Today's Features

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday. Three hundred sixty-five delicious days. Fifty-two wonderful weeks. Twelve mesmerizing months.

    It’s the ultimate new beginning. OK, I’m strapping myself in!

    It’s also a time for reflection — looking back at the year in review and looking ahead at the year in preview. What will you take into the New Year, both professionally and personally?

  • I was merrily browsing my inbox when the title of an article stopped me in my computer tracks. The Awaken Call Editors presented an interview with Kevin Hancock, “an award-winning author, public speaker, and CEO of Hancock Lumber, one of America’s oldest and most prestigious businesses” who spoke these words: “There are lots of ways to lose your voice in this world.”

  • Last week in this column I wrote about the idea of one resolution or new habit each month of the year. Here are a couple more ideas on how to space out those resolutions so they don’t seem so overwhelming all at one time.

    Try acting upon one new goal each time you go grocery shopping. This way you’ll be changing the way you shop and the foods available to eat in your home. Here are 10 simple ideas to get you started:

  • Ultra Beginner and Advanced Beginner five-week line dance courses are being offered starting Jan. 16 at Silver Coast Winery at 6680 Barbeque Road NW in Ocean Isle Beach. They will continue Jan. 23, 30 and Feb. 6 and 13.

    The Ultra Beginner course will run from noon to 1 p.m. and the Advanced Beginner course from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. The cost of each five-week course is $30.

  • The Art League of Leland (ALL) invites artists and art enthusiasts to its Jan. 10 meeting featuring guest speaker Janet Johnson, who will discuss her artwork, share painting tips, and show some of her creations in progress. The meeting will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

  • The Museum of Coastal Carolina will hold an artist reception from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 4 to recognize Jay Griscom, whose artwork will spotlight “Turtles — Their Home and Habitat.”

    Griscom, 60, recently relocated to Wilmington to be closer to family. He’d been living out west and working as a land surveyor since college while continuing to hone his artistry in his free time.

  • Ed Bearss, 95-year-old Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, will again take center stage at Hatch Auditorium on Caswell Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 9, for the Brunswick Civil War Round Table’s first monthly meeting of the New Year.

    Appearing for the eighth time, his presentation is “Reflections on the Civil War.”

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Here we are at the end of another year. A good time to take stock of our lives.

    While you may be focused on what you want to bring into your life in the coming year, it’s helpful to look at what you may need to release.

    After all, it’s a two-way street. And there’s only so much capacity. There may even be competing interests with what you say you want to bring in and what already exists on your platter.

  • The Sunday within the octave of Christmas, in the Roman Catholic tradition, is designated as Holy Family Sunday. It emerges annually between Christmas Day and the feast of the Epiphany. Although the designation indicates memory of the unique Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, it is as well a celebration of the universal family of God. This commemoration rejoices in the reality of our human connectedness, no matter how we declare our denomination or designation or lack thereof.