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Today's Features

  •  Nothing says “Welcome Home!” like the waggle of a dog’s tail. Tail wagging is synonymous with friendliness and love, contentment and delight. But is this long-standing association myth or fact? Leave it to sour scientists to spoil everyone’s happy hindquarters. Research suggests there’s more than smiles when your pup parades its rump. Here are five fast facts to help you better understand why dogs wag their tails and what those wiggles are trying to tell you.

     

  •  Saying goodbye is never easy. Even when one believes that endings are openings to new beginnings, goodbye is a word that sticks in our throat. So many thoughts and feelings emerge, converge and draw tenderness and toughness into a complicated embrace. Memories come to the surface, good and bad alike. Regrets join the company, creating a sharp edge and an intake of breath. Should haves, would haves, could haves cannot be completely erased. Perhaps that is a good thing.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    I need to get organized. I need to exercise more. Why can’t I stick with my goals?

    If you find similar thoughts swirling in your head, you’re not alone. Whatever the category is, the feedback loop is the same. You know certain things are good for you, yet you resist them.

    Here we are in the middle of January — the time for most New Year’s resolution breakdowns. 

     

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    By John Nelson

    Our first botany field trip of the new semester! The other day my class and I trooped out to beautiful Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve, not too far from downtown Edmund, S.C. Here’s one the permanent residents of the area.        

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  •  These frigid winter days we had recently literally brought me in from the cold. I can’t even enjoy my screened-in porch since I have to bundle up like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story.” With nothing else to do, I decided it was time to make some soup!

  •  I recall reading an article about reading résumés and doing interviews. Because my grandchildren are immersed in job searches, it caught my attention. Perhaps I could find suggestions to offer them, easing their way through the process and empowering them to enhance their presentations to result in ultimate success. “When the final interview looms large, everyone is, or seems to be, equally qualified” I read. I paid close attention to the two questions the author (whose name escapes me) always asked the final candidates.

  • The Kiwanis Club of Southport/Oak Island will present a special performance by jazz guitarist Frank Vignola on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at St. James Community Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    Vignola has performed here before. His virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops and guitar legend Les Paul. His dynamic genre-spanning music has brought him to 14 countries on three continents.

  • It’s a painting party to aid animals, and you’re invited.

    Volunteers are staging another Painting Party “FUNdraiser” to help homeless animals at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

    The event will take place at Next Generation Canvas and Cocktails, 30 Shamrock Drive, Sunset Beach. Tickets are $35, with a portion of proceeds going to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services.

    Highlights include door prizes and a silent auction, along with an evening of entertaining art instruction.

  • Meeting times: 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., 795 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) in Supply, four miles northeast of Shallotte. Contact: John Hall at 393-0044 or john.hallpmp@gmail.com. Club website: http://1592761.toastmastersclubs.org.

    Anyone who has ever wanted to conquer the fear of public speaking may find just what they are looking for in the Brunswick County Toastmasters Club.