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Today's Features

  • Holden Beach is rolling out its annual fall Festival by the Sea from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Holden Beach Pavilion under the bridge on Jordan Boulevard.

    The two-day weekend event launches with a parade down the Holden Beach Causeway from about 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. It’s the only day of the year people can walk across the Holden Beach bridge as traffic shuts down for the annual parade.

  • This is the International Year of Pulses. That’s according to the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations. The goal of this declaration is to heighten the awareness of pulses and to celebrate the role of pulses in feeding the world.
    I’m betting many of you are wondering: What’s a pulse? Hint: I’m not talking about the pulse where you can feel your heart rate.

  • By John Nelson

    I hope you will remember from your introductory economic botany class that the grasses, as a family (called the Poaceae), surely represent the most important plants in the world, as far as human economy goes. Practically every human culture has developed around the growing and consumption of at least one grass species.

  • I have always been in touch with the core reality of my being a first generation Italian-American. It has colored my life experience in multiple ways. Many of the exaggerated idiosyncrasies discovered in a Mediterranean heritage are also uncovered in my fairly boisterous personality, the loudness of my laughter and the depth of my sorrows. My hands are in motion whenever I speak. My humor could rarely be perceived as subtle or dry.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Do you make snap decisions? Or do you sweat it out — pondering every single detail?

    Whether you shoot from the hip or play out every possible scenario, there’s no right or wrong approach. There is, however, something within your control after you’ve made a decision. And that has to do with sticking to your guns instead of ruminating over every little thing.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    There’s no question our country is deeply divided. Just watch those political debates!

    All you need to do is turn on the TV, scroll through social media or listen to the background chatter in public places to see the extent of this great divide.

    Everything is so “charged.” You can either join the fever pitch or bury your head in the sand. Neither of these are good choices.

    Glass half-full or half-empty?

  •  While most of us enjoy cooking, whether on the stovetop or grilling outside, we sometimes tend to ignore all the various sauces that can really enhance the flavor and aroma when cooking everything from steak to chicken to pork to fish to vegetables and even certain fruits.

    If cooking chicken breasts, why not liven it up with a zesty lemon and green onion sauce? Or how about some pork chops with a mushroom bourbon sauce?

  •  Horticulture gurus often suggest the cooler days and nights of autumn are a great time to plant trees and shrubs in our mild climate. Plants aren’t stressed as much and have a chance to develop a better root system before the heat and humidity of another southern summer arrives.

    Well, all that is true for most plants, but there are some selections of my favorite group of summer-flowering plants (crape myrtle) that are better planted in late winter and early spring.