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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 Clichéd 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…

Top 10 Ways To Enjoy May Race Week

It's the most exciting time of the year for fans of motorsports. This week is packed with fun events in Charlotte, Indianapolis, and even Monte Carlo. Here's what you should have on your list: 10. Check out the Little 600 Future Stars Race (5/23 @ GoPro Motorplex, Mooresville) 9. Tour one of the many Race…

Top 10 Fake 'Downton Abbey' Movie Titles

We have plenty of fake news these days. Why not fake movie titles? Downton Abbey fans are ecstatic over the announcement that a full-length feature film is officially in the works. Many of the cast members from the television series are expected to be part of the project; as will the show's creator, executive producer,…

Top 10 Reasons We Love Mom

Mother's Day is this Sunday (5/14) so I hope you have big plans to celebrate mom. After all, there are countless reasons to cherish the woman who brought you into the world. How about all of the times she told you that she loved you, even when you weren't so loveable? Here are some more:…

Top 10 Creative Racehorse Names

The 143rd "Run for the Roses" is this Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. Some of the thoroughbreds entered in this year's Kentucky Derby have been given interesting monikers, as is the longstanding tradition with naming horses, but none of them is all that outrageous. In the past, there have been some true head…

Top 10 Gift Ideas For Administrative Professionals Day

What would you do without the people who help you succeed each and every day at work? If you have one person in particular whose job it is to provide you with office support, you need to show them how much you appreciate their efforts. Tomorrow (Wed., 4/26) is Administrative Professionals Day. Don't drop the…

Charlotte's Top 10 Outdoor Hangout Spots

Spring might be the best time of year in Charlotte. Well, unless you're allergic to pollen. In that case, it's the worst time of year to be in Charlotte. But for the rest of us, the sunshine and mild temperatures have us seeking fun outdoor places to meet up with friends. Here are some of…