The woman in the mirror

Published 1:05 pm Thursday, February 24, 2022

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On a clear winter’s evening
The crescent moon
And the round squirrels’ nest
In the bare oak
Are equal planets.
~ Anne Porter, “Winter Twilight”


There comes a point in life, after you’ve had more than a few rides on the roller coaster of life, when you walk by a mirror and scare yourself. “Who in the heck is THAT?” you exclaim. 

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A friend walked by with her pooch one morning, and said she was feeling that way. Who is that woman? What happened? Where did time go? Now, all I could see was an elegant, talented, vibrant woman in front of me—but realized underneath it all, our worries tend to be pretty much the same. 

I admitted that I felt the same way a lot of days, especially these past two years (yet felt pretty grateful to roll out of bed, albeit slower.) I told her that sometimes, I find myself forgetting what I was doing next…My advice is this: just forget to worry about that face in the mirror. Aside from expensive plastic surgery and remodeling work, it’s going to just be what it is. Just slap on Maybelline and hope for the best.  And keep on wondering… what was that thing you were going to do next…..?

The Saluda Arts Festival is coming back this year on May 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. as Saluda’s historic downtown strives to cultivate and promote its heritage in the arts, and features 85 local/regional artists. The entry deadline for artists is March 15, 2022. For information, contact Lynn Casey at (828) 772-1504 or If you’d like to be a sponsor, contact Beth Carson at Volunteers are needed to work one of four shifts the day of the event; jobs include section leaders and assistants, festival information tent, parking supervisors, golf cart drivers, and clean-up. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Linda Bailey at


Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) is busy year-round with land  conservation, trails, projects and more: visit or call 828-749-1560 to learn more. You can support SCLT with donations, volunteering, and through Amazon Smile. Contact “Trail Boss” Chuck Hearon at about ideas or willingness to lead a hike or help clear trails. 


The Saluda Winter Market is every other Saturday through March at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street from 9 a.m -12 p.m. 

Community potluck and bingo night is February 28, 6 p.m. at Saluda Center. A main dish is provided; bring a side dish to share! 

The Saluda Pop-Up Pantry is Tuesday from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Saluda Presbyterian Church, 54 Carolina Avenue (behind Saluda Library). Masks/safety precautions are taken. To volunteer, call Saluda Church of the Transfiguration, 828-749-9740. You can mail tax-deductible donations to Saluda Pop-Up Pantry, P.O. Box 428, Saluda, NC 28773 or donate online at    


Tickets for Saluda Senior Center Fundraiser Gala on March 20 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. can be ordered from Louisa Williamson at (803) 707-8747 or Marti Wells (828) 749-9538. 


Happy February Birthday to: Wylie Rauschenbach, Wesley Pace, Ginny Jones, Jenna Igoe, Suzanne Igoe, Pam Thompson, Catherine Raymond, Eva McCray, Ellen Rogers, Margaret Miller, Paul London, Ward Sandahl, Bill Klippel, Pat Bares, Dwight Smith, Ingrid Sandahl, Fred Baisden, Duane Bateman, Ragan Thompson, Laura Williams, Susan McMasters, Mark Gardner, Cappy Rearick, Linda Seagroves, Irmy Chmielewski, and Edie Campbell. Add your birthday to the list—it’s a promise no ages are mentioned unless you’re under 2 or over 100! 


Feel free to contact me at, (828) 817-6765, P.O. Box 331, Saluda, NC 28773, Facebook, or visit