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Today's Features

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    I must be getting old faster than I think. Time escapes my grasp and causes me to gasp both with delicious delight and haunting horror. I may as well be singing along with Tevye and Goldie: “Sunrise, Sunset … swiftly flow the days!” No matter … the trees have long departed. The ornaments are stowed. Santa is hibernating. The parties have lessened. Gratefully, the ashes of memory persist.

  • By Linda Arnold

     Look around you. I’m sure you’ll see your share of “Susie Sunshines” and “Donald Downers” out there. And those who fall in the middle.

    Are some folks just born more cranky? Or more perky? Or, are they conditioned through life experiences?

  •  Many of our comfort foods once considered “ethnic” have actually become mainstream and are now accepted as American fare. Some of my favorite ethnic comfort foods are lox and bagels, matzah ball soup, Polish dill pickle soup and Hungarian beef goulash.

    Comfort food is typically inexpensive, uncomplicated and easy to prepare.

    Many people turn to comfort food for familiarity, emotional security or as a special reward. Most of us adults eat comfort food for a sense of continuity.

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    Thin-skinned Southern boys like me always struggle this time of year when the temperatures barely break out of the 50s. The warm days of spring are still months away, but there are some plants that put on a show during the cool months that will have you thinking sunshine and warm days.

    One of my favorite small flowering trees that bloom during the warmer days of January and February is Japanese flowering apricot or Prunus mume. Boasting flowers in shades of pink, red and white, this 20-foot plant with a similar spread never ceases to lift my spirits.

  •       I write a lot about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Because of that I’m always trying to “walk the talk.” So when I invite people to our house, I try to serve more healthful meal or snacks. The same goes for gift giving. As wedding shower presents, I like to give good cookbooks and kitchen tools.

  •   By John Nelson

    Walking around in a salt marsh can be a challenging experience. You have to select the right trousers and footwear, of course. In the summer, you must consider no-see-ums, flies and other visitors. Without a strong breeze, and in hot weather, the aroma of the marsh may become stifling. Then there are the issues of protection from the sun, and dealing with treacherous substrates. Pluff mud and oyster shells can be encountered. And of course, you have to pay attention to the tides!

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    At one time or another, we’ve all used the phrase, “She/he is the apple of our eye.” When exalting the health benefits of the apple, we say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” When wanting to ingratiate ourself with a teacher, we give her the gift of an apple.

  • Brides-to-be are invited to a free bridal show Jan. 31 at Silver Coast Winery.

    The Silver Coast Bridal Show will take place 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road off Longwood Road.

    Local wedding professionals will be on hand to help brides-to-be make their wedding day extra special and there will be an abundance of giveaways. Admission is free.

    Participating vendors include caterers, photographers, officiants, cake bakers, DJs, event and limo rentals and event planners.

  • Steve Chapin and Big John Wallace of the late Harry Chapin’s band will perform a benefit concert for New Hope Clinic at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Southport Community Building at 223 E. Bay St.

    Donations are $25 each, with proceeds to go to show expenses and the remainder to New Hope Clinic.  

    Harry Chapin, who died in 1981 following a car crash on Long Island, is best known for his 1970s hits, “Cat’s In the Cradle and “Taxi,” but he was also renowned for his beautiful stories.