Hot Trends In Flooring

Flooring – while it is a very important part of our homes, we often take it for granted. If you are thinking about remodeling, you may want to consider updating your flooring. While decorating is a very individual thing, when replacing flooring it is important to consult with a flooring expert in order to ensure you’re using the best materials for the job. If you are thinking about selling your home anytime soon, you want to make choices that are modern and stylish as well as durable. Below, you will…

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Hemp Seeds – A Gift of Nature

A bowl of hempseeds displayed next to a bottle hemp oil.

Hemp seeds are the most nutritious seed in the world. They have a concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes, combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats. Hemp Seeds are one of nature’s Super Foods. Raw hemp provides a broad spectrum of health benefits, including: weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease or injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, improvement in circulation and immune system as well as natural blood sugar control. The hemp “seed” is actually a simple…

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Children and seasonal allergies

aAAHHH-CHOOO!!!! It’s that time of year again. Blankets of pollen turn every surface yellow. Clouds of it fill the air, as well as our eyes and noses. If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies you know they can make you miserable, and are particularly bad here in NC. First it’s the trees followed by the grasses and weeds, along with the ever present mold. They bring on the sneezing, sniffling, itching, and puffy red eyes as well as more severe symptoms in high…

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Pixie dust and other thoughts

I have been home from Ecuador almost two months now. I am ashamed to admit that I have managed to gain 25 pounds since I got back. I have eaten at all of my favorite restaurants, indulged in malt and barley beverages and almost got thrown out of di’lishi because I slipped into a sugar-induced craze and went to town at the toppings bar after devouring 20-plus ounces of frozen yogurt. Luckily Marlo had me escorted out instead of calling Asheboro’s finest or I might have found myself incarcerated on…

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12 Hours of Indoctrination

Ed. Note: If you haven’t read my encounter with US Customs when returning to the country, read it here.  It was a very eye opening experience to say the least. I landed at the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport at around 7:30 a.m. a week ago today.  I had a 30-minute delay at customs, but quickly found my way to the rental-car area where I was to pick up a car for the 12-hour drive home – Sherry (my lovely wife) had made the reservations with Alamo.  After my experience with…

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Profiled on Re-Entry

Profiling, racial or otherwise, is something most people have experienced. I don’t know why, but up until re-entering the United States, I had never been profiled, to the best of my knowledge. Unless you have been subjected to profiling it is difficult to be empathetic to those who have. I would even go as far as saying that I found profiling hard to believe. And then on Sunday, while coming back into the country from Ecuador, I was profiled as a potential drug dealer or person of nefarious dealings by…

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First Time Home Buyers

The real estate industry has seen the greatest amount of sales in the past year since the market crash in 2008. This tremendous economic change has Americans believing the “dream” of home ownership is attainable again. In fact, Bankrate.com stated “59 million Americans are looking to buy a house in the year of 2017.”  With the National Association of Realtors reporting that 6 million homes were sold in 2016 nationwide, a similar outlook for 2017 would mean 59 million, or 1 in 4 adults, are competing for a chance to…

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Five Things to Know About Kids Who Bully

“Bullying is, at its core, a human rights violation. […] We must instill in our youth the ideals of civility and respect.” – Kerry Kennedy , Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human R ights We needn’t look far for stories of a child being bullied on the bus or harassed on Facebook. These stories, and what they mean for kids who are bullied, are widely reported and, for many adults, stir painful memories of childhood and concern for their own children. But who are the young people who…

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How to Put an End to Bullying

Note from Editor: Last month, we tackled the topic of teen suicide.  This was a huge departure from anything we have ever published.  Our mission statement is clear.  We publish upbeat, positive, hyper-local and community focused editorial.  That said, after long and heartfelt deliberation, we decided that there are topics that are not positive that need to be discussed and ignoring them is irresponsible.  By bringing these topics to the forefront, it is our goal to affect positive change and we believe bullying is a big problem that needs to…

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Randolph County’s Natural Beauty

Photos and Story By Deborah Marcus There is a remarkable range of natural beauty throughout Randolph County and the nearby counties of Montgomery, Moore, and Guilford. Highways and country roads can take you to some of the most wonderful lakes, streams, forests, and meadows to be found in the region. Sites of historic importance and local lore abound. It is possible to see beauty in almost everything around us, in every season, if we train ourselves to look for it. Beginning with spring, there is an explosion of color and…

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