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  •  By John Nelson

    “Here’s flowers for you;

     

      Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram…”

                            A Winter’s Tale, act 4, scene 4

     

    Shakespeare was obviously fond of flowers. One of his favorite plant families was the mint family. I think it’s my favorite family, too.

  •  I’ve lived my life believing “It’s not where you are, it’s who you are.” While I still abide by that simple credo, the folks at Care.com have gone and ranked “The States with the Healthiest Pets.” I’ll be far from the first to express skepticism, but their study does raise some interesting questions and offers advice for improving your pet’s health, wherever you live.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Fear Of Missing Out: FOMO. 

    It’s a condition that affects a lot of us. With so much going on around us and information overload on our electronic devices, there’s a tendency to want to be “in the know” and to keep up with everything.

  • What kind of wine goes with swine?

    That’s what inquiring barbecue aficionados want to know as Silver Coast Winery uncorks the first Wine & Swine BBQ Cook Off on BBQ Road this weekend.

    It’s a valid question, one that John Barnes, wine-tasting professional at the local winery, was happy to tackle.

    “Any kind of wine goes with swine,” he said in anticipation of the first-time event launching Friday night, May 12, with a wing competition and continuing all day Saturday, May 13, to benefit Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue.

  • The Waterway Art Association (WAA) presents its 26th annual juried Spring Art Exhibit and Sale from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, May 16-19.

    This year’s show unfolds at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road, including an awards reception from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18.

    Admission is free, and the public is invited to view association artists’ work and vote for their favorite painting as well as take part in an auction for an original painting by a member artist.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    We’re all aware of the healing powers of nature.

    Green space. Walking in the woods. Taking in the flora and fauna.

    Now scientists have given a name to the restorative health effects of being around wate: blue space.

    This research, cited by author Alexandrea Becker, deals specifically with the ocean. I’ve learned, though, that similar calming effects can be derived from other bodies of water — lakes, rivers, creeks … and even office fountains.

  • By John Nelson

     

    Flower of this purple dye, hit with Cupid's archery,
Sink in apple of his eye. When his love he doth espy,
 Let her shine as gloriously as the Venus of the sky.

    Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 3 scene 2

     

  • Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of the South Brunswick Islands will once again be posted at the starting gate of their Fourth Annual “Juleps & Jazz” Kentucky Derby-style Fund Racer from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    A $30 per person ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, a cash bar serving beer, wine and signature drink the “Jazzy Julep,” door prizes and live streaming of the world-famous 143rd Kentucky Derby horse race from Louisville.

  • The town of Belville observes its 40th birthday and rich history in northern Brunswick County during the annual Belville Founders’ Day Celebration on Saturday, May 6, at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park, 580 River Road (N.C. 133, across from Belville Elementary School).

    Gates open to the public from 11:30 a.m. until closing at 7:30 p.m. Highlights include assorted vendors and food, plus enjoying the beautiful scenery of the expanding park.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Cardio. Weight training. Flexibility.

  • By John Nelson

  • Few things heal the body and soul as much as hot food or drink. The same holds true for pets. After a brisk morning walk or run, I like to fill my dog’s bows with nourishing and warm broths or foods. I also advise adding healing herbs and foods to boost health and fight infection, especially for older pets.

     

    Turmeric

  • Wine weekend is winding its way through the South Brunswick Islands.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Museum Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, The Wine Fest 2017, is set for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    This year’s theme is “Venetian Magic,” showcasing Marie Kasper’s award-winning art, “Maschera Del Galeone,” at the event to benefit the museum and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

  • It’s time to bopple in Holden Beach.

    The beach town’s annual bopple race, when numbered apples are released into the Intracoastal Waterway to determine cash winners, is an annual event mainstay at annual Days at the Dock festivities, slated for Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, this year’s annual festival to celebrate spring starts at 9 a.m. both days at the festival site under the Holden Beach bridge.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Let’s face it: When you set out to make a change in your life, I’ll bet you aim for a higher success rate than 10 percent.

    That’s the thing, though. Lots of times we set ourselves up for failure by trying to make wholesale changes.

    And, since behavioral change is best achieved with reinforcement, it occurs to me that smaller steps may be the key to compliance.

     

    A little bit about electricity

  •  By John Nelson 

    I remember as a teeny-tiny just-beginning botany student how wonderful it was to read about new plants, learning their names, identifying features and habitats. A new world had opened up to me. I liked nothing better than to curl up in the library with a pile of books on plant life. Of course, I still like doing that, but there’s nothing that quite comes close to the wonder and newfound interest of a serious undergraduate student, spending time in a library surrounded by picture-books, all because they want to be there.

  • This Saturday, visitors can once again savor the flavors in the Seafood Capital of the World as the second Taste of Calabash cooks up from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

    Anchored at Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road, this year’s event is even bigger and better than last year’s successful inaugural event, event founder and organizer Helen Kapalka promises.

  • Greenlands Farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia is having an Art Gala Fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, to benefit Helpers Of Our Farm (HOOF).

    Evening festivities include a meet-and-greet with a few HOOF animals, gourmet farm charcuterie, a silent art auction, live music and a cash bar.

    Wine and beer will be available for purchase, with 100 percent of wine sales benefitting HOOF.

    The cost is $30 per guest. Reservations are required. For tickets, go to greenlandsfarm.org.