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Today's News

  • Enter the coming together of two worlds

     I read an interesting article by Jordan Denari, a research fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, where she works for the Bridge Initiative, a research project on Islamophobia. The piece expanded on the confluence of two worlds: the world of Christianity, specifically the spirituality of St. Ignatius, and that of Islam. As Denari noted, “It’s a special time in the Islamic world, and in the Ignatian world, too.”For that matter, it is a special time for all of us.

  • Live life fully

     About this column

    “Live Life Fully” is a new syndicated column by Linda Arnold making its debut today in the Beacon. The column examines everyday challenges and offers practical suggestions, interspersed with humor, drawing from the author’s experience in the fields of psychology, business, health and wellness.

  • Is there something missing in your life?

     By Linda Arnold

    You know the feeling. That nagging voice that asks over and over again.

    Maybe it’s that small voice inside — or maybe it’s coming from a colleague, friend, family member or the media.

    We’re so busy with our lives — juggling all the balls — that we often don’t hear that inner spirit, imploring us to follow our passion and fulfill our purpose in life.

    Huh? Who’s got time to focus on stuff like that?

    The big question

  • Visit a farmers’ market

     Buying and eating local foods seems to be a trend with foodies and non-foodies alike. It’s more than a fad. While fads come and go, it looks like our desire for fresh, locally-grown foods is raising and here to stay. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates more than one million people will visit a farmers’ market this week. Are you one of them?

  • Cats get arthritis, too

      When I graduated from veterinary school 23 years ago, we were taught felines had the most efficient musculoskeletal system of any land mammal on the planet. Because cats were so well designed and adapted, they incurred very few injuries or diseases involving their joints and bones. Osteoarthritis, the most common cause of joint pain in animals, was something only rarely diagnosed in cats, if ever. Turns out we were wrong.

  • Many dessert recipes come from family, friends and the doctor’s office

     

    Family and friends have given many dessert recipes to me over the years, and many recipes I’ve just found while perusing through those “Family Day” or “Good Housekeepng” magazines while waiting around in the doctor’s office.

    Some of my favorite dessert recipes are classic French recipes, suitable for family meals or for entertaining family and friends. And the best part is they’re not so difficult to make!

  • what is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Flowers, of course, come in quite an assortment of sizes. The smallest flowers of any plant you are likely to see probably belong to the tiny, floating duckweeds. And the largest, at least in North America, must surely belong to various species of Magnolia. But what wildflower has the biggest bloom? Could it be this one?

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Flowers, of course, come in quite an assortment of sizes. The smallest flowers of any plant you are likely to see probably belong to the tiny, floating duckweeds. And the largest, at least in North America, must surely belong to various species of Magnolia. But what wildflower has the biggest bloom? Could it be this one?

  • Former Leland police officer makes first appearance on attempted murder charges

     A former Leland police lieutenant accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase last September made his first appearance in Brunswick County Superior Court this week on multiple felony charges, including attempted murder.

  • Leland man accused of posing as out-of-town lawyer faces contempt charges

     A Leland man who was disbarred earlier this year is accused of impersonating a lawyer in Columbus County traffic court.

    Fifty-seven-year-old Nicholas Andrew Stratas was arrested July 28 and charged with three counts of criminal contempt of court, clerk of court Jess Hill said.

    Stratas identified himself as James Smith, a New Hanover County lawyer, and said he was representing a defendant on a speeding violation during a traffic court session last week, Hill said.