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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    Golly-gee, it’s a geophyte!

    This is an easy term with which to come to grips. “Geo-” of course means “earth” and “phyton-“ means “plant.” OK, an earth-plant — but actually in the sense of its having some sort of subterranean structure from which it can keep coming back, at least for a few seasons.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: “Winnie the Pooh KIDS”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 3 p.m. Feb. 22

    Where: Brunswick Little Theatre, 8068 River Road, Southport

    Cost: $5; go to www.brunswicklittletheatre.com

    This coming weekend, Brunswick Little Theatre is inviting its loyal audience to the Hundred Acre Wood to join all their old A.A. Milne storybook friends — Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest of the gang.

  • Blues singer Ray Bonneville will perform at the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the fellowship hall of Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St. in Holden Beach.

  •  By John Nelson

     “Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen,”Willa Cather, My Antonia.

     

    Winter. Winter. Winter. On and on. And it probably won’t even snow here where I am. I have to admit that even though it is cold and nippy for this child of summer, our southern winters always include some beautiful, sparkling days. And the big trees don’t seem to mind winter too much.

  • Poetry writers and would-be writers unite.

    Starting Feb. 1, “Poetry Opens Doors” officially launches, and you’re invited to start writing and submitting poetic entries.

    The writing initiative is being spearheaded by local author Joan Leotta, along with Hickmans Crossroads Library branch manager Christi Iffergan and Kat Moore of Poetry Revisited.

  •  Last September, Raymond Reyes, came to Sea Trail as the new golf manager. He is having a blast and making a difference.

    The 25-year-old resort and residential community in Sunset Beach had been experiencing financial difficulties for several years. In 2013, a Chinese investor known only as Mr. Pan, bought Sea Trail for $8.5 million.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    I was sorting through my spice cupboard looking for some thyme. It got me thinking about that 1960s recording by Simon and Garfunkel. The real name of the song is “Scarborough Fair,” but most of us remember it for the melody line of “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.” (I bet you’re humming it right now!)

  •  A recent letter to the editor caught my eye. There seemed to be a plaintive cry hidden in the words of sorrow and loss. Someone had lost an envelope containing money that was her allowance, dollars to be spent carefully over the coming weeks. Perhaps the cash would be used frivolously. Maybe it would be offered in compassionate caring for another or as an unexpected gift — just because. The reason mattered not. The loss was palpable.

     

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    Years ago (if you can remember back that far) when you were a child, do you remember Grandma spending all day in the kitchen, cooking those scrumptious meals and desserts that only she could make the old-fashioned way?


  •  Ethan and Elisabeth Willard are the proud parents of a daughter, Ava Kate Willard, born at 6:16 p.m. Jan. 17 at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 19 inches in length.

    Maternal grandparents are the late Charles “Chuck” Moore and Beverly Moore of Wilmington.

    Paternal grandparents are Philip and Heather Kinlaw of Supply and Chauncey and Missy Willard of Lake Wylie, S.C.