• The Southwest Brunswick Branch Library in Carolina Shores welcomes two authors at two separate events in coming days.

    Meet the Author: Ralph Wimbish goes to bat at 3 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 19, at the library at 9400 Ocean Hwy. W.

    Wimbish, sports editor for the New York Post for more than 25 years, brings copies of his latest book, “Elston: The Story of the First African-American Yankee,” which will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Art and scholarship go hand-in-hand at the Art League of Leland’s first I Heart Art Fine Art Exhibition & Sale scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Brunswick Forest Fitness & Wellness Center at 2701 Brunswick Forest Parkway in Leland.

  • The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington presents the fifth annual ARTfall, a juried exhibition featuring the work of emerging and established artists.

    The exhibition will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 19-22, with an artists’ reception and awards presentation 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the center at 120 S. Second St.

    Admission is free.

  • By John Nelson

    Here’s an odd little herb. It looks like a miniature tree, with a single, central stem rising from the ground, and then abruptly branching. The plants get to be almost as high as most people’s knees, although usually somewhere between ankle and mid-calf. There will be plenty of leaves present, but you must look closely for them. Each leaf is not much more than a slender green scale, and these closely hug the stem, just above their attachment point (the “node,” of course).

  • 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

  • “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.”

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Sea & Sand Band seizes the stage of the town of Carolina Shores’ Music Monday Concert set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, on the town hall green at 200 Persimmon Road.

    The public is invited to bring a chair and food/refreshments to this free concert. Free parking will also be provided.

    Sea & Sand Band is a merry musical band of 12 who got their start less than five years ago.

  • Area firefighters, civic groups and many others are remembering to never forget the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, on the 18th anniversary Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.

    Bob Gustavson, 9/11 coordinator for the FDNY-Carolinas Retirees Association, outlined the day’s planned schedule that starts at 8 a.m. Wednesday with a Memorial Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church at 1100 Eighth Ave. N. in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Blackwater Band, the band formerly known as Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band based in Clarkton, is dedicated to live performance of beach music along with blues and funk.

    Band members’ diverse backgrounds guarantee patrons quality entertainment up and down the Carolina coast.

    Just in time for the start of Labor Day weekend, they’ll be gracing the next Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 21 E. Second St.

  • Come out and meet local law enforcement heroes including K9 Boulder at a meet and greet from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries at 4501 Main St. in Shallotte.

    Deputy Boulder is a tremendous asset to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. He assists Sgt. T.K. Nowell when she is working in her career, visiting the Project LifeSaver participants, working with sexual trauma victims and children in the community.

  • Back by popular demand, Brunswick Little Theatre resumes open mic poetry readings at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in classroom 2B of its theater at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    BLT launched the readings in January 2018. They have drawn enough response that the nights have been periodically scheduled since then.

    All are invited to bring their original poetry to read to other poets and poetry lovers.

    For questions call Ken Greenman at 368-3922.

    ‘A Christmas Carol’ auditions

  • You may have heard of a curious plant called “rue.” You may have seen it in a garden, or grown it yourself.

    It is an odd little plant, very attractive actually with its divided leaves giving off a bluish color. The scent of rue has been appreciated for many centuries, and this plant was widely known for its medicinal and various legendary charms.

  • By Linda Arnold

    How much time do you spend worrying about what other people think? Here are a few clues:

    You replay situations over and over in your head.

    You obsess over something you said.

    You misinterpret the delay in a returned phone call or email, tying it back to something you did.

    You need approval from others before you can feel good.

    Before you do something, you play out different scenarios in your mind, wondering how so-and-so will react.

  • Last week we followed Daisy, a dog suffering from obesity and her associated mobility challenges. We also reviewed some of the common bone-related disorders of puppies and kittens. This week let’s turn our focus on the medical conditions that can affect your pet’s mobility as they become adults and senior pets.

    Adult pet common mobility problems

    Pets ages 1 to 7 are usually in prime health. Mobility issues that arise are often traumatic and unexpected. Here are some adult pet movement complications you should be familiar with.