.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    We have a really flamboyant tree here in Columbia, S.C., which has been showing up for years. It can be a nasty weed, often occurring in old vacant parking lots and along railroads and broken-down littered places in tiresome urban settings.

  •  Mel Blanc, the original voice of Bugs Bunny, was not very fond of carrots, but his carrot-chomping character sure was!

    Carrots are available all year long. Although there are many varieties from which to choose, the ones typically found in local farmers markets and supermarkets are about 7 to 9 inches in length and 3/4 to an inch in diameter. Many baby carrots are actually longer carrots that have been peeled, trimmed to 1-1/2 to 2 inches in length and packaged. True baby carrots are removed from the ground early and actually look like miniature carrots.

  •  Pastors of many mainline churches, following the Revised Common Lectionary, will proclaim the passion narrative from the Gospels this coming Sunday. Holy Week, the final preparation for Easter Sunday and resurrection, begins with harsh memories, bitter sorrow, the desertion of friends, a fierce sense of abandonment, the cruelty of unexplainable inhumanity.

  •  Decorated eggs are usually part of the Easter fun. I know it’s still early, but I’m writing this column a couple weeks before Easter to encourage you to buy the eggs you plan to hard-cook and decorate now.

    Why? Very fresh eggs can be difficult to peel. To ensure easily peeled eggs, buy and refrigerate them a week to 10 days in advance of cooking.

  •  Billy and June Robinson are celebrating their 51st anniversary. They were married in Snow Hill, Md., on Dec. 28, 1962. They have two daughters, Lisa Ward of Supply and April Robinson of Shallotte. They also have three grandchildren: Coby Walker, Abby Perry and Jaye Ward Jr., all of Supply.

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Dr. Meredith Elizabeth David of Columbia, S.C., and Luke Clayton Lorick of Atlanta. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Fred David of Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Neville and Mary Alice Lorick of Lexington, S.C. A May 10 wedding is planned at Ocean Isle Beach Chapel on Ocean Isle Beach.

  •  Garlic has always been recognized for its smell, flavor and medicinal properties. Although it is actually a vegetable, most people, including me, regard garlic as an herb, and powdered garlic is usually found on the spice rack at grocery stores.

    Available peeled, chopped, minced, creamed, preserved in oil or powdered, fresh garlic still remains unsurpassed in its taste. Elephant garlic is really not true garlic, but a relative of the leek. It has a very mild flavor and characteristically has larger heads.

     

  •  I admit I’m usually very skeptical about any new or unusual fad diet or weight loss program. I’ve seen them come and go over the years and most aren’t healthy, cost a fortune or just don’t work. The key to most of these diets is: Iif it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Another thing about some of these fad diets is that most are so crazy that people can’t live with them for the rest of their lives and they don’t teach anything about healthy eating for the long haul.

  •  A recent Time magazine article intrigued me. The topic was mindfulness. More specifically, it was titled “The art of being mindful.”  I stopped in my tracks. Typically, one would imagine this process or action would be considered a science, not an art. One might imagine a list of things to do that would lead to awareness. To think of it as an art changes everything.

  •  By John Nelson

    Gloomy, gloomy, these misty spring days after all the ice and rain. One wonders if it ever will warm up and get sunny. And yet, there are plenty of early spring flowers out and about now to give us at least the perception of coming warmth and botanical bounty. As long as we are going to be out on a field trip, here is a little shrub that offers its cheery flowers to brighten things up a bit.