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Columns

  • January has come and gone; have you kept your resolutions?

    Hello, February, welcome to 2011. It seems like the new year just got started and already we’re rolling into a new month.

    As January drew to a close, a lot of people were looking back at the resolutions they made last Dec. 31. How successful have you been in keeping your resolutions?

    One of my resolutions was to be healthier in 2011 than I was in 2010. One of the ways I committed to do that was kick caffeine, coffee and aspartame to the curb.

    How am I doing so far in 2011?

  • Bill to lift cap on charter schools a good first step for North Carolina students

    With the North Carolina General Assembly in session, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at the bills introduced in the state House and state Senate over the next few weeks and how, if ratified, they would affect people in Brunswick County.

    When you step on the campus of Roger Bacon Charter Day School in Leland, it doesn’t take long to realize this is not the norm—that you are at an exceptional educational facility.

  • Nominate Brunswick County teachers to be part of next ‘Real Women’ magazine

    Students in the state of North Carolina are expected to attend 180 days of school.

    Spending 180 days with anyone seems like a lot, but when students have teachers who are engaging and inspiring, the calendar year doesn’t seem so long.

  • Winter-wear is a totally different style at the beach

    Call me crazy, but since it’s been so cold and the middle of winter and all, lately I’ve been getting the urge to don a coat and place a knit toboggan on top of my head. Oh, and socks and boots on my feet and leggings, too, which I think are kind of trendy.

    Not at the beach.

    “Cute cap,” remarked a regular, bare-headed patron of Sunset Beach Town Council meetings upon my arrival at the board’s monthly session Jan. 10. His baby grandson, he said, wore the same kind of headgear when the infant went home from the hospital.

  • Not quite a Christmas present, but new recycling carts are a gift enough

    It wasn’t a “Pepsi blue Christmas” from Shallotte after all.

    The town board of aldermen had hoped to have new, larger recycling receptacles delivered to town residents around Christmastime. They were delayed and finally were pulled off trucks and delivered to area driveways in Shallotte last week.

    I almost squealed in delight when I turned into my neighborhood and saw a truckload of the bright blue cans at the entrance.

    I drove along watching driveway after driveway twinkle blue with the new deliveries.

  • Blame game does no good when dealing with senseless tragedy

    Sarah Palin did not kill six people. Rush Limbaugh did not shoot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Sean Hannity did not attack fellow Americans outside a supermarket.

    Jared Lee Loughner did.

    To imply or claim anything else is irresponsible, reckless and libelous.

    To blame—either implied or outright—anyone else for Loughner’s brutal and horrific actions should be criminal.

  • You never know what you may find in a kitchen drawer

    I’ve never been one to be too swift on my feet.

    Growing up, if I wasn’t falling down, I was running into doors and other large household objects—like furniture.

    The result was a lot of cuts, bruises and scrapes. Couple that with the fact that every living, breathing, biting insect typically gnawed into my arms and legs, and you can see the picture—I frequently looked like I had been rolling around in barbed wire.

  • Pot haul an all-time high in Sunset Beach

    It’s been deemed the largest cannabis bust in Sunset Beach history.

    On Christmas Eve, during a routine traffic stop of a Lincoln Continental speeding through town, Sunset Beach police got a whiff of something funny and followed up with a consent to search the vehicle.

  • Magical newsprint turns words into not so great real-life events

    I sometimes think that these few inches of newsprint where my column appears every two weeks have magical powers.

    In the past couple of months, there have been multiple instances where something I have written about right in my column has actually happened.

    Take the July 29, 2010, issue, for example. My column, aptly titled “Thankful for the rain but praying a flood is not in our future,” was written days after Shallotte experienced a several-hour power outage during an afternoon rainstorm.

  • Common sense is a necessary mix when it comes to technology

     “Merry Christmas,” a holiday text message blinked across my cell phone, “didn’t know if you heard, but [your uncle] has throat and stomach cancer.”

    Ahh, nothing says Merry Christmas like a text message like that.

    Of course, I knew my uncle had cancer; I had found out about it weeks earlier.

    On Facebook.

    A text message was also how I found out a close relative had spent some time—and hopefully a good lesson learned—in jail for being stupid.