Tax Time . . . Deductions Not to Overlook!

Tax Forms

Believe it or not, as taxpayers we may overlook some seemingly obvious deductions that could save us more of our hard-earned money. Here are some of those items to keep in mind when tax time is looming. Remember, if you are ever unsure about a specific deduction, ask a trusted tax preparer, or visit www.irs.gov for… Read More

Christmas is for . . .

polar-express-train

From my earliest childhood memories, I can remember the anticipation of Christmas. From writing a list from the Sears catalog that was two pages long, to having fresh fruit, especially oranges and tangerines, to eating soft peppermint sticks. The smell of pecan and pumpkin pies, turkey cooking and, for me, collards. I also could not… Read More

A Day in Asheville – From the Eyes of Someone New to the Area

joannes

Enjoy the Moments! Have you heard the lyrics from the song by Air Supply? Through the eyes of a child there is joy there is laughter, There is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future For the lessons of life, there is no better teacher Than the look in the eyes of… Read More

Why Asheville?

Shepard Dog Pastel Drawing by Sandra LoCastro

Most of you might not know but I am definitely from North Carolina, a true southern girl. I grew up along the eastern part of the state from Greenville, Farmville, Ayden and a small time in Wilmington. I love the outer banks of North Carolina better than any beach I have ever been to. So… Read More

Have You Been Served?

Statue of Lady serving up towels

How many times have you been at a restaurant of any establishment which has someone to perform a service and you have either been impressed or not?  While at a friend’s home I saw this statue and it made me think about service. I have heard over the past few years that we need to go back to… Read More

Changing of the Guards!

Spring is such a wonderful time of the year and as I look out my home office window I see new growth.  I see lovely plants and wonderful little creatures, such as ground squirrels, wild turkeys, squirrels and birds, of many different varieties.  This is the time of year when many animals have their babies. … Read More

Am I Invisible? I Hope So.

Photo of mother and child and text

This was a reprint from a friend who sent this to me.  It is about Mothers.  But I’d also like to say it is about anyone who has done for another without expecting anything in return.  Moms come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  You can be a mom without ever having children.  We can… Read More

Graduation – It’s All About Learning

Graduation picture - Cap and Diploma

Most of us are so excited to graduate, whether it be from college or from high school or elementary school for that matter.  We hopefully have obtained some knowledge through this experience which will help us in our life decisions, but does it? Of course it does, the important thing to remember is that life… Read More