• Must love dogs (and cats and any other helpless animal that happens by)

    I’m a sucker for animals. The sadder they look, the more pathetic they are, the more I want to help them.

    It started when I picked my miniature pinscher Thor out from a litter about 12 years ago. He was the runt. He was smaller than the palm of my hand, and while his siblings were busy fattening up, he was by himself. When I picked him up and he nuzzled my hand with his eyes closed, I knew I wanted him.

  • Sometimes it’s just best to let sleeping children be sleeping children

    A child’s first Easter egg hunt is always an important milestone.

    In my mind I pictured little girls clad in pink dresses, their hair pinned back with pink-and-white ribbons. The boys were dressed in khaki slacks and pastel button-down shirts, and brown or black oxford shoes. The little boys and girls would wander around a yard or park clutching their baskets, giggling and looking for eggs.

    In reality, children’s Easter egg hunts are much different. It’s a free-for-all.

  • Anointed Vessels Ministry brings home story of Jesus, just in time for Easter

    There’s something intimate yet impressive about outdoor dramas. The large-scale setting allows more freedom to create more expansive sets and less time having to set up and take down scenery between scenes.

    It’s also certainly a more casual atmosphere for the audience, which can lead to a closer emotional connection to the action.

  • Can officials now pick and choose which Constitutional rights apply to the public?

    A decision made Monday by the United States Supreme Court has left many wondering if First Amendment rights apply to only certain people in certain places.

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday a former high school student could not sue school officials for prohibiting her and her school’s wind ensemble from playing an instrumental version of “Ave Maria” at the school’s 2006 graduation.

  • Everyone has an opinion about healthcare reform; what's yours?

    It started on Facebook.

    Then it was Twitter.

    Soon, I was getting notifications in my e-mail.

    One said, “A victory for common sense.”

    One praised the president.

    One simply announced it had happened.

    “The healthcare bill just passed!” it proclaimed.

  • Health bill still being debated by breakfast crowd

    As countdown ensued Tuesday for President Obama to sign the healthcare reform bill, the morning crowd in Calabash was still debating its merits—or its demerits, depending on perspective.

    “Well, I’d just like to say I think it’s a bad thing for this country,” said Daphen Edge of Little River, S.C., waiting for an appointment at a local doctor’s office.

    First of all, she doesn’t understand its massive details.

  • Friends, family celebrate the long life of Harvey Robinson

    In the 1985 hit movie “Cocoon,” a group of elderly Florida residents become rejuvenated and youthful when they start swimming in a pool inhabited by alien pods.

    The men start noticing their wives again. Couples start going out dancing. They start kicking butt in shuffleboard tournaments and enjoying life for the first time in years.

    By the end of the movie, however, the “life force” has gone from the pool, and most of the retirees decide to go with the aliens to their home planet, where they will never grow older, never get sick and never die.

  • Getting a little crazy about the right to vote

    My parents had done it. My grandma had done it. Most of my teachers had done it. Now my friends were doing it. I wanted to do it, too.

    But I had to wait until I was 18. That was the age at which I could legally vote.

    My mom loved politics, and I think her love of politics probably influenced me a little. Back when she and dad were on opposite sides of the coin, the household could get pretty interesting before a big election. They often said they canceled each other out.

  • Sunshine Week 2010: Mayor elects to shine light on improperly registered voters

    This is my favorite time of the year. Not because the days are longer and the temperatures are (usually) warmer. It’s not even the green beer and corned beef and cabbage.

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy those things, but what I love about this time of year is Sunshine Week.

    Sunshine Week, this year recognized March 14-20, is a time when media outlets across the country team up with nonprofit organizations and citizens’ groups to shine the light on freedom of information.

  • 'Extra' special bulletin: The 'glamour' of show business comes to Brunswick County

    So did anyone try out to be an extra in the “untitled” medical drama pilot to be filmed in Winnabow?

    It sounds like it could be fun if you have a few days to kill, want to pick up a few bucks and like being around all the behind-the-scenes action of the moviemaking process.

    Personally, I don’t like anything to kill the magic of my favorite movies, and according to some of the accounts I’ve heard, being an extra sounds like a mild form of torture. My favorite quote comes from a tutorial on being an extra at soyouwanna.com: