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Today's Features

  • “You’re exactly right, like a goose! She stretches her neck waaaay out like this…”

    I was on my first telephone call of the day with the remarkedly descriptive owner of Flora the Maltipoo, named after the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, naturally. Flora seemed to be suffering from chronic vomiting, although they’re seemed to be mild anxiety mixed in with potential neck pain. Despite the flowery description, I didn’t have the faintest clue what was going on.    

  • “Are the stars out tonight?

    I don’t know if it’s cloudy or bright…”

    “I Only Have Eyes for You” – 1934, lyrics by Al Dubin.

  • According to a 2015 Gallup poll, approximately 20 percent of Americans are looking to reduce or eliminate gluten from their diet. You may ask yourself “why” and “what is gluten anyway?” 

    Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If you’re a bread baker, you know that gluten is essential for the tenderness and elasticity in bread. It also appears as an ingredient in many processed foods. 

  • It’s been a half-century since Neil Armstrong took a small step onto the moon that became a giant leap for mankind.

    The 50th anniversary of the American astronauts’ July 20, 1969, moon landing during the Apollo 11 mission is also being lauded locally.

    Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach has been celebrating the occasion with a daily noon showing of  “Apollo 11: Man’s First Step on the Moon,” in its Sky Theater.

  • Too Much Sylvia has been around for nearly three decades, consisting of four longtime musicians who have been on the coastal Carolina concert circuit even longer.

    Most people with any regional band savvy know Too Much Sylvia’s music by now. But next-to-nobody knows how the Charlotte-based band, which doesn’t have one female musician, got its name.

    It’s a little-known story that might best be left untold, Rick Lee, longtime keyboardist and vocalist for Too Much Sylvia, said with a chuckle.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre stages auditions for “Jack Benny’s Not 39 Anymore” July 21 and 22 at its 8068 River Road theater in Southport in classroom 1A.

    Auditions are noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21, and 7-9 p.m. Monday, July 22. A callback, if necessary, follows from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 23.

    Penned by playwright Marv Siegel, the production centers 

  • “The summer’s flower is to the summer sweet.”

    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 94

  • By Linda Arnold

    Are you still stressed out over something that happened last week?

    Holiday periods often bring extended family into our lives. Routines are changed, and people are thrown together 24/7. So it’s no wonder some feathers can get ruffled.

    Here’s the thing. You may have had expectations of how things would go. And when they didn’t go that way, you got upset. This is just human nature, although you can make it easier on yourself. Especially if you’re still experiencing “aftershocks.”

  • I love to go to the movies. The only challenge is my inability to sit in the dark while trying to take notes on what hits my heart or mind or need in order to enable a later recording what I now see.