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Columns

  • The Internet turns 40: Proudly celebrates by featuring itself

    So it turns out the Internet is a vain as people who Google their names—present company included. The Internet celebrated its 40th birthday this week by featuring itself all over, well, itself.

    It’s impossible to overlook the impact the Internet has had on most, if not all, of our daily lives, so I wanted to find more information about its birth and its life story. Hey, that’s what it’s for, right?

    Like many other modern conveniences, I’d never before wondered who created the Internet—how, when or why. I just enjoyed it.

  • 'Ponyo' is a feast for the eyes--of young and old alike

    There was something so beautiful about the movie “Ponyo,” something I can’t adequately describe in words, but I’ll try my best.

    The best way to sum up this take on The Little Mermaid and other such children’s tales is to call it a painting brought to life. It’s a moving work of art from master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, known for other animated masterpieces, such as “Spirited Away,” that also wowed American film lovers.

  • 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.