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Today's Features

  •  Thirty-plus years of working in horticulture as taught me many things: don’t prune your sister-in-law’s Japanese maple, run away as fast as you can when a potential client describes themselves as “easy to work with” and be very careful when criticizing magic potions and botanical dogma held in high esteem by some gardeners. But, being a bit of an April fool (Happy April Fool’s Day everyone), I will make my way to the end of the branch and see how quickly I can saw it off behind me. It certainly won’t be the first time I fell out of a tree.

  •  After Halloween, Easter is the second biggest candy holiday in the United States. According to the National Confectioners Association (NCA) more than 120 million pounds of Easter candy is purchased each year. This includes 16 billion jelly beans, 90 million chocolate bunnies and an untold number of marshmallow Peeps.

    That’s a lot of sugar!

  •  I love spring in coastal North Carolina: Warm weather, blue skies, and cool breezes. Spring means awakening from winter’s hibernation and emerging into outdoor activities. It’s a time of birth, hope, and renewed energy. It’s also the time our pets face significant health threats.

    Here are my five favorite tips to keep your pet safe and healthy during spring.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    “It’s your decision.” Few words bring about such power, and such fear.

    And it doesn’t matter whether it’s a business decision or a personal dilemma.

    For a big part of my life, I weighed every decision very carefully — too carefully, in some cases.

  •  By John Nelson

    I see thy glory like a shooting star

    Fall to the base earth from the firmament.

                      William Shakespeare, King Richard II, Act 2, scene 4

     

  •  Early followers of Christ were not known as Christians, but as people of the Way. This nugget of information has always intrigued me. Perhaps the intrigue is evoked by the various movements that still arise in society. Early on, there was an understanding that following a person was itself a recognition that each day is a unique opportunity to enter the process of dying and rising. We have models, examples, in the various persons who opted for Christ as described in Scripture.

  •  Pasta is available in fresh and dried forms. Fresh pasta cooks much quicker than its dried counterpart. Most of us use the dried form since it’s readily available, and it’s what we’re used to, but once you’ve used fresh pasta, you might not want to go back to its dried form.

     

  • Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.

    Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used within 42 days of donation.

  •  It seems like every organization has a special day, week or month they use to promote what’s important to them. Last week I wrote about Living Well month, a celebration of Extension Family and Consumer Sciences. This week I’m writing about National Nutrition Month, which is also celebrated each year in March. This nutrition and education campaign is created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I have worked closely with members of this the academy for many years and admire and respect them and the work they do.

  •  Without a doubt, the majority of questions I receive from pet parents involve nutrition and what they’re feeding their dog or cat. The next most common questions involve weight-related disorders such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease, and cancers. Because pet obesity is such a huge problem (pun intended), I thought I’d share with you some recent questions and brief answers about excess weight in companion animals. 

     

    How many pets are overweight in the U.S.?