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Today's Features

  •  I received a request to review an unusual book by L.S.L. Noble. It is a spiritual autobiography, an account of “fateful occurrences” the author encountered throughout her lifetime. Interestingly, I completed my reading simultaneously with entry into Eastertide — a time when Christians contemplate the meaning and message of resurrection. This is also a period for unique pondering of reality, the entwining of absence and presence, life and death. My reading of this book seemed more than coincidental. Noble would likely term it “synchronicity.”

  •  Related to the lily family, onions are highly versatile and lend themselves to a variety of preparations and cooking methods. Choose ones that are firm with no soft spots and store them in a cool, dry place. Once cut, unused portions should be wrapped in plastic first and then stored in the refrigerator. The sooner you use them, the better.

  •  On June 2, Julian and Geraldine “Jerry” Musselwhite Odom of Sunset Harbor celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. In 1945, Julian was serving in the U.S. Navy at Wilmington Naval Base after being assigned to Fort Caswell Naval Base Submarine Patrol and Geraldine had just finished high school. Twenty-four days after their wedding, his ship and crew were sent to Hawaii. To this day, she still teases him about going on a honeymoon to Hawaii without her.

  •  Strawberries typically peak during May in the South and in June and July in the North, but this season, because of our prior freezing conditions, the season has stared a little later than usual.

    Plants are loaded with fruit, and it’s anyone’s guess how long the season will last. The berries seem to be all ripening at once, rather than gradually over a period of time. Local farmers markets in our area now have an abundance of strawberries ripe for the pickin’.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

  • The Flip Flop Ball means just what it says.

    This year’s third annual fundraiser for the Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center, set for 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Brick Landing Plantation, will incorporate dancing to beach music, and flip-flops are welcome.

    Music will be provided this year by the Sea-Cruz band and Sea Pans, a steel drum ensemble.

    Highlights include cocktails and island cuisine in addition to dancing. This year’s event co-chairs are Cindy Cheatham and Jonathan Tait.

  •  By John Nelson

  •  I was happily, well not so happily, attacking my morning exercise on the treadmill with the radio at high volume to distract me from the challenging chore when I heard the announcement. “NPR continues a series of conversations about the Race Card Project where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words.” My attention was immediately caught.

  •  Gary and Erika Blanchard of Clarendon are the proud parents of a son, Cameron Gary Blanchard, born at 8:03 p.m. April 17 at Columbus Regional Healthcare System, weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 21-1/4 inches in length.

    Maternal grandparents are Marco and Barbara Long of Whiteville.

    Paternal grandparents are Gary and Ruth Blanchard of Clarendon.

  •  The George Washington and Lydia Anna Hewett Lewis 33rd annual family reunion will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 1, with a covered dish lunch at the senior center in Carolina Beach, 308 Cape Fear Blvd. For more information, call Dave Lewis at 842-7972 or Ouida Hewett at 842-6017.