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Today's Features

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • Thalian Association is seeking talented artists in all mediums to display and sell work at the 2014 Orange Street ArtsFest, the largest arts festival in downtown Wilmington.

    The OSAF will return Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The street fair is held on Orange Street between Front and Second streets next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, with some exhibitors inside the building.

  • The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is hosting the second annual Whale of a Weekend, Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2.

    Dive into the wonderful world of whales and dolphins through hands-on education stations to engage visitors of all ages. Explore a humpback whale's family tree. Try out a blubber glove. Join the ranks of whale superhero. Solve a mystery as a dolphin detective and much more.

  • Jesse and Jessica Campbell of Supply are the proud parents of a daughter, Abigail Hope Campbell, born at 5:12 p.m. Jan. 8 at Brunswick Novant Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 inches in length.

    Maternal grandparents are Linda and Maurice Galloway (stepfather) of Supply and the late Danny Long of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Susan and Paul Evans (stepfather) of Supply and Jimmie Campbell of West Melbourne, Fla.

  • T.J. and Tara Turner of Winnabow are the proud parents of a son, Thomas Earl Turner III, born at 2:56 p.m. Jan. 23 at Betty H. Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital on the campus of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He weighed 3 pounds and measured 15-1/4 inches in length.

    He joins a sister, Shaianna, 5.

    Maternal grandparents are Jackie and Brenda Cook of Winnabow and Linda Thompson of Supply.

    Paternal grandparents are Tommy and Cindy Turner of Winnabow.

  • If you’ve spent time over the years watching the myriad of food and cooking shows on television as I have, you’ve undoubtedly heard chefs refer to the “holy trinity.” In this case, they are referring to the simple trinity of ordinary vegetables known as mirepoix.

  • Lent and springtime have much in common. They both offer remarkable opportunities to stretch after a long winter nap in the cold darkness. They are chances to green up from the dry, dull brownness that marks our withered spirits. Lent is a pilgrimage of 40 days and 40 nights. It takes us from arid deserts to mountaintop heights, from gardens of agony to hilltop crosses. It is a voyage that commemorates authentically passionate living, the sort of suffering that many try to avoid and all know is part and parcel of true life.

  • Hubby Dear and I recently went on a weeklong vacation with a church friends. It was a fairly arduous bus trip with stops in Jacksonville, Miami, and Key West, Fla. Our senior citizen bones ached and groaned, but our equally elderly psyche shouted pleasure at being with folks we knew. We could commiserate as stiffness had to be kneaded from our joints each day. We could laugh at our antics and foibles while enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

  • In last week’s column, I offered some do’s and don’ts for keeping food safe when using the slow cooker. That column inspired another question about the safety of using a slow cooker: Is the food in my slow cooker getting hot enough?

    If you’ve purchased a new slow cooker lately, you may notice that it might be cooking a little faster and a little hotter than your old one. Yes, because of food safety concerns, slow cooker manufacturers have increased the temperatures at which they cook.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s still winter … although I have paperwhites opening up in the yard, and red maples are already showing their bright flowers. Fragrant Daphnes and a few withering wintersweets are scattered around the neighborhood, and this afternoon we had a brilliant yellow crocus near the birdbath. Here and there, the swelling bud of a daffodil. This is about the time I start getting serious cabin fever, and longing for the spring, which is still a good six weeks off, so says the groundhog (one of them, anyway).