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Today's News

  • Stock up on fresh berries from local farmers markets

    The berries are back again! Available practically year-round at the supermarket, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries just taste better when bought from a local farmers market. Being from the North, we were able to also grow raspberries, which unfortunately is hard to do here in Brunswick County.

    Berries are rich in antioxidants, fiber, folate and potassium. They are also virtually fat-free and low in calories, except when smothered in whipped cream. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying a variety of them in a dessert.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    I’m a botanist, of course, and I’ve always got my eyes open for good botanical art. One of my favorite plant paintings is by Albrecht Dürer, “Das grosse Rasenstück.”

  • Do negative memories keep coming up for you?

    By Linda Arnold

     

    “Misty water-colored memories.” 

    That’s how Barbra Streisand described bittersweet thoughts in her signature song, “The Way We Were.”

    I once heard in a seminar that all memories are sad. The thinking was that, even if it was a good memory, it invokes nostalgia because it’s not happening now.

  • What it was, was football

    The season is over, or so they say. No more marathon, channel switching, team-groaning Sundays, Mondays or whatever. I have never been able to grasp the purpose of the game, nor understand its rules. So, season’s end only means I get to see the programs I love.

  • Dr. Ernie Ward’s Canine Anti-Cancer Cocktail

    Modern veterinary medicine is adept at recognizing and treating many forms of diseases that were once deadly. As a practicing veterinarian, I certainly value and appreciate these life-saving advances.

    What really excites me, however, is the idea that we can avoid many diseases and illnesses through simple lifestyle changes. My goal is to take preventive veterinary medicine beyond vaccines and dewormers and into the realm of nutrition, exercise, relaxation and complementary treatments.

  • The beauty of summer-flowering mimosa is fleeting

    When most think of a mimosa, it’s a good excuse to drink a bit of sparkling wine early in the day with some of Florida’s favorite breakfast beverage. Those of us with the permanent dirt (soil) under our fingernails think of a summer-flowering plant with the botanical name of Albizzia julibrissin that definitely doesn’t roll off the tongue. While the Latin may be a bit cumbersome, the pink flowers on this fast- and easy-to-grow small tree catch the attention of even casual gardeners.

  • Vegetarian protein sources

    A couple weeks ago I wrote about using beans as a source of plant protein in your diet. Protein is an essential nutrient the body uses to build and repair tissue. Protein also helps build bone, muscle and blood. Meat, fish are poultry are good sources of protein. But, if you’re a vegetarian, getting enough protein from sources other than animal products is important to consider when planning meals.

  • The beauty of summer-flowering mimosa is fleeting

    When most think of a mimosa, it’s a good excuse to drink a bit of sparkling wine early in the day with some of Florida’s favorite breakfast beverage. Those of us with the permanent dirt (soil) under our fingernails think of a summer-flowering plant with the botanical name of Albizzia julibrissin that definitely doesn’t roll off the tongue. While the Latin may be a bit cumbersome, the pink flowers on this fast- and easy-to-grow small tree catch the attention of even casual gardeners.

  • The puzzle of Sunset Beach’s island streets

    By Peter Scott

    Guest Columnist

    Sunset Beach Island is a small, peaceful (mostly) enclave that is host to quite a peculiar mapping and logistical puzzle. No doubt, the answer lies in elderly platting documents, but not even the old-timers seem to know it.

    The puzzle is this: Sunset Beach Island’s street and house numbering system makes absolutely no sense to anyone. Indeed, it has left many a hapless pizza deliverer, service provider and visitor lost and confused. Why?

  • Carolina Shores POA rep puts pet pig in porcine predicament

    CAROLINA SHORES — Pork Chop the potbellied pig has resided with owners Bo and Linda Dolan in their Carolina Shores community nearly as long as he’s been alive — three-and-a-half years.

    The Dolans adopted their beloved pet porcine when he was just a six-week-old piglet, and he’s been with them at their home in the Village at Calabash, along with a sibling dog named Lucky, ever since.