Today's News

  • What is your morning ritual?

    By Linda Arnold

    Coffee. Get the kids up and ready. Feed and walk the pets. Shower and dress. Quick check of email and social media. Snapshot of the news. Out the door.

    Does this sound like your usual morning? Executed at breakneck speed? Or do you have a more leisurely approach? I’ve always been intrigued by the discipline involved in creating a productive yet balanced life. So I’ve been studying different models.

    Breakfast of champions

  • A Second Look: Riding out the storms of life

    I often wonder how many times I have talked a good game while playing it poorly. I speak of faith and faithfulness, love and loving, justice and mercy, compassion and charity. I falter, fail, and fall into their exact opposites. Those are the moments when I know I am struggling to gain the capacity for riding out the storms of life.

  • Chloe has a cold!

    “Of course, it’s ‘kennel cough!’ Chloe was at a kennel and now she’s sick. I’ve researched dozens of blogs and consulted an online veterinary service and they all agree. Now if you would simply write me a prescription for these antibiotics, I’ll be on my way.”

  • Beans and gas: a lethal combination?

    We keep hearing that we should be eating more fiber. Fiber adds bulk to the diet and it is important for healthy intestines and good bowel movements. Dietary fiber can also help to reduce the risks of developing high cholesterol, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. High fiber foods are good for people trying to lose weight because they make you feel full and slows the emptying of the stomach.

    Beans are frequently touted as a great source of low-fat protein along with fiber. But, many people have an embarrassing problem with beans.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    Faithful readers of this little column are probably wondering why okra has never been featured. Well, that’s a good question, since everybody knows something about okra and it’s a very interesting plant. It’s also edible — that is, you can eat its fruits (and the seeds within the fruits).

  • What is going RIGHT in your life?

    By Linda Arnold

    You may be weary of the question, “Is your glass half full or half empty?”  

    If you can’t see it as half full most of the time, it’s not your fault.

    Our brains are wired to prepare us for dangerous situations. That means we often go to the list of “what ifs,” and those can cause our glasses to diminish.

  • A Second Look: To love is to seek, to stay and sometimes to weep

    Love is a word too often bandied about and used frivolously to describe emotions defying explanation. We say chocolate — dark or light — is our love, or a temperate day with low humidity, or a walk on the beach. Each of us can add our own ‘loves’ of the day. They might include cute little babies and feisty old ladies, a winning game or a special treat. The list is endless and creative. It also challenges us to ask “Is this all there is to love?” Obviously, I am offering more to consider. 

  • Setting the record straight on MSG

    Some people may remember talk about “Chinese restaurant syndrome.” 

    Perhaps you’ve heard that people say that they can’t eat Chinese or other Asian foods because they are linked to headaches or other health problems. As it turns out, for most people, this is just another one of those myths or “old wives’ tales.”

    The proposed culprit is something called MSG.  Which stands for monosodium glutamate.

  • Mike’s Garage Band headlines CIS fundraiser Sept. 20

    St. James-based Mike’s Garage Band highlights a fundraising concert for Communities In Schools from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Woodlands Park Amphitheater in St. James Plantation.

    Funds raised from the event support CIS programming benefiting Brunswick County students.

    Joe Loves Lobster Rolls food truck will be on-site and attendees are welcome to bring their own beverages (beer, wine or soft drinks). The evening will include a 50-50 drawing with music and dancing.

  • Country songstress Pam Tillis kicks off BCCOWA concerts Sept. 20

    Country star Pam Tillis and her Acoustic Trio launch the first BCCOWA Performing Arts Series concert for the 2019-2020 season at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $35 adults and $33 seniors and students. Go to bccowa.com or call the Odell Williamson Auditorium box office at 755-7416.

    As a child of country music royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter.