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  • Like things spooky, scary, paranormal and fun? This weekend event may be just for you

    When I first met Patti Starr, she was a restaurant manager pursuing a life calling.

    Starr told me in the first interview I did with her for The Kentucky Standard, that as a kid she saw things, like kids standing around her bed asking her questions. Her mother, she told me, used to tell her they were dreams, and sometimes dreams seemed real.

    But Patti knew what she saw wasn’t a dream.

  • I might not be a high-flyer, but I love to dance

    I stood in the corner watching the teenagers crowd the floor in their elegant gowns and tuxedos. They moved and grooved to the music, and seemed to be having lots of fun.

    Suddenly feeling a burst of courage, I decided to try it. Senior prom only comes once in a lifetime.

    I tried to reason with myself but I wanted to get out there so bad I couldn’t stand it. After all, dancing was only moving, and moving was nothing more than all that kinetic energy junk my science spewed at me.

    I could do this.

  • Sad remakes in a brave new world

    We all know how the world is changing—faster than lightning communication, people in far-flung parts of the world now connected by computers, science changing the way people work, etc.

    So why do the powers that be in the entertainment industry keep mining the past for ideas? And I’m not talking about history lessons. I’m talking about remakes, remakes and more remakes.

  • Brunswick Literacy Council''s Adult Spelling Bee is looking for competitors

    One of my favorite toys as a child was a red electronic talking box called a Speak N Spell.

    At the top of the device, just below the handy-dandy, hard-plastic carrying handle, was a small, rectangular black screen. High-tech in its day, the device used straight lines to form letters in blue on the screen.

    Below the black screen was a yellow box that encased a keyboard (in alphabetical order) of letters in orange, task keys in red and vowels in yellow.

  • Unable to untangle twisted phone cord web

    They say if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

    Well, it may be a minuscule task, but it’s one I have yet to conquer.

    Never have I ever been able to keep a phone cord untangled. I can’t explain it, but every cord on every phone I touch turns into a tangled web in a matter of minutes.

    The cord I have on my phone right now is being held down by a bottle of Wite Out, my Rolodex and the phone base. Only days after getting a new phone cord, the top part right by the receiver connection began to twist.

  • Learn all about networking at the next Young Professionals meeting

    Are you a young professional who lives or works in Brunswick County? Would you like to meet other young professionals in a fun, social environment while discussing important business issues?

    If you’re between the ages of 21-39, Young Professionals of Brunswick County may be for you.

    Sponsored by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the group meets one Thursday night each month at different businesses throughout Brunswick County.

  • Grandmother takes to the air with skydiving experience

    A small woman with silver hair strode across the hangar. She wore a bright red shirt, white pants and a huge smile. Although she and I had only exchanged e-mails, I knew immediately I was looking at Betty Grace Grabb, the soon-to-be skydiver.

    A parade of family and friends followed Grabb across the parking lot. They set up camp with chairs and coolers and prepared to watch their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother fulfill her one of dreams.

  • Town hall brouhaha: How Congress spent their summer vacations among the un-American

    It turns out Americans care about more than just their guns and their religion.

    Judging by recent civic participation, healthcare, it seems, is atop most people’s lists.

    While members of Congress spent their summer vacations amongst the people they serve, some of them were met with a less-than-cordial reception at the many town hall meetings that unfolded across the country to address healthcare reform.

    Of course, depending on what newspaper you read, or which cable news program you watch, the villain changes in every story.

  • Numbers will be my undoing

    There’s nothing people in my business love to hate more than numbers.

    That’s why reporters tend to rely on what other people tell us. Unfortunately, a hasty estimation on my part, which I failed to check with another source, recently resulted in a public backlash I haven’t experienced since I wrote about Bibles in school. (Google my name. It still pops up on atheist Web sites.)

    Let me explain.

  • Nonprofit animal facility has a tough, expensive task of caring for unwanted pets

    Nancy Janovetz is one tough cookie, and as president of Paw’s Place Animal Rescue, she has to be.

    At the no-kill, nonprofit rescue facility for unwanted and abandoned dogs, Janovetz has seen just about everything.

    She knows how heartbreaking it can be to take in animals owners no longer want. She knows how challenging it is to care for litters of puppies that are born because human owners failed to have pets spayed or neutered. She knows the responsibility of giving an animal proper medical care when previous owners have failed to, or can’t, do so.