Frances Ruthe Figart has always focused on words and language. While editing the monthly magazine for the National Tour Association based in Lexington, Kentucky, she became passionate about ecotourism and sustainable travel. This led her to live in Canada and Costa Rica supporting a small kayak tour operator as director of marketing and communications. She returned to Kentucky in 2010 to help her mother, Ruthe, die with grace and dignity. After this transition, Frances moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2013 to start life anew. With her sights set on working again in magazine publishing, she was hired by the city’s popular arts and culture monthly, The Laurel of Asheville, and is now its editor. She lives north of Asheville on six acres in a small mountain community with her husband, artist John Philip Beaudet, two cats, Grendel and Oki, and two Australian Shepherds, Dukkha and Ivy.