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    By Linda Arnold

     

    I didn’t know Marine Pvt. Paul Jamison. 

    I didn’t know before last Thursday that this Vietnam veteran served his country from the age of 19 when he joined the United States Marine Corps.

    Pvt. Jamison passed away last week.  “After an extensive search, there are no known survivors,” says a line from his obituary.

  •  By John Nelson

    One nice thing about studying nature is that you never have to go far to see some marvelous things. It is true tropical rainforests harbor lots of fantastic plants and animals, just like various faraway, mysterious, high mountain ranges, sometimes with specialized and endemic flora and fauna. As long as I have been studying plants and flowers, though, I keep reminding myself just how exquisite or common wildflowers are, even those in our own neighborhoods. Here is one that fits such a bill.

  • The 27th Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Crafts Festival will once again colorize the Labor Day weekend landscape.

    The annual festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, in the soccer field behind Middleton Park at SE 46th Street and Dolphin Drive on Oak Island.

    More than 100 artists and vendors of handmade crafts as well as festival food will be featured.

    Admission is free, and there’s plenty of parking.

    Profits will go to support the Art Guild’s philanthropic activities.

  • They may be called The Imitations, but their musical talent is for real.

    Touting themselves as the “party band of the Carolinas,” Mike Merritt, George Hobbs, Richard Collier, Mike Miller and Tony Creech are celebrating 20 years together as the region’s genuine Imitations.

    Singing and dancing the best in classic beach, soul and rock’n’ roll, The Imitations are synonymous with good times.

  • An Antique Roadshow rolls into Southport on Saturday, Sept. 10.

    The fundraiser to benefit Brunswick Search and Rescue is set for Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Carillon Assisted Living, 1125 E. Leonard St. in Southport.

    Tickets are $10 if sold by BSAR team members. Each ticket entitles event goers to bring in one item for a professional appraisal.

    All proceeds will go to BSAR to help purchase new snake boots for all BSAR members.

    Each ticket allows you to bring in one item for appraisal from a professional appraiser.

  • A high-energy band with five — count ‘em, five — lead vocalists and a killer horn section make up The Carolina Breakers, one of the area’s dynamic beach music groups who play the next Holden Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the gazebo at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

    Motown, funk, rhythm-and-blues and disco, as well as special requests, fill “The Breakers” lengthy music-to-dance-to repertoire, too.

  • Cats are some of the most complex, curious and compassionate critters I know. Deciphering cat behavior is far more complicated and challenging than most other animals. Too often, we mistakenly apply canine experiences to explain why a feline acts a certain way. That doesn’t work. Cats are not small dogs. A good example is understanding why a cat wags its tail. For dogs, it’s a clear signal of happiness, excitement, or maybe a little nervousness. For cats, it’s an entirely different story.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    While there’s a lot of focus on our national energy policies, most of us are experiencing an energy crisis much closer to home. Just take a look in the mirror. 

    As a society, we’re stretched thin, stressed-out and drained. Stress is a top factor in many of our medical visits, and it’s reaching epidemic levels.

  • By John Nelson

    Let’s take a look at an aquatic plant. This one is actually a minuscule fern specialized for floating, and it has tiny roots hanging into the water. The branches bear scale-like leaves. As with other ferns, no flowers or seeds are produced; the plants reproduce by spores.

    Our plant is a native species, occurring mostly in the coastal plain counties of the Southeast, and it may be found widely in eastern North America. It’s an annual, which means that the plants last only one season.

  • You might call ‘em country, but they’re also a little bit something else.

    Members of EastBound Band bear influences of the Grand Ole Opry, along with Motown and rock, enough to make even a non-country fan get up to boogie and belt out songs.

    The 2011 North Myrtle Beach House of Blues Bluesapalooza winners play the hottest spots in the region, summer or not.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    When you take on a project, do you bust out of the gate? Or, does it take you awhile to get going?

    And, when things are moving along, do you follow them through to completion? Or, are you off to the next shiny object?

    Each of us has a natural tendency to fall into one camp or the other. That’s not to say you can’t make improvements in the other area. It’s just not your natural inclination.

     

    Light my fire

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    When you take on a project, do you bust out of the gate? Or, does it take you awhile to get going?

    And, when things are moving along, do you follow them through to completion? Or, are you off to the next shiny object?

    Each of us has a natural tendency to fall into one camp or the other. That’s not to say you can’t make improvements in the other area. It’s just not your natural inclination.

     

    Light my fire

  •  It can be embarrassing to ask your veterinarian about pooch poots, runny stools and bowel irregularity. To save you from a potentially awkward exchange, here are some answers about doggie digestive dilemmas to clear the way for a fruitful conversation with your vet.

     

    Farts and gas

  • Come and meet the puppeteer behind the Pharrell puppet in Missy Elliott’s hit music video, “Where They From.”

    Fresh off his experience on “America’s Got Talent,” puppeteer Jeghetto is bring his unique show to Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road at noon Tuesday, Aug. 16.

    It’s a show that’s not just for kids, library branch manager Christi Iffergan said.

  • SOUTHPORT — Those interested in a different kind of day trip need look no further than the ferries in this historic waterfront town.

    Visitors with vehicles can drive on board the Fort Fisher Ferry, regularly departing throughout the day to cross the the Cape Fear River from the Southport terminal at 1650 Ferry Road.

    The Bald Head Island ferry carries passengers only (no cars) to the lush 12,000-acre Brunswick County island, where bicycles and golf carts are the only means of transportation.

     

    Southport-Fort Fisher ferries

  • Blending funk, soul, blues and Carolina beach music, The Holiday Band provides a festive audio backdrop year-round.

    The band’s been playing since 1991 when it launched in Burlington, playing 175-plus dates annually.

  •  Congratulations! You’ve added another puppy, kitten or adult pet to your existing family. Besides acclimating your new pet to its new home, learning a different schedule, and merging unique pet personalities, an often overlooked aspect of welcoming a furry friend is teaching mealtime manners and making healthy food choices. Here my top two food rules for new pets:

     

    Preventing food bowl bullies and teaching your new pet to eat with good manners

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Michael Phelps. Serena Williams.  Bill Gates.

     

    Now that Olympic season is here, those who are at the top of their games are in the spotlight.  And, whether it’s swimming, tennis or business, there are constant reminders all around us.

     

    While these role models can serve to motivate you, they can also have the effect of negative comparisons if you’re not careful.

     

  •  PE-can vs. pe-CON … that age-old pronunciation issue just won’t seem to go away.

    I’m an adherent to the former pronunciation, although there are those in my family who like it the other way, which is OK. (After all, there are more important and divisive issues — like how to eat grits.)