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Today's Features

  •  Maybe it’s the season of nearly summer with spring still bearing signs of winter’s chill that is affecting me. Maybe it’s the lingering last days of my college pal suffering with cancer’s invasion on multiple fronts. Maybe it’s the slowly leaking drip of departures opening tears and tears in my circle of friends. I am not sure of the cause, but I am feeling the pain of the effect. There is a heart heaviness I cannot shake.

  •   In last week’s column, I talked about fruits and vegetables and the health recommendations that we all should be eating more fruits and vegetables. The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans say we should aim for two-and-a-half cups of vegetables and two cups of fruit each day. That shouldn’t be too hard to do, but the current statistics show that 75 percent of us don’t get close to that amount.

  •     If you’re like me, boneless chicken breasts can be boring. I’ve published many recipes for chicken breasts and I’m sure you have plenty of your own you’ve tried over the years.

    I’ve prepared sautéed, fried, baked, grilled and even pouched chicken breasts. I’ve stuffed, barbecued, breaded, chopped and even pureed when making a chicken spread. But the easiest way, for me, is to just sauté skinless, boneless chicken breasts in a little oil and butter and then add a special sauce at the end of my liking.

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    Yvonna “Bonnie” Tibbals of Shallotte was the second runner-up in the Ms. North Carolina Senior America Pageant on April 16. More than 200 attended the event in Pinehurst, which featured 10 contestants.

    Rebecca Ann Taylor from Brown Summit received the Ms. North Carolina Senior America 2016 title and crown. She and other state queens will compete for the national title of Ms. Senior America 2016-17 the week of Oct. 16-21 in Atlantic City, N.J.

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    It’s strawberry picking time in southeastern North Carolina. That always brings some questions about growing those big, juicy berries in the home garden. Unfortunately, the strawberries you see growing commercially in the fields of local producers are nearly impossible to grow at home.

  •   Eat more fruit. Eat more vegetables. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. These are the general recommendations we’re hearing from health experts everywhere. They all agree we should all be eating more fruits and veggies.

  •  Recently, a pet owner asked me a somewhat sensitive question. Lately, her middle-aged Labradoodle had been taking longer to “go” than normal. Because this was over the Internet and I can’t diagnose on my smartphone, I told her to seek veterinary help quickly. For everyone else, I thought I’d share some of the common reasons that may cause your pooch to experience prolonged pooping.

     

    Intestinal parasites

  •   Maybe it’s the season of nearly summer with spring still bearing signs of winter’s chill that is affecting me. Maybe it’s the lingering last days of my college pal suffering with cancer’s invasion on multiple fronts. Maybe it’s the slowly leaking drip of departures opening tears and tears in my circle of friends. I am not sure of the cause, but I am feeling the pain of the effect. There is a heart heaviness I cannot shake.

  • By Linda Arnold  

      “Happily. Even. After.  It’s the new “happily ever after.”)

    Why don’t you put things back where they belong? Do you have to have every light on? Why is the TV so loud?

    Sound familiar? If resentment is hijacking your relationship, it could be a wakeup call.

    Maybe you’re frustrated and feel like your partner has changed his or her personality. Can you ever regain the magic?

     

    Where’s the spark?

  •     By John Nelson

    “The Queen is the only person who can put on a tiara with one hand, while walking down stairs,” attributed to Princess Margaret.

    Sometimes when you go into a forest, you see flowers. Sometimes you see snakes. Sometimes you see both, if you’re lucky.