Today's Features


    By Linda Arnold


    Two super-charged events back-to-back — Valentine’s Day and the Super Bowl!

    Last week there were a lot of expectations around the Super Bowl: Who would win, how clever the commercials would be and how entertaining the halftime show would turn out.

    No doubt you’ve seen the mixed reviews.  Just ask Cam Newton. Or those advertisers who spent $5 million on a commercial that flopped. 


    Mission control

  • Musical folk artist Vance Gilbert will headline the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

    The upcoming performance by the Philadelphia-born former multicultural arts teacher will take place at Odell Williamson Auditorium, 50 College Road on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Listen Up founder Jeannie Dufour says she and her husband have seen Gilbert perform more than a dozen times.

    “I stopped counting after that,” she said.

  • Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, one of America’s premier Spanish dance companies, is bringing its fiery stage flair to the next Odell Williamson Auditorium concert at Brunswick Community College at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Feb. 23.

  •   “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s futures, and we are all mortal.” John F. Kennedy, 1963.

     By John Nelson

    The air that we all breathe is a mixture of various gases. Everybody knows that we require oxygen, but it sometimes comes as a surprise to hear that regular old air is mostly nitrogen (almost 80 percent).

  • In last week’s column, I gave you a quiz to determine if your kitchen needed a healthful makeover. I’ll repeat one of the key statements: If you want to eat more healthfully, you have to be able to easily prepare foods that are good for you. Having the right kinds of food on hand is critical.

  • You’re probably familiar with malaria, yellow fever, dengue, Chikungunya and West Nile virus. The latest unwelcome addition to this mosquito-borne disease list is Zika virus. Here are five things every pet owner needs to know about Zika virus.

    1.     What is Zika virus?


    There you are, drifting along in life. No matter how hard you try, you never seem to accomplish your goals. You’re always getting sidetracked.

    What’s up with that? And is there an app for it?

    With everything on your platter, it may seem like it’s all you can do to get to the bottom of your to-do list.  And then it feels like you’re just existing, rather than really living, your life.


    WHAT are you doing — and WHY?



    Springtime brings renewal, a greening of winter’s barren brownness. It also ushers in the Lenten season of deepening reflection, retrospection, remembrance, repentance, and reconciliation. It is a greening, a softening of the hardened spirit and soul.

  • By John Nelson


    “With sudden roar the aged pine tree falls – one crash, the death-hymn of the perfect tree, declares the close of its green century.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Woodnotes”


  •  According to Webster’s dictionary, deviling is just “preparing food with hot seasoning.” The term is apparently linked to Hell’s temperature. Deviling is more liberally applied to recipes that are coated in mustards and hot sauces and crumbs and then baked, grilled or eaten as is. The effect can then be doubled by serving a deviled sauce alongside!