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Today's Features

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Happy spring! The rejuvenation of nature — and also ourselves. Ushered in by that fifth season on the calendar: March Madness.

    I’m not sure when bracketology became part of our vernacular, but it’s here to stay. And this years’ NCAA basketball tournament has given rise to lots of examples.

  •     By John Nelson

    Spring seems to be here now … for good? The other night we had a light frost in much of South Carolina , but we left some houseplants out on the front stoop and they don’t seem to be hurt by it. It’s that odd time of year after the daffodils, when crabapples and wisteria are just starting to show color. The birds in my neighborhood really seem to be stretching their vocal cords, too. I think it’s spring!

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    Folks my age, perhaps slightly older or younger, will surely remember the adage we chanted when things went awry. Parents suggested it to their children so that they’d learn how to put things into perspective. The adage went like this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

    I used it many times, as a mantra, when I was mercilessly teased about being overweight or enviously taunted about my studiousness. It was a lot like whistling a happy tune so no one would suspect I was afraid.

  •  In 1958, instant ramen noodles were invented in Japan. Ramen is the Japanese pronunciation for “lo mein” or “lau mein” in Chinese, and primarily refers to noodles in a soup broth. Because of the ease of preparation and rich flavor of these noodles, consumption of ramen noodle soup use quickly expanded worldwide.

  • Now that spring has sprung, the Sea Notes Choral Society is wasting no time presenting its spring concert, “That’s What Friends Are For.”

    The popular Brunswick County vocal group has scheduled two performances, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Admission is free, but donations are always welcome at performances by the nonprofit organization.

  • One year after its debut, the Old Bridge Preservation Society is presenting another showing of its documentary, “The Heartbeat of Sunset Beach.”

    The showing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach. Cake and refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. as the OBPS celebrates its fifth birthday.

  • Easter is on its way.

    In keeping with that, area events are heralding the season.

    Aquatic Easter egg hunt

    An aquatic Easter egg hunt is once again scheduled at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Kids are invited to bring their own waterproof bucket or sand pail, a swimsuit and towel for the swimming pool event scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 25.

  •     By John Nelson

    “To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” — G. Santayana.

     

  •  Each year in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month. The goal of this month-long celebration is to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for this year’s celebration has been “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.”

  • My cat loves me. Well, I’m pretty sure my cat at least likes me. OK, I know for certain my cat tolerates me. What is love, anyway? How can we tell if our cats share the same fondness for us we feel for them? I interviewed countless (OK, it was only a few) cat lovers to identify 10 ways cats demonstrate devotion and express affection for their human family members. While not a scientifically robust research study, I am a qualified scientist robust in researching. Without further ado, here are 10 signs your cat loves — or at least likes — you.