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  •  By John Nelson

    It has gotten really hot this week … suddenly. Fortunately, yesterday afternoon we had a tremendous thunderstorm that dropped plenty of water on the garden, filled up my rain barrel and cooled everything off considerably. Wonderful! But it’s not even summer yet, technically. I guess we have some cooling thunderstorms to look forward to.

  •  Every year during late spring and early summer, I get the same question from many pet parents: “Can my dog or cat get sick from ‘kissing bugs?’” The short answer is, “It’s extremely rare, but, yes, and you can get it, too.” The longer answer is, “Yes, but it’s really rare and incredibly complicated. There’s a little more to Chagas disease we need to discuss.” Let’s discuss kissing bugs, Chagas disease, and the potential threat they pose to dogs, cats and people.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    As I’ve been reflecting on this Father’s Day, I see lots of cases of happy family connections. I also see examples of strained relationships — and situations of raw emotions stemming from lost family members.

    Fathers and sons

  • The Sea Notes Choral Society will present its annual patriotic concert, “American Patriot,” featuring guest soloist Rodney Axsom, next weekend.

    Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Admission to the concerts is free. Anyone in need of assistance in being seated is asked to call the auditorium at (910) 755-7416 at least one week in advance.

  • Durham-based artist Tony Alderman will present a showing of his series of paintings, “Varnamtown: An Aging Life,” on June 17 and 18 in Varnamtown Town Hall at 100 Varnamtown Road SW.

    The paintings depict the traditional North Carolina fishing culture of Varnamtown.

    The show will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 17, and continue through Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  •  By John Nelson

    Allow me to brag a bit on my hometown. I live in Columbia, S.C., which is our state’s capital. It’s a reasonably big city, as Southern cities go, one that features plenty of history. Our city is filled with friendly people, tree-lined streets, great food, tons of theater, music, a big university, and of course, lots of politics, if that’s your thing.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre presents “Stop Kiss” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 17, 18, 24 and 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19 and 26, on the BLT Main Stage at 8068 River Road SE in Southport.

    “Stop Kiss” tells the story of Callie and Sara — two twenty-somethings in New York who find themselves unexpectedly in love. After being brutally attacked during their first kiss, the two find their lives transformed in a way neither could have foreseen.

  • By John Nelson

    Allow me to brag a bit on my hometown. I live in Columbia, S.C., which is our state’s capital. It’s a reasonably big city, as Southern cities go, one that features plenty of history. Our city is filled with friendly people, tree-lined streets, great food, tons of theater, music, a big university, and of course, lots of politics, if that’s your thing.

  • Music at the Sunset Beach Waterfront Market launches this Thursday, June 9, featuring local favorite and Paddlefest entertainer Ashton Stanley, along with other local talent providing music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The waterfront market team is hoping to offer music at the weekly market through Labor Day. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Just when you thought there was nothing new under the almost-summer sun, Shallotte River Swamp Park adds new venues for 2016.

    The year-old zip-line and nature-oriented eco-park at 5550 Watts Road off Ocean Isle Beach Road is launching into its second season with the addition of an elevated walkway and alligator containment park.

    The park is also adding turtle and birds-of-prey presentations and, starting June 13, snake shows.

  • Harold Melvin’s legendary Blue Notes and Blue Magic are featured performers at a Father’s Day Mega Concert set for 7:30 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the main campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    The Blue Light Basement Concert Series event, sponsored by Men of Respect and Ladies of Distinction, includes a free buffet. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes were and still are a charismatic Philly band whose roots date back to 1954 — long before their leap into stardom during the 1970s.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    The recent Memorial Day weekend certainly provided a time for reflection.

    Honoring those who have passed on also creates the space to take stock of our own lives. If your major thoughts center on your “to do” list — or what other people think of you — strap yourself in.         

  •  By John Nelson

    Such shocking pink in the middle of the hot, dry woods! You wouldn’t expect to see it, yet that is where our psammophyte grows.

  • Summer concert season has begun.

    Brunswick County’s free concerts and movies have launched for another season with an array of weekly entertainment in eight towns.

    In the event of inclement weather, events may be cancelled and possibly rescheduled.

    Here’s a closer look at this year’s lineup.

    Ocean Isle Beach Concerts

    Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. Fridays in the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 21 E. Second St.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    “Why hasn’t he returned my call?” “Did you hear what she said?” “I must have done something wrong.”

    How many times does that voice in your head cause you to second-guess yourself? And then you end up replaying a situation over and over, agonizing over it.

    Sound familiar?

    Well, here’s a news flash:

    Nothing other people do is about you. It’s about them.

  •  By John Nelson

    “Sweet is the swamp with its secrets, until we meet a snake;

    ‘Tis then we sigh for houses, and our departure take.” — Emily Dickinson

     

  • Memorial Day services this year will once again honor soldiers and veterans both past and present.

    Several Memorial Day ceremonies are planned this year, starting with afternoon events Sunday, May 29, in Shallotte’s new Mulberry Park and continuing Monday, May 30, with ceremonies in Sunset Beach, Calabash, Holden Beach and on the Battleship North Carolina.

  •  I love chew toys. Not for me, mind you, but for my dogs. I recommend nearly all dog owners invest a variety of interactive, engaging, and plain fun tooth and tug toys for their dogs. Chew toys help keep the teeth and gums healthy and strengthen jaw muscles. They also serve as important environmental enrichment aides and provide essential mental stimulation. Here’s a simple guide to what makes a great, and safe, canine chew toy.

     

    Where’s it made?

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    “Time to get back in the saddle.”

    You may be saying this to yourself — or to someone close to you — or maybe you’re hearing it from others.

    With a number of folks undergoing chemotherapy or radiation — or recuperating from surgery or other major medical treatments these days — it’s a common phrase. And who doesn’t want to return to “normal?”

  •  By John Nelson