Today's Features


    One of my daily devotionals got me to thinking even more deeply about two realities: peace and justice. I have often struggled to understand their juxtaposition. This lead to me grappling with the need for contemplation as well as action; action as an outgrowth of contemplation. Quickly, I was immersed in a chicken and egg dilemma. Which comes first? How does one achieve a “both/and” posture? The dilemma is ongoing.

  • By Al Hight

    My selective recall kicks into high gear this time of year as I think of holiday seasons past. Memories of family, friends, tacky decorations, pick-up football games in the back yard and sweet potato pie all come flooding in.

    It doesn’t matter that the holidays were usually more like Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Family” than the holiday special of “The Waltons.” We at least kept the fistfights and wrestling (actually, rasslin’) matches in the backyard out of the watchful eye of my mother.

  • By Linda Arnold

        We all grew up knowing about IQ. Then, several years ago, we started hearing a lot about EQ —Emotional Intelligence — with some researchers even claiming it’s as important in predicting an individual’s success as the Intelligence Quotient.

  •  People love to make (and get) homemade food gifts. It shows your creativity and that you care enough to spend time making something special. Holiday cookie exchanges are also fun and popular and a great way to get a variety of goodies without having to make them all yourself.

    However, the food safety alarms in my head are going off! First off (I’ve said this before), just because a recipe is on the Internet, Pinterest or television does not make it safe! Choose only safe, tested recipes from research-based resources when creating homemade gifts.


    By John Nelson

    “Wait a minute, I’m caught.” You hear this expression frequently when threading through a stickery thicket of this stuff on a winter hike in the woods. That gives us a logical common name for this group of plants: the “wait-a-minute vines.” (“Blaspheme-vine” is another name, usually saved for the species forming the baddest, meanest, most prickly patches.)

  • Experience the way American colonists celebrated the holidays as historic Brunswick Town in Winnabow celebrates its annual An 18th Century Christmas from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

    Costumed interpreters will offer guided on-the-hour tours of St. Philips Anglican Church and historic Brunswick Town.

    Visitors can also enjoy colonial refreshments in the Brunswick Town Visitor Center, participate in traditional games, and try their hand at making Moravian paper stars and other 18th-century crafts.

  • Three concerts will light up the season in coming days on the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Brunswick Big Band Dec. 13

    Brunswick Big Band will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Admission is free, but concert-goers are asked to bring a pair of socks to benefit the local Comfort Socks campaign.

    Marine Band Dec. 13

  • Renowned country singer Brandon Bailey and his band will be “Jammin’ for the Homeless” from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the OIB Crab Shack & Seafood Grille at 125 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Organizers will be collecting items to put in backpacks, including socks, canned meat and blankets.

    Light appetizers will be served, with entertainment provided by Brandon and friends. Locals are just asked to bring an item for the collection.

  •  Aaron and Ashton Stahl of Shallotte are the proud parents of a son, Luke Aaron Stahl, born at 6:18 p.m. Sept. 15 at New Hanover Regional Women’s Center in Wilmington, weighing 8 pounds and measuring 20 1/2 inches in length.

    Maternal grandparents are Matt and Candice Chappell of Ash.

    Paternal grandparents are Michael and Patricia Stahl of Sarasota, Fla.

    Great-grandparents are Richard and Christine Hewett of Shallotte, William and Linda Chappell of Ash and Shirley Bogus of Sarasota, Fla.

  •  It seems eons ago, but only a few weeks have passed since I spent time listening and learning about the reality of homelessness. Thanks to the gift of a small portion of soup and a slice of bread for lunch, I also tasted a tiny fraction of what it means to be hungry. I was among the hundred or so folks who attended the fourth annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet presented by the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition.