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Today's Features

  • Some call it Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, but for local pet aficionados it’s Mardi Gras 4 Paws night.

    The annual event to celebrate and raise funds for animal causes in Brunswick County takes place 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille, 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Advance reservations are required.

    For $35 pre-paid admission, event-goers will be feted with appetizers, a king cake and cash bar plus music by Sea & Sand Band, a royal parade, raffle drawing prizes and crowning of the new king and queen.

  • Friends of the Library in Southport & Oak Island (FOLSOI) invite the public to check out their upcoming events.

    Orthopedic specialist-turned-author Dr. Thomas Kelso greets and speaks at a Meet the Author event 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at G.V. Barbee Sr. Library, 8200 E. Oak Island Drive in Oak Island.

    The FOLSOI monthly used book sale is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at Southport Realty, 727 Howe St. in Southport. 

  • The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation’s eighth Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball unfolds 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) in St. James.

    Event proceeds this year will go to Computers 4 Kids, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation and Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue.

    Highlights this year include hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, wine and beer, with music by Blackwater Rhythm & Blues. There will also be silent and live auctions.

  • Trust is such a tiny word. Five little letters strung together to create a mighty force in human life. Trust may well be the call word as we enter each new year, each new phase of life, each birth and re-birth. Yet it is one of those “easy for you, difficult for me” words, which fall facilely from our lips while challenging our innards with roiling trepidation.

  • Traditionally in the northern hemisphere, the week of prayer is celebrated Jan. 18-25 and is sandwiched between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul. It also encompasses a time of remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a Day of Prayer for the Unborn. According to the World Council of Churches, “At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that ‘they may be one so that the world may believe.’ “

  • There is no humdrum in life. Can you, do you, believe it?

    There is no same ol’, same ol’, even if we try to make it so.

    These are not the words mouthed by a deranged individual person. They are not the rantings of a Pollyanna person living in denial or avoidance of reality.

  • Most people tend to overlook tree bark as rather uninteresting at best. It’s too bad, because bark is a fascinating and often attractive plant “invention” and is actually rather complex in its various appearances and origin. Of course, it is only developed on woody plants. Clearly, bark varies considerably from species to species, and some types of trees are easily identified by the kind of bark they have.

  • Flash bulletin: Did you know your ability to love someone else is directly related to your ability to love yourself? And I don’t mean in a conceited, narcissistic type of way.

    At your core level it’s essential that you have — or develop — a healthy sense of self-respect. Otherwise, you run the risk of holding back and being on guard so you never fully invest yourself in a relationship. Or you risk totally giving yourself over to someone else to “complete” you. 

  • I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that dogs only see in black and white.

    I’ve always explained dogs can see many shades of colors, especially blues and yellows. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve then been told that, yeah, dogs see gray.

    Research from Russian scientists sets out to verify what colors dogs actually see, if any. Before we learn their findings, it’s important we review a little about how the eye detects color in the first place.