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  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    If you’re in a funk right now, you’re not alone.

     

    I’ve talked with a number of folks who are undergoing major challenges. And the recent rash of natural disasters, global events and political divisiveness doesn’t help.

    Maybe you’re stuck in a rut at work. Or having relationship or health issues. That creeping feeling of despair starts out in one area and, the next thing you know, it’s sinking into other parts of your life.

  •  By John Nelson

    We are talking BIG flowers here, up to eight inches across when fully expanded. Is there any larger, single flower on any plant in North America? Maybe Magnolia, but it's a close contest.

  • It’s a painting party to aid animals, and you’re invited.

    Volunteers with Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services are staging the creative Calling All Angels Painting Party “FUNraiser” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

  • Marsha Morgan started her career in the entertainment business 25 years ago performing in a variety of venues.

    But first came gospel. The Asheville native started singing in church when she was 4.

    Years later, she was invited to sing in Asheville’s world-famous Grove Park Inn, and that was that.

  • A fundraiser to aid purchase of Cuddle Cots for Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at 19th Hole Restaurant, 380 Brunswick Drive at Brunswick Plantation off U.S. near Carolina Shores.

    Highlights include hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, door prizes and raffles.

    Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the 19th Hole or at the door.

    For more information, call 367-3610.

  •  Last week we covered how to prepare your home and existing pet when adding a new furry family member. This week, I’d like to share my advice on simple steps you can take to make the first few weeks as pleasant and productive for your household and pets.

     

    Welcoming home

  •  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.