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  •   By Linda Arnold

     

    It sounds so simple: Say what you mean, and mean what you say.

    Then, why is it so hard?

    It may well depend on how you’re wired. Some of you are quick to speak what’s on your mind. Others hold back.

    This may have to do with early childhood conditioning, or it might have to do with learned behaviors over the years.

  • They’re a vocal legend, and they’re coming to a theater near you.

    The Drifters, scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, April 19, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College, have been a soul and pop phenomenon for more than six decades.

    They are the next scheduled concert and tour stop in the BCCOWA series under the auspices of The Drifters’ original management team.

  • Two-time Grammy-nominated folk singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson is the featured performer at Listen Up Brunswick County’s fourth and final concert of its third season.

    The Texas-born artist will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Odell Williamson Auditorium’s Events Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Snagging Gilkyson was a real coup for the nonprofit, Listen Up founder Jeannie Dufour said.

    “I have been working on this for more than two years,” she said.

  • The year is 1939. MGM Studio executive producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of “Gone with the Wind” because he doesn’t like the script.

    Costing $50,000 a day while shut down, Selznick brings in legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht and big-time Hollywood director Victor Fleming to revamp the script.

    Locking these men in his office for five days, feeding them nothing but peanuts and bananas, turns this into one of the most hysterical comedies you’ll ever seen.

  • CALABASH — Get ready for food and frolic in our nation’s Seafood Capital.

    The inaugural A Taste of Calabash festival is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in Calabash Community Park and at participating businesses.
    The first-time event, anchored at the park at Persimmon Road and Traders Lane, will consist of a variety of nonprofit and crafts vendors, entertainment and children’s activities, says organizer Helen Kapalka of the Calabash Community Services Committee.

  • The arrival of April brings an array of activities for locals and visitors alike. Here’s a closer look at what’s on the calendar in the coming week.

    Free rain garden class

    Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores is offering a free Choices continuing-education “rain garden basics” class from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

    The session will share information on how to build a rain garden in your own home or site using native plants. Pre-registration is required.

  •     By Linda Arnold

    “Get over it.”

    “You’ve gotta get on with your life.”

    “It’s time to move on.”

    You’ve probably heard one of these phrases at some point from a well-meaning friend or relative. Maybe it had to do with something small, or maybe it came after a life-changing event.

    And then there’s the advice:

    “OK, feel sorry for yourself for an hour; then get up and go.”

  •       Take one look at the picture and you know what this week’s mystery plant is: Bamboo. So, that’s what this column is about.

  •  I have a hard enough time remembering my family’s birthdays, much less that March 3 was “What If Pets Had Opposable Thumbs Day?” Apparently, that’s a real thing for some people. In the spirit of this “holiday” observance last month, I thought I’d share with you what I thought would happen if pets actually had opposable thumbs.

     

    What if cats had thumbs?

  •     You know the old saying: “Early to bed and owning a pet can make you healthier, wealthier and wise.” OK, maybe I added the pet part, but it’s true. We’ve known for decades that owning a pet can improve everything from high blood pressure, heart disease, stress and chronic pain. A new study concludes that pet ownership also saves us billions in health care costs. That’s news worth barking about.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Happy spring! The rejuvenation of nature — and also ourselves. Ushered in by that fifth season on the calendar: March Madness.

    I’m not sure when bracketology became part of our vernacular, but it’s here to stay. And this years’ NCAA basketball tournament has given rise to lots of examples.

  •     By John Nelson

    Spring seems to be here now … for good? The other night we had a light frost in much of South Carolina , but we left some houseplants out on the front stoop and they don’t seem to be hurt by it. It’s that odd time of year after the daffodils, when crabapples and wisteria are just starting to show color. The birds in my neighborhood really seem to be stretching their vocal cords, too. I think it’s spring!

  • Now that spring has sprung, the Sea Notes Choral Society is wasting no time presenting its spring concert, “That’s What Friends Are For.”

    The popular Brunswick County vocal group has scheduled two performances, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Admission is free, but donations are always welcome at performances by the nonprofit organization.

  • One year after its debut, the Old Bridge Preservation Society is presenting another showing of its documentary, “The Heartbeat of Sunset Beach.”

    The showing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach. Cake and refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. as the OBPS celebrates its fifth birthday.

  • Easter is on its way.

    In keeping with that, area events are heralding the season.

    Aquatic Easter egg hunt

    An aquatic Easter egg hunt is once again scheduled at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Kids are invited to bring their own waterproof bucket or sand pail, a swimsuit and towel for the swimming pool event scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 25.

  •     By John Nelson

    “To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” — G. Santayana.

     

  • My cat loves me. Well, I’m pretty sure my cat at least likes me. OK, I know for certain my cat tolerates me. What is love, anyway? How can we tell if our cats share the same fondness for us we feel for them? I interviewed countless (OK, it was only a few) cat lovers to identify 10 ways cats demonstrate devotion and express affection for their human family members. While not a scientifically robust research study, I am a qualified scientist robust in researching. Without further ado, here are 10 signs your cat loves — or at least likes — you.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    We hear a lot these days about credit scores. “Find out your credit score.” “Monitor all three reporting services.” “How to raise your credit score.”

    It occurs to me, though, there’s an ongoing credit score that is totally internal – and within our control.  And we hold the key to this credit score, not some third-party institution.

  •  Each year, more than 7 million pets end up in U.S. animal shelters. That equals 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats desperate to find a new home and escape euthanasia. Nearly half of the pets relinquished to shelters aren’t adopted and are euthanized. For years, there’s been concern in the shelter and veterinary community black dogs were less likely to be adopted. Recently, a large U.S. study showed no evidence for this so-called “black dog syndrome.” This is great news to me personally and will help in ways you might not consider at first.