As Thanksgiving approaches, I thought I would share the things that I’m most grateful for in my life right now…

  • My faith and the ability to have a vocation that allows me to share it openly.
  • My family that supports and encourages me and made me who I am.
  • Soul friendships that encourage and support me. Friendships that are authentic and genuine.
  • My sense of adventure and desire for out of the box experiences that push me to think differently.
  • Beautiful mountains all around me.
  • For knowing what I’m supposed to be doing for this season of my life.
  • The community I live in and the ways in which I’m able to contribute to this beautiful place.
  • Coffee… need I say more.
  • The presence of love in a world that can be full of hatred in discord.
  • Good food. Bring on Thanksgiving!
  • Laughter and a sense of humor. The ability to find humor nowadays keeps life from getting too dark and feeling hopeless in many situations.
  • Kindness and it can be a gift from those you know and those you don’t.
  • For the curiosity and purity of children, who can and will change the world!

In the coming days as you consider what you are most thankful for consider these words from Anne Lamott, “Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides. It means that you are willing to stop being such a jerk. When you are aware of all that has been given to you, in your lifetime and the past few days, it is hard not to be humbled, and pleased to give back.”

I’ve got a lot to be thankful for, how about you?



We’re in This Together

Published in The Sylva Hearld, Letters To the Editor section on November 15, 2018

Over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to attend several Sylva Town Board meetings. At each meeting there have been individuals in attendance that have spoken during the public comments section of the meeting. This time allows the board to hear from community members. These individuals typically make statements and/or ask questions about the N.C. Department of Transportation 107 project, present issues surrounding ordinance violations in their respective neighborhoods, and so on.

However, there is typically a mass exodus from the room of those individuals who presented during public comment. Why is this? I would like to ask those who attend Town Board meetings to stay for the duration of the meeting. Stay to hear the reports from Commissioners. Stay to hear the reports from the Public Works Department. Stay to hear the reports from the Town Manager. Stay to hear the reports from the Police Department. Stay to hear the reports from the Main Street Sylva Association. These reports provide vital and factual information to what is happening in our town and community.

While we all believe our cause is the most important cause, it is vital that we, as citizens, hear about all of the good work that is happening in our town and that we are engaged in our community on a deeper level than just showing up for the public comments section of meetings. This requires us to stay for the entire meeting, get to know our town employees, spend time downtown at festivals and community events, join committees, volunteer for events, consider the Sylva Police Academy, learn about the Main Street Sylva Association, ask questions, and be involved.

I hope to see community members at the next Sylva Town Board meetings Thursday, December 13that 5:30 PM at the Sylva Town Hall.


Together we can build a stronger Sylva, if we are engaged in working together.

Kelly Brown

Election Day is Here!

Congressman John Lewis said “Never give up, never give in, never give out. Keep the faith and keep your eyes on the prize. Each and every vote matters. Do your part and vote like you’ve never voted before. Believe in the power of love and together we will build the Beloved Community here in America.”

Today we have the opportunity to vote and build beloved community here in our great nation, please if you haven’t voted already please do!

Here’s a link to the North Carolina State Board of Elections for information you might need:

You deserve to be heard. Your voice matters. You are powerful beyond measure…