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Today's Features

  • Almost any indoor environment is more pleasant and attractive when living plants are part of the setting. In apartments, condominiums, and single-family residences, plants add warmth, personality, and year-round beauty.

    There are other uses for indoor plants that include: enclosing space into separate areas, reducing glare and reflection from artificial lights or sunlight entering through a window and screening to block out undesirable views or to create privacy. Also, plants provide oxygen for our environment.

  • Advent has come again. The four-week spiritual preparation time for Christmas is often lost in the frenzy of commercial preparedness.

    Many fall prey to a hectic countdown against a sales clock that marks the birthday of the Prince of Peace as an ending, rather than a beginning.

    We become people holding all kinds of expectation instead of being people of expectancy. As a result, we are more often disappointed than excited, discontent rather than enthusiastic.

    We lose our sense and commission to be People of Peace.

  • This is the third year the North Carolina Division of Public Health is promoting a holiday weight challenge.

    All North Carolinians are encouraged to maintain their current weight during the upcoming holiday season. The challenge will be referred to as “Eat Smart, Move More... Maintain, Don’t Gain.” You can join the six-week online challenge for free at: www.MyEatSmartMoveMore.com.

    You will receive a free weekly newsletter full of tips, ideas, recipes and other helpful tracking tools. To help you get started for the holidays, try the following tips:

  • Get in the holiday spirit with any of the array of events planned this weekend and in the coming week in Brunswick County.

    The roundup of upcoming holiday happenings includes:

    • “Bethlehem to Patmos”—Live nativity by Anointed Vessels Ministry at 7 p.m. Dec. 4-8 in 300-seat outdoor amphitheater. Admission is free but seating is limited. 3255 Liberty St., Ash. For directions and information, call the Rev. Diana Payne at 287-4267.

    •Shallotte tree lighting, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, Rourk Gardens, Main Street, Shallotte. 754-6644.

  • Martin and Wilma Baker of Palm Coast, Fla., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary by taking their family, nieces and nephews on a five-day cruise beginning Nov. 24. The Bakers married in 1948, when they were both teachers at Waccamaw High School. Wilma Baker is the former Wilma Phelps of Ash. Martin Baker is a native of Marietta, S.C. In 1951, they moved to Marietta, where they managed Baker Pharmacy and were active in mobile home park development. In 1989, they retired to Palm Coast.

  • Grant Granade and Ellen Wemyss Granade of Calabash are the parents of a son, Eli James Granade, born at 11:01 a.m. Oct. 23 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

    He joins a brother, Garrett, 2.

    Maternal grandparents are Phil and Nancy Wemyss of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Hugh and Elaine Granade and Bill and Gayle Lauer, all of Knoxville, Tenn.

    Great-grandparents are Virginia Bellamy of Ocean Isle Beach and William Richardson of Orangeburg, S.C.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Tracy H. Lane of Ocean Isle Beach and John M. Keogh of Tipperary-Thurles, Ireland. The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Sybil Hamilton of Supply. The groom is the son of Richard and Mary Keogh of Tipperary, Ireland. A Dec. 20 wedding is planned at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach.

     

  • It is time for planting spring-flowering bulbs. Following are some tips on more effectively utilizing bulbs:

    Color Blocking

  • Did it get cold enough for you? More importantly, did the cold get to your houseplants and tropical plants before you could bring them inside?

    Each landscape can be analyzed to find certain microclimates within. If you have some tender plants that are still alive after the hard freeze then you may have a particular warm spot (microclimate) in the landscape where tender plants may have a fighting chance to overwinter. I am not that brave anymore to keep tropical plants outdoors unless I have a spare plant just in case the one I am testing for cold tolerance dies.

  • Thanksgiving Day is here, a time to be grateful for all that we have been given and received, but the best kind of thanks comes when we realize the truth in the words of Rabbi Harold Kushner: “You don’t have to be perfect to be loved.”

    What a breath of fresh air in the stale, stupefying atmosphere of expectation!

    Of course, Rabbi Kushner was speaking of God’s unconditional love for us, a love that neither expands nor contracts according to our degree of perfection.