• Stay calm and be prepared with a plan during hurricane season

    Hurricane season is under way.

    And in case you haven’t heard, there’s a storm brewing in the Atlantic—they call her Danielle—and she is a full-fledged tropical storm.

    The good news is they think she is staying clear of our coast.

    Locals are probably thinking, “No big deal.” But to me, a southern transplant who’s still relatively new to the whole hurricane concept, the H-word still makes me cringe just a tiny bit.

  • Summertime—and reunions bloom easy

    Seems like everywhere you turn lately, someone is planning a reunion.

    Locally, both classes of ’55 (as in 1955) from the old Union and Shallotte high schools recently reunited at Jerome’s Steak & Seafood in Shallotte for their respective 55th reunions.

    That’s noteworthy.

    I was cordially invited to both, but cordially declined because I’m not 55 yet.

    Besides, I had my own upcoming, better-late-than-never reunion to worry about and, honestly, how many of these can a body take every five to 10 years?

  • Entertaining distractions make trips a little more bearable

    I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for portable DVD players. Now the trick is to make headphones a little more comfortable.

    I say this as a parent who recently returned from a long vacation with an excitable, lively 8-year-old in the backseat.

    For my family, the player has become a big help—although certainly not the final answer to car boredom. If someone comes up with that, I’ll buy it.

  • Designer says farewell as she moves on to other opportunities

    Writing for a newspaper was all I had dreamed about doing since I was a little girl. I imagined myself sitting at a desk in my own little cubicle, with my fingers racing across a keyboard, just as I am doing now. Since February of 2007, I have lived my childhood dream here at the Beacon.

    My career in the newspaper business started when I was 19 years old. I attended UNC-Charlotte and livedwith my parents in Statesville. Like many other college kids, I worked waiting tables.

  • Taxpayer watchdog group: Burr a ‘hero,’ Hagan, McIntyre ‘hostile’

    One’s a hero and the other two are just hostile—at least, according to a taxpayer watchdog group.

    According to the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, North Carolina has a “hero” Senator and a “hostile” Senator when it comes to spending our money. Turns out we also have a “hostile” Congressman when it comes to spending.

  • It’s back-to-school time; don’t put your eye out and don’t start a fire

    It’s been a long time since I’ve prepared what I was going to wear the day before I actually wore it, but as a kid, picking out the perfect outfit was a rite of passage during the school year.

    And no day was that outfit more thought-out than for the first day of school.

    OK adults; think back. Remember how great it was to get that brand new pair of shoes? The pair that was expected to last an entire year?

  • Watching a unique experience: Seeing a leatherback turtle nest hatch

    OK, so admittedly, last Thursday wasn’t my best day.

    Facing some different-than-normal stresses in an already normally stressful work environment, I had my evening planned before I left the office.

    I wanted to go home, grab a glass of wine, crawl into my bed and watch a movie. This, I was certain, would re-energize me to face Friday, the beginning of our production cycle, followed by a weekend of already planned activities, including a stop at “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars.”

  • Frequent flyer likes her privacy; maybe it’s time to upgrade to first-class seats

    I like to fly in the morning.

    And when I say morning, I actually mean middle of the night, pitch black outside, so early nothing in the airport but the gate is open.

    Sure, it usually means I stay up all night in fear of oversleeping, almost missing my flight and having to run like a madwoman through the airport “Home Alone” style. And I actually did that once, in the same airport as in the movie, and let me tell you, it’s not fun.

  • Dog days a hot time for canine considerations

    Dog days (Latin: “diēs caniculārēs”; proper Southern pronunciation: “daggone dawg daze”) are upon us.

    You can feel it in the humid, “sultry” air, as Wikipedia poetically describes it. Southerners and Southern transplants alike just tend to think of them as some more of those stinkin’ hot days of August.

    But, if you think about it, dog days are also a fine time for all things canine. National Dog Day, in fact, is just around the bend on Aug. 26.

  • We’re looking for a dynamic news page designer to join our team

    Each week Brunswick Beacon reporters and our news clerk generate thousands upon thousands of words to fill each edition of this newspaper.

    After brainstorming, researching and interviewing, reporters compose stories, take and select photos, write cutlines and suggest headlines. After it all moves through the editing process two people—the page designer and the editor, in this case, me—take all the words, photos and headlines and arrange them in a way that attempts to make them engaging for our customers.