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  •     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.

  •  It can happen in an instant.

    Everything is going along fine, and then you get that phone call. Or see that “breaking news” story. And your world gets rocked.

    Whether it’s a medical diagnosis, a financial crash or a divorce, you’re called to action. And, depending on your fortitude and support system, you may act (or react) differently at different times.

    Take a look at the following quiz to spotlight your natural tendencies — and provide insights for course corrections.

  •  By John Nelson

    There might be a monster in your back yard,King Kong of the garden. Be careful if you monkey around with it.

  • Celebrate the official arrival of spring (March 20) with the following local events.

    Arbor Day in Carolina Shores

    The town of Carolina Shores will have its eighth annual Arbor Day Celebration starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 18, at Carolina Shores Town Hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Traditional highlights include a tree planting as well as visits from a class from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School and the Calabash Fire Department, which is supposed to bring its new fire engine.

    For more information, call town hall at 575-4877.

  • Country-rock duo Idlewheel headlines the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium event center.

    Craig Bickhardt and Jack Sundrud, who compose the duo, know the high road of their genre better than most. Bickhardt was a member of renowned Nashville group SKB (Schuyler, Knobloch and Bickhardt), which enjoyed country radio success with hits like Bickhardt and Thom Schuyler’s collaborative “This Old House.”

  •  It’s time for our twice-yearly clock adjustment to save energy and eliminate excuses to wake up earlier. Everyone in U.S., with the exception of Arizona and Hawaii, sets our clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of each March.

    This inevitably causes millions of Americans to miss worship the following morning and millions more to be sleepy for the next couple of weeks. While we pour an extra cup of coffee on Monday to shake off the lost sleep, what effect does daylight saving time have on our pets?

  •  By Linda Arnold

     “When you tell yourself your story over and over, it almost becomes part of your DNA.”

     

    Do you feel stuck? In the doldrums? Can’t seem to get any traction?

    Well, you’re not alone. And there’s a universal reason you’re feeling this way. It’s the story you keep telling yourself:

    ·      I can’t seem to finish this project, no matter how hard I try.

  •  By John Nelson

    “In an early spring we see the appearing buds; which to prove fruit, hope gives not so much warrant as despair that frosts will bite them.” King Henry IV, Part 2: I: 3.

     

    I’m just like Lord Bardolph, who was afraid that just as soon as the new buds start to show, a cold spell would come along and “nip” them.

  • With spring and Easter less than two weeks away, area events are starting to bloom.

    Following is a lineup of events scheduled this weekend.

    Brunswick County Chamber Home Show

    A variety of vendors showcasing landscaping, gardening, outdoor lighting, lawn equipment, pools and spas and home improvement will be at the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce Home Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road.

    Admission is $5, with children 8 and younger admitted free.

    Leland Bark in the Park

  • The Chicago Brass Quintet will perform in the next series concert at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3.

    The Chicago Brass Quintet was formed in 1964 to promote appreciation and enjoyment of brass chamber music through performances, educational workshops, broadcasts, recording and commissioning new works.

  •  By John Nelson

    “Happy, in my judgment, the wandering herbalist, who clear alike from vain, and that worse evil, vexing thoughts, peeps round for some rare flow’ret of the hills, or plant of craggy fountains.” Attributed to William Wordsworth.

     

    My office bookshelf offers a charming little book called, “How to Study Plants, or Introduction to Botany,” first published in 1879, although my copy was a reprint from 1882. This book is by professor Alphonso Wood, who was born in 1810.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    As much as we want to stop and smell the roses, there’s something about our fast-paced society that propels us forward.  So, when the book, “Addicted to Hurry,” ran across my radar, I just had to pick it up.

    Are you living too fast?  Take a look at two of the questions from the “hurry test.”

  •  I love movies. I love animals. Give me a movie about animals and I’m as happy as a Lab in a tennis ball factory. I’m especially fond of movies that share an adoption message or lesson about pet health. With the Academy Awards just announced, I thought I’d share five things some of our favorite movie pets taught us about animal health and welfare.

     

    Old Yeller and rabies prevention

  •  If you’ve worked around animals as long as I have, you learn a few things. First, it’s not the size of the dog that matters, it’s how sharp and dirty the teeth are. Second, never trust a bird, tortoise or opossum with your fingers. Finally, give plenty of respect to tortie and tricolor cats.

  • By Linda Arnold 

    Maybe you’ve been hunkering down — and bunkering in. Burrowing and eating hot soup. Feeling cozy.

    Or maybe you’ve got cabin fever and are so “over” the winter chill, wind, rain, snow, fog or cloudy days.

    Going within

    Of course, the seasons all have their purpose. And part of your body rhythms during this season dictate that you slow down, go within and reflect. How’s that working for you?

  •  By John Nelson

    “Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting. Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear. Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right.” George Harrison (The Beatles), 1969.

     

  • Attention to health and wellness is what it’s all about at The Brunswick Beacon’s 10th Health Expo scheduled this Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shallotte Middle School.

    Highlights at Health Expo 2016 include a number of new things this year, says Beacon advertising rep and event organizer Christy Williamson.

    This year’s event consists of a sold-out list of 61 vendors, ranging from health care and hospitals to vision and wellness.