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Today's Features

  •  Holidays bring the warm feelings of family relationships renewed, twinkling lights, roasting chestnuts and wrapping paper torn asunder around an evergreen tree cloaked in memories of Christmases past. All that Norman Rockwell imagery may not work for you if you’ve just awakened from a tryptophan-induced coma with the television remote in one hand and the shrill musings of your in-laws reverberating through your gray matter.

  •  Mindful. That’s a term we’ve been hearing more and more regarding lots of things in life, including healthful eating. Living (or eating) mindfully simply means paying attention to the events, activities and thoughts that make up your daily life instead of just operating on autopilot. Mindfulness is taking time to think about the choices you make and doing things on purpose.

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    James Finley’s statement about great religion and pain asks us to recognize “suffering as suffering and transform our suffering into mindfulness, compassion, peace, and liberation.  … The teachings of the Buddha were not to escape from life, but to help us relate to ourselves and the world as thoroughly as possible.” 

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    So, how did that Thanksgiving holiday go?

    I’m guessing you’re either feeling ecstatic, excluded or exhausted — maybe a little of all three. Let’s just hope you don’t need to be exonerated!

    Relax — this is all normal.  It’s hard to manage your expectations when you’ve created a scenario right out of a Hallmark movie.  On the other hand, you may have just been hoping to get through the holiday without a catastrophe.

  •  Carbonara, an old Italian peasant dish popularized in this country back in the ‘50s, is made with eggs, cheese (Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonara - cite_note-Gosetti-1 bacon or pancetta, and black pepper. Spaghetti is often the preferred pasta of choice, although fettuccine, rigatoni or linguine can also be used.

  •  By John Nelson 

    Now, as fond fathers,

    Having bound up the threatening twigs of birch,

    Only to stick it in their children's sight

    For terror, not to use…

                            Measure for Measure, Act I, Scene 3.

     

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    So on those nights when you won’t have the time for cooking when you get home, and you’re looking to use up some of your leftover matzah balls, a good hearty soup is always a great solution.

    Matzah balls? Matzah (also spelled matzo) balls are traditionally served in chicken soup. They are simply a dumpling made from a mixt

     

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    So, the Thanksgiving holiday has just come and gone. Turkey, football, catching up and naps, right? Maybe — or maybe not.

    No doubt you had a range of experiences and emotions — totally normal. This holiday often brings together extended family and involves travel, preparation, work and emotional charges. Or, you might have found yourself alone this time.

  •   It started with some silly animal carols and is still going strong 21 years later. I’m talking about the 21st annual Calabash Christmas tree lighting and parade this Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. in downtown Calabash.

    Twenty-one years ago, I stood in front of a small Christmas tree donated by Callahan’s of Calabash with five team members from my veterinary clinic, Seaside Animal Care. I had altered a few seasonal carols into pet-themed renditions and was singing my heart out in front of a small crowd gathered to check out the commotion.

  •  What are you doing for dinner this coming Saturday, Dec. 3? If you don’t have plans (or even if you do), I’m offering a suggestion. Why don’t you dine in? Think about eating at home that night.

    Dec. 3 marks the third annual Family and Consumer Sciences’ Dine-in for Healthy Families Day. In observance of this day, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) are asking families to plan, prepare and eat a healthy meal together.