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  • “Dr. Ward, are you certain we’re alone? I can’t tell you what’s wrong with my dog unless we’re absolutely alone. Are you sure no one can hear us?”

    I was positive we were alone. The only things capable of hearing in my small exam room were the pet owner, her 9-month old puppy dozing at her feet and me. I was considerably less confident about what would happen next.   

  • By Linda Arnold

    How many furlongs are in a mile?

    Who is the only U.S. President to never marry?

    What geological era are we in right now?

    If any of these stumped you, you’re not alone.

    I spotted a book a couple of weeks ago with Jeff Foxworthy’s photo on the front. I immediately connected him with the television show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” And I thought this would be a fun gag gift for an upcoming birthday celebration.

  • By John Nelson
    Fire in the sandhills!

  • If you’re one of those last-minute souls who has not yet mapped out your solar eclipse plans, Silver Coast Winery serves up a sol-ution.

    Just in time for Monday’s unique cross-country eclipse that will briefly cast a shadow over the Carolinas, the popular winery at 6680 Barbeque Road in the rural Grissettown area of western Brunswick County has scheduled “Come Sit, Sip and See the Solar Eclipse” from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

  • Tickets went on sale Aug. 16 for a Sept. 6 performance by Richard Marx that opens the new Performing Arts Series for 2017-18 at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • The hottest cars and trucks will be on display at the 14th Annual Leland Under the Lights Car Show from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Lowes Foods in Brunswick Forest.

    This rain-or-shine event staged by the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce last year showcased 200 participating cars and trucks.

    Attendees are invited to visit car show vendors, dine in one of the restaurants or browse the shops at the Villages in Brunswick Forest.

    Brian White with Jammin 99.9 will be on hand with music.

  • By John Nelson

     

    "If you prick us, do we not bleed?"

                — Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, III: 1.

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Let’s face it: There are enough external critics in the world without having to listen to that voice inside your head.

    And, while most of us want to learn, grow and improve our lives, this can become a slippery slope. If you never stop to take stock of where you are and appreciate all the things you’ve accomplished, you’ll always be yearning — and putting more and more pressure on yourself.

     

    Is your life in order?

  • Habits form the foundation of our lives. The foods we eat, the time we sleep, and how we care for our bodies build the bedrock of good health. Daily choices also affect the well-being of our feline family members. The healthiest cats I serve as a veterinarian also have the healthiest lifestyles. Regular exercise and mental stimulation, wholesome nutritional choices, and simple preventive care are the top habits of the happiest cats I know.

     

    Healthy, happy habit 1: Mind and body

  • It may be summer, but the fall/winter season is already upon the renowned Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

    Tickets went on sale Saturday, July 29, for Thalian’s Legends and Main Attractions series.

    Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” kicks off the Legends series Friday, Oct. 20, with a return to Thalian Hall in one of his most revered roles. The Academy Award nominated, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor portrays Mark Twain as a plain-speaking humorist who skewers politicians, newspapermen and so-called patriots.

  • Given Listen Up Brunswick County’s mission of Good Music/Good Deeds, its fourth season was a hit with peak attendance records and sold-out performances.

    Ticket sales and the generous support of attendees and loyal supporters enabled $1,000 donation to LUBC’s designated charity for 2017, Hope Harbor Home.

    The success of the season inspired organizers to increase the number of shows from four to six, one each in January, February, March, April, October and November.

  • Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road once again has a card catalog-load of programs planned in coming days, including two Meet the Author events.

    At 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, Gerald Baum of Calabash presents his novel, “Cast From The Sea,” at another Meet the Author event.

    Baum’s adventure story is set in 1849 as two friends, Nathan Rodgers and Thomas Talbot, become trapped in a whale boat set adrift in the Pacific. The book covers an epic 27-year journey from searing sea to America’s violent prairies.

  • Due to overwhelming support, the Historic Amuzu Theatre’s eighth annual Rock and Roll Extravaganza is sold out for all shows scheduled for August.

    But theater managers Bill and Cathy Furpless have scheduled an encore weekend for “It’s Gotta Be Rock and Roll Music” Sept. 14-17 at the century-old theater at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Tickets are now on sale for 7:30 p.m. shows Thursday through Saturday and a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. It’s advisable to buy tickets now before those sell out, too.

  • By John Nelson

    Here’s a little botanical story involving native lilies. And who doesn’t like lilies?

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    How long have you been yearning to play an instrument, learn a new sport or become a gourmet cook?

    Like most of us, you have stops and starts when it comes to mastering a skill. The key is Vitamin D: Discipline.

    Inspirational speaker Earl Nightingale said you can become an expert by practicing this formula: one hour each day, five days a week, for five years. While that may sound daunting, those five years are going to come and go anyway. It depends on your level of commitment.

  • “Finding Home,” a movie produced and directed by former Brunswick County elementary school physical education teacher Nick Westfall, has reached a milestone.

    The locally produced movie about a man trying to reinvent himself and find a home for a young boy can now be viewed on Amazon Prime.

    It was released in 2015 by Dock Street Productions in Wilmington, funded through an online effort to raise donations from backers and pledgers to help bring the project to life.

  • An evening of dancing to live music will benefit Brunswick Family Assistance from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    Sea & Sand Band of Sea Trail in Sunset Beach will provide music at the fundraiser featuring a cash bar with beer, wine, soft drink and water. Pretzels, chips and drinks will also be available to buy.

    Dress is “resort casual.”

  • Join Hickmans Crossroads Library for its next Meet the Author talk and book-signing featuring Bill Thompson and his latest book, “Chasing Jubal,” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at 1040 Calabash Road.

    On the flimsy premise of joining his brother to fight beside him in a war he knows nothing about, book protagonist Jubal Early Simpson takes a journey that challenges and changes his concept of who he is.

  • 1.        What does your life look like in five years?

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It’s weathered storms, crowds and lots of happy, vacationing families.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier, which turns 60 this year, has proven its endurance as it continues to thrive with more of the same anticipated in coming years.

    Terry Thorup, who for the past three years has managed the family-owned wooden pier built in 1956 and launched the following year by his uncle, Odell Williamson, said a portion of the historic 968-foot-long structure stretching into the Atlantic is original.