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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

  •  Christmas season is hard upon us. Long weeks of jingling bells, canned carols, red and green ornamented store aisles have filled this time with advertised calls to buy … buy … buy. Little notice has been given to the presence of an Advent expectancy, a waiting time spent in remembering as well as preparing for renewed birth.

  •  Cookies are basically the point of Christmas, right? And, since Christmas cookies don’t have calories, you can bake all you want without feeling guilty. Seriously though, what aroma better captures the fragrance of the season?

  • Experience the way American colonists celebrated the holidays as historic Brunswick Town in Winnabow celebrates An 18th Century Christmas from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

    Costumed interpreters will offer guided on-the-hour tours of St. Philips Anglican Church and historic Brunswick Town at the annual yuletide event.

    Visitors can also enjoy colonial refreshments in the Brunswick Town Visitor Center, participate in traditional games, and try their hand at making Moravian paper stars and other 18th-century crafts.

  •  If eyes are windows into the soul, then a cat’s whiskers are a telescope into their mind. If you learn to translate the subtle twitches and tucks of cat whiskers, you’ll be one step closer to understanding the feline world. A cat’s whiskers are important indicators of mood, danger detectors and built-in navigational system. What are your cat’s whiskers trying to tell you?

  •  Holidays bring the warm feelings of family relationships renewed, twinkling lights, roasting chestnuts and wrapping paper torn asunder around an evergreen tree cloaked in memories of Christmases past. All that Norman Rockwell imagery may not work for you if you’ve just awakened from a tryptophan-induced coma with the television remote in one hand and the shrill musings of your in-laws reverberating through your gray matter.

  •  Mindful. That’s a term we’ve been hearing more and more regarding lots of things in life, including healthful eating. Living (or eating) mindfully simply means paying attention to the events, activities and thoughts that make up your daily life instead of just operating on autopilot. Mindfulness is taking time to think about the choices you make and doing things on purpose.

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    James Finley’s statement about great religion and pain asks us to recognize “suffering as suffering and transform our suffering into mindfulness, compassion, peace, and liberation.  … The teachings of the Buddha were not to escape from life, but to help us relate to ourselves and the world as thoroughly as possible.” 

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    So, how did that Thanksgiving holiday go?

    I’m guessing you’re either feeling ecstatic, excluded or exhausted — maybe a little of all three. Let’s just hope you don’t need to be exonerated!

    Relax — this is all normal.  It’s hard to manage your expectations when you’ve created a scenario right out of a Hallmark movie.  On the other hand, you may have just been hoping to get through the holiday without a catastrophe.

  •  Carbonara, an old Italian peasant dish popularized in this country back in the ‘50s, is made with eggs, cheese (Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonara - cite_note-Gosetti-1 bacon or pancetta, and black pepper. Spaghetti is often the preferred pasta of choice, although fettuccine, rigatoni or linguine can also be used.