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Today's Features

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    Memories are strange and wonderful things. Strangely, they lure us into a past replete with all the vagaries of youth, all the remembrances of antics experienced and relished or, perhaps, yet laden with regret. Memory lane is not always a return to the good, ole days. Yet, it is a road we all travel, sometimes mindlessly. It is a trip we seem unable to refuse and one we replay with hope that all errors will be corrected. Mistakes will not be repeated.

  • What’s not to love about authentic Mexican cuisine? From tacos, to empanadas, to enchiladas, to soups and tamales, I find it hard to choose a favorite.

    Most Mexican dishes include a generous helping of a serious red or green sauce, made from rich moles, pico de gallo or various salsas. Mexican food is never short on flavor. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas and the rest of the Mexican standards often rely on beef, which in Mexico is usually shredded rather than ground.

  • The Catherine Kennedy Home Foundation Inc. awarded Good Shepherd Center $14,000 during its meeting March 29. The funds will be used to continue to fund emergency food, shelter and housing placement for homeless seniors from Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties.

  • The Veteran Pinning Ceremony is part of the We Honor Veterans Program, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

    Patriot Hospice has achieved level 4, the highest level of recognition through this program. As part of it commitment, Patriot Hospice and Palliative Care will pin almost 50 veterans in the Life Center, Little River United Methodist Church, on May 30 at 7 p.m.

  • Join the Museum of Coastal Carolina on May 20 at 11 a.m. as Jim and Deb Boyce will present their program, Turtle Talk — OIBSTPO Getting Ready for Summer Turtles!

    They will discuss the life cycle of sea turtles, focusing especially on the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on Ocean Isle Beach every summer. The presentation will include a 14-minute video and a question-and-answer session at the end. Learn what you can do to help protect these magnificent animals.

  • Help celebrate Ingram Planetarium’s 15th birthday on May 20 with a free program at 7 p.m. looking back at the history of the planetarium and the advancements in astronomy that have occurred since it first opened its doors in 2002.

  • It’s been a long, hard winter. Blame is placed global warming with its concomitant climate change, even on God. We’ve ached with the cold, worried over the flooding, anguished over the unusual warmth in places where cold is expected, and generally waited with more than bated breath for springtime to come — and stay. March teases us. April periodically delights, but May is the month of promise.

  • We seem to gravitate toward potatoes whenever planning our meals. Hash browns for breakfast, French fries for lunch and mashed potatoes for dinner. We may change it around a bit and make some potato pancakes, scalloped potatoes, fried potatoes, potato salad or potatoes au gratin.

    Do we see a trend here? Creamy grits are a perfect substitute for potatoes at any meal — breakfast, lunch or dinner. When planning your next meal, why not consider some creamy grits? Or better yet, make some cheesy creamy grits.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    This past Sunday marked my eighth Mother’s Day without my mother, and it’s always a time of reflection.

    Sometimes it seems longer than eight years, and sometimes it doesn’t seem that long.

  • Viper was an outstanding police dog. Trained to track and take down the most dangerous criminals, Viper was prepared to handle danger and risk.

    What he and his handler couldn’t anticipate was a packet of drugs dumped by a fleeing suspect that would ultimately lead to Viper’s death. During the chaos of the July 2011 chase near my North Carolina practice, Viper most likely bit into the scent-covered bag of high-potency drugs, ingesting a lethal dosage.