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Today's Features

  • It happened long ago. In a way it was also in a land far away. Yet memories resurrect its presence and I am newly enlivened in the process.

    I was 20 years old and nearing graduation from college when my mother expressed a desire long held in her heart. She wanted a portrait of me at the age of 21. Why this was her hope and dream, I did not know, nor ever will. It was only necessary for me to understand the import for her.

  • Measles is making the news again. After largely laying dormant for decades, the potentially fatal contagious disease is back, infecting hundreds of children nationwide over the past couple of years. Confusion over vaccines, inflamed by high-profile Hollywood celebrities and social media, has led many parents to question the safety, benefits and necessity of childhood immunizations. That confusion is spilling over to pets, with many owners skipping vaccines and leaving veterinarians worried about resurgence of long-forgotten diseases. 

  • This is my last column in March and I didn’t want to let it get away without mentioning it is National Nutrition Month. This nutrition and education campaign is celebrated annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I have worked closely with members of this academy for many years and admire and respect them and the work they do.

  • Master Gardeners plant sales

    In 2019, the NC Extension Master Gardeners of Brunswick County will continue their tradition to hold unique plant sales offering a diverse variety of plants exclusively selected by Master Gardeners for the Coastal Carolinas.

    April plant sale

    The April plant sale is set for Thursday, April 4, and Saturday April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be closed Friday, April 5, to restock for Saturday sales.

  • It was early one morning when I picked up a reflection to read as a way to start my day with calm meditation. I was unprepared for the surprising gift I received in these words offered by Richard Rohr: “You are a child of God, and always will be, even when you don’t believe it.”

  • For a while there as a kid, I went through a very serious bird phase. If it had feathers, I was all over it — how birds acted, moved, ate, sang, squawked, flocked. I was a total bird geek. Especially nests. There was just something about seeing those splendid images of birds’ nests in the encyclopedia — with eggs! Or better than that, little birds.

  • Every spring, veterinarians across the country will begin diagnosing dogs and cats with a variety of eye ailments. Allergic conjunctivitis, corneal ulcerations, and eye infections will require a host of ointments, washes, rinses, and lubricants. Prescribing an eye ointment for a pet patient is easy; administering it can be a challenge.Tips to help you treat your pet’s injured or ailing eye 

    Make sure to wash your hands both before and after administering any ophthalmic medication to avoid contamination and/or inadvertent spread of infection.

  • It’s Living Well Month! Time to celebrate Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences programs. This special month is promoted each year by the Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, both at the national level and here in North Carolina.

    “Raising Kids, Eating Right, Spending Smart, Living Well” is the theme that helps share information about the variety of educational programs and opportunities available through Extension Family and Consumer Science (FCS) programs nationwide.

  • Irish dance reigns at the next BCCOWA Performing Arts Series performance at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    That’s when nimble-footed members of internationally renowned Rhythm of the Dance bop into Brunswick County to do their thing.

    Showcasing traditional dance and music with up-to-date stage technology, the two-hour music-and-dance extravaganza takes the audience on an energy-packed time trip through the ages.

  • Fifteen years ago, the first North Carolina Black Film Festival (NCBFF) launched in Wilmington to celebrate innovative, independent work by African-American filmmakers.

    This year’s 16th Annual NCBFF is back with films and events Thursday through Sunday, March 21-24.

    Thursday, March 21

    The festival kicks off with a CineMixer opening reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station Building at 502 N. Front St. Tickets are $35 in advance.

    Friday, March 22