-862-6969.


Meals on Wheels of Brevard, NC, with Board Member Sasha Jones

Meet Sasha Jones, a board member of Meals on Wheels of Brevard, North Carolina. In this podcast, Sasha shares her experiences as a driver, substitute driver and board member.

Of course, the primary mission of Meals on Wheels is to deliver daily nutritious meals to its homebound clients. But Sasha notes that Meals on Wheels provides so much more to its clients than daily sustenance. Often, clients will not see another person besides their Meals on Wheels volunteer the entire day, week, or even month.

Volunteers are always needed, and can contribute mightily with as little as one hour per week.

Find more about Meals on Wheels of Brevard, NC at their website:, or their FaceBook Page at Meals on Wheels of Brevard, NC.


The Community Side of Recidivism – Meet Peter McKinney

Peter McKinneyMeet Peter Mckinney, a retired executive and member of the prison ministry at St. Philips Church in Brevard, NC. Peter shares his involvement with “Charles” (not his real name), an inmate in the Craggy Correctional Facility in Asheville, and the efforts of the St. Phillips prison ministry to combat recidivism one inmate at a time.

You can find more about the St. Philips prison ministry here:

You can find the documentary called “RISE”, referenced in the podcast, here:


Meet Mark Burrows, Director of Transylvania County Planning and Community Development

Meet Mark Burrows, Director of Transylvania County Planning and Community Development. Mark shares his stories about the history of the area, some of the goals for the county and the wonderful character of our people. With this release of the podcast you will notice a new member to the team, Steven Anderson. Steven’s talents definitely add a great deal to the show and we know you will enjoy Mark’s story presented through Steven’s talents. Thanks to everyone for their help and support.


Meet Nicola Karesh, a Writer, Poet, Community Activist and a Playful Spirit

NicolaMeet Nicola Karesh, a writer, poet, community activist and a playful spirit.  Nicola writes for the Transylvania Times about the Rosenwald community.  She also organizes events in our community including the Faces of Freedom Exhibition.  She is originally from Jamacia and shares interesting observations about our community that broadens the mind, at least it did ours.  We hope you enjoy her stories as much as we did collecting them.

Transylvania Together

Freedom Walk

Clothesline Art

Clothesline art from the community “Put Yourself on the Line” for Health Care.

The Transylvania NAACP hosts a community art project known as “Put yourself on the line!” They bring in a clothesline, fabric, markers, and easels and invite the community to create art on the chosen topic. On May 3rd, Transylvania Indivisible partnered with the NAACP. Brevard Brewing hosted the clothesline and the topic was Health Care. Members of the community shared their thoughts and dreams on health care. We wanted to share them with you here.

On July 29, 2017, we held the event again in downtown Brevard.  Here are the contributions we collected.  Thanks to all of those who helped and contributed.





Meet Kyle Tinsley, Graduate of Brevard High School and former leader of the Acceptance Club

Meet Kyle Tinsley, Graduate of Brevard High School and former leader of the Acceptance Club. He was interviewed by the Transylvania NAACP’s summer intern Sam Farrar. This is an amazing interview of love and the power of focusing on good works. If our future is in the hands of young adults like these, we are going to be just fine. Thanks to both for sharing.