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Today's Features

  • As I write this column, I know some of you will be reading it before Thanksgiving and probably others during the weekend after the big day. I’m guessing you’ve already been bombarded with cautions and concerns about overeating or food safety related to that big meal, so I’ll forgo those topics.

  • It’s hard to believe next week is Thanksgiving. This decidedly American holiday provides a couple of days off for most of us to wear ourselves out visiting relatives and eating too much. We should certainly be thankful most of us have the opportunity to eat too much, but let’s go in a completely different direction this time.

    Since 90 percent of 2017 is already history, it’s time to start thinking about what’s coming in the new year. So, let’s look at some of the current garden trends.

  • When it comes to eating fruits and vegetables, more is certainly better. Current research out of the United Kingdom is saying that we need even more than the recent U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend. Their study suggests 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day can really go a long way toward reducing risk of early death and chronic illness.

    But, how in the world can you eat that many? Or maybe a better question would be, how can you afford that many? One easy answer: Go for frozen.

  • “Please tell me my kitty is not going to VOMIT OR SEIZURE OR … SOMETHING REALLY BAD!”

    The voice on the phone couldn’t sound any more distraught — or deafening.

    “I think she only licked a little, but she’s SO TINY! Is she going to LIVE?”

    By now you’re probably thinking the caller’s cat had drunk cyanide, gasoline or nerve gas. You’d be wrong.

    “What flavor was the yogurt?” I calmly inquired.

  • Pastor Stephen Nobles and the Sunshine Sisters of New Britton Baptist Church in Ash honor the 81st birthday of George Inman, who was born Nov. 1, 1936.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    I didn’t know Marine Pvt. Paul Jamison.

    I didn’t know this Vietnam veteran served his country from the age of 19 when he joined the Marine Corps.

    Pvt. Jamison passed away not long ago.  “After an extensive search, there are no known survivors,” said a line from his obituary.

    His story was circulated on social media, with a call to action to stand up for this veteran. The story touched me deeply when I read it on a Thursday afternoon before his burial service.

  • By John Nelson

     

  • By Sam Marshall

     

    Current horticultural trends have, unfortunately, relegated hollies to an afterthought in coastal gardens, doomed forever to be hacked into little green meatballs and left to survive in the most inhospitable of environments. At best, hollies are used primarily as background filler plants for showier trees and shrubs, or worse, ignored altogether. But with their bright red berries, their diverse forms and foliage and their tough-as-nails habit, hollies deserve a prominent place throughout our coastal landscapes.

     

  • I hear God calling me. I don’t want to go. I don’t want to do what I am clearly being asked to do. It’s too hard. I am afraid … more fearful of what might be than of what is. So, I run away. I flee to that which is more comfortable, easier, more palatable … and far from the God who asks what I don’t want to hear.

  • Born in Italy in 1896, Caesar Cardini emigrated to the U.S. after World War I. He lived in San Diego, but operated a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, to circumvent Prohibition. While at this restaurant, Cardini made a salad from scratch using leftover ingredients for a gathering of hungry dignitaries. The salad, made with all its tableside showmanship by waiters, became a sensation.