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Who’s Bad Playing at the Orange Peel 2/28/14

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10 Years In, Who's Bad Going Stronger Than Ever, Spreading Michael Jackson's Music and Spirit Around the World

In 2014, Who’s Bad marks their 10th year performing as The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band. In that span, Who’s Bad has played more shows in more cities worldwide than any other tribute act related to the King of Pop. 

Their first show was exactly ten years ago today. What began as a humble college experiment by University of North Carolina alum, Vamsi Tadepalli, has grown to be something bigger and more symbolic than he ever dreamed it could:

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Dispelling the Love Myths Week 2: Love is Expensive

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I started this series to get people thinking about how much more love would be available if we practiced some simple principles and skills of loving. If you missed that post, you can read it here. Today’s myth? That Love is expensive.  We believe it's something we earn.  We have the idea that we must be good to be  loveable. Often, we shy away from love, because the price tag looks too high.  We have the idea that romantic love will require sacrifices of who we really are. And often it does. Who hasn’t kept themselves small, or kept their mouth shut, in order not to rock the boat? Who hasn’t withheld love when a lover, friend or child has failed to make the grade?

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30 Days of Yoga: Days 1-10

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"I wish winter would stay forever and ever," said no one ever, so what do you do to beat the winter blues? Well, you could hibernate, drink lots of hot chocolate, go somewhere tropical or look for something uplifting and inspiring; I chose the latter. After seeing all the pictures puppies and purritos (please google purritos) my heart could handle, I turned to TED Talks.

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That February Day Men Dread

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Perhaps we have Valentine's Day all backwards. And because we have it backwards, it makes us go sideways. And then we fall down. And we can’t get up.

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Dispelling the Love Myths

Dispelling the love myths

It is our most pervasive myth. Love is something you fall into. You are going along your daily life and BOOM, there she was just a walking down the street! I saw him standing there, and I knew. Cue the soundtrack! We have come to believe in chemistry, and kismet, and that we fall in love, like it was a camouflaged hole that we stumbled upon. The problem with this theory is that we also fall out of love. And then there is all the disappointment, and fingerpointing, and ultimately, we amputate that person from our lives, because the love wasn’t perfect.

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8 Awesome Activities for Toddlers in Asheville

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As it is still the very fresh beginning of a new year, it still seems appropriate to begin the year with another "best of 2013" list. For me and this little family of mine, 2013 has been the year of new activities to entertain and teach my ever explorative toddler. This year has seen me spend countless hours researching where to take my little one on new, fun and hopefully affordable activities. Below, is my summery of my top toddler activities in the Asheville area (that we've had the chance to experience):

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Big Changes for South Asheville

Big Changes for South Asheville

I used to avoid South Asheville at all cost. After moving to the south side a couple years ago, I have grown very fond and extremely comfortable here. Biltmore Park has grown and flourished into its own little community. Further, inviting big city names to become a part of our town. Dining with Metro favorites such as P.F. Changs and Brixx. Luxury hotel rooms in the Hilton. Education in town, instead of abroad with Western Carolina University. Specialty Shopping with REI and Orvis are here, now.

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Preventing and Treating Your Pets’ Protein Allergies

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Does your dog chew at his tail or feet? Does your cat have a dry, dull coat (or even bald patches) and always seems to be itchy? Are you constantly at the vet for ear infections or digestive issues? Food allergies or insensitivities may be to blame! While grain allergies are the most common seen in dogs, they can, and often do, develop allergies to specific proteins in their diets. Dogs and cats are not born with allergies to specific proteins; they are developed over time by feeding the same ingredients over and over. If a dog is given chicken every day of his life, for example, over time his body may become less equipped to break down those proteins. The body begins to mistakenly identify chicken as a harmful ingredient, and creates defensive antibodies to fight against the food. This is what causes the symptoms that many of us have become familiar with. How can you prevent these allergies from developing? The best way is through a rotational diet, much like our own. Each day, we eat a different assortment of foods than the day before. This helps us to receive a wide variety of nutrients, and of course, …

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Mommy Time

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Every mom started her life as a little girl and grew to have expectations and dreams of her own. Each of those little girls grew into young women that still held tightly (or not so tightly) to their dreams but responsibilities and expectations of others grew as well. As the girl grows into a young woman, and the young woman matures and is blessed with a spouse and motherhood, the responsibilities of life can become quite overwhelming. We as mothers can often get lost in nurturing the lives of those around us that we fail to nurture ourselves. We have to be careful when we continuously give because we can forget how to receive. I have been asked several times recently what my hobbies are. Things like “taking naps or sleeping in” and “having alone time” or even “taking a shower with no interruptions” and “going to the bathroom alone” come to mind. To my illusion, these are not hobbies. These are mostly fantasies that many mothers share. It amazes me how much thought I have to put into what my hobbies are. Then I can get off on saying something like, “these are what my hobbies would be if …

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Art

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While the definition of art is widely controversial in itself; Asheville is one of those rare places that defines its own eclectic culture and culture of art.  Art in Asheville is from the ground up; literally.  Art of a garden,  a gate,  driveway, the hand made home with no electric tools, or only from items of the property in which it rest.  Or yes that typical piece in the park, in your living room but expanded in Asheville to dinnerware, furniture, clothing and everything you touch or touches you from head to toe.  Asheville allows the individual expression of art in every aspect of life. So walk (read) with us in this column as we experience everything Asheville has to offer in  “Art Asheville Style”.  The typical Asheville resident takes everything into account when choosing to live here, and those who settle here for life take on the Art Asheville Style starting at their driveways.  Gate or no gate we all enjoy the beauty of each welcoming entry as we take in the views from our cars driving in our mundane work life from place to place. Thus I start our walk at the driveway! Any drive way… so today we …

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