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Today's Features

  •  “It’s your decision.” Few words can bring about such power and such fear.

    For a big part of my life, I weighed every decision very carefully. Then I learned it’s often better to get into action than to ponder things too long.

    While it’s good to consider options, it’s also wise to make decisions more quickly and move on. Whether it’s right or wrong, at least I’m in motion. If not, inertia can set in. I like to opt for “ertia,” the informal opposite of inertia.

     

  •  A reader recently asked if dogs can become depressed, develop mental illness, and if “doggie psychologists” were for real. For those of you looking for the short answers: 1) Yes, but maybe not exactly like you’re thinking; 2) Absolutely; and 3) Yes, with an enormous caveat. If you’d like a little more thorough explanation, read on pet lovers.

  • By John Nelson

    Not a morning person? Here’s a plant that loves the morning.

    You can see this species just about anywhere in the eastern USA, from Pennsylvania to Florida, over to Texas, into the Midwestern states and well into Latin America. It is frequently seen on field margins, roadsides and in ditches, and it seems to like sandy places.

    This is a native American species, and a member of the largely tropical “spiderwort” family, a family that has given us plenty of showy ornamental garden and patio plants — and weeds.

  • On the cusp of summer-into-Indian-summer, the Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association is launching a weekly waterfront market starting Thursday, Sept. 3, and continuing through Oct. 29 in Sunset Beach Town Park.

    At the weekly Thursday market that will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., shoppers will be able to purchase produce straight from the farmer and drink coffee brewed from beans home-roasted locally and delivered fresh to market.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Ocean Isle Beach Family Sand Sculpture Contest

    Where: on the beach behind Ocean Isle Beach Community Center at 44 E. First St.

    When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5

    How much: Free to participate and free to watch

    It’s an end-of-season chance to get crafty using the finest building materials known to creative beach hands.

  • It’s the last of the Brunswick County Summer Concerts and Movies season, and what a season it’s been.

    The season launched in April with a performance by EBS Band in Southport, followed by many more scheduled shows and movies for the next five months in seven other Brunswick County towns/venues — Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Holden Beach, Leland, Shallotte and Calabash.

  • Join local band Bailout for a Labor Day-eve release party of its new CD, “Postcard — Greetings from Ocean Isle Beach,” at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant, 61 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Bailout, also known as “The Band 2 Big 2 Fail,” is a local favorite renowned for playing the hits as well as original songs, which are showcased on the new CD.

  • Learn all you need to learn about life in the great outdoors, from mowing and growing to grilling and kayaking.

    Details on these topics and more will be available at The Brunswick Beacon’s first Outdoor Living Show scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 .m. next Saturday, Sept. 12, at Shallotte Middle School.

    Admission is free to this indoor/outdoor show, which will highlight everything you can imagine for outdoor living and fun.

  •  One of the most common questions I hear from pet owners is what is the best way to train their dog or cat. They are often confused by questionable “dominance” or “pack leader” techniques popular on reality television. They’ve been bamboozled by apparent quick fixes and magical cures for often complex animal behaviors an onscreen personality miraculously manages to correct within a 30-minute show. I wish.

  •  By John Nelson