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Today's Features

  •  Honey has been used as a healing agent for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians highlighted honey as one of the “Three Healing Gestures” of cleaning the wound, applying a salve made of honey, vegetable fiber and animal fat, and bandaging the wound. Ancient Greeks extolled the importance of honey as both a topical treatment and as an edible elixir.

    So why isn’t honey used more today? Interestingly, medicinal honey is undergoing a bit of a renaissance because of some unfortunate developments.

  • Now that it’s officially summertime, it’s time to celebrate with summertime activities.

    Would you like to cool off while absorbing knowledge? Visit one of the local libraries, which have launched individual summer events and schedules.

    Coastal Stadium 10 at 5200 Bridger Road in Shallotte is another cool summertime indoor venue at this time of the year with its free Summer Kids Series

    If appreciating nature in the great outdoors is more your thing, consider taking one of the weekly summertime walks to Bird Island.

  • The Sea Notes Choral Society will present its annual patriotic concert, “American Patriot,” featuring guest soloist Rodney Axsom, next weekend.

    Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Admission to the concerts is free. Anyone in need of assistance in being seated is asked to call the auditorium at (910) 755-7416 at least one week in advance.

  • The third week of September 1978 marked the start of an era, the launch of The Fantastic Shakers, now renowned and touted as the “South’s Finest Show Band.”

    Since the beginning, the Lincolnton-based band, which graces Calabash’s summer concert series stage starting at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, June 28, has performed more than 6,000 engagements from New York to Florida.

  •  By Linda Arnold

         I just returned from an amazing retreat at the Omega Institute in upstate New York that really helped to recharge my batteries.

         It was definitely food for the soul.  I attended workshops with experts in the mind/body/spirit arena, spent time in nature, practiced yoga and meditation and treated myself to some soothing massages. Just what the doctor ordered!

     

    Doing the work   

  •  By John Nelson

    It has gotten really hot this week … suddenly. Fortunately, yesterday afternoon we had a tremendous thunderstorm that dropped plenty of water on the garden, filled up my rain barrel and cooled everything off considerably. Wonderful! But it’s not even summer yet, technically. I guess we have some cooling thunderstorms to look forward to.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre presents “Stop Kiss” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 17, 18, 24 and 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19 and 26, on the BLT Main Stage at 8068 River Road SE in Southport.

    “Stop Kiss” tells the story of Callie and Sara — two twenty-somethings in New York who find themselves unexpectedly in love. After being brutally attacked during their first kiss, the two find their lives transformed in a way neither could have foreseen.

  •  It’s easy to get excited about working in the lawn and garden when spring first arrives, but now that Father’s Day weekend is past us, the heat may have you wishing for less mowing, fertilizing and weeding to do. If your green spaces have become more of a burden than a joy, it’s time for a “garden philosophical shift.” Consider a new design that reduces turf areas and incorporates “hardscapes” such as patios and walkways.

  •  General Mills has voluntarily recalled more than 10 million pounds of flour nationwide. The flour has been linked to an E. coli outbreak that has been going on since last December. Illnesses peaked at the beginning of the year and seem to be declining. This E. coli outbreak has sickened 38 people in 20 states. North Carolina is not on the list of known illnesses.

  •  Nobody wants to suffer. Nobody likes it, even if it is inevitable and must be endured. We’d much rather sing a happy tune, wear a smiling face, and pretend there is no ache in our hearts and lives. Yet, if we are honest with ourselves and truthful with our reflection on life, suffering is always present in one form or another.