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Today's Features

  • I can recall hearing my elders, not necessarily my parents, offering me a bromide to assuage my anger and/or angst with the dubious gifts life brought. Their motivation was clearly understood as an effort to ease my way into acceptance of whatever irksome event, person or experience waited in the wings of the day. They meant well, even good, but I roiled at the saccharine sense of the message. At least, I perceived it as the “spoonful of sugar that would make the medicine go down” and I was not at all convinced I wanted or needed the prescribed solution.

  • A high-energy band with five — count ‘em, five — lead vocalists and a killer horn section make up The Carolina Breakers, one of the region’s dynamic beach music groups who play the next Holden Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the gazebo at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

    Motown, funk, rhythm-and-blues and disco, as well as special requests, fill The Breakers’ lengthy music-to-dance-to repertoire, too.

  • If you’re fortunate enough to share your home with a senior dog or cat (let’s say older than 7), you already feel the beautiful bond forged over years of walking, playing and napping together. Here are my favorite tips to help your senior pet shine well into the later stages of life.

  • We’re definitely into the heat of summer now. Here’s a quick reminder: when it’s hot outside, you need to think more about hydrating. This simply means providing your body with the fluid it needs to keep itself healthy.

    Water regulates lots of different body processes including temperature control, cushioning and protecting organs, digestion and waste and heart rate. We lose water from our body every day by breathing, sweating and in urine.

  • The show-biz bug bit China Grove native Darrell Harwood early.

    In the 1970s, his dad played in the local “Cool Water Band” and had an entertainment company that booked local dates.

    Occasionally, Darrell, a former electrician and lead production manager at Carolina Products Inc., would venture out with his dad and get up and sing a couple of songs.

  • Pocketbooks of all designs are once again in the spotlight for the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Annual Ladies Night Out Purse Bash from 5:30 to 9 p.m. next Thursday, July 19, at The Brunswick Center at Supply, 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    Only 400 tickets will be sold for this event, which sold out last year.

    Guest announcer will be Amanda Fitzpatrick of WWAY.

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    By Linda Arnold

    Are there people in your life who magnify everything around them? It’s like one crisis after the other.

    Whether it’s complaining, gossiping or lamenting their lot in life, it can truly be exhausting! Chances are, you’re not going to change the other person. This is their modus operandi. And you’ve always been there to listen to their continued rants.

  • Over the past 26 years as a practicing veterinarian, I have performed A LOT of surgeries pulling piles of leaves, grass, potting soil and rocks out of dogs’ stomachs and intestinal tracts. To this day, one of my saddest losses was a Corgi who inexplicably wolfed down over three pounds of sand and died. Fortunately, that’s an exceedingly rare tragedy, and most cases of eating grass, rocks and other such nonsense result in nothing more than vomiting and diarrhea.

    But still, why in the world do dogs eat that stuff?