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Today's Features

  • By John Nelson

  • Mary Eagan of Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle turned 95 on May 3. A party was hosted in her honor April 28 by her children in Oyster Harbour, Holden Beach, where one daughter resides. She has seven children, 21 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. More than 67 members of her family attended. Her birthday was also celebrated at lunch in Arbor Landing and at Planet Fun where she plays bridge every Friday.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Let’s face it: growth and comfort do not coexist. 

    And the level of discomfort that needs to occur in order to make a change is different for each of us.

    As humans, we’re not necessarily “wired” for instant change. Whether it’s something that’s pushing you or pulling on you, it generally takes a big catalyst to get into major action for change.

  • Each day my email box bears a special gift. It’s a delivery from Daily Good: News that Inspires. Just the title is enough to promote a positive attitude, even if the temperature is too cold or too hot and the air is either humid or heavy with pollen. 

  • As the days grow longer, Bo and Bear, two brawny brown Labs, don’t want to come inside after their sundown backyard romp. Sniffing down the fence line, pawing through pine straw and darting through any cracked gate or door, the two retrievers seem aware of something. Their owner doesn’t see, hear or even smell anything unusual, but apparently the dogs detect something she doesn’t.

  • I consider it a true sign of spring when local strawberries are available. By the numbers of people at the local pick-your-own patches I’m guess other people feel the same way.

    The season had a slow start with the colder temperatures and near freezing nights earlier in the year. But, according to Al Hight from Brunswick Berries, this week and next should be the prime season and, if Mother Nature continues to be favorable, we will have berries through Memorial Day. 

  • Working with people to make their gardens better affords me the opportunity to see a lot of the challenges you’re facing with diseases, insects and weeds. Winter weeds, aphids and fire blight are the favorite topics for this week.

  • The Brunswick County Department of Social Services will provide Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety — Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training to become a foster/adoptive parent beginning Thursday, June 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brunswick County Department of Social Services at the county government complex in Bolivia.

    To register for training or for more information, contact Tamela Jones at 253-2112 or tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.

  • April hasn’t felt much like spring so far. We were teased with a couple of days in the 80s that reminded us of

    beaches, sand bar parties, shrimp boiled in beer, guys in really short shorts and girls with big hair. Or, maybe that was just me.

    Regardless of your warm-weather memories, the reluctant spring continues to be a challenge in the garden. Soil temperatures are in the mid-60s, so our lawns, newly-planted flowers and shrubs aren’t doing what they normally do.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Guest Columnist

    Do you have too much on your plate?

    If you’re like a lot of folks, you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed these days. Too much to do and too little time.

    Perhaps never before in human history have there been more possibilities. That’s the good news. The flipside is you may be drowning in options.

    So, how can you get a handle on this?

    The best productivity habit you can ever get into is very simple: Do your worst task first thing in the morning.