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  • By John Nelson

     

    "If you prick us, do we not bleed?"

                — Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, III: 1.

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Let’s face it: There are enough external critics in the world without having to listen to that voice inside your head.

    And, while most of us want to learn, grow and improve our lives, this can become a slippery slope. If you never stop to take stock of where you are and appreciate all the things you’ve accomplished, you’ll always be yearning — and putting more and more pressure on yourself.

     

    Is your life in order?

  • Habits form the foundation of our lives. The foods we eat, the time we sleep, and how we care for our bodies build the bedrock of good health. Daily choices also affect the well-being of our feline family members. The healthiest cats I serve as a veterinarian also have the healthiest lifestyles. Regular exercise and mental stimulation, wholesome nutritional choices, and simple preventive care are the top habits of the happiest cats I know.

     

    Healthy, happy habit 1: Mind and body

  • It may be summer, but the fall/winter season is already upon the renowned Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

    Tickets went on sale Saturday, July 29, for Thalian’s Legends and Main Attractions series.

    Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” kicks off the Legends series Friday, Oct. 20, with a return to Thalian Hall in one of his most revered roles. The Academy Award nominated, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor portrays Mark Twain as a plain-speaking humorist who skewers politicians, newspapermen and so-called patriots.

  • Given Listen Up Brunswick County’s mission of Good Music/Good Deeds, its fourth season was a hit with peak attendance records and sold-out performances.

    Ticket sales and the generous support of attendees and loyal supporters enabled $1,000 donation to LUBC’s designated charity for 2017, Hope Harbor Home.

    The success of the season inspired organizers to increase the number of shows from four to six, one each in January, February, March, April, October and November.

  • Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road once again has a card catalog-load of programs planned in coming days, including two Meet the Author events.

    At 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, Gerald Baum of Calabash presents his novel, “Cast From The Sea,” at another Meet the Author event.

    Baum’s adventure story is set in 1849 as two friends, Nathan Rodgers and Thomas Talbot, become trapped in a whale boat set adrift in the Pacific. The book covers an epic 27-year journey from searing sea to America’s violent prairies.

  • Due to overwhelming support, the Historic Amuzu Theatre’s eighth annual Rock and Roll Extravaganza is sold out for all shows scheduled for August.

    But theater managers Bill and Cathy Furpless have scheduled an encore weekend for “It’s Gotta Be Rock and Roll Music” Sept. 14-17 at the century-old theater at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Tickets are now on sale for 7:30 p.m. shows Thursday through Saturday and a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. It’s advisable to buy tickets now before those sell out, too.

  • By John Nelson

    Here’s a little botanical story involving native lilies. And who doesn’t like lilies?

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    How long have you been yearning to play an instrument, learn a new sport or become a gourmet cook?

    Like most of us, you have stops and starts when it comes to mastering a skill. The key is Vitamin D: Discipline.

    Inspirational speaker Earl Nightingale said you can become an expert by practicing this formula: one hour each day, five days a week, for five years. While that may sound daunting, those five years are going to come and go anyway. It depends on your level of commitment.

  • “Finding Home,” a movie produced and directed by former Brunswick County elementary school physical education teacher Nick Westfall, has reached a milestone.

    The locally produced movie about a man trying to reinvent himself and find a home for a young boy can now be viewed on Amazon Prime.

    It was released in 2015 by Dock Street Productions in Wilmington, funded through an online effort to raise donations from backers and pledgers to help bring the project to life.

  • An evening of dancing to live music will benefit Brunswick Family Assistance from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    Sea & Sand Band of Sea Trail in Sunset Beach will provide music at the fundraiser featuring a cash bar with beer, wine, soft drink and water. Pretzels, chips and drinks will also be available to buy.

    Dress is “resort casual.”

  • Join Hickmans Crossroads Library for its next Meet the Author talk and book-signing featuring Bill Thompson and his latest book, “Chasing Jubal,” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at 1040 Calabash Road.

    On the flimsy premise of joining his brother to fight beside him in a war he knows nothing about, book protagonist Jubal Early Simpson takes a journey that challenges and changes his concept of who he is.

  • 1.        What does your life look like in five years?

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It’s weathered storms, crowds and lots of happy, vacationing families.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier, which turns 60 this year, has proven its endurance as it continues to thrive with more of the same anticipated in coming years.

    Terry Thorup, who for the past three years has managed the family-owned wooden pier built in 1956 and launched the following year by his uncle, Odell Williamson, said a portion of the historic 968-foot-long structure stretching into the Atlantic is original.

  • By John Nelson
    Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat, won’t you please put a penny in the old man’s sack? If you haven’ got a penny, a ha’penny will do. If you haven't got a ha’penny, God bless you.

    — traditional English rhyme

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Are you overwhelmed? Do you have too much on your platter?

    Chances are, you’ve overcommitted yourself … again. Why does this keep happening?

    While it’s true that most of us lead busy lives and there are often a lot of “moving parts,” one of the culprits for your sense of feeling overwhelmed could be found by looking in the mirror.

  • They’re a 50-voice community choir converging from all over Brunswick County and three adjacent counties.

    At 7 p.m. this coming Sunday, July 30, the ensemble called UNITED unites at Mount Olive Baptist Church at 2919 Galloway Road in Bolivia to present a free public concert.

    Choir director Michael Clemmons, a Brunswick County native and son of longtime Mount Olive Baptist Church Pastor Anthony Clemmons, deems UNITED a ministry and opportunity to bring a variety of people and their unique talents together.

  • Pre-sales have almost sold out the first batch of copies of Brunswick Coastal Cookbook, which officially goes on sale Thursday, July 27.

    The cookbook consists of coastal recipes, history and information about Brunswick Catch, a collaborative effort of the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, Brunswick County Commissioners, North Carolina Sea Grant and Carteret Catch to promote and educate people about locally harvested seafood.

    The front cover art on the book was done by Terrah Hewett. The back cover features art by local artist Bryan Varnam.

  • Tickets are still available for Historic Amuzu Theatre’s eighth 1950s and‘60s music extravaganza, “It’s Gotta Be Rock and Roll Music,” Aug. 3-6 and 17-20 at the theater at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

    This year’s revue pays tribute to rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who died in March at 90.

  • Silver Coast Winery, in partnership with Special Kids Sponsor Foundation, which benefits children in foster care, will host the Purple Feet Festival on Sept. 9 as they celebrate the grape.

    Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children younger than 12 and Lucy look-alikes are admitted free.

    Come enjoy live music by the Imitations, along with MC Tony Resse. There will be a variety of arts and craft vendors, with a Lucy Look-A-Like contest at 3:30 p.m., grape stomping all day and food vendors. The winemaker will also give a winery tour.