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  •   “We live in an approval-addicted society.”

     

    By Linda Arnold

               

    Do you worry too much about what other people think? 

    Before you make a decision, do you run multiple scenarios through your head — to gauge how others will react?

    Is your happiness dependent on others liking and approving of you?

  • By John Nelson
    Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die, 
Take him and cut him out in little stars, 
And he will make the face of heaven so fine 
That all the world will be in love with night 
And pay no worship to the garish sun.

                            Romeo & Juliet Act 3, Scene 2

     

  • Chicago tribute band Beginnings appropriately kicks off and continues the ongoing BCCOWA concert series for 2017 on the main stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday night, Jan. 26.

    In the fall of 2002 Beginnings was born out of the love and respect for the music of one of the greatest American rock bands of all time — Chicago.

  •  Nothing says “Welcome Home!” like the waggle of a dog’s tail. Tail wagging is synonymous with friendliness and love, contentment and delight. But is this long-standing association myth or fact? Leave it to sour scientists to spoil everyone’s happy hindquarters. Research suggests there’s more than smiles when your pup parades its rump. Here are five fast facts to help you better understand why dogs wag their tails and what those wiggles are trying to tell you.

     

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    I need to get organized. I need to exercise more. Why can’t I stick with my goals?

    If you find similar thoughts swirling in your head, you’re not alone. Whatever the category is, the feedback loop is the same. You know certain things are good for you, yet you resist them.

    Here we are in the middle of January — the time for most New Year’s resolution breakdowns. 

     

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    By John Nelson

    Our first botany field trip of the new semester! The other day my class and I trooped out to beautiful Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve, not too far from downtown Edmund, S.C. Here’s one the permanent residents of the area.        

  • The Kiwanis Club of Southport/Oak Island will present a special performance by jazz guitarist Frank Vignola on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at St. James Community Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    Vignola has performed here before. His virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops and guitar legend Les Paul. His dynamic genre-spanning music has brought him to 14 countries on three continents.

  • It’s a painting party to aid animals, and you’re invited.

    Volunteers are staging another Painting Party “FUNdraiser” to help homeless animals at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

    The event will take place at Next Generation Canvas and Cocktails, 30 Shamrock Drive, Sunset Beach. Tickets are $35, with a portion of proceeds going to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services.

    Highlights include door prizes and a silent auction, along with an evening of entertaining art instruction.

  • Meeting times: 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp., 795 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) in Supply, four miles northeast of Shallotte. Contact: John Hall at 393-0044 or john.hallpmp@gmail.com. Club website: http://1592761.toastmastersclubs.org.

    Anyone who has ever wanted to conquer the fear of public speaking may find just what they are looking for in the Brunswick County Toastmasters Club.

  • They’re grown men with a lifelong passion for model trains.

    Now that many of them have retired to Brunswick County, they’ve teamed up to share their hobby with fellow aficionados through their membership in the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last October.

  • Bluegrass pros Kathy Davis and Bradley Bishop have teamed up to present a one-of-a-kind musical experience they’ll showcase at a free hour-long concert from 7:30 to 8:30 Friday night, Jan. 13, at Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte.

    Admission is free. Donations of canned for BSRI are also being welcomed and accepted in lieu of the price of admission.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Pop quiz: How often do you catch yourself saying these seven words:

    1.     Should

    2.     Hate

    3.     But

    4.     Try

    5.     Broke/poor

    6.     Yes (always)

    7.     Never

  •  By John Nelson 

  •  Broken glass. Sharkskin. A cat’s tongue. These are things that are sharp and rough. If you’re reading this, chances are one of them is in your house right now, maybe even your lap. It’s probably not a shark.

  • By next summer, the dogs at Paws Place should be in a cooler place, literally, with expected completion of a new 6,000-square-foot facility that will move them from Boiling Spring Road to a new site in Winnabow.

    The nonprofit no-kill canine rescue group’s new indoor-outdoor kennel under construction on 18 acres at 242 George II Highway near U.S. 17 will be able to accommodate 26 dogs, plus quarantine space, with heating and air conditioning. It will also have an exercise yard, plus separate rooms for adoptions, grooming, laundry and veterinary attention.

  • It’s an association with a deep sense of community and family history.

    The Cedar Grove Improvement Association has long been the glue that unites families and efforts in the historic Brunswick County community in the heart of rural Supply. It’s devoted to doing just what its name implies — improving things for the people who have long resided there, families with roots embedded here and strong ties to each other.

  • On Wednesday morning between Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Ladies Day Out league takes time out to bowl up a storm.

    Attired in proper shoes and attire comfortable enough to roll a ball, the women are enjoying their games, punctuated with a few strikes, spares and could’ve-done-better gutters. When there’s a strike, they do high-fives with their team members and get ready to roll again.

  •  Pets make us better people. If you’re reading this, you already knew that. If you’re not, well, who cares? According to a recent survey, dogs “make their people better.” Setting aside my initial reaction of, “WHAT ABOUT CATS!!??” I’ll go along with this blatantly biased survey from BarkBox, purveyors of a subscription toy service for, you guessed it, dogs. I’ll overlook their forgetting my feline family members and focus on their findings that validate sharing our homes with pets make us better people. This time.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Jan. 17: the expiration date of most New Year’s resolutions. What’s up with that?

    Let’s face it … are many of your resolutions the same ones you set last year, and the year before? Hmmmm — if they were working, would you be setting them again?

     

    Deja vu

    Although I’m not a mind reader, I’m guessing your resolutions sound something like this:

         *Lose weight