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Columns

  • Readers call, write to express equal frustration about road changes

    I’ve gotten a lot of reader feedback regarding recent columns about the Smith Avenue extension project. Some people are taking it in stride, offering comical solutions for traffic hassles or jokes to pass along to NCDOT. Others are generally frustrated and can’t figure out how to get where they are going.

  • Slightly-above-average couponer shares some inside (and money-saving) tips

    In case you haven’t noticed, coupons—or as I like to refer to them, beautifully perforated money-saving gems—returned to the Beacon this week.

    That’s right, this week’s Beacon marks the return of the much-requested coupons back into your weekly newspaper. I doubt there’s anyone out there more excited than me.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m no professional couponer—yet. But I’d consider myself at least slightly above average.

  • Parking changes have made a crowded island potentially dangerous

    As much as I would love to be an island homeowner, I have to settle on living in a more affordable inland area and day-tripping to local beaches.

  • Summertime good for reviewing (un)mannerly behavior at the beach

    As crowds gather at the summertime coastline, so do their manners—or lack thereof.

    TripAdvisor, a travel website, recently brought that revelation to light with release of results from its latest beach and pool etiquette survey of more than 2,000 U.S. travelers.

  • Old parlor game, art expression have been made new again

    •The red twister
    twists the
    hippy dancer.

    •A sneaky-spooky Colleen
    forgot the
    promiscuous cowgirl.

    •The ravenous landscape
    undulates a
    hairy spy.

    No, I wasn’t enjoying libations when I typed those, although technically I could have been.
    While the lines may appear to be a misguided attempt at poetry or haiku, they’re actually derived from an almost 100-year-old parlor game called Exquisite Corpse.

  • Mosquitoes can kill

    Every Monday morning and most Tuesdays since early May, I arrive to work with calamine lotion dried on both my ankles. Most days it is dried in a nice drip pattern extending below my ankle line down across the tops of my feet and in between my toes. This adds an extra special touch to my flip-flop clad feet.

    It seems on the weekends I am a buffet table for various biting critters, especially mosquitoes. It is nothing for me to have anywhere from 10-20 new bites. I have found the only thing that keeps the itchiness away is the calamine lotion.

  • Construction of hospital great indicator of things to come in Brunswick County

    As a reporter there are certain stories you become attached to. I try not to, but it’s human nature.

    Most of the stories I have become emotionally attached to involve some of the saddest and most horrific elements of humanity, and the people who are left in its wake.

    Such is the life of a crime reporter.

    But this time—this story—is different. Trust me, it’s a welcome reprieve.

    For five years, I have been diligently covering Novant Health’s quest to bring a new, state-of-the-art hospital to Brunswick County.

  • There are enough divisions in this county; race should not be one

    When I moved here, I heard a lot about a line that had been drawn in the community.
    You were either a true Southerner, born and bred to appreciate the simple things in life and a slower pace, like chatting with your neighbors over a glass of sweet tea while enjoying the cool coastal breeze.
    Or you were a Yankee—a Northern infiltrator who brought unappreciated wealth to a simple community, only to overrun it with gigantic houses in gated communities.
    Whoa.

  • Winning Daytime Emmy just another day of drama for Calabash restaurateurs' daughter

    She was born Laura Sisk, which is a cool name, especially the “Laura” part.

    Then she got married and became Laura Wright, the name more famously connected with Wright’s eventual stardom playing villainous Carly Corinthos-Jacks on ABC-TV’s “General Hospital.”

    On June 19, Wright won the Outstanding Lead Actress award at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas. It was her first Daytime Emmy Award.

  • If you don’t fight for your healthcare, who will do it for you?


    I’ll start my column with my own editor’s note: The following is not about my individual healthcare provider, a person for whom I have high regard. What follows is frustration regarding the healthcare system in general.

    Chronic fatigue.