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  • Census-taking counts--for people and job opportunities

    LAURA LEWIS

    Now is the time for qualified enumerators to count the people of their country.

    Looking for a job, anyone?

    Check out the U.S. Census Bureau, which is still looking to hire thousands of temporary workers to perform various jobs during the history-making, milestone-setting year of Census 2010.

    Employment benefits include good, weekly pay, flexible hours and a chance to travel.

    Census-takers, after all, are pioneers in a way.

  • Fighting the curse of the soft rock single

    Some are born cursed; others have curses thrust upon them.

    I won’t go so far as to say I’m cursed (that would be bad luck), but I do have a lifelong attachment to a song that doesn’t have the greatest track record for the artists who wrote and recorded it.

  • Searching for the ever-evasive snow

    I could feel the cold coming in through the windows before I got of bed. Reluctantly, I wiggled out from under the covers and put my feet on the floor. As soon as they hit the floor, I jumped back onto the bed.

    “It’s too cold. We should at least have some snow if it’s got to be this cold,” I thought.

    As soon as I uttered the words, I began thinking of all the lucky people in the western part of the state who probably had a little of the powdery stuff I wanted so badly. Why couldn’t I be the one with a snowdrift at my back door?

  • Hospice can help you through the difficult stages of end-of-life care

    It was hard to believe he was dying.

    He was just a boy.

    While others his age were thinking of first kisses and video games, Adam was talking to me about his relationship with God, how tired he was and how he looked forward to his chance to move on.

    He was courageous and optimistic, but he was going to die. Somehow, he had come to terms with that.

  • Modern moviegoers are 'rom-commed' and 'bromanced' within an inch of our lives

    It is it just me or is every movie preview for the same two movies—with different actors and a slightly different script?

    The first type I can’t get away from is a cloying romantic comedy in which a serious, big city career woman has to leave her modern, uppity ways behind and settle down in a small town with an honest, blue collar, regular Joe to be happy and realize what life’s really all about.

  • Seeing a classic for the first time: 'The Third Man'

    For years, the only thing I knew about the 1949 film noir “The Third Man” was Orson Welles made a funny yet disturbing speech about a cuckoo clock during a dramatic confrontation scene.

    Recently, I came across a review calling this movie the seminal film of the 1940s, capturing the desperation and moral wasteland of post-war Europe like none other.

    That certainly captured my imagination, so I ordered it from Netflix. Not surprisingly, “The Third Man” was great from start to finish.

  • Best wishes for Michele, my Haitian friend

    During my last year in college, I had the distinct honor of spending time with Michele Remy, a 29-year-old incoming Haitian freshman. Other than my grandfather, Michele was the most devout Christian I have had the opportunity of being around.

  • Great giveaway targets those in need

    Call it a reverse yard sale, a way to shed good, usable items you no longer need, to give to someone who does.

    Members of First Baptist Church in Shallotte are just calling it The Great New Year Giveaway.

    It kicks off at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 30, at the church at 4486 Main St.

    While it may sound like a free-for-all, the church’s first Great Giveaway is targeting people in need.

    For the past few weeks, the congregation has been collecting donations from people in the community, church pastor Bob Weathers said.

  • Next Brunswick County Mothers Against Drunk Driving meeting set for Thursday, Feb. 4

    I have been humbled, horrified, saddened and proud of the phone calls and e-mails that have come in since it was announced Brunswick County is putting together a chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

    Many who have called and written have been touched directly by drunk driving. Far too many have lost family members and friends. One person has even had the horrific experience of losing two loved ones in two DWI-related fatalities.

  • 'It only takes a can of peas to help'

    The news footage of the recent earthquake’s aftermath in Haiti is unlike anything most of us have ever seen.

    It’s not every day we turn on the news to see images of dead bodies lined up for miles along the side of the road.

    We don’t normally see doctors taking care of critically ill patients outside under a tent. And we certainly don’t see our homes, schools, businesses and buildings crumbled to the ground, possibly covering up bodies that could be alive or not.