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Z-Burbia comes to Asheville

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Jake Bible, a local author. He has recently released his latest book, the first in a new zombie series. Z-Burbia has all the facets of a good zombie read you could ask for: zombies, shotguns, people armed to the teeth, and home owner's associations. This is Jake's first book set in Asheville, and he took the time out to tell us more about it. 

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Asheville Therapeutic Salt Cave

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A Special Place For Rest and Healing Did you ever notice how we are drawn to the ocean? When we are there we breathe easier, we relax, and we rejuvenate our body and our mind . This is the essence of Salt Therapy. A visit to Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave provides guests with 45 minutes of pure relaxation and rejuvenation, as all five of their senses are engaged by the healing power of nature. Being in the cave for 45 minutes is equivalent to being at the ocean for 4 days, without the pollution. Although manmade and constructed next to other downtown storefronts, the resembles the Polish salt mines from which it’s 20 tons of salt was extracted, deep beneath the earth’s surface. It is by far the purest salt available on Earth, uncontaminated by any toxins or pollutants. Jodie Appel, co -owner, says the caves constant temperature between 68 and 72 degrees and 50% to 60% humidity. creates a unique microclimate, a soothing oasis in which the mind can relax and the body can reach an elemental balance and begin to heal itself. Asheville’s Salt Cave is the first and only of its kind to be built in the …

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10 Haunted Halloween Activities

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Eliada Home Corn Maze Haunted Edition

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Experience Required?

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The other day while at work, I struck up a conversation with the man next to me. We were both at McDonald’s letting our children wear themselves out. We were talking about his situation and he said that Asheville is a more expensive place to live than the plains of Texas, which is where he and his family moved from not to long ago. After chatting awhile longer, we realized that we both had something in common, we both are searching for a job in Asheville. He being an educated man, with a four year degree in journalism and I with my extensive years in childcare thought that we would land replacement jobs in no time. However, we both came to the realization that both of our lines of work had limited opportunities in the area. That leaves us with having to apply for jobs outside of our field. We quickly discovered that we are both at a disadvantage, as most job seekers are now days. Most if not all job postings will say, sometimes in capital letters, EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Some go as far as to say, “Do not waste my time or yours by applying if you do not …

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5 Awesome Places to Get Freelance Work Done

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Asheville is a society of movers and shakers, which means that there is a large population of freelancers in the area. The awesome thing about being a freelancer is you are your own boss, you control your job and your destiny. The bad thing about freelancing is that is generally means lack of workspace. Working at home is cool, but when your entire house starts to feel like your office, it is time to mix things up. The last thing any freelancer needs is to constantly feel like you are in 'work' mode, especially in the confines of your own home. It's healthy to be able to separate home life from work life and work from a remote location.

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10 Must Do Fall Activities

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linn-cove-viaduct1. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and photograph the foliage. Peak color this year is October 15th. One of the most often photographed places is the Linn Cove Viaduct, a bridge that wraps around Grandfather Mountain and gives you a breathtaking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Keeping Up With The Joneses

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 GOD has just freed the Israelites from the powers of Egypt  and called upon Moses to come to the top of Mount Sinai, the above scripture is part of the new system of laws that GOD is giving to Moses for the people.

After reading the scriptures above, one would stand to reason that it is not right to want what others have.  Yet in our society today it is hard to find someone who truly does not want what others have.  In fact, it is now a way of life, hence the common idiom "Keeping up with the  Joneses."  We as Christians, and yes I am not immune to this, are all guilty in some form or another.

As I was folding the laundry for the family that I work for a question popped into my head. Why do you buy the clothes that you do?  Is it because you like it or that it is fashionable, or is it because of the name?  

If you by clothes because of the name, why?  How am I to know who the designer of your certain piece of clothing is?  The only way someone would actually know is if they asked you personally, or the name was in a very visible place on the article itself.  Buying clothing because it is fashionable is not as questionable as buying for the name brand.  However, it would stand to reason that you are buying the item to be on trend with everyone else.  You will sometimes here people say "oh that style is so last year", which in turn makes most people want to go and buy the latest styles just to keep up.

I say buy something because you like it, not because of who made it or if its the latest rage in fashion.  Honestly I'd rather be comfortable in something that isn't currently in style, than be uncomfortable in something that is.  Not to mention the cost of keeping up with the current styles.

That brings me to another part of trying to "keep up with the Joneses".  Cost, have you seen how much things are costing now days.  It seems like the less fabric there is to an item, the more it costs.  Not to mention paying for someones name on the item, once you add a certain name to it the prices doubles.

Does the higher price mean that the item will last longer.  Well in my experience, that is  not true at all.  Somethings maybe more durable at a higher price, but for the most part, they all wear the same and need replaced about the same time.  I can say though that I have run into a few name brand items that have actually worn out quicker than those with a significantly lower price tag.

It's funny to see how people act about having a name brand item.  It's like it makes them a better person, and can fix any of their flaws.  I hate to tell them that it isn't true at all.  The saying, "Clothes don't make the man, it is the man who makes the clothes", would apply here.  People who are infatuated with name brands seem to worship them. Which would bring me to three other laws that GOD gave Moses while on Mount Sinai:

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Blue Sky Cafe Review

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Blue Sky Cafe 3987 Hendersonville Rd Fletcher, NC 28732 We visited the Blue Sky Cafe on a Friday evening with high hopes as it came recommended by a friend who had heard nothing but praise. The full parking lot as we arrived seemed to confirm that this was a good choice for dinner. The cafe is obviously a refurbished fast food restaurant that had undergone a kitschy blue theme inside and out. The “mom and pops” decor had a sort of Bob Marley meets Cape Cod feel to it. The sign on the door stating take a menu and be seated added to the “this is a little different” feel of the experience. Once seated we were quickly greeted by our server and our drinks were promptly delivered. The menu fare of burgers and wraps with entrées of the same caliber were moderately priced. We ordered a plate of onion rings with chipotle sauce for an appetizer, one “black and blue” hamburger plate which was a blackened hamburger topped with blue cheese and one blackened chicken breast plate. For sides, we both chose a Caesar salad and with the chicken I requested their autumn couscous which I was informed was …

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Bread and Butter Band EXCLUSIVE

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This video is exclusive for AshevilleBlog readers. Thanks to Bread and Butter Band and Asheville Music Today!

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ASHEVILLE MUSIC TODAY PARTNERS WITH ASHEVILLEBLOG

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WILL  PROVIDE EXCLUSIVE CONTENT INCLUDING LIVE MUSIC ASHEVILLE, NC. – Asheville Music Today and AshevilleBlog are excited to announce a cross-promotional partnership that will provide another level of exposure for local musicians. Starting Monday Asheville Music Today will be providing exclusive content to AshevilleBlog including additional live performances and interview segments from musicians not seen on the regular Asheville Music Today broadcast. Asheville Music Today will also be taping “special shows” that will appear exclusively on AshevilleBlog. “I’m thrilled to be working with AshevilleBlog to further help promote local music,” Asheville Music Today host Chris Schieman said. “This partnership will allow us to do even more unique things with our guests and take both the talk show and blog to a higher level.” “AshevilleBlog is thrilled to be partnering with Asheville Music Today to help bring the Asheville music scene directly to you”, Emily with AshevilleBlog said. “We strongly believe in building a united community, and look forward to a great working relationship with Asheville Music Today as our springboard into the online Asheville community.” The first musicians to be featured on AshevilleBlog will be the very popular Bread and Butter. You can look for the first post on AshevilleBlog on …

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