• You decide: Can we remake ourselves?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Some say the next several decades will be the “age of remakes.”

    I don’t mean old films that have new versions produced, nor do I mean personal style remakes –– like new clothes and a new hair fashion –– although most would agree I certainly need the latter. Instead, I mean an “occupational remake,” where a person literally restructures what he or she does to earn a living.

  • Swamp park adventures, part II

    To bring you up to speed, two weeks ago a few of my Beacon coworkers and I were granted a preview of a zip line course at Shallotte River Swamp Park, which had its official grand opening last Friday. My colleagues completed the entire 10-line course, while I managed to finish 1¾ of it, having gotten myself stuck on my second effort because of vertigo, short arms and a sudden panic attack.

  • Telling the story of Calabash Volunteer EMS

    By Troy Thorup

    Guest Columnist

    How do you tell a story that is almost 35 years long, one that is written in not words, but the countless hours of selflessness given by so many over the years? One that tells the story of a community coming together, to stand watch over their neighbors in a time that predates our current county-based EMS system? How do you summarize the contributions of so many over the decades? You can’t.

  • A lucky day in retirement land

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    I’ve had some great days since I retired three years ago, but this one is worth sharing.

  • Swamp park adventures, part I

    The fine folks at Shallotte River Swamp Park were kind enough to let a few of my coworkers and me take a spin — or rather, zip — on one of the zip line courses there last week.

    While my colleagues zipped through it with relative ease, my experience was more of a zap, like an insect making a beeline directly into a bug light.

  • All are entitled to have, and share, opinions

    Of all the editorials we’ve published in my time here at the Beacon taking the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners to task, the only one that prompted the commissioners themselves to respond in writing is the one from May 7 condemning the Ku Klux Klan.

  • Showing up should count for something

    I was sitting in a meeting last week mulling over how quickly the seasons can change. This had nothing to do with the weather, I was thinking about how the stores made the abrupt switch from all things pumpkin spice to all peppermint.

    It made me wonder if the jump from harvest time to Christmas overlooks other holiday events that could provide the next great new shelf stuffer that can keep the economy growing.

  • I am suspicious of the bowtie

    Bowties! No good can come from them. Why are they still a thing?

    I have seen a fair amount of bowties lately and I don’t know why.

    Is this the season for them?

    Or is it a result of the hurricane that passed by along with excessive mosquitoes because of all the standing water?

    No matter the reason, I am weary of them as they may be a harbinger of doom.

    I see no reason for the use of the bowtie in the 21st Century.

  • Road trip your way to happiness, if only for a weekend

    Oh, college football, how I missed you.

    It’s great to have a sane, or plausible, reason to sit in one place and watch TV from sunup until well past sundown … wait, that’s the reason to get Netflix.

    The real reason to love college football is that its true purpose is to provide an excuse for a road trip.

    Obviously you can get in your car and drive off any time you want, but your relatives are going to call it running away from your problems.

  • Did you have a memorable moment this summer?

    Watching wide receivers go down with knee injuries each week of the NFL preseason has sent me a pretty clear message.

    I should never have joined a fantasy football league. I don’t know what I was thinking.

    No, what I meant to say was it’s clear that summer is coming to an end. The signs are there.

    The fantasy drafts are coming. The college football Top 20 lists are out. Just the other day I heard someone say she was looking forward to the return of pumpkin spice flavors in … everything.