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Today's Features

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Are you looking for a very strange flower? Well, this one’s for you.

    Now the scientific name for this oddball, which comes from Greek, means “hairy flower.” And why not? The six fused petals making up the corolla are white and deeply fringed, sometimes rendering an almost hairy, filmy look to the entire bloom. The effect is quite striking.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    R.I.P.

    I’ve seen this way too much lately in connection with beloved pets who have departed.

    And now I’ve become a member of this club … again. Last week my husband John and I said goodbye to our fur baby, Teester.

    In the beginning

  • Recently, I read a stunning commentary on the ways in which we humans miss the grace of imperfection. Grace, you say, with a quizzical look and a raised eyebrow? How can imperfection be a grace? There is one, very powerful, way in which we discover the gift that emerges from our recognition of human imperfection in ourselves as well as in others. This is to know, in the words of Richard Rohr, “Imperfection is the pattern that draws forth the Divine Mercy.”

  • Brick Landing Plantation residents celebrate their annual 50th wedding anniversary dinner Nov. 10 at The View in Brick Landing. All residents who have been married 50 years or longer were invited to the event. Twenty-three couples were in attendance to enjoy a dinner and a champagne toast.

  • Does your cat prefer a covered or uncovered litter box? That is the question veterinary researchers from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine examined in a study published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. The answers they found may surprise you.

    Inappropriate feline elimination — cats urinating on furniture, rugs and elsewhere in the house — is a major reason cat owners seek veterinary help. Urinating outside the litter box is the No. 1 behavioral problem seen by veterinarians and the leading cause of cats being relinquished to shelters.

  • This scenario may be familiar to you: the office break room or conference room always seems to have cookies or donuts available for snacking. Or perhaps your co-workers frequently gather for birthdays or special occasions. No matter where you look at the office, there is always food available and easy to grab.

  • Ocean Isle Beach once again rings in the season with traditional Super Saturday events two days after Thanksgiving.

    Festivities consist of the annual holiday parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, from the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St., consisting of decorated golf carts, bicycles and other creative wheels.

    Participants are asked to meet in the museum parking lot for judging at 1:15 p.m. Categories include floats, golf carts, bicycles and walkers, with trophies to be awarded for first, second and third place in each category.

  • Pure Markets will present its inaugural OIB Holiday Market on Friday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the site of the OIB Summer Market at 11 E. Second Ave. on the island.

  • “A Positive Approach to Care Workshop” is scheduled for at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Brunswick Center at Shallotte, 3620 Express Drive, Shallotte.

    The workshop, based on the Teepa Snow approach of care for those living with dementia, is free for family and unpaid caregivers, although there is a $10 charge for professionals.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    There won’t be much of a mystery with this one, as it is quite familiar, appearing repeatedly during the holiday season. The fruits are edible: tart and crunchy, lending themselves to a myriad recipes, especially centered around the perfect sauce. Lumpy and pink, like Pepto-Bismol? Or smooth, glistening and red? Maybe mixed up with ground walnuts, or even some minced jalapeño? Everyone has their favorite version, and there always seems to be place for it at the holiday table, right next to the pickle tray.