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  •  By Linda Arnold

    “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” — Sir Richard Branson 

    How do you live your life? 

    Do you proactively make the most of your talents and seek out fulfilling experiences and relationships? Or do you play it safe — avoiding confrontation and embarrassment?

    Maybe there’s something that’s been tugging at you for a long time, but you keep ignoring it.

     

    Clues that you’re playing too small

  •  By John Nelson

    “O, how full of briers is this working-day world!” As You Like It: Act 1, Scene 3

     

    There I was, driving along on a recent Sunday, botanizing in rural Fairfield County just north of town here, and I went by a blaze of red. Something in my head said it was too early to be seeing fall colors, so I had to turn around. Wow!

  • The Catalinas began in 1957 and is still one of the most popular bands in the southeastern United States.

    Known for their quality tight sound and onstage energy, the longtime Statesville-based band is one of the in-demand groups for city festivals and private parties, always playing a variety of music to suit all ages.

    Though known for beach music, regionally and nationally for the mega hit “Summertime’s Callin’ Me,” they play all styles.

  • “I’d like to get another pet; I’m just not sure Brownie would accept one.”

    I had just advised Brownie’s owner to consider adopting a new puppy. Brownie was 13 years young, had gained a few excess pounds and, in my opinion, was beginning to lose a little of the spark in her bark. I was trying to reignite that furry fireball I’d treated for many years.

  •  By Linda Arnold

           In nine years of writing this column, this is only the second time my standard publication date has fallen on this date.

  •  By John Nelson

    I wish I had time to go back to Germany, and maybe spend some time in Bavaria. I’ve spent some time there, in and around Munich, which is one of the most charming cities you can visit in Europe. It’s a fairly large town, but real easy to get around in, and there’s a lot to see and do. Of course, plenty of people like to go to Oktoberfest, which is great, boisterous fun, with huge crowds. (This year it goes from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3.)

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

         With summer in full swing, you’re likely planning some sort of vacation or timeout. Maybe it’s a traditional trip — or a change-of-pace staycation.

         I’m always intrigued by the different ways folks use their leisure time. How ‘bout you? Do you like to be on the go, exploring new places? Or would you rather curl up with a good book in the hammock?

  •  by John Nelson

    “Now, my Lord Hastings and Sir William Stanley,

    Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither

    Into this chiefest thicket of the park.”Shakespeare, Henry VI Part 3 (Act 4, Scene 5)

     

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

     “Life as we knew it Thursday doesn’t exist.”

    Major disasters, like those in the past couple of weeks, can definitely jolt us.

    The devastating floods in West Virginia, shooting in Orlando, Fla., or major wildfires in California.

    Loss of lives, homes and businesses.

    Bill Bell of Rainelle, W.Va., summed it all up with the quote above: life before the “storm of the century” — and life after.

  • Summer means it’s almost time for Homestead Farm Camp at Greenlands Farm in Bolivia.

    For three days in July, children in two age brackets can immerse themselves in modern homestead farming, in accordance with the family-owned and operated farm’s goal of connecting farming traditions with the present.

    Camp sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 18, through Wednesday, July 20, for children 5 to 8 and Monday, July 25, through Wednesday, July 27, for children 9 to 13.

    Tuition is $195 per child.

  •  By John Nelson

    Corn won't grow at all on Rocky Top,

    Dirt's too rocky by far.

    That's why all the folks on Rocky Top

    Get their corn from a jar.

    — “Rocky Top,” lyrics by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant

     

  • Get out your dancing duds and let’s go to the hop.

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. is having a summer Sock Hop from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Brunswick Center at Shallotte, 3620 Express Drive off the U.S. 17 Bypass in Shallotte.

    Locally renowned Mike’s Garage Band is providing dance music for the event to shake, rattle and roll the night away.

    Classic cars and poodle skirts are optional. Hot dogs and hamburgers will also be available. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

  • Beach music has long been a tradition in the South, and The Entertainers, who perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, in Ocean Isle Beach, are proud to have shared in that tradition for more than 30 years.

    The Charlotte-based band, launched in 1980, scored its first regional smash hit with “Living for the Summer” that same  year.

  • It starts with star-spangled concerts and festivities in Southport, then patriotic fever quickly permeates the rest of Brunswick County.

    Fourth of July events celebrating the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence are already under way and continue into the long holiday weekend.

    Here’s a closer look at local events.

    NC 4th of July Festival

    The celebrating at America’s oldest Fourth of July festival in Southport continues this week with a long schedule of activities.

  •  As a veterinarian who has an interest in pet nutrition and, more specifically, pet obesity, the question I’m most often asked by cat lovers is, “What should I feed my cat?” I’d like to focus in this column not on what brand you should feed, but on what type of food is better for cats: dry or canned food?

  •  By Linda Arnold

    “People lie to protect their self image. We live in a culture where lying is quite acceptable.”

     

    We’ll never know what goes through the minds of mass murderers. As we’re left to pick up the pieces, we can only wonder what motivates such senseless acts.

    On another level, there are the fallen heroes. Lance Armstrong. Tiger Woods. Bernie Madoff. Obviously, there’s a big disconnect between the public personas and the private realities in all these cases.

  •  By John Nelson

    This one is for the fiddler crabs, sandpipers, seagulls, snails and everybody and everything else that lives in or otherwise enjoys our beautiful coastal estuaries. It’s a plant of open salt flats or meadows landward of the beach, places that tend to be frequently flooded by salt water during high tide, and then drained away when the tide goes out. These sorts of places are fascinating biologically, and there are plenty of natural history stories here to be investigated.

  •  Honey has been used as a healing agent for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians highlighted honey as one of the “Three Healing Gestures” of cleaning the wound, applying a salve made of honey, vegetable fiber and animal fat, and bandaging the wound. Ancient Greeks extolled the importance of honey as both a topical treatment and as an edible elixir.

    So why isn’t honey used more today? Interestingly, medicinal honey is undergoing a bit of a renaissance because of some unfortunate developments.

  • Now that it’s officially summertime, it’s time to celebrate with summertime activities.

    Would you like to cool off while absorbing knowledge? Visit one of the local libraries, which have launched individual summer events and schedules.

    Coastal Stadium 10 at 5200 Bridger Road in Shallotte is another cool summertime indoor venue at this time of the year with its free Summer Kids Series

    If appreciating nature in the great outdoors is more your thing, consider taking one of the weekly summertime walks to Bird Island.