Today's Features

  • If you’re like me and really aren’t into baking, no-bake desserts usually come to mind. Many pies, cakes and cookies are made with ingredients that don’t require any baking. And best of all, the traditional no-bake types don’t use very many ingredients, but may require freezing or refrigeration.

  • By John Nelson

    If I’d a cow that gave such milk, I'd dress her in the finest silk;

    Feed her lots of sweet, sweet hay, and milk her twenty times a day.

                                                    — Joseph Winner, “Little Brown Jug”


  • By Linda Arnold


    You know the feeling. You’re driving along, and a favorite tune comes on the radio.  Immediately, it causes a warm feeling to wash over you. What’s up with that? 

    Listening to favorite music causes your brain to release dopamine, the “feel good” chemical that’s released when you experience pleasure and reward.

  • Psalm 105 begins with a “forbidden” word: ALLELUIA! This is something Roman Catholics have been taught. Carefully trained to avoid announcing our alleluias until Easter arrives, it is an instruction likely having more to do with our need to be sober about our praying than to recite somber prayers. Save your joy until Easter and you’ll savor it all the more. This is apparently the underlying message. 

  • On New Year’s Eve 2016, Nicole and Guy Mael decided to celebrate with their five pugs by offering a special meal of Evanger’s “Hunk of Beef Au Jus” canned dog food.

    Within minutes after sharing the can of Evanger’s, all of the dogs were staggering and convulsing, and rushed to a nearby veterinary emergency clinic. Sadly, one of the pugs, Talula, died a few hours later

    The owners sent the remainder of the food for analysis at Michigan State University Diagnostic Center and had a necropsy conducted on Talula.

  • There was an interesting and scary story going around the Internet a couple of weeks ago related to food safety. Perhaps you read about the man in California who pulled a five-foot tapeworm out of his body. Doctors are thinking this tapeworm came from a parasite found in raw salmon. The man confessed he loves sushi and eats it frequently.

    First, you may ask, could this really happen? Yes it could. The tapeworm is a form of parasite that can enter the body in food and then continue to live and grow within the host. Yikes!  

  • Just in time for celebrating George Washington’s 286th birthday, Brunswick County author and Washington descendant Mary Shawn Russell has unveiled her comprehensive reference, “Washington’s Bloodline.”

    The book is described as a documentation of 380 years of American history as revealed through the long-lost branch of Washington’s family tree and contains little-known facts providing a glimpse into the life of America’s premier first family.

  • Saturday will be the perfect day to get focused on health as The Brunswick Beacon’s 12th annual Beacon Health Expo takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Admission is free, and free childcare will be available.

    Featured are 52 vendors bringing a variety of free screenings and demonstrations, a seminar and information on an array of health-oriented topics.

    Participants include hospitals, dental offices, wellness centers and hearing and eye care specialists.

  • While traveling out west many, many years ago, my wife and I stopped at a little cantina a few miles outside of Sante Fe, N.M., on our way back home. I was starving, and once I woke her up, she was, too.

    Not familiar with their restaurant, I asked the waitress if she could make some suggestions. One of the chicken dishes sounded good to me. She also mentioned that there was a little clothing shop in the other room, so we decided to check it out while waiting on our meals. The waitress then came over to tell us our meals were ready.

  • If you are a cocker spaniel, you may not want to look at this photo!

    Here’s a plant species with a kind of brutal winter beauty, even when dry and dead, the stems topped with a constellation of brown, spiny burs. You might have a feeling this is a plant that wants to spread itself around, if it can. And it wants you to help.