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Today's Features

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    If you’re like me, you’re drawn to those lists of quick tips that bombard us from supermarket checkout counters, magazine covers, news feeds and online email blasts. Blasting belly fat seems to be the popular topic right now.

    I ran across one the other day, though, that’s much more global. Combined with additional research, it yielded some insights you may find helpful.

     

    Rules for being human

  •  Last month I saw this posted by a friend on Facebook: “A disappointing morning ... I am a regular blood donor and was sent away last week because my iron count was too low. Tried again today after trying to consume more iron but sent away again. I won’t give up but left feeling pretty defeated.”

  •  Part 1: Causes

    Some things were destined to go together: French fries and ketchup. Wine and cheese. Dogs and chewing. Yes, I went there. One of the most common questions I hear from frazzled pet parents donning mismatched socks and tattered footwear is, “Why does my dog chew everything?” This week, we’ll sample some of the common causes of excessive chewing followed by simple solutions in my next column. Settle in, grab a glass of vino and dine on the reasons your dog may chew too much.

     

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    “By God’s grace I had good communication skills. I could go and talk to people and influence them. Hunger made me speak.” Those last four words, which I read in an account by Shreya Pareek about Sindhutai Sapkal, tore at my heart.

  •  By John Nelson

    “You can’t step into the same river twice.” (attributed to Heraclitus)

  •  By Sam Marshall

     

    For all the challenges of growing plants in our region, there are probably known more diverse and frustrating to understand as those that arise due to plant disease. While some can be severe, leading in some cases to outright death of plants, most plant diseases are quite harmless and are easily prevented and controlled. In all cases, early detection of diseases is an essential component of your landscape integrated pest management (IPM) program.

     

    The ecology of plant diseases

  •  Once only a summer activity shared with family and friends, more than half of Americans say they are cooking outdoors year round.

    It’s the season for picnics, cookouts and other outdoor parties. But eating outdoors in warm weather presents a food safety challenge. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing food-borne illness.

     

    Defrosting meat and poultry

  •  Ask most gardeners about sweet-smelling flowering shrubs for the garden and gardenia will be at the top of the list. This prom corsage favorite is a little too sickening-sweet for my taste, but it does a great job of perfuming the garden. Once you get past gardenia, the consensus on making your garden life sweet breaks down. Luckily, there are lots of options for sweet-smelling shrubs in southeastern North Carolina.

  •  Getting kids to eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day can be a challenge for parents. The key is to make the fruits and veggies appealing to them, but how? Some nutrition experts have observed children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables that are cut up, rather than eating them whole. After cutting up your produce, why not offer a dip to make the experience more enticing and fun?

  • This weekend offers two events designed to help people learn more about those who work to keep us safe.

    Missing Man Chair of Honor

    The public is invited to join Rolling Thunder South Carolina Chapter 3 as it dedicates a POW/MIA Missing Man Chair of Honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in Veterans Park in the North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Park and Sports Complex.