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Today's Features

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Dr. Meredith Elizabeth David of Columbia, S.C., and Luke Clayton Lorick of Atlanta. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Fred David of Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Neville and Mary Alice Lorick of Lexington, S.C. A May 10 wedding is planned at Ocean Isle Beach Chapel on Ocean Isle Beach.

  •  Garlic has always been recognized for its smell, flavor and medicinal properties. Although it is actually a vegetable, most people, including me, regard garlic as an herb, and powdered garlic is usually found on the spice rack at grocery stores.

    Available peeled, chopped, minced, creamed, preserved in oil or powdered, fresh garlic still remains unsurpassed in its taste. Elephant garlic is really not true garlic, but a relative of the leek. It has a very mild flavor and characteristically has larger heads.

     

  •  I admit I’m usually very skeptical about any new or unusual fad diet or weight loss program. I’ve seen them come and go over the years and most aren’t healthy, cost a fortune or just don’t work. The key to most of these diets is: Iif it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Another thing about some of these fad diets is that most are so crazy that people can’t live with them for the rest of their lives and they don’t teach anything about healthy eating for the long haul.

  •  A recent Time magazine article intrigued me. The topic was mindfulness. More specifically, it was titled “The art of being mindful.”  I stopped in my tracks. Typically, one would imagine this process or action would be considered a science, not an art. One might imagine a list of things to do that would lead to awareness. To think of it as an art changes everything.

  •  By John Nelson

    Gloomy, gloomy, these misty spring days after all the ice and rain. One wonders if it ever will warm up and get sunny. And yet, there are plenty of early spring flowers out and about now to give us at least the perception of coming warmth and botanical bounty. As long as we are going to be out on a field trip, here is a little shrub that offers its cheery flowers to brighten things up a bit.

  •  Alligator Egg Hunt is on at Fort Fisher Aquarium

     

    Bunnies may be hopping down the trail soon, but alligators are on a roll at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    The aquarium’s annual Alligator Egg Hunt will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 12, 18 and 19 will offer children a chance to learn, create and play this spring. 

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Bill Cosby

    When: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    How much: $67 to $77, plus applicable fees

    Go to: www.bccowa.com or call the box office at (910) 755-7416

     

    As Bill Cosby gets ready to do back-to-back shows at Brunswick Community College this coming Sunday, a little advance preparation by the audience may help with what to expect.

  •  Roasted in their shell for a ballpark snack, peanuts have found their way into almost everything we eat, from breakfast to lunch to snacks to entries to deserts!

    This month celebrates one of America’s favorite foods — peanuts. National Peanut Month began in 1941 as National Peanut Week, and was later expanded into a month-long celebration in 1974.

  •  By John Nelson

    Gardeners are just like everybody else, except they garden. And being just like everybody else, gardeners go through their various “phases” or “periods.” Some of these phases involve a sort of popularity contest when it comes to certain plants over others. One might think of the tulip craze that gripped Holland in the 1630s.

  •  Rarely do we wish to speak of it. Always are we looking for ways to avoid it. Society apparently seeks to deny its existence. Death is truly the elephant residing on the dining room table.