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  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Let’s face it: When you set out to make a change in your life, I’ll bet you aim for a higher success rate than 10 percent.

    That’s the thing, though. Lots of times we set ourselves up for failure by trying to make wholesale changes.

    And, since behavioral change is best achieved with reinforcement, it occurs to me that smaller steps may be the key to compliance.

     

    A little bit about electricity

  •  By John Nelson 

    I remember as a teeny-tiny just-beginning botany student how wonderful it was to read about new plants, learning their names, identifying features and habitats. A new world had opened up to me. I liked nothing better than to curl up in the library with a pile of books on plant life. Of course, I still like doing that, but there’s nothing that quite comes close to the wonder and newfound interest of a serious undergraduate student, spending time in a library surrounded by picture-books, all because they want to be there.

  • This Saturday, visitors can once again savor the flavors in the Seafood Capital of the World as the second Taste of Calabash cooks up from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

    Anchored at Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road, this year’s event is even bigger and better than last year’s successful inaugural event, event founder and organizer Helen Kapalka promises.

  • Greenlands Farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia is having an Art Gala Fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, to benefit Helpers Of Our Farm (HOOF).

    Evening festivities include a meet-and-greet with a few HOOF animals, gourmet farm charcuterie, a silent art auction, live music and a cash bar.

    Wine and beer will be available for purchase, with 100 percent of wine sales benefitting HOOF.

    The cost is $30 per guest. Reservations are required. For tickets, go to greenlandsfarm.org.

  • Two events next week turn the page on two published North Carolina writers.

    Local author Anne Clinard Barnhill unveils her latest book, “The Beautician’s Notebook,” a Southern novel exploring life in a small town, at a Meet the Author event at 3 p.m. next Thursday, April 27, at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road.

    Copes of the book will be available for purchase and autographing. For more information, call the library at 575-0173.

  • Robin couldn’t believe what she was seeing. The rug in front of her door was a tangle of hair and blood, with couch cushions strewn across the floor. Hearing faint echoes of whimpering from the kitchen, she rushed to find her beloved Boston terrier frantically clawing at the side of her face, now a gory mess. Without thinking, Robin swept Suki into her arms and sped to her veterinarian, praying they could ease her baby’s misery.

  • Remember St. Patrick’s Day? Here is a plant, now in full bloom, which might stir your memory.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “Every decision you make — whether you’re conscious of it or not — relates to whether you think it will bring you pain or pleasure.”

     

    Have you heard of the pain/pleasure principle?

    Research shows it lies at the core of everything you do. The decisions you make — and the actions you take — are all based on this principle, whether you’re consciously aware of it or not.

  • Welcome spring with more than 150 crafters and 11 local food vendors at the annual Southport Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in Franklin Square Park at 130 E. West St. in downtown Southport.

    Highlights at this Easter weekend festival, a tradition for more than 25 years, include live entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, a trackless train, visits to Franklin Square Gallery and a 5K run/walk at the Southport waterfront at 8 a.m. Saturday.

  • Spring has sprung with many things, including a long list of festive events. Here’s a closer look at what’s in store in the coming week.

    Sunset Beach Spring Market

    The Sunset Beach Spring Market on April 13 will offer a preview of the waterfront market season at Sunset Beach Town Park, which will open for a third year beginning in May.

  •  I love spring in coastal North Carolina: Warm weather, blue skies, and cool breezes. Spring means awakening from winter’s hibernation and emerging into outdoor activities. It’s a time of birth, hope, and renewed energy. It’s also the time our pets face significant health threats.

    Here are my five favorite tips to keep your pet safe and healthy during spring.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    “It’s your decision.” Few words bring about such power, and such fear.

    And it doesn’t matter whether it’s a business decision or a personal dilemma.

    For a big part of my life, I weighed every decision very carefully — too carefully, in some cases.

  •  By John Nelson

    I see thy glory like a shooting star

    Fall to the base earth from the firmament.

                      William Shakespeare, King Richard II, Act 2, scene 4

     

  •  Without a doubt, the majority of questions I receive from pet parents involve nutrition and what they’re feeding their dog or cat. The next most common questions involve weight-related disorders such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease, and cancers. Because pet obesity is such a huge problem (pun intended), I thought I’d share with you some recent questions and brief answers about excess weight in companion animals. 

     

    How many pets are overweight in the U.S.?

  •  By Linda Arnold

    Here it is — my favorite season! At least according to the calendar.

    I’m not sure Mother Nature has gotten the memo that it’s officially spring — at least not on a consistent level. As poet Henry Van Dyke said, “The first day of Spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”

  •  By John Nelson

  • Waterway Art Association has scheduled two more artists to lead workshops during April.

    The workshops will be held at Bellinger Artworks Studio, 283B Koolabrew Drive NW off Calabash Road near Carolina Shores. One-day workshops are $35 for WAA members and $40 for non-members. Advance registration and payment are required.

    Artist and muralist Ruth Cox of Myrtle Beach, S.C., will lead a session on oil/basics of composition from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20.

  • Renowned Canadian performer James Keelaghan headlines the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the Virginia Williamson Events Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Lauded as one of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters Keelaghan reigns as a “poet laureate of the folk and roots music world” with an insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline.

  • It’s time for Easter events to celebrate the season, starting with the Calabash Easter egg hunt scheduled for 11 a.m. this Saturday, April 1, in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road.

    Children will gather Easter eggs and be treated to fun games and crafts. Admission is free. Bring your own Easter basket. The rain date is April 8.

    For more information, call Calabash Town Hall at 579-6747.

    Holden Beach fun

    The town of Holden Beach hosts a Nighttime Easter Egg Hunt for youth and adults at 7 p.m. Friday, April 14.