Asheville Real Estate Journal- The French Broad River
janeAnne's photo of the beloved French Broad River- Asheville, N.C.
It was a perfect December day here in Asheville. Q and I took a walk at the park where the French Broad River borders the land(see photo), and I sang a tune of gratitude to Wilma Dykeman for her part in making this possible. Just this morning, I had been reading about her. In case you missed it- there is a continuing series from the autobiography of Wilma Dykeman in The Laurel of Asheville. The story is an inspiration for all ages but has special meaning those working for a creative retirement. Wilma Dykeman held the torch.
Wilma Dykeman Stokely (May 20, 1920 – December 22, 2006) was a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Dykeman chronicled the lived of people and land here in Asheville and across the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachia. She is a light to many who today continue to honor her legacy- a deep appreciation of nature- as she wrote:
"I came to see that we were happy in things other people disregarded. Our golas were different. We wanted peace and thoughtfulness. They wanted excitement. Each had its way of life."
Wilma Dykeman grew up just miles from our home here in the Beaverdam community of Asheville and, in fact, lived all her life near the French Broad River. She was one of the first people who inspired the the river.
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