• 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Every vote matters, according to the folks with Rockin’ Democracy in Brunswick County, who are shaking things up with a block party scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in Sunset Beach Town Park at 102 N. Sunset Blvd.

    Highlights include bands, political speakers and candidates and essays as well as food and vendors.

  • North Brunswick Parkinson’s Support Group meets 1 to 3 p.m. second Mondays at the Fitness Center at Compass Pointe, 8178 E. Wynd Road in Leland (no meetings in July and August)

    Contact John Ferry at (908) 406-1410 or john.ferry17@gmail.com

    Beat Parkinson’s Disease Today exercise program meets 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through summer at The Brunswick Center at Leland, 121 Town Hall Drive

    Email Laurel Gerhat at lcgerhat@gmail.com

  • Back by popular demand, the Cruisin’ Calabash Car Show drives into town from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at 940 Carter Drive.

    Event organizer Wendy Wowk, owner of Jewelry By Wendy and president of the Calabash Merchants Association, anticipates at least 100 classic vehicles of all makes, years and models at the event that’s co-sponsored with the Tri-Beach Cruisers and town of Calabash.

  • Blending funk, soul, blues and Carolina beach music, The Holiday Band provides a festive audio backdrop year-round.

    The band is slated to funk it up at the next Calabash Summer Concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in Calabash Community Park.

    The band’s been playing since 1991 when it launched in Burlington, playing 175-plus dates annually.

  • Information

    Sessions are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, 240 Hospital Drive, Bolivia


    Call 721-1493 or go to NovantHealth.org/Volunteer

    When it comes to volunteers, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center can’t do without them.

    Hospital honchos recently honored its current team of 222 volunteers and volunteer chaplains, ranging in age from 16 to 87, at a luncheon April 19 at the River Room at Lockwood Folly.

  • Brunswick Little Theater presents “Hot Mikado,” based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta, “The Mikado,” with eight performances starting Thursday, June 14.

    “Hot Mikado,” a high-energy musical comedy adapted by Richard Bell and Rob Bowen, is set in a Japanese garden and costumed in a combination of traditional and contemporary Japanese design. 

  • The third week of September 1978 marked the start of an era, the launch of The Fantastic Shakers, now renowned and touted as the “South’s Finest Show Band.”

    Since the beginning, the Lincolnton-based band, which graces Holden Beach’s summer concert series stage starting at 6:30 p.m. next Sunday, June 10, has performed more than 6,000 engagements from New York to Florida.

  • By John Nelson

    When the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion finally got to the witch’s castle to rescue Dorothy, they probably had to crawl through this stuff — perfect for a witch’s garden.

  • “Yes, all of the blinds: living room, dining room, bedroom — all of them.”

    I looked disbelievingly at the mellow Maltipoo at my feet.

    “It looked like a tornado hit our house. I’m so worried Maxine will hurt herself or have a heart attack. Can dogs have a heart attack?”

  • By Linda Arnold


    When my husband John was 26, a book came across his radar that provided a defining life moment. That book was “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.

    While the title suggests the book is about money, it’s more about a way of life. The author, Napoleon Hill, presents guiding principles for prosperity and abundance in all areas of life. John shared those principles with me, and we both incorporated them into our respective careers and personal lives.

  • By John Nelson


    Sitting in the stand of the sports arena

    Waiting for the show to begin

    Red lights, green lights, strawberry wine

    A good friend of mine, follows the stars

    Venus and Mars

    Are alright tonight

                    Wings, ‘Venus and Mars,’ 1975


  • By Linda Arnold


    “You are the average of the five people you spent the most time with,” says author and speaker Jim Rohn.

    Take a minute and let that sink in. We all surround ourselves with certain people — friends, colleagues and relatives.  Those may change over time, although there’s a tendency for a core group to stick around.

  • Skin allergies are some of the most common causes for veterinary visits. Itching and scratching all day and night; dry, flaky or oily skin; red, swollen, smelly and painful ears top the list of complaints. Most cases of chronic ear “infections” are often related to an underlying allergy.

    The top three causes of pet allergies are seasonal allergies (atopy), food and fleas. While allergic skin and ear conditions can have many causes, proper food and nutrition can often help lessen a suffering pet’s symptoms.

  • It’s time to talk turtles at local beaches.

    The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol announces its first Turtle Talk of the summer, which begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Holden Beach Town Hall, 110 Rothschild St. in Holden Beach.

    Doors open at 6 p.m. and seating is limited.

  • Music, adoptable animals, food trucks and a beer and wine garden are among attractions at Paws-Ability’s second annual BandFest scheduled from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in Sunset Beach Town Park at 206 Sunset Blvd. N. in Sunset Beach.

    This year’s event will once again feature live music by Sunset Beach-based Sea & Sand Band, in addition to an appearance by award-winning country music artist Trey Calloway of Cornelius and lately of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Admission is free.

  • The U.S. International Ballet (USIB) will present a world-premier performance of “Cinderella” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The performance will feature Italian ballet stars and artistic directors Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini, who have staged this premier with 23 professional dancers from five countries.

  • By John Nelson

    Wetlands are natural habitats featuring a lot of water … usually. They are dynamic ecosystems, exhibiting a number of complicated physical and biological interactions. They also provide home for a huge array of plant and animal species.

    Across North America, unfortunately, many kinds of wetlands are becoming increasingly rare, as they have commonly fallen victim to urbanization and landscape manipulation. Of course, when wetlands are sufficiently disturbed or destroyed, their resident plants and animals also suffer, commonly disappearing.