Today's Features

  • “Just look at her – not a care in the world.” “If only I had his looks/job/money…”

    Go ahead — admit it. You’ve caught yourself making snap judgments like these about people around you or those on television or online. In these challenging times, it can be particularly tempting to look at someone else and think he or she leads a charmed life. Outward appearances can be deceiving, though. You never know what someone else is going through.

  • Three realities strongly disturbed my serenity a few weeks ago. 1) Time passes more quickly than ever before. 2) I am addicted to scheduling in order to manage my life. 3) Just when I think all is in place, a glitch marches determinedly into my ordered existence. Disorder replaces order. Simultaneously, I stop simplifying. Then I start complicating my way of living. Anxiety enters and hours are spent trying to fix what was broken. Everything else is put on hold. The pressure to regain what I had lost builds exponentially.

  • Full disclosure: I’m a believer in using nutrition as a healing tool. I take several nutritional supplements, give them to my family, and recommend them to my patients. Because there aren’t as many scientific studies conducted on nutritional supplements, especially in veterinary medicine, I take a lot of flak from my colleagues whenever I espouse trying a different diet, food, or supplement. You can imagine my joy when research on a popular immune-boosting feline nutritional supplement appears to work. 

  • Thalian Association Community Theatre (TACT) is bringing its first show to the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) with a one-show-only original revue, “The Best of Broadway at Brunswick,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

    The show, sponsored by LCAC and the town of Leland, is a fundraiser to support TACT theatrical productions and youth theater programs.

    Tickets are $25 and available at thalian.org or 251-1788. Handling fees can be avoided for tickets ordered by phone.

  • If the weather cooperates, Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown is planning its 64th Oyster Roast from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 2, at 190 Varnamtown Road.

    The annual event, which traditionally takes place in November, had to be postponed last year because of damages sustained at the church from Hurricane Florence.

    Longtime vendor Marlene Varnam of Carson Varnam Oyster Market said everything should be in place for Saturday.

    “We hope we’ll have plenty of oysters,” she said.

  • He’s a one-man show soon to debut in Brunswick County.

    Singer-songwriter-guitarist Richard Shindell has just launched his spring “One Voice, Two Guitars” tour, which includes a stop at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, for the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert in the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

  • Although we’ve had some warm weather, it’s still winter. But as a tease, paperwhites are opening up in the yard, and red maples are already showing their bright flowers.

    Fragrant daphne and a few withering winter sweets are scattered around the neighborhood, and this afternoon we had a brilliant yellow crocus near the birdbath. Here and there, the swelling bud of a daffodil. This is about the time I start getting serious cabin fever and longing for spring, which is still a good six or seven weeks off, I guess.

  • “Allow me to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am,” says a refrigerator magnet in my kitchen. Because no matter what’s taking place in the world-at-large, our pets tend to have an exalted opinion of their humans.

  • I recently received a question about Addison’s disease, a relatively rare endocrinological condition in dogs. While rare, it is an important disease for dog owners to know about. Addison’s disease is the common name for hypoadrenocorticism, a condition where there is diminished or lowered hormone production from the adrenal glands.

  • Participants at our recent Cooking for Crowds class were shocked when we told them the best practice is not to wash chicken before cooking. I know lots of recipes start with rinse and pat the chicken dry. But don’t do it. 

    If you have that habit, you’re not alone. Research shows 70 percent of consumers wash their chicken before they cook it. What do you do?