Today's Features

  • By John Nelson

    It’s begun to cool off here in South Carolina, and I expect wherever you are. After all, it’s nearly time for Halloween, and there are plenty of signs in nature that things are starting to “slow down.” Besides the obvious autumn leaves, the fall blooming has mostly already reached its peak, although there are a number of species that bloom even later. After the first few frosts, there won’t be many flowers at all … at least for a while.

  • It has been said that we, particularly in the United States, have become a “throw-away” society. I won’t argue the verity of the statement. Surely, data will either affirm or deny it, but numbers do not always produce the complete picture. Experience offers a sharper image.

  • Last weekend, my wife and I attended a gathering where everyone brought dishes to share. It was our first chance to meet residents in our new community. I’ve never seen so many slow cookers lined up on tables since attending a banquet at a local restaurant. Right then and there I decided it was time to bring my slow cooker out of storage, where it had been since our move almost two months ago.

  • By Linda Arnold


    “Seasons change, and so did I. You need not wonder why.”

    Those lyrics from an old Guess Who song speak volumes. You may think the current change of season has to do with falling leaves, football and cooler temperatures, although there’s much more.

    Cycles and rhythms. They’re all part of nature, as well as our lives.


    Reason, season or lifetime

  • Historic Varnamtown once again dines in outdoor style when the 62nd Annual Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church Oyster Roast cooks up from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the church at 190 Varnamtown Road.

    The Brunswick County fishing town’s longest-running event showcases its latest seasonal haul of its celebrated bivalve mollusk. An estimated 150 bushels of oysters are expected to be cooked over open fires in metal barrels set up in the church’s backyard.

  • For the past half-century, the talents of renowned songwriter Jimmy Webb have graced the hit charts, recording studios and musical memories of millions.

    Brunswick County will be graced with Webb and his music when “Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years,” headlines as the next Odell Williamson Auditorium Performing Arts Subscription Season concert next Thursday night, Nov. 10.

    The 7:30 p.m. concert showcases songwriter Webb, who’s had chart-topping hits in a unique range of genres for the past five decades.

  • If you’re like me, you’ve found yourself standing in the grocery store staring at the dairy case trying to figure out which yogurt to buy. Do I want fat-free? Sugar-free? Flavored? Plain? Greek? The choices are many, but what is the healthiest? I’m also looking at price. Yikes!

  • Hopefully, the current election cycle hasn’t pushed you to the brink like George Bailey contemplating a plunge into the icy water in the classic 1946 movie. Political silliness aside, we do have a wonderful life here in southeastern North Carolina, just as George comes to understand.
    While I’m certainly not trying for my wings as your guardian angel, I do have some suggestions for simple, low-cost things you can do in the garden that won’t require signing your life away at the Building and Loan.

  • Dogs may be better at discovering more efficient ways to perform a task they’ve been taught. Let me explain it another way: Studies prove human children and chimpanzees will repeat all of the steps in a task they’ve learned, even when a step is obviously unnecessary.
    New research conducted by Angie Johnston and Paul Holden of the Yale University Canine Cognition Center indicates both wild and domesticated canines seem to shed these wasteful steps. In other words, dogs learn to cut corners.