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  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    I first saw this sign at a seminar years ago.

    It seemed like such a no-brainer. Of course, I’d rather be happy than right! It’s amazing, though, how many times we can become so attached to our positions — and “dug in” — that proving our point becomes the most important thing.

    This question is often used in therapy sessions to illustrate to an individual, couple or family just how polarizing the desire to “be right” can be.

     

  • By John Nelson

     “The air was now cool and salubrious, and riding seven or eight miles, through a pine forest, I came to Sapello bridge, to which the salt tide flows. I here stopped…”

                William Bartram, 1741, “Travels”

     

  • Saturday will be the perfect day to get focused on health as The Brunswick Beacon’s 11th annual Beacon Health Expo takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Admission is free, and free childcare will be available.

    Featured are 64 vendors bringing a variety of free screenings and demonstrations, a seminar and information on an array of health-oriented topics.

    Participants include hospitals, dental offices, wellness centers, and hearing and eye care specialists.

  • Just when you thought Carolina basketball couldn’t get any more exciting, the Harlem Ambassadors trot into town to up everybody’s game.

    The team, specializing in cross-country and international roundball folly-and-fun fundraisers, take on the Calabash Lions Club Lions Pride team for an entertaining showdown at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the West Brunswick High School gymnasium at 550 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte.

  • American folk singer, storyteller and autoharpist Adam Miller performs a free concert at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road. The accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist and song collector, who has amassed a repertoire of more than 5,000 songs, accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking on acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies. The program is open to the public. For more information call the library at 575-0173 or go to folksinging.org.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    Flash bulletin: Did you know your ability to love someone else is proportional to your ability to love yourself?

    And I don’t mean in a conceited narcissistic type of way. At your core level it’s essential you have — or develop — a healthy sense of self-respect.

  • International guitar duo Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians.

    Next Thursday night, Feb. 23, the talented twosome known as Loren and Mark are sharing their diverse repertoire of original and arranged music on the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Get set for their stunning brand of guitar instrumentals and vocal duets, which have brought them wide appeal and strong audience connection.

  • Chamberfolk: Three classically trained musicians, aka Harpeth Rising, playing original music as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe.

    Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize.

  • Come catch Greenlands Farm’s first class of 2017 and enjoy learning the craft of making a great cupcake from Heather, the farm’s master baker who has been craft baking since 1972.

    The Craft of Baking & Wine unfolds from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the family farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia.

  •  Itchy dogs pose one of the most frustrating clinical challenges for veterinarians and worrisome conditions for pet parents. Seasonal allergies, or atopic dermatitis, affect an estimated 10 percent of all dogs. While the exact cause is unknown, genetics are thought to play a major role in determining if your dog suffers from recurrent itching and scratching. A novel, non-pharmaceutical pruritus treatment has been approved in the U.S., promising to relieve itching in millions of dogs.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    In these times of uncertainty, you may find yourself doubting a lot of things.

    Let’s face it. In many cases, foundations have been rocked. If you find you’re more unsure lately, I’d say that’s a normal reaction. If that sense of wavering continues for too long, however, you may want to take stock.

  •  By John Nelson

    Quick, all you vexillologists: What do Canada, Equatorial Guinea, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Mexico, Norfolk Island and Turks and Caisos Island all have in common? This is too easy. They all nations whose flags prominently feature a plant. This week, we are focusing on the flag of Lebanon, which prominently features a tree, and more specifically, a cedar; and even more specifically, a “true” cedar.

  •  By John Nelson

    Quick, all you vexillologists: What do Canada, Equatorial Guinea, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Mexico, Norfolk Island and Turks and Caisos Island all have in common? This is too easy. They all nations whose flags prominently feature a plant. This week, we are focusing on the flag of Lebanon, which prominently features a tree, and more specifically, a cedar; and even more specifically, a “true” cedar.

  • Silver Coast Winery is offering a delightful Wine & Chocolate Pairings celebrating Valentine's Day with your sweetie or Singles Awareness Day with your friends.  Reservations are currently being accepted at both locations, Silver Coast Winery at 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, on Sunday, Feb. 12, or Silver Coast Winery Tasting and Tap Room at 105 S. Howe St. in Southport on Saturday, Feb. 18.

    They are featuring six Silver Coast award-winning wines paired with six renowned See’s Candies, which were featured on Celebrity Apprentice.

  • Celebrate Brunswick County’s Black History at the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. in Southport, with the following events scheduled Feb. 10-12. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

    Friday, Feb. 10

    6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Harriet Tubman-Underground Rail Road and Civil War Times.” Carolyn Evans is featured with the Battery “B” 2nd United States Colored Light Artillery Regiment re-enactors. Evans, portraying Harriet Tubman, is an accomplished actress, dancer, educator, storyteller, motivational speaker and author.

  •  Dogs may remember more than we thought, at least according to a recent Hungarian study. Comparative psychologist Claudia Fugazza used an umbrella and a corps of canines to determine if dogs could “see it, do it, remember it.” Fugazza’s research concluded dogs may remember our actions up an hour later, having significant implications on how we train and understand dogs.

     

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    “Just this once.” “It won’t really matter. I can start next week.”

     

    Sound familiar? If so, you’re in good company — as part of a big group who think those little choices in life don’t count for much.

     

  • Every Super Bowl weekend, soup aficionados can count on the SOUPer Bowl.

    The GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club’s annual event to help feed the hungry in the local community heats up again from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church at 5070 M.H. Rourk Drive in Shallotte.

    For a $20 ticket for this annual Empty Bowls Projects, you get a choice of hot soup with bread and dessert, along with a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl handcrafted by a local potter.