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Today's Features

  • By John Nelson

     

    "If you prick us, do we not bleed?"

                — Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, III: 1.

     

  • 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.

  • Leland Library will host a special storytime in memory of Scarlett the 16-month-old granddaughter of a local resident, at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14.

    This storytime is for children 4 and younger and will be centered around the book “Barnyard Dance” by Sandra Boynton.

    Register at the library and call 371-9442 for more information.

  • The Brunswick County Literacy Council is seeking volunteers to work with adult individuals one-on-one who want to improve their skills in reading, writing and speaking English.

    On Thursday, Aug. 17, there will be an orientation workshop from 10 a.m. to noon and an English for Speakers of Other Languages Tutor Workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. There is a $20 fee for tutor materials.

    All volunteers must attend an orientation workshop. Workshops are held at the BCLC office at 282 Ocean Highway E., Supply 28462.

  • The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

    In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.