• By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Here we go round the prickly pear

    Prickly pear prickly pear

    Here we go round the prickly pear

    At five o’clock in the morning.

    T. S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men,” 1925

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Ever notice how you feel around certain colors?

    For me, it’s teal and orange. I’m not sure why; I just feel better around these colors. So, it’s no surprise you’ll find them sprinkled throughout my closet, home and office!

    There have actually been a number of studies that evaluate the effects color has on us. Take a look at these descriptions, as portrayed on ivillage.com, and see if you know which color does the trick:

    1. Need more energy?

  • Looking for a snack? How about a clementine?

    Clementines are just one of many types of citrus fruits in the mandarin orange, satsuma and tangerine family that are in season and readily available in stores right now. Mandarin oranges can vary from small egg-sized fruit to almost grapefruit- sized. What they all have in common is their skin is easy to peel and the segments come apart easily.

  • Chances are you’ve heard about the health benefits of coconuts. Coconut, oil, flour, milk and water have flooded grocery store shelves promising everything from weight loss to reducing wrinkles. Coconut has also made its way into pet products. While pet-specific research on coconut oil is scarce, I’d like to share with you some of the top ways I’ve been using coconut products in my pet patients for the past five years.

    What makes coconut oil special?

  • The State Archives and State Library of North Carolina are seeking volunteers to help make their materials more accessible to researchers by transcribing audio files of oral history interviews of North Carolina veterans.

  • It’s time for the once-a-month Seaglass Indoor/Outdoor Salvage Market at 1987 Andrew Jackson Highway next to Northwest District Park in Leland.

    This month’s first market for 2019 is scheduled 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21.

  • The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee once again launches a three-day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend with 25th anniversary events planned Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, in Southport.

    The focus will once again be on enhancement and involvement of local youths starting with an anniversary gathering at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in Southport Community Building at 223 E. Bay St.

  • Listen Up Brunswick County launches its 2019 concert series with a return performance by Joe Crookston at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Virginia Williamson Event Center in Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Crookston’s skills list is long: He’s an acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible.

  • Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash is throwing a going-away bash for locally renowned artist Babs Ludwick, who has decided to move to Florida soon to be with her daughter, grandsons and grand-dogs. The event includes one last exhibition of her works from Friday, Jan. 18, to Saturday, Jan. 26. 

    A fitting send-off reception is scheduled 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the gallery in Calabash. The public is invited.

    Other free events

  • A Second Helping OIB is having a Chili Cook-Off and Cornbread Competition at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Pelican’s Perch, 8 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach. Participants are asked to bring their best chili in a Crock-Pot and/or their best cornbread by 2 p.m. and sign up. Tickets are $10 for tasting only. There will also be a cash bar and raffle for great prizes. All proceeds go to A Second Helping OIB.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    A fair one are you — well you fit our ages

    With flowers of winter

    — Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale. Act 4, Scene 4.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Live Fully

    You know the pattern.

    “If I just send one more email, I’m sure I’ll get their attention.”

    “My spouse needs reminding … again. On second thought, I’ll just take care of this myself.”

    “If I can maneuver things so my coworkers’ mistakes are brought to light, the boss will see I’m the one who deserves the raise.”

  • "Do dogs go to heaven?” the 5-year old girl asked me earnestly as her bright blue

    eyes dimmed a little. “I want to know if God will take care of Buster.”

    In more than 25 years of being a veterinarian, this is perhaps the most difficult question I’m ever asked. This time, a little girl was asking because it was time to say goodbye to the only pet she’d ever known.

  • Adult coloring, knitting and crocheting, chair yoga, bridge, mahjong, movies — these are just some of the activities available at Brunswick County’s library branches.

    It’s not just books anymore, though there are plenty of scheduled events celebrating the published word, too, including children’s storytime, book clubs and special programs showcasing authors from the local area and beyond.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    This week we are dealing with a real oddball. The mystery plants featured in this column are usually native species here in the Southeast, although every once in a while we’ve offered a curious cultivated plant. Like this one.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    No, this isn’t an article about fitness. Or cigarettes. It’s about the countless ways we sabotage ourselves with the way we talk.

    Behold the underlying truth

    Take the common word, “but.” It’s peppered throughout our conversations. If you break the word down into its individual letters, though, B-U-T — could signal “Behold the Underlying Truth.”

  • Most of us appreciate how similar humans and dogs are. We like the same foods, enjoy many of the same activities and love snuggles under the covers. In addition to sharing the finer things in life, new research reveals one of the most common types of cancer is nearly identical in both humans and dogs.

  • Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist.

  • It was known as the Gibraltar of the South, but who was tasked with building the colossal military fortress known as Fort Fisher and what was daily life like?

    Find out Saturday, Jan. 12, when Fort Fisher State Historic Site hosts “… And Oh How We Suffered: the 154th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher” that took place Jan. 15, 1865.

    Free and open to the public, the living history program is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will offer something for visitors of all ages.

  • ‘Tis that time of year — to start thinking green and what to do with that 2018 Christmas tree.

    Keep Brunswick County Beautiful, an affiliate of national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, promotes its mission to empower residents for a cleaner community, including during the holidays.