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Today's Features

  •  As a veterinarian who has an interest in pet nutrition and, more specifically, pet obesity, the question I’m most often asked by cat lovers is, “What should I feed my cat?” I’d like to focus in this column not on what brand you should feed, but on what type of food is better for cats: dry or canned food?

  •  By Linda Arnold

    “People lie to protect their self image. We live in a culture where lying is quite acceptable.”

     

    We’ll never know what goes through the minds of mass murderers. As we’re left to pick up the pieces, we can only wonder what motivates such senseless acts.

    On another level, there are the fallen heroes. Lance Armstrong. Tiger Woods. Bernie Madoff. Obviously, there’s a big disconnect between the public personas and the private realities in all these cases.

  •  By John Nelson

    This one is for the fiddler crabs, sandpipers, seagulls, snails and everybody and everything else that lives in or otherwise enjoys our beautiful coastal estuaries. It’s a plant of open salt flats or meadows landward of the beach, places that tend to be frequently flooded by salt water during high tide, and then drained away when the tide goes out. These sorts of places are fascinating biologically, and there are plenty of natural history stories here to be investigated.

  •  Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent,

    Brunswick County

     

    I always admire folks who, year after year, continue to grow tomatoes successfully in our region. In fact, I am downright jealous. So far this season, growing conditions for tomatoes had been ideal. May was one of the coolest months in recent history and we had just about the ideal amount of rainfall. Enter June. A recent heat wave, followed by dry weather, and then followed by heavy rains means once again, those brave souls growing tomatoes may not get that bumper crop this season.

  •  What could be more American on the Fourth of July? This year, millions of households will be firing up the grill or smoker to celebrate the birth of the United States of America. It’s time for the Great American Cookout!

  •  A recent message from Richard Rohr, OFM, caught my attention and subsequently my heart. It continues to offer light and insight into the dilemma we humans face as we live in a world that allows evil to flourish because people remain scandalously and silently secure in their own little locale.

  •  It’s easy to get excited about working in the lawn and garden when spring first arrives, but now that Father’s Day weekend is past us, the heat may have you wishing for less mowing, fertilizing and weeding to do. If your green spaces have become more of a burden than a joy, it’s time for a “garden philosophical shift.” Consider a new design that reduces turf areas and incorporates “hardscapes” such as patios and walkways.

  •  General Mills has voluntarily recalled more than 10 million pounds of flour nationwide. The flour has been linked to an E. coli outbreak that has been going on since last December. Illnesses peaked at the beginning of the year and seem to be declining. This E. coli outbreak has sickened 38 people in 20 states. North Carolina is not on the list of known illnesses.

  •  Honey has been used as a healing agent for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians highlighted honey as one of the “Three Healing Gestures” of cleaning the wound, applying a salve made of honey, vegetable fiber and animal fat, and bandaging the wound. Ancient Greeks extolled the importance of honey as both a topical treatment and as an edible elixir.

    So why isn’t honey used more today? Interestingly, medicinal honey is undergoing a bit of a renaissance because of some unfortunate developments.

  • Now that it’s officially summertime, it’s time to celebrate with summertime activities.

    Would you like to cool off while absorbing knowledge? Visit one of the local libraries, which have launched individual summer events and schedules.

    Coastal Stadium 10 at 5200 Bridger Road in Shallotte is another cool summertime indoor venue at this time of the year with its free Summer Kids Series

    If appreciating nature in the great outdoors is more your thing, consider taking one of the weekly summertime walks to Bird Island.