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Today's News

  • Forceful faith lies in the shadows of life

    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.’ “

  • Miracles can be found in ordinary experiences

    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.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    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.

  • Why you are your most important valentine

    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. 

  • Let’s get this straight: Dogs aren’t 'color-blind'

    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.

  • Special ‘Relationship Readings’ for February

    When are you going to find love? Is there a way to improve your current relationship?

    During February, Spiritquest at 6649 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach is offering special Relationship Readings.

    The sessions consist of 20-minute readings designed to provide insight on what is blocking the right relationship and offer guidance on what steps are needed to “shift energy and create the right relationship.”

  • BLT unwraps V-Day version of 'The Vagina Monologues'

    Brunswick Little Theatre presents three special “V-Day” performances of the award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues.”

    Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14, 15 and 16 at the BLT theater at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    “The Vagina Monologues” gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls. With creativity and determination, V-activists worldwide work to end harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery.

  • Up, Up and Away: The 5th Dimension brings golden hits Feb. 15

    In 1967, a little-known vocal group called the 5th Dimension recorded the song “Up, Up and Away,” catapulting them to instant stardom.

    Countless magazine covers, world tours and several Grammys later, The 5th Dimension is recognized as one of the most prolific soul and R&B groups in musical history.

    They’re also still going strong and touring, including a show stop at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

  • Happy valentines: Ash couple celebrates 61 years of marriage

    Working in the soda shop on East Carolina University’s campus kept Pat Purvis busy, and she didn’t really pay much attention to the young man who would come in multiple times to order from her — that is, until he asked her on a date.

    “I don’t know what made me notice her to begin with,” Doug Brown, now 84, said of his future wife. He finally got the courage to ask Pat on a date in December 1954, and the couple hasn’t looked back.

  • Remain vigilant as flu season flourishes

    As Mother Nature flirts with the idea of finally bringing warmer weather to Brunswick County, it’s important to remember that flu season is still upon us, running from October through May.

    Last Friday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the current flu season hasn’t peaked. As of Feb. 2 flu is widespread in 47 states, with 24 of them, including North Carolina, experiencing high flu levels.