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Today's News

  • What your cat’s whiskers are trying to tell you

     If eyes are windows into the soul, then a cat’s whiskers are a telescope into their mind. If you learn to translate the subtle twitches and tucks of cat whiskers, you’ll be one step closer to understanding the feline world. A cat’s whiskers are important indicators of mood, danger detectors and built-in navigational system. What are your cat’s whiskers trying to tell you?

  • Get out and play in the dirt

     Holidays bring the warm feelings of family relationships renewed, twinkling lights, roasting chestnuts and wrapping paper torn asunder around an evergreen tree cloaked in memories of Christmases past. All that Norman Rockwell imagery may not work for you if you’ve just awakened from a tryptophan-induced coma with the television remote in one hand and the shrill musings of your in-laws reverberating through your gray matter.

  • Mindful holiday eating

     Mindful. That’s a term we’ve been hearing more and more regarding lots of things in life, including healthful eating. Living (or eating) mindfully simply means paying attention to the events, activities and thoughts that make up your daily life instead of just operating on autopilot. Mindfulness is taking time to think about the choices you make and doing things on purpose.

  • All great religion is about what we do with our pain

      

    James Finley’s statement about great religion and pain asks us to recognize “suffering as suffering and transform our suffering into mindfulness, compassion, peace, and liberation.  … The teachings of the Buddha were not to escape from life, but to help us relate to ourselves and the world as thoroughly as possible.” 

  • Do you allow your mind to run away with you?

     By Linda Arnold

     

    So, how did that Thanksgiving holiday go?

    I’m guessing you’re either feeling ecstatic, excluded or exhausted — maybe a little of all three. Let’s just hope you don’t need to be exonerated!

    Relax — this is all normal.  It’s hard to manage your expectations when you’ve created a scenario right out of a Hallmark movie.  On the other hand, you may have just been hoping to get through the holiday without a catastrophe.

  • Spaghetti carbonara is the ultimate Italian favorite

     Carbonara, an old Italian peasant dish popularized in this country back in the ‘50s, is made with eggs, cheese (Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonara - cite_note-Gosetti-1 bacon or pancetta, and black pepper. Spaghetti is often the preferred pasta of choice, although fettuccine, rigatoni or linguine can also be used.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson 

    Now, as fond fathers,

    Having bound up the threatening twigs of birch,

    Only to stick it in their children's sight

    For terror, not to use…

                            Measure for Measure, Act I, Scene 3.

     

  • Baseball coaches: Mike Alderson Field one of the best

    The Mike Alderson Field at West Brunswick High School received N.C. Baseball Coaches Association Region 2 Field of the Year award Dec. 2 at the annual NCBCA banquet in Greensboro. 

     This is second year the NCBCA has started choosing Fields of the Year throughout the state.

  • West Brunswick’s McCray, Williamson get MEC top honors

    West Brunswick senior running back Anthony “Bubba” McCray and coach Kelly Williamson have received top honors from Mideastern 3A/4A football coaches.

    Coached voted McCray the MEC Offensive Player of the Year and Williamson the MEC Coach of the Year.

  • West overcomes turnover struggles to down North

    By Samone Bland

    Beacon Correspondent

    LELAND — After the technical fouls cleared and tempers cooled, it was the West Brunswick Trojans who ran away with a 68-53 road victory over their county rivals, the North Brunswick Scorpions, on Friday, Dec. 2, in Leland. The Trojans (1-1) overcame an early deficit and 17 first-half turnovers to hand the Scorpions their second loss of the season in the non-conference basketball game.