Today's Features

  •  I’ve spent the better part of the past few weeks in ICU units, tending to my brother who is critically ill. Talk about a perspective change! Remind me never to complain again about traffic jams or lines at the grocery checkout.

    Waiting can be the hardest part, and I’ve had plenty of time to observe myself — and others — in this scenario. I know many of you are going through similar situations, so I thought I’d share some life lessons learned along the way. And it turns out they all start with Cs!


  •  In an effort to eat healthier, many people are looking for an alternative to the traditional sour cream dip for their vegetables and whole-grain crackers. One product I’m seeing more and more of is called tzatziki.

    Tzatziki is a sauce that has its origins in Greece and the Middle East. It is frequently used as the sauce on gyros, but it can also be a salad dressing, sauce for grilled meats or mild fish or a dip. What’s nice about this tzatziki is that not only is it a lower fat alternative, it also contains a vegetable as one of its key ingredients.

  •  The dog couldn’t move.

    Every concerned veterinarian’s darkest fear is to treat a patient that not only doesn’t get better, but gets worse. I was living that nightmare and it was breaking my heart.

  •  By John Nelson

    One of my pet peeves as a plant taxonomist comes up again when we look at this little plant. Its common name suggests that it is a grass, but it is not a grass. Not even close.


    Nevertheless, it looks at little bit like grass, with elongated, slender grass-like leaves, and a long stalk. Each stalk makes a seedpod-looking thing, which might resemble a grass, but the individual flowers, of course, aren’t grass-like at all.



    It seems everyone these days is trying to balance meals with low-carb, high protein foods, yet low-fat at the same time. What about whitefish? It’s lower in fat than any other source of animal protein.

    Tilapia is a mild, tender, white-flesh fish that cooks up in minutes. Because of its lack of fishy flavor and low price, it has become the most popular farmed fish in the U.S.

  •  Justin and Christina Fulford of Bolivia are the proud parents of a daughter, Alana Grace Fulford, born at 8:07 a.m. Sept. 20 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 19 inches in length. She joins a sister, Sofia Marie, 22 months.

  •  Aram J. Noorigian, son of Leon and Mary Noorigian of Carolina Shores, will officially retire from the federal government as a chief in the Coast Guard Reserve on Oct. 1.

    He joined the Navy when he was 18, then joined the Seabees and finally the Coast Guard.

  •  September is a transitional month for us as the nights begin to cool off and days flirting with triple digits are a distant memory. More pleasant working conditions mean it’s a good time to get garden items organized. For the folks who have a place for every tool and every tool in its place, this is a small chore. But, if you’re like me and your old pickup truck is vaguely reminiscent of something you’d likely see on “Sanford and Son,” it’s time to get busy.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    It’s back-to-school season. Maybe it’s been years since you’ve been in school. Trust me, though. You’re still getting graded.

    Not by teachers, mind you. If you’re like most of us, you’re grading yourself. And you’re probably not even aware of it.