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Today's Features

  •  A reader recently wrote me about her beloved Dachshund who became tragically paralyzed. She asked for more information on spinal injuries in dogs. Here are five fast facts every dog owner should know about back injuries.  

     

    What does it mean for a spinal disc to rupture?

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    I must be getting old faster than I think. Time escapes my grasp and causes me to gasp both with delicious delight and haunting horror. I may as well be singing along with Tevye and Goldie: “Sunrise, Sunset … swiftly flow the days!” No matter … the trees have long departed. The ornaments are stowed. Santa is hibernating. The parties have lessened. Gratefully, the ashes of memory persist.

  • By Linda Arnold

     Look around you. I’m sure you’ll see your share of “Susie Sunshines” and “Donald Downers” out there. And those who fall in the middle.

    Are some folks just born more cranky? Or more perky? Or, are they conditioned through life experiences?

  • By Linda Arnold

     Look around you. I’m sure you’ll see your share of “Susie Sunshines” and “Donald Downers” out there. And those who fall in the middle.

    Are some folks just born more cranky? Or more perky? Or, are they conditioned through life experiences?

  •  By John Nelson

    Before the onslaught of Western culture in the Southeast, there existed stunning forests of a particular pine, a pine that towered well more than 100 feet high, with trunks seven feet in diameter, true Southern giants. Try as you might now, you will not happen upon such a scene now: groves of these, thick within the Sandhills, as far as the eye can see.

  •  Many of our comfort foods once considered “ethnic” have actually become mainstream and are now accepted as American fare. Some of my favorite ethnic comfort foods are lox and bagels, matzah ball soup, Polish dill pickle soup and Hungarian beef goulash.

    Comfort food is typically inexpensive, uncomplicated and easy to prepare.

    Many people turn to comfort food for familiarity, emotional security or as a special reward. Most of us adults eat comfort food for a sense of continuity.

  • Some call it Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, but for local pet aficionados it’s known as Mardi Gras for Paws.

    The annual event to celebrate and raise funds for animal causes in Brunswick County is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Pogies Waterfront Bar & Grill, 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Little girls and their male role models are royally highlighted at the upcoming Little Princess Ball scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at two sites this year — the South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Hwy. W. in Carolina Shores and at the Brunswick Center at 1513 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Location-specific tickets are $10 per person and on sale through Feb. 5.

    The event is a special afternoon filled with dancing, face painting, games and more.

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    Thin-skinned Southern boys like me always struggle this time of year when the temperatures barely break out of the 50s. The warm days of spring are still months away, but there are some plants that put on a show during the cool months that will have you thinking sunshine and warm days.

    One of my favorite small flowering trees that bloom during the warmer days of January and February is Japanese flowering apricot or Prunus mume. Boasting flowers in shades of pink, red and white, this 20-foot plant with a similar spread never ceases to lift my spirits.

  •       I write a lot about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Because of that I’m always trying to “walk the talk.” So when I invite people to our house, I try to serve more healthful meal or snacks. The same goes for gift giving. As wedding shower presents, I like to give good cookbooks and kitchen tools.