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Today's Features

  • If you love pasta as much as I do, a good tomato sauce is one of the first things you should learn to make. You can either cook the tomatoes for a very short time or let them simmer and bubble for at least 40 minutes. Tomatoes only begin to release their acid juices after about 10 minutes, so it will take at least half an hour simmering to evaporate.

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     By Sam Marshall

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Let’s face it: There are enough external critics in the world without having to listen to that voice inside your head.

    And, while most of us want to learn, grow and improve our lives, this can become a slippery slope. If you never stop to take stock of where you are and appreciate all the things you’ve accomplished, you’ll always be yearning — and putting more and more pressure on yourself.

     

    Is your life in order?

  • Habits form the foundation of our lives. The foods we eat, the time we sleep, and how we care for our bodies build the bedrock of good health. Daily choices also affect the well-being of our feline family members. The healthiest cats I serve as a veterinarian also have the healthiest lifestyles. Regular exercise and mental stimulation, wholesome nutritional choices, and simple preventive care are the top habits of the happiest cats I know.

     

    Healthy, happy habit 1: Mind and body

  • Got gluten? Maybe you should.

    Gluten-free diets are popular these days despite the lack of evidence they are healthful for most people. If you’re trying to go gluten-free, you may want to give it a second thought. A recent article by Lisa C. Andrews, MEd, RD, LD in Food and Health Communications reports on a new study that suggest that going gluten-free may actually raise your risk for type 2 diabetes.

  • It may be summer, but the fall/winter season is already upon the renowned Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

    Tickets went on sale Saturday, July 29, for Thalian’s Legends and Main Attractions series.

    Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” kicks off the Legends series Friday, Oct. 20, with a return to Thalian Hall in one of his most revered roles. The Academy Award nominated, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor portrays Mark Twain as a plain-speaking humorist who skewers politicians, newspapermen and so-called patriots.

  • Given Listen Up Brunswick County’s mission of Good Music/Good Deeds, its fourth season was a hit with peak attendance records and sold-out performances.

    Ticket sales and the generous support of attendees and loyal supporters enabled $1,000 donation to LUBC’s designated charity for 2017, Hope Harbor Home.

    The success of the season inspired organizers to increase the number of shows from four to six, one each in January, February, March, April, October and November.

  • Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road once again has a card catalog-load of programs planned in coming days, including two Meet the Author events.

    At 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, Gerald Baum of Calabash presents his novel, “Cast From The Sea,” at another Meet the Author event.

    Baum’s adventure story is set in 1849 as two friends, Nathan Rodgers and Thomas Talbot, become trapped in a whale boat set adrift in the Pacific. The book covers an epic 27-year journey from searing sea to America’s violent prairies.

  • Due to overwhelming support, the Historic Amuzu Theatre’s eighth annual Rock and Roll Extravaganza is sold out for all shows scheduled for August.

    But theater managers Bill and Cathy Furpless have scheduled an encore weekend for “It’s Gotta Be Rock and Roll Music” Sept. 14-17 at the century-old theater at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Tickets are now on sale for 7:30 p.m. shows Thursday through Saturday and a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. It’s advisable to buy tickets now before those sell out, too.