Today's Features

  • It hardly seems possible that the 40 days of Lent have brought us to the final seven days of solemnity observed in a variety of ways as Holy Week.

    For some, this may not be marked with a drastic change of schedule. Schools are yet in session. Supermarkets and other venues still have some chocolate bunnies or marshmallow Peeps for sale. Easter bonnets no longer hold popularity but department stores continue to stock spring frocks and footwear to mark this time of year.

  • The Friends of the Leland Library will have a Paperback Tent Sale on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Tents will be outside the Leland Library at 487 Village Road in Leland. As usual, paperbacks are 50 cents each, DVDs are $1 and children’s books are marked even lower.

    Members of the Friends may purchase anything at half-price. Purchase a new membership or renew your present one on that day and be included.

  • With Easter just down the bunny trail (April 21), two of the first local children’s events are scheduled this Saturday, April 13, in Calabash and Ocean Isle Beach.

    Both events are free and open to the public.

    Calabash Easter egg hunt

    The town of Calabash once again stages its annual Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road.

  • “Now ‘tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted;

    Suffer them now, and they’ll o’ergrow the garden

    And choke the herbs for want of husbandry.”

    Shakespeare, Henry VI (part 2)

    Watch out for the weeds, both the annuals and the perennials! Even in Shakespeare’s time, as now, gardeners had to be vigilant, getting rid of the interlopers as soon as they appeared. Of course, they didn’t have fancy, expensive herbicides to spray all over the place. (Maybe that’s the way it should be now.)

  • By Linda Arnold

    Click. Add to cart. Confirm.

    It’s so easy. Just how do they know what you want?

    Because it’s big business for companies to know everything they can about you. And you leave a trail every time you make a choice.

    They track our every move. What do you read? What kind of car do you drive? What are your favorite brands?

    There’s even a series of books and a movie, “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” that highlight this behavior. 

  • “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”— Dan Millman

    The sounds of shouting and arguing were deafening. It wasn’t the first time those angry noises had resounded in the house. No matter whose stories had been told about loving and sharing and brotherliness, no matter how often the virtues of peacefulness and understanding were described, the two siblings were filled with hostility.

  • Not many things could be finer here in Carolina or anywhere else as far as wonderful fragrance. We are having a rather early spring, it seems, and this is a plant that is already beginning to unfold its marvelous flowers, which can give off an amazingly sweet fragrance. A stand of these in your garden on a warm spring evening is something to invite your friends over for (for dessert).

  • By Linda Arnold

    Anger doesn’t always look the same. It can be disguised as sarcasm. Or criticism. Or jealousy.

    A lot of us are angry and don’t even know it.

    Maybe you just have an unsettled feeling.

    While I’m a “glass half full” kind of person, I also respect the need to process feelings. Otherwise, you can end up in a state of denial.

    How are you?

    Chances are, when you ask this question you get one of two types of responses:

  • “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is – infinite.” — William Blake.

    We have journeyed long and hard through the past five weeks of Lent. Traveling together, our pilgrimage has taken us into secret passages discovered in narrow pathways. It was a trip filled with abundant surprises and sudden notes of sorrow.