• By Linda Arnold

        We all get taken in by the headlines: “Seven Steps to Happiness,” “Ten Tips For Your Dream Life,” “Five Minutes to Bliss.” You name it.

         With all the focus on things we can bring into our lives to be happier, I started wondering about things we could eliminate to achieve the same result.

  • By John Nelson

    Frequently the leaves and stems of a plant will prove to be just as fascinating as its flowers. This is a plant like that, and it is a native, aquatic species.

  • By Linda Arnold


    “The construction guy said he’d be here today.” “When will these ‘terrible twos’ end?” “I can’t believe she hasn’t answered my email.”

    From traffic jams to family squabbles to lines at the grocery checkout, we’re faced with curveballs every day.  It’s not what happens in our lives that determines how well things flow for us — it’s how we deal with what happens.

  • Legacy Motown Revue headlines an exclusive Sunset Beach Concerts Fall Concert from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

    The performance unfolds in The Village Park on Queen Anne Street. The audience is invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the free concert.

    Kernersville-based Legacy Motown Revue launched on the Fourth of July, 2010, to the delight of Motown-loving audiences everywhere, including the summer concert one coming up this Friday night, Aug. 5, in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Animal advocates are some of my favorite people. One of my favorite local animal welfare groups, Paws-Ability, is full of some of my favorite people. On Saturday, Oct. 22, I hope you’ll join us for the sixth annual Paws-Ability Bicycle Poker Run. This is our area’s largest animal charity event and benefits several organizations and thousands of needy pets. Besides helping dogs and cats that need help, the Bicycle Poker Run is a lot of fun. The event has been postponed from Oct. 8 to Oct. 22 thanks to the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

  •  Butt-dragging. Carpet-surfing. Booty-scooting. These colorful terms have all been applied to one of the more common unusual actions of our canine companions: dragging and rubbing their rear end along the floor. Why do dogs scoot and rub their butts on the carpet? Let’s examine some of the many potential causes of “hiney-hauling.”


    Anal Sacs

  •  By Linda Arnold


    Chocolate. Potato chips. Ice cream.

    You know the triggers — and the power they have over you. Rest assured you’re not alone.

    Food cravings can have little to do with hunger, though, and lots to do with mental and physiological components. Let’s take a look at the main causes of these cravings and some tips for overcoming them. 


    Causes of food cravings


    Leptin resistance

  •  By John Nelson

    Pick a tree — any tree — and try to describe it using only eight words — in Latin. That’s what botanist Thomas Walter did in 1788, after studying and then naming this tree. His eight words (see below) indicate that the tree has paired needles, a short, oblong or egg-shaped cone and a smooth trunk.

  • New entertainment and a record number of vendors highlight this year’s 10th-anniversary Sunset at Sunset festival in Sunset Beach.

    Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Village at Sunset Beach next to Ingram Planetarium, this year’s event features a record number of vendors — 121 at last count — as well as new vendors.

    Event organizer Karen Joseph said some vendors are coming from as far as Maryland and Virginia.

  • “Kaleidescopika,” a unique collaboration of music and muse, kicks off the BCCOWA Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

    The performance in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia is described as the “art of unfolding,” showcasing a touring alliance of cordis, a maverick contemporary chamber music group from Boston, Mass., and the Muse Cirque Company of Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • A variety of area Halloween events will unfold in coming days in the big build-up leading to Halloween night next Monday, Oct. 31.

    Here’s a closer look at what’s in store.

    Museum of Coastal Carolina

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach will have pumpkin painting and trunk or treat activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

  • Wooden boats of all makes and sizes will be on display at the Old Yacht Basin in Southport during the seventh annual Southport Wooden Boat Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Admission is free.

    Visitors can meet and talk with the wooden boat makers and owners and vote for their favorite entrant for the People’s Choice Award.

    A team of judges will award six other prizes.

  • CALABASH — Town commissioners have agreed to have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 for a developer of Devaun Park to present modified plans for the upscale community off Beach Drive.

    Vaughn Stanaland has presented plans to modify phase 6B in the community calling for lower-density development that would reduce the number units from 103 single- and multi-family units to 40 all single-family units.

    The town’s planning and zoning board recommended approval of the request following a presentation at its Sept. 6 meeting.

  • The General Federation of Women’s Clubs — South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club will host its seventh annual Quarter Auction to benefit local scholarships and education programs Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at West Brunswick High School.

    A Quarter Auction is one in which businesses and artisans from the community have donated items for bid with audience members being able to take the items home for as little as 25 cents. The emcee will describe the item up for bid and indicate how many tickets are needed to bid on it based on its retail price.

  • Sunset Beach’s first Paddle Fest was such a hit last year, it’s back this year.

    The autumn event to showcase activities that make Sunset Beach special launched for the first time last Halloween in Sunset Beach Town Park. This year’s Paddle Fest is scheduled a little earlier in the season, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

  • Greenlands Farm’s next farm-to-table Tapas & Tour promises an afternoon of good food, great conversation, and homestead living.

    The event from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, featuring Chef Melon Corsini begins with delicious tapas with ingredients grown right on the farm. It takes place as the only event ever planned in Greenlands’ farmhouse.

    Fine wine chosen by a local connoisseur will also be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.

  •  Dr. Ernie Ward


    Have you ever smelled something so bad it turned your eyes sideways? I have. I was a frenzied first-year veterinarian in western North Carolina with more patients than July beach tourists with sunburns when it happened.

    “Dr. Ward, quick! We’ve got an emergency!”

  •  By Linda Arnold


    I’m not referring to drug overdoses, car crashes or heart attacks. On average, 22 veterans commit suicide — every day — in the United States.

    Think about it. That’s almost one death each hour of the day!

    These suicides are often a result of physical or psychological injuries our soldiers bring home after serving our country in war zones. 

  • By John Nelson

     Autumn: Time to go to the beach! The sun isn’t as brutal as it tends to be in the summer, and it finally has started cooling off. Our Atlantic and Gulf Coast beaches are fantastic for a holiday — so many things to do and see, and don’t forget to take along your wildflower guide.