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Today's Features

  • By Linda Arnold
    Whenever I give a keynote address on the achievement of goals, I hold up a sign for the audience to fill in the blanks:

    I don’t have enough ______.

    I don’t have enough ________.

    The answers are always the same: Time and money.

  • One of my least favorite diagnoses to make in cats is type 2 diabetes. I have a deep dislike for feline diabetes because of two indisputable facts: 1) it’s largely preventable and unnecessary and 2) it’s a real challenge to treat for many owners. Fortunately, type 2 diabetes is also one of those diseases that benefit from early detection. I’d like to share my top five reasons you need to test your cat early and often for type 2 diabetes.

     

  • Birthday celebrations tend to revolve around food. Specifically this food is usually a cake or anything with a candle in it. We all know the routine … everyone sings and the birthday person makes a wish and blows out the flame. One story behind this tradition is the wishes made are carried by the smoke from the candles to the gods.

    Not to gross you out, but have you ever wondered about germs from the people blowing or (worse yet) spitting on the cake as they blow out the candles? It probably never stopped you from eating cake, but maybe you did think about it.

  • New gardeners tend to be a bit obsessive about their lawns and landscapes. Like the French (and the English who copied their style), evergreen shrubs must be controlled into boxes and balls. If we have one plant on this side of the walkway, symmetry demands a repeat on the other. Expansive lawns must be immaculate, perfectly-groomed and weed-free. That works pretty well if you’re Louis XIV or King George with an army of serfs to do your bidding.

  • It seems that more and more restaurants, including the fast-food types, are constantly competing with each other when it comes to “stacked” sandwiches. Just watching all those ads on TV for the latest hamburger creation is mind-boggling! In addition to lettuce, tomato and cheese, a hamburger is now stacked with a combination of French fries, onion rings, three kinds of cheese, avocados, bacon strips, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, etc.

     

    The Dagwood sandwich

  • She calls herself, at least she is known as, “the divine Bette Midler.” Some would take umbrage at her audacity and seek a more self-deprecating nomenclature. Others would applaud her authenticity and find glee in her sense of true humility. She is divine, it is true. So are we. Divinity dances in our humanity. Sadly, we prefer a more sedate step with a bow and scrape to assert our lowliness. 

  • By John Nelson
    It’s the end of summer, and our campus is crawling with students, all young botanists, and newly arrived all over the place. It’s a very busy time for everybody, and definitely for botanists. There is no end of plant life to discover and study wherever you are in the Southeast, and I hope you will be paying attention to the plants around you in the upcoming early autumn season.

  • Bill and Joannie Hoyle of Ocean Isle Beach celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary Aug. 14 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The couple married in Providence, R.I., at St. Raymond’s Church and made Ocean Isle Beach their home for 13 years.

  • Seaman Recruit Elizabeth Kronebusch, Division 263, graduated as the top sailor from Recruit Training Command (RTC) earning the Military Excellence Award on Aug. 25.

    Kronebusch, a graduate of South Brunswick High School, joined the Navy in June.

  • Pastor Stephen Nobles and the Sunshine Sisters of New Britton Baptist Church in Ash celebrated the 91st birthday of Catherine Bullard, who was born Aug. 6, 1926.