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Today's Features

  •  By Linda Arnold

     “When you tell yourself your story over and over, it almost becomes part of your DNA.”

     

    Do you feel stuck? In the doldrums? Can’t seem to get any traction?

    Well, you’re not alone. And there’s a universal reason you’re feeling this way. It’s the story you keep telling yourself:

    ·      I can’t seem to finish this project, no matter how hard I try.

  •  By John Nelson

    “In an early spring we see the appearing buds; which to prove fruit, hope gives not so much warrant as despair that frosts will bite them.” King Henry IV, Part 2: I: 3.

     

    I’m just like Lord Bardolph, who was afraid that just as soon as the new buds start to show, a cold spell would come along and “nip” them.

  •  I have frequently been amused by the translation in which Jesus is presented as saying, “Suffer the little children to come to me.” Suffer, indeed! Sometimes, it is all we can do. It is with anguished patience that we allow little children to come to us. Their antics, while initially funny and frolicsome can quickly become annoying and intrusive. Their foot stomping, loudly shouted “NO, I DON’T WANT TO!” or “NO I WON’T” is upsetting, irksome and smacks of needed discipline.

  •  The distinctive flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine come alive in one of the more common Persian dishes, called kofta kebabs. Essentially, it’s an elongated meatball grilled on a skewer. What makes this dish truly unique is the amazing blend of herbs and spices, including ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, allspice and fresh parsley and mint. You want to savor each bite.

    Kofta kebabs go well with rice, a salad or just serve them in a pita served with tzatziki sauce for an awesome pita pocket!

  •  Descendants of Henry Cannon Smith are invited to a Long family reunion from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Waccamaw Community Center, 5855 Waccamaw School Road in Ash. For more information, call Beverly Smith at 754-6476.

  • With spring and Easter less than two weeks away, area events are starting to bloom.

    Following is a lineup of events scheduled this weekend.

    Brunswick County Chamber Home Show

    A variety of vendors showcasing landscaping, gardening, outdoor lighting, lawn equipment, pools and spas and home improvement will be at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce Home Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road.

    Admission is $5, with children 8 and younger admitted free.

    Leland Bark in the Park

  • The Chicago Brass Quintet will perform in the next series concert at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3.

    The Chicago Brass Quintet was formed in 1964 to promote appreciation and enjoyment of brass chamber music through performances, educational workshops, broadcasts, recording and commissioning new works.

  •  Salads are easy to prepare and you can mix and match different type of greens with raw or grilled veggies, cheeses, nuts and fruits. Most any combination of these will work, so just pick a few of your favorite flavor combinations and “start mixing.”

     

    Types of salads

    There are four main types of salads: appetizer, accompaniment, main dish and dessert.

  •  By John Nelson

    “Happy, in my judgment, the wandering herbalist, who clear alike from vain, and that worse evil, vexing thoughts, peeps round for some rare flow’ret of the hills, or plant of craggy fountains.” Attributed to William Wordsworth.

     

    My office bookshelf offers a charming little book called, “How to Study Plants, or Introduction to Botany,” first published in 1879, although my copy was a reprint from 1882. This book is by professor Alphonso Wood, who was born in 1810.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    As much as we want to stop and smell the roses, there’s something about our fast-paced society that propels us forward.  So, when the book, “Addicted to Hurry,” ran across my radar, I just had to pick it up.

    Are you living too fast?  Take a look at two of the questions from the “hurry test.”