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Columns

  • Here’s hoping new 'Trek' franchise lives long and prospers

    For years, we’ve been called geeks, nerds and weirdoes for loving the old fashioned “Star Trek” TV show, the new TV franchises and the big screen adaptations.

    We’ve heard the annoying putdowns from non-Trekkies that made little sense, which just infuriated us more. (“You like Star Track? What’s the difference between that and Star Wars? Is Yoda in it?”)

    We’ve been told to “get a life” by none other than our hero, William Shatner himself, in a hilarious “Saturday Night Live” sketch.

  • Celebrating Mother's Day and remembering little moments that shape memories

    They were my favorite, although likely far from stylish. The red, onesie pajamas my mom had gotten me that year of my youth delighted me.

  • Ash nursery cultivates Brunswick County’s newest strawberry field

    LAURA LEWIS

    ASH—You might say having a baby is what spurred Katherine and Billy Ingram’s new venture into raising strawberries this year.

    Indirectly, it’s true.

    For the past 19 years, they’ve been in the plant nursery business, Katherine said last week on May Day, standing at the Ingrams’ Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery on Kingtown Road in Ash.

    For years, they drove delivery trucks, carting plants cultivated at their nursery to chain stores.

  • Letters to the editor show concerns of people all ages

    Letters to the editor are a popular feature of most newspapers.

    Readers get the chance to voice opinions on a plethora of concerns, from local to national to global, or just want to inform readers of events of information.

  • Relay raises money, awareness and memories

    Before I became “Mom” and had other responsibilities, I spent several Friday nights during the local Relay For Life sleeping underneath a funeral home tent or in my car.

  • President’s final stretch to 100th day punctuated by tasteless photo op

    A marriage of poor taste and pure stupidity unfolded over Lower Manhattan on Monday when Air Force One buzzed Ground Zero.

    As it flew low over Manhattan, Air Force One—sans Mr. President, so I guess it was just a really expensive Boeing 747—was tailed by two fighter jets.

    People panicked, evacuated buildings and frantically called 911 in a state of what I can only imagine was sheer terror—evoking the frightening and permanent memories of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  • Say thank you to teachers for educating your children

    As I peek around the corner of his bedroom, I see my son, Levi, sleeping soundly. He’s stretched out in this crib, with his arm around his stuffed dog.

    I dread the battle ahead of me. I know Levi will cry and scream as I wake him from his peaceful sleep and get him dressed for day care. But it’s what I have to do. The fit will only last a short time. As soon as we are out the door, he will be happy again. That’s because he knows he’s going to day care.

  • Questioning my views, biases? Here they are

    Numerous pundits on the Internet, the letters to the editor pages and the 24-hour-cable networks like to question reporters’ biases, ask where we get our facts and basically, accuse us of being shills or liars.

    Some of us need it. Sometimes, reporters don’t report. Some repeat talking points or ignore important issues in favor of personalities and scandals.

  • If it were all you had, what would your 30-day, get-it-done challenge be?

    Forgive me for being morbid, but I think about death and dying probably more often than I should. It’s an unfortunate learned trait, picked up from a mother who experienced too much death too soon in life.

    After watching her mother, father, oldest brother and other relatives die from cancer she was convinced some day she too would experience the slow, painful battle with the disease. But her death was neither slow nor painful; she died suddenly—and very unexpectedly—in a car crash.

  • Spring things bring sole-ful weekend times

    It’s that most wonderful time of year when people weary of taxes, the economy and goings-on in Cala-clash can and should venture outside themselves and soak up some spring things going on in Brunswick County.

    I know I did that just this past Saturday, when I was invited to be a judge in the Calabash Fire Department’s first Show and Shine Car Show.

    If the fire department hired me for my car-judging expertise, they had asked the right woman.

    Any car that looks pretty, has cruise control and a great stereo always gets my vote.