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  • By Linda Arnold

     

    What a difference one letter makes! I like to think of ThanksLIVING as an endless season.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like the turkey and trimmings as much as anyone else. It’s just that the spirit of the season could have a much longer shelf life.

    Unlike other traditions, the season of ThanksLIVING has no beginning or end. It’s rooted in the spirit of gratitude that can occur all year long.

     

    Practice makes perfect

  • By John Nelson

     

  • Each Thanksgiving, Americans families and friends gather around tables, pile plates full of food, remember good times and those who left too soon or were unable to join, and toast another holiday season. In 68 percent of U.S. homes, a dog, cat or other furry, feathered or scaled companion will be eagerly anticipating dropped morsels, secret servings and leftovers.

    I encourage you to include your pet in celebrating the holidays whenever possible. Here are some tips for safely sharing Thanksgiving with your pets.

     

  • You know the holiday season has begun as trees start to light up.

    In addition to the Ocean Isle Beach tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 25, the town of Carolina Shores heralds the holidays with its second tree lighting the same evening, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at town hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Highlights include homemade cookies, hot chocolate, caroling and a special guest in red on hand to greet children of all ages.

    For more information, call Carolina Shores Town Hall at 575-4877.

    Holden Beach 10th annual tree lighting

  • Ocean Isle Beach once again rings in the season with traditional Super Saturday events two days after Thanksgiving.

    Festivities consist of the annual holiday parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, from the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St., consisting of decorated golf carts, bicycles and other creative wheels.

    Participants are asked to meet in the museum parking lot for judging at 1:15 p.m. Categories include floats, golf carts, bicycles and walkers, with trophies to be awarded for first, second and third place in each category.

  • Folks weary of turkey and Black Friday hoopla can catch a break when the Museum of Coastal Carolina serves up its fifth annual Beer & Brats fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Highlights include freshly cooked bratwurst, fries, assorted craft beer and soda.

    Check Six Brewing Company of Southport will tap into some of its best-selling craft brews for the event including Wendy’s Blonde Ale, Gee Bee Honey Pale Ale and Aerial Aggression Double IPA.

  • “Please tell me my kitty is not going to VOMIT OR SEIZURE OR … SOMETHING REALLY BAD!”

    The voice on the phone couldn’t sound any more distraught — or deafening.

    “I think she only licked a little, but she’s SO TINY! Is she going to LIVE?”

    By now you’re probably thinking the caller’s cat had drunk cyanide, gasoline or nerve gas. You’d be wrong.

    “What flavor was the yogurt?” I calmly inquired.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    I didn’t know Marine Pvt. Paul Jamison.

    I didn’t know this Vietnam veteran served his country from the age of 19 when he joined the Marine Corps.

    Pvt. Jamison passed away not long ago.  “After an extensive search, there are no known survivors,” said a line from his obituary.

    His story was circulated on social media, with a call to action to stand up for this veteran. The story touched me deeply when I read it on a Thursday afternoon before his burial service.

  • By John Nelson

     

  • Original rock ‘n’ roll hit-makers The Coasters are coasting into Odell Williamson Auditorium as the next BCCOWA Performing Arts Series show at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Brunswick Community College venue.

    The Original Coasters took off on the musical fast-track a whopping 62 years ago, starting in October 1955 when two members of The Robins group, Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn, ventured cross-country from the West to East coast to sign up with Atlantic Records, earning their new Coasters moniker.

  • Forty-five vendors are featured at a holiday craft show scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 5101 Ocean Highway in Shallotte.

    Admission and parking are free.

    Vendors are bringing a variety of items from hand-crafted to household and suitable for gift-giving, event organizer Marie Frost said.

    There will also be food.

  • A variety of vendors rev up the fourth annual Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    More than 50 vendors will offer local winter farm vegetables and fresh eggs, homemade baked goods (bread, pies, cakes) and artisan items — handmade jewelry, goat's milk soap, crocheted gifts, handmade pottery and painted snowman gourds.

  • Brunswick Concert Band presents two performances of its fall concert, “Masters of Melody,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Hatch Auditorium at the Baptist Assembly in Caswell Beach and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help support the band and its Music Students Assistance Program, which collects band instruments from people who are no longer using them.

  • By John Nelson

     

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    By Linda Arnold

    Is your primary relationship a constant struggle? Is it more about who “wins?”

    If so, you may be locked into a power struggle, due to unresolved anger. 

    Not that you scripted any of this. It’s an all too common pattern that sneaks up on couples. Before you know it, hurt feelings drag into long term frustrations that can be damaging — or even fatal — to a relationship. 

  • I’ll let you in on a secret: I don’t care for artificial plants. I’ve always found posing plastic plants around a home or office a sign of apathetic artificiality and downright dullness. If I can’t be outdoors, I long to be surrounded by nature where I live and work: vibrant, living, breathing, organic, with a heaping dose of fur and whiskers.

  • Tribute will be paid during annual Veterans Day ceremonies Saturday, Nov. 11, in and around Brunswick County.

    American Legion Post 503

    American Legion Nocha White Post 503 at 10277 Beach Drive in Calabash will have a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.

    VFW Post 7288

    Calabash VFW Post 7288 will have an annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Post at 900 Carter Drive in Calabash.

  • ‘Tis time for The Brunswick Beacon’s seventh annual Holiday Happenings Christmas Show, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road.

    Featured this year are 67 vendors, including a variety of new ones, said event organizer Christy Williamson, advertising sales representative for The Brunswick Beacon.

  • By John Nelson

     

    In the past several years, considerable attention has been devoted here in the South to trees that grow quickly, providing either a fast supply of shade or timber, or both. Here is a plant that is outstanding as a fast shade producer. Now it is indeed a tropical species, and it isn’t native, so if your heart is set on a native species for fast shade, you might have to keep looking.

  • “Your food makes your mood.” Most of us clearly connect food and fitness with how we feel. Feast on fast food crashed out on the couch, and you end up feeling stuffed and sullen. Sip a fruit-and-veggie smoothie after a run, and you’re refreshed and recharged.

    What we often forget is that diet and health also affects how our pets feel and behave. Pet parents need to understand the connection between behavioral issues, diet and pet obesity and how they can keep their dog or cat happy and healthy.