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Today's Features

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Off and on I’ve had to engage in the art of tough love. Now I know how it got its name! I’m just wondering whether it’s tougher on the receiver — or the sender.

    Tough love has been defined as “an expression used when someone treats another person harshly or sternly with the intent to help them in the long run.”

     

    Prunes Theory of Life

  • The end of summer means an empty house for many families. While parents may enjoy a break from the children, it may be a different story for our dogs. Here are some simple tips to help you make the transition from summer to school easier for your pet.

     

    Transition time

  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    So, you’ve had a spat with your spouse.  Or, your boss came down on you.  Finally, your kids got on your very last nerve.

    The conversation may not have been pretty, and it’s over. Do you find yourself replaying it over and over in your mind, though? Thinking ‘bout other things you could have said. Wondering how they’re reacting. Wishing you could have been more forceful — or more tactful.

    Why do we do this to ourselves?  And, is there a way to stop?

  •  Although we can anticipate nice weather for several more months, Labor Day seems to mark the official last cookout of the summer. If you’re having a get together that involves food this weekend, I’m going to once again remind you to think about food safety.

    This time I’m thinking about hamburgers. Test your knowledge of burger safety by answering these two multiple-choice questions.

    Question No. 1

  •  By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

     

    Successful gardeners in our region have a dirty secret. And it isn’t that they are jumping over your fence at night causing all the “deer” damage. No, any successful gardener in this area will tell you the key to a beautiful lawn or garden starts with healthy soil and proper soil management. Regardless of what you hear about this area, our soils teem with life that, if managed properly, will alleviate the challenges of coastal gardening.

     

  •  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.

  •  One day last week, a gentleman stopped by the Beacon to talk with “Norm.” Since I was not there at the time, he spoke with Cindy Turner, our office manager. He said he was looking for my best recipe for boiled peanuts.

    I told Cindy I really wasn’t into boiled peanuts, since my first and last taste of them was more than 30 years ago. At the time, I thought they tasted like cooked kidney beans, but not as good. So I figured I should do some research on them.

  •  Centers for lifelong learning have popped up everywhere. Designated in a straightforward manner or ensconced in “senior centers,” opportunities to broaden and deepen one’s life experience are both available and affordable. Some offer courses without charge. Others bear a minimal fee. It appears living longer has evoked a desire to live more deeply. We really aren’t going to get into heaven in a rocking chair!

  • Cadet Maj. Madison Paxton of Boiling Spring Lakes takes command from Cadet Capt. Patrick McDoniel of Hampstead at the Cape Fear Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Change of Command event Aug. 17 at the VFW at 2722 Carolina Beach Road. More than 60 members and guests were in attendance for the ceremony.

    Also in attendance were North Carolina Wing Cmdr. Col. David Crawford and Mid-East Region Operations Officer Lt. Col. Jay Langley, both of Raleigh, and Commander of the North Carolina Leadership Academy Lt. Col. Shelley Gonzales of Kernersville.

  •  The class of 1979 from West Brunswick High School in Shallotte is attempting to contact classmates for its upcoming class reunion. This event will be Oct. 10 at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., at a cost of $65 per person. Anyone planning on attending should call Linda Moses at 200-2845.