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Today's Features

  • We trudge along, immersed in the day-to-day challenges, opportunities, joys and sorrows. Every once in a while, we stop to take stock of our life, to evaluate our existence, and to ask the question: “What is the measure of a man...of a woman?” How does one reckon righteousness?

  • Where do all the newspapers go that are delivered or brought into households each day? My guess is most of them end up in the garbage and then taken to the landfill.

  • The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    NON-FICTION

    “Animals Make Us Human” by Temple Grandin. Ably challenges assumptions about what makes animals happy, and is packed with fascinating insights and a wealth of how-to tips.

    “The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide” by Martin D. Weiss. How to protect your savings, boost your income and grow wealthy even in the worst of times.

  • Jingles is a 7-year-old black-and-white female who was the first feline resident at Cat Tails when the cat rescue facility launched five years ago. She has green eyes, is very shy and needs an adopter who will give her time to adjust. Jingles also has a Cat Tails friend who will pay the adoption fee for anyone willing to provide her with a forever home. To see her, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit their Web site at www.cattails.org.

  • How many ways can I say aggravation? If I were Browning, I’d be counting and describing them with gracious poetry, but I am stuck in my aggravation.

    Admittedly, in fact with loudly vigorous admission, I am not a techie, not a computer geek, nerd, or even an informed user. My computer, I tell all, is my expensive typewriter. I have managed a degree of competence in word processing, as well as sending and receiving e-mails.

    Every once in a while, I score on an Internet search, but for the most part, I rest easy and comfortably with my limited use.

  • CALABASH—Cary artist Nancy Hughes Miller is exhibiting her newest collection of oil paintings at Sunset River Marketplace from June 1 through July 11.

    The collection consists of just fewer than 20 works depicting the seashore and wetlands of Sunset Beach, where the artist has a second home.

    Miller’s inspiration is beauty in the landscape.

    “I’m always seeking to capture a bold yet quiet impression of nature, as the colors of sky, earth and water converge on the horizon,” she says.

  • Blue Star Mothers support offspring serving in the military

    Staff report

    Members of Blue Star Mothers of the Grand Strand are spreading the word and fliers about their cause—supporting adult children serving in all branches of the U.S. military.

    The chapter, formed in February 2008 in Little River, S.C., meets once a month at American Legion Post 186, 4285 Pine Drive in Little River.

  • Mr. Murphy will quickly get your attention as he looks at you with such love and devotion and begs for your attention. He's a gentle, 1-year-old husky and shepherd mix who is housebroken, good-natured, and very adaptable. He would be great in any home; he just needs a chance. At 56 pounds, he's medium-sized and ready to go. Paws Place Animal Rescue is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.

  • CALABASH—Sixty-five years ago this Saturday, as dawn was breaking over the choppy English Channel, 19-year-old Tom Koester was aboard one of the first U.S. landing crafts to reach Omaha Beach at the start of what has been recorded as the longest day in history.

    As they approached at H-hour—6:30 a.m.—at first it was a “picnic,” the Navy veteran said.

    When they were 200 yards from shore, however, German machine guns opened up from cliffs overlooking the beach.

  • History does not relate the identity of the person who first discovered the pleasure of a tomato eaten with fresh basil, or thought to combine sage with onion in a stuffing, or lamb with rosemary and garlic. We do know most of the flavor-enhancing herbs we enjoy today were prized by the earliest cultures to relieve diets that were often dull and limited.