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Top 10 Tom Petty Songs

October is not off to a good start. One of rock & roll's true greats, Tom Petty, passed away at the age of 66 on Monday (10/2). He had been taken to a Southern California hospital Sunday night after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. Once doctors determined that brain…

Top 10 Fall Travel Destinations

Christmas is too long to wait for your next vacation. It's time to start planning a fall getaway! After all, why not take advantage of mild weather at a time of year when travel costs are typically lower? Travel Channel compiled a list of fun and scenic autumn destinations for 2017 all across the country.…

Top 10 Ways To Celebrate The First Day Of Fall

It's almost here! Fall officially starts this Friday, September 22nd and I say bring it on. Don't get me wrong, I love summer, but it's time to get a break from the heat and humidity, even if it's only in our minds after seeing the words "Fall begins" on the calendar. And with the kids…

Top 10 Most-Stressed States

Following the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, you would think that Texas and Florida are two of the most-stressed states, but overall they're not even in the top ten. Neither is South Carolina, although the Palmetto State is close at #11. North Carolina is a little more relaxed at #16. What stresses…

Top 10 Needs Of Hurricane Harvey Victims

Hurricane Harvey is being called the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. Here in the Carolinas, we know a thing or two about big storms and the damage they can cause. That's why it's especially important for us to help the victims in Southeast Texas and Louisiana, where the road to recovery is a long…

Top 10 (Plus 5) Oktoberfest Celebrations In The Carolinas

I've never fully understood why Oktoberfest is called Oktoberfest. The flagship event in Munich, Germany usually begins in mid-September, as do a couple here in North Carolina. Get ready to shake the dust off of your dirndls or lederhosen and hoist a stein. Prost! September 9: Charlotte Oktoberfest (Symphony Park) September 16-17: Durham Oktoberfest (Motorco…

10 Back-To-School Anxieties For Tweens And Teens

As a dad of two teenagers, I can tell you that back-to-school time is very different for middle and high school students than it is for elementary school kids. Tweens and teens have more challenges to work through as they begin a new academic year, whether they're making the transition to a new school or…

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…