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Columns

  • Patience is a key to academic success

    Patience is a lost virtue for many who live in our contemporary society. People of all ages, races and social economic backgrounds appear to be extremely impatient.

    The pursuit of pleasure is a constant pastime for many people. The concept of hard work and sacrifice seems to be a fading quest of years gone by.

  • Surf fishing workshops set at aquarium

    It’s a beautiful time of year to take up fishing, particularly fishing in the surf—one of the most enjoyable ways to obtain the “catch of the day” and enjoy spending time at the beach.

    Some of my favorite beach memories of childhood are sitting with my family on the east end of Oak Island waiting for blues to catch our bait.

    Being a child, I didn’t have to worry about all the unglamorous parts of the adventure, and these days, I would have no idea how to get started. I’m sure others are the same way.

  • Tragic anniversaries often bring up difficult and painful memories

    An anniversary, by definition, is the yearly occurrence of a past event.

    For many, anniversaries are happy occasions. They are celebrated for marking important occasions in people’s lives. Couples celebrate relationship milestones by rejoicing in anniversaries of a first date, a first kiss or the day marital vows were taken.

  • Senior projects can have lasting effects on students' lives

    Back when I was a senior in high school—which was only six years ago—we didn’t have to do senior projects like the kids do these days. In fact, I can’t even remember doing a research paper at all that year. All I can remember from Mr. W’s English class is sitting in between my friends Liz and Aimee, and watching Martin Graham nearly pass out after putting an entire pack of those Listerine dissolving breath strips on his tongue. Trust me, he turned a shade of white I’d never seen before.

  • Save on gas, save on your mind

    Now that filling up the tank has become a major decision—food or fuel? Getting home or paying for a home?—I think many of us can appreciate ways to conserve gas and our sanity any way we can.

    Road hogs—you know who you are—now have an opportunity to downshift to a slower place to reduce fuel usage.

    The other day, I was crawling home at 50 mph as part of my new plan to decrease gas use and tick off everybody behind me in the process. It was kind of fun as long as nobody gets road rage.

  • Vacations are not always relaxing

    I have taken many types of vacations in my life, from an extended family two-van convoy to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming to a honeymoon in Hawaii.

    All my vacations since becoming a mother have involved at least one trip to a zoo, and they’ve all been entertaining.

    But the kind of vacation I’m taking as you read this is not the typical one, even for me.

    In fact, it’s kind of a “working” vacation, as it were, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • A silver anniversary not to be missed

    Believe it or not, it’s been 25 years since the Brunswick Little Theatre first staged a play in Brunswick County, and the community theater has been going strong ever since.

    Our county is lucky to have a talented “theater rat” like Stuart Callari, who got the group off the ground in 1983, directing “Brigadoon” at Hatch Auditorium.

    The Southport native and theater major was definitely in her element, directing all the group’s plays while it was still known as “The Brunswick Players” and performing at Hatch.

  • It's refreshing to see Brunswick through newcomers' eyes

    I love the people and places of Brunswick County. As a relative newcomer myself, I’m just now getting the chance to give tours to family and friends around this place I call home.

    With great weather officially here and the ocean waters warmed up, I have a list of people who are salivating at the chance to come down and visit. I’d like to think the lure of my company is what brings them here, but in reality, I understand the chance for a getaway to warm weather, sandy beaches and the ocean probably beckons a bit more than my inability to cook.

  • If your goal is to have a college degree, don't put it off

    The girls wore white dresses under their Carolina blue gowns and gathered at the old well.

    They posed for photographs wearing mortarboards and offered each other congratulatory hugs, their families looking on.

    The young men stood near one of the residence halls. They wore dress shirts, slack and ties, and carried their gowns on racks over their shoulders. Their families followed behind.

    Two girls stood in the rose garden near the sundial. Mirror images of one another they stood in the light blue cap and gown with blonde hair blowing in the wind.

  • Community newspapers like ours are changing for the better

    The news business is evolving, and as it does, we plan to evolve with it.

    More and more people are turning to the Internet to get their news, and we’re committed to making up-the-minute news accessible to our readers on our Web site.

    You’ve probably noticed some of the many changes on our Web site in the past few months.

    The Web site has many new features, including a reader comments section, audio clips and comprehensive information on on-going stories.

    But the biggest change to the site is when we update it—when news breaks.