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How is a blade born in N.C.? Find out, with A. Sharpe knife

If you’re traveling near Lexington, you might want to slow down and listen for a Sharpe sound.

Home & Garden

All organized people have this in their bathrooms � do you?

Not everyone can have a sprawling bathroom with floor-to-ceiling marble tiles, extra-wide soaking tubs, and roaring fireplaces. But everyone can have a bathroom that feels luxe, no matter how old or small. A bathroom renovation may be out of reach, or your rental may have been renovated in the '70s, but with a few small accents, you can take your space from plain to polished with minimal effort.

Home & Garden

Ask Angie's List: How do you hide entertainment center wires?

With advances in home automation and entertainment, many people find technology leaving an ever-expanding footprint inside their home. They aren't just interested in how to hide TV wires. They also want to know how to hide everything those wires connect to - receivers, Blu-ray players, game consoles and even the TV itself.

Health & Family

Why I'm letting my daughter watch the Oscars red carpet ceremony this year

As kids get older, it's harder to control what media they're exposed to. When my daughter was young, I could shield her from any red carpet hoopla during the Oscars and all the sexist messages it sends: rating women on their looks, glorifying luxury goods, and the fact that men slip by all the prying questions. Now it's becoming more difficult as she scans her Instagram feed for celebrity pics, and her friends are more up to date on pop culture events.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: 'Speed Sisters,' documentary follows first Middle Eastern female racing team

Parents need to know that "Speed Sisters" is a documentary about the first all-female car racing team in the Middle East. It follows the four racers and their coach as they compete in races while trying to navigate life in occupied Palestine. The dangers of living in such a highly militarized zone are clear: scenes show armed soldiers and explosions at military checkpoints, and there are mentions of air strikes and the use of tear gas (one woman says that the smell of tear gas reminds her of walking to school as a child). In one intense scene, a racer is shot at and hit by a tear gas canister. She becomes visibly upset and sustains a serious bruise. Most of the movie is in Arabic with English subtitles, although a few of the young women speak English. Swearing is infrequent, but "crap" and "ass" are said in English, while "bastard" and other insults show up in the subtitles. The women are excellent examples of the power of persevering and persisting even when being treated unjustly.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: Pillow pairings to perk up a space

I love the changing of the seasons. One of my favorite rituals as the cold months fold into warm, and back again, is to switch out the accent pillows on my sofa, chairs and bedding. In a few weeks, I will unzip my heavy weight plaids and replace them with lightweight florals and stripes. And just like that, my living spaces will feel new for spring.

Videos

How is a blade born in N.C.? Find out, with A. Sharpe knife

Andy Sharpe began making knives, out of wood, when he was 8 years old. He switched to metal in his teens but took about a 25-year break from the craft. Then he picked up the hammer again and forged ahead in his 40s. Read the story here http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/travel/article132910214.html
John D. Simmons The Charlotte Observer
How is a blade born in N.C.? Find out, with A. Sharpe knife 2:10

How is a blade born in N.C.? Find out, with A. Sharpe knife

Kairos volunteers to renovate Center of Hope kitchen 1:54

Kairos volunteers to renovate Center of Hope kitchen

Levine Museum exhibit seeks understanding of protests 2:22

Levine Museum exhibit seeks understanding of protests

Creating at AR Workshop 2:10

Creating at AR Workshop