Today's Features

  • It was the 1960s, and another British Invasion had descended from across the pond, this time taking the Colonies by storm.

    At the helm of this 20th Century rock-and-roll revolution were The Beatles, aka the Four Lads from Liverpool whose jolting impact on American history and music is being felt to this day, 54 years after their live debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday night, Feb. 9, 1964.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is presenting its first rendition of “The Vagina Monologues” in anniversary performances Feb. 2-4.

    The limited-run performances are in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play and the founding of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

    Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 and 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, on the main BLT stage at 8068 River Road in Southport.

  • The Shallotte Rotary Club Las Vegas Night fundraiser has come up aces for the past 12 years, and the 13th annual event will run from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Planet Fun, 349 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    For the price of a ticket, gamblers can’t lose when they play games including blackjack, craps, roulette, Texas hold ‘em and horse races as only Monopoly-type money is used for the games.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre stages an Open Mic Poetry Reading on Friday night, Jan. 26, at the theater at 8068 River Road SE in Southport.

    All are invited to bring their original poetry to read to other poets and poetry lovers.

    Sign-up starts at 7 p.m., followed by the readings at 7:30 p.m.

    The session will end when all the poets have had a turn. There will be cookies and a donation box to defray the cost of the cookies. If there is good participation and interest, BLT will have future poetry readings.

  • From the time I was a little girl, I have been intrigued with the multiple ways one can learn. Long ago, I read “Maida’s Little School,” a wonderful tale of innovative, intentional, experiential learning. The book described a learning process totally foreign to the educational system of the day. Likely, it remains known but rarely implemented today. There are efforts in the Montessori schools and probably other private places, but the vast majority of educational sites appear to be more deliberately institutional than they are daringly experiential.

  • Since I’ve been writing this food column, the most requested recipes have been ones using ingredients that we have in our pantries or fridge, and the fewer ingredients, the better.

    I have always liked to try different techniques and different types of foods on occasion, but we always come back to our comfort foods in the end. I have many old recipe books from libraries, churches, clubs and even relatives that I haven’t paid a lot of attention to until lately. The recipes below are from books from such organizations dating back to 1924.

  • The weather continues to dominate conversations of gardeners and non-gardeners alike. I’m not sure what happened to that prediction of “drier and warmer than normal” for this winter. At least we’re moving back into a more typical pattern.

    There’s nothing new to say about the cold weather and our plants. Yes, the sago palms and oleanders got bitten and will require some extra pruning. But, so far, there is no significant damage on other, well adapted trees and shrubs.

  • Ginny is the latest canine edition to the Ward family. As soon as she joined our pack, she became very attracted to the whole foods dished in her bowl. She’d been raised exclusively on kibble, and these fresh textures, tastes and smells were enticing. Carrots, apple slices, and cooked beans quickly became some of her favorites.

  • Editor’s note: Fourth in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”


    Eating a Mediterranean-style diet has been shown to reduce a person’s risk of chronic diseases. The basic concepts are to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, more fish, nuts, beans, seeds and olive oil similar to traditional diets of people who live in the Mediterranean region.

  • By Linda Arnold


    Flash bulletin: People decide whether they like you within seconds of meeting you.

    This is mostly an unconscious decision, yet there are certain things you can do to tip the balance in your favor.

    Let’s flip the table. When you first meet someone, what’s the first thing you try to decide? 

    Maybe it’s whether you have common interests or information to share. You might be wondering whether they could help you with your career or family challenge.