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Top 10 Argument Triggers For Couples

It doesn't matter if you've been dating for a month or married for five decades, all couples are susceptible to having arguments that threaten to land someone (usually the guy, let's be honest) on the couch for the night. Here are ten hot-button issues you might want to learn to diffuse before someone (again, usually…

Top 10 Barbecue Sides

Lately, I've been seeing a lot of social media and print features debating the virtues of one type of barbecue over another. Whole hog or Boston butt? Who makes the best brisket? Are ribs better served slathered in sauce or dry-rubbed? Speaking of sauce, what's the difference between those favored in Eastern North Carolina, Western…

Top 10 Things To Do Before School Starts

Believe it or not, there's only a month left until the end of summer break. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools begin a new academic year on Monday, August 28th. So little time, so much to do! Here's a list of things you might need to tackle before the kids go back to school: 10. Find some community service…

Top 10 Hottest Places In The World

We haven't had any heat advisories issued yet this summer, but that could change later in the week. The highs in Charlotte will be close to 100 this Friday and Saturday. It could always be worse. At least we don't live in one of the ten hottest places on Earth, listed here with their record-setting…

Top 10 Classic Summer Cocktails

The debate rages on across North Carolina: Should alcohol sales be allowed before noon on Sundays? Well, it might not be that much of a debate. The state legislature voted in favor of it. Now it's up to city and county governments to decide. I, for one, have never been much for breakfast booze, but…

Top 10 Most Patriotic States

Here's something to ponder on our nation's 241st birthday: What makes one state more patriotic than another? Aren't they all part of the United States of America, and don't they all fly the star-spangled banner on the Fourth of July? Financial services website WalletHub quantified the level of patriotism in each state based on thirteen…

Top 10 Must-Haves For Summer Travel

I'm taking off for a few days of vacation next week to visit family and friends in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While I won't be seeing the beach this time, there are some things I always pack for summer travel, no matter where I'm headed. Here's my list of essentials: 1. Sunglasses 2. Cool casual…

Top 10 Clich├ęd Father's Day Gifts

With Dad's big day coming this Sunday (6/18), please resist the temptation to get him the same old thing we see in ads for Father's Day gifts every year. I don't mean to sound ungrateful but sometimes less is more, especially if clutter is already a problem for Dad. That's why I'm increasingly in favor…

Top 10 Summer Live Music Experiences

This was a hard list to write. There's no shortage of great concerts coming to the Carolinas this summer. The problem was whittling the list down to just ten. In order to make it easier on myself, I had to exclude any show before June 21st or after September 21st. Otherwise, Paul Simon (6/6) would…

Top 10 Reasons Parents Love Summer Break Too

Another school year is almost at an end. I'm never quite sure who's more excited at the prospect of three-plus months away from the halls of academia, the students or the teachers. We may feel differently by mid-July, but most parents are just as excited that summer break is upon us too. Here are ten…