Genevieve Nalls fits a month of household trash inside one mason jar. She and her husband, Carl Nalls, have been practicing a low-waste life for four years in their NoDa home.
“I make my own cleaning products, and we use reusable or compostable items as much as possible,” Nalls said.
Armed with a huge suitcase and several plastic bags packed with authentic clothes from the 1980s, Brandon Kirkley came to Beech Mountain ready for Retro Weekend.
Kirkley, 33, decided in 2013 that he wanted to go to Beech Mountain for the annual weekend celebrating all things ’80s, but he didn’t know how to ski. He and his girlfriend took another year to practice, then asked 14 friends to join them at Beech for Retro 80’s Weekend.
Artist Jody Wood wants to help social workers who face secondary trauma, sometimes called compassion fatigue.
“Secondary trauma is this idea that if you’re caring for someone who is suffering, just through that act of caring, you’re absorbing some of their suffering also,” Wood said. “You have to find a way to metabolize that.”
Ashley Boyd has been the pastry chef at her family’s Dilworth restaurant, 300 East, since 2014. She never intended to join the family business. She wanted to paint and sculpt.
After high school, Ashley pursued a degree in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduating, Ashley became disenchanted with Chicago’s art industry and decided to work at a restaurant. Looking back, she realizes her artwork had taken on a food and vegetation theme.
Here’s what it’s really like to do 7 of Charlotte’s messiest, muckiest jobs, from pig farming to picking up dog poop
Discovery Place staff may get an unexpected “present” from the snakes, iguanas and other animals they handle during live shows at the John Mackay Field Station in the science museum.
“[You] never know when they’re gonna go,” said Stephanie Wicks, manager of living collections and exhibits at Discovery Place Science. She’s pictured above with iguana poop running down her leg. “Iguanas could go in the middle of you holding them.
Remember the jokes you told when you were a kid: “Why can’t you hear the pony talking in a crowded room? Because he’s just a little horse.”
What about the kids who skipped the one-liners and made friends laugh with their observations, stories and wisecracks? What happened to those kids? Some of them went on to be funny fathers telling Dad Jokes. Others decided to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.
The word hustle has taken on several meanings over the last six decades. Movies such as “The Hustler,” “Saturday Night Fever” and “Hustle & Flow” demonstrate how the word can define anything from a small-time swindler to a popular dance from the disco era. Most recently, “side hustle” is used to describe the extra work people are doing in addition to their full-time careers or jobs.
In 2013, Tiffany Waddell Tate launched a professional development coaching business, andtiffanysaid Consulting,...
Three years ago, JaiMaria Howard received a Canon t5i for Christmas. She wanted to make videos, but her friends had other ideas – they wanted her to take photos of them. This led her to taking Intro to Digital Photo and Intermediate Digital Photography classes at The Light Factory. She recently received second place in this year’s annual members’ show, for a photograph of her sister.
In September, as Hurricane Florence bore down on the Carolinas, employees at the 300 East restaurant in Dilworth were scrambling to protect thousands of dollars’ worth of refrigerated products. They were frantic that the old home they’re housed in would lose power and they took every precaution in case it did. Management closed the restaurant for the weekend, despite the loss of revenue.
Our family’s Christmas dinner tradition has changed throughout the years. There were the themed years with homemade Irish, Italian or Mexican foods on the menu. When our boys were small, and we were exhausted, Christmas dinner featured Stouffer’s frozen lasagna. The era of Chinese take-out was an easy transition; I convinced my family that food in small containers was fancy.
The holiday season comes with festivities, colorful lights and a lot of decisions. The most important decision, of course, is to decide which camp you’re in: real tree or fake tree?
There are positives and negatives to both, and those who grew up with one or the other sometimes have strong opinions about which one is best.
Two hours before my wedding, I panicked. Thoughts of uncertainty about what I was about to do filled my head. I called my husband-to-be and asked, “Are we doing the right thing?” He said, “Of course.” My anxiety was lifted, and we were married 19 years ago in the Rose Garden at Independence Park.
Wedding jitters are normal. One Charlotte minister, Reverend Diane Mowrey has married more than 100 couples over 30 years. She tells them, “If you aren’t nervous, then there is something wrong.”
Like the cakes at Mert’s Heart & Soul, my nana’s cakes sat on the counter and were moist and always served at room temperature. Owner James Bazzelle opened Mert’s 20 years ago but did not add cakes until four years later. He knew customers craved something sweet after dining on Southern dishes. Bazzelle wanted cakes that reminded him of the ones his mother baked – fresh and served at room temperature.
When it comes to wedding etiquette, my husband and I have unintentionally broken many of the rules over the years. We have skipped the ceremony, arrived as the bride waited to make her entrance and have even sneaked out early. At least we have not shown up in jeans like my uncle did at my brother’s wedding last month.
Charlottean Aimee Symington is an international etiquette and protocol expert with 15 years of experience.