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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Here’s a little secret: my favorite holiday is New Year’s Day. For me, it's a time to purposefully reflect on the previous year and an opportunity to chart a path for the next. At the stroke of midnight Jan. 1, you have the next 365 days to improve your health, relationships, and career; a gift to truly treasure. While you’re planning your personal improvements, don’t forget to include your dogs and cats. Here are some healthy pet goals I wish every pet family would make this year.

  • This is the time people begin to think about making changes in their lives to achieve better health in the New Year. These changes and goals come in the form of resolutions that get broken quickly. I think one of the biggest problems with resolutions is people try to do too much all at once.

    An idea I heard about from Food and Health Communication (foodandhealth.com) is to develop a plan for the whole year. The concept is to make one little change each month and then keep building on these changes. At the end of the year perhaps you’ll have 12 new, healthier habits.