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Today's Features

  • In Cincinnati, a popular chili served over spaghetti is called Cincinnati chili, and the most popular local restaurant that serves this unique dish is called Skyline. Many people also refer to it as Skyline chili.

    My first indulgence into this Midwestern creation was back in Akron, Ohio, at the Waterloo Restaurant, just a few miles from Firestone Country Club where we frequently played golf at the Firestone North course, which was a public golf course back then. After a round of golf, we’d head to the Waterloo for some Cincinnati chili.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    It sounds so simple. Say what you mean — and mean what you say. 

    Then why is it so hard?

    It may well depend on how you’re wired. Some of you are quick to speak what’s on your mind. Others hold back.

    This may have to do with early childhood conditioning, or it might have to do with learned behaviors over the years.

  • It was a month ago, when the phone rang and Caller ID indicated a number from South Carolina. I knew it would not be easy news to hear. The caller began with a number of questions, niceties to smooth the way for the tearful content to come. It reminded me of moments in Jesus’ life when he was confronted with the pain of passing life. “My servant is ill … my son is dying … my brother is dead … my child is desperately ill.” Those were the cries he heard. Those were the needs to which he attended.

  • “Idiot what?”

    Based on the current situation, I could understand the pet owner’s frustration and worry and overlook the slight. On my exam table lay his nearly lifeless dog, Chloe. Chloe had recently celebrated her sixth birthday and 48 hours ago was a perfectly healthy cocker spaniel. When I saw her, she could barely raise her head and was pale as my lab coat.

  • I’ve been writing these columns in the Beacon for about eight years. I know some people think I work for the newspaper, but I don’t. At the end of each column there is a statement that says I’m part of the Family and Consumer Science team at the Brunswick County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension. I know some of you really don’t know who we are or what we do. Since this is Living Well Month, I thought I’d take some time to share a little more information about the FCS program and Cooperative Extension here in Brunswick County.

  • Winter’s relentless grip held through most of the week, but it looks like warmer temperatures are on the way. That’s good news for Wilmington’s North Carolina Azalea Festival and Cape Fear Garden Club’s annual garden tour. There should be plenty of azalea blooms for all of the festivities.

  • ‘Tis the season to celebrate in your finest shamrock green or perhaps raise a glass of emerald-hued beer.

    An abundance of St. Patrick’s Day festivities are happily just around the River Shannon bend.

    The celebratory day paying tribute to the patron saint of Ireland kicks off with the 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade starting at 9 a.m. just across the state line in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • By John Nelson

    Recent bad storms and rough weather has caused tragic loss of life as well as tremendous property damage here in the East, and considering the uncertainty of the weather, there is likely to be more of the same in the coming several weeks. I am fortunate no storms have affected my neighborhood here in Columbia, S.C. — yet. But a couple years ago, we did have a scary storm. Here’s some evidence.

  • Saint Patrick’s Day will be celebrated worldwide this weekend. I know many of you like to make all kinds of crazy green-dyed food on this special day. I, for one, am not that fond of green colored foods, or even blue or purple colored foods.

    Some will argue that corned beef isn’t a “traditional” Irish meal, but it was quite popular with hard-working Irish immigrants who arrived in our country with limited means and low-paying jobs. Corned beef was cheap and affordable back then. Today, cabbage with bacon is a popular dish in Ireland.

  • By Linda Arnold

    There you are, starting off your day. Grabbing a cup of coffee and thinking about your “to do” list.

    And then you get the brushoff from a coworker. What’s up with that?

    You likely start to question whether you did something to offend them. It’s only human nature.  Be careful not to dwell on this for too long, though.