• By Don Price

    Guest Columnist

    Imagine, if you will, you wanted to experience the wonders of time travel. You have been reading about the writers of our constitution and decided you really would like to experience life in their history-making environment.

    Or, suppose you have been dreaming about a future where technology has advanced to the point where cell phones are a part of ancient history, and you wanted to enjoy all those wonderful benefits available at that time.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Summer ends now; now, barbarous in beauty ...
                                    — Gerard Manley Hopkins

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    My heart is so full.

    I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on my life over the past several weeks as I prepared to be inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame.

    I’m deeply honored by this recognition. And it was hard to condense my thoughts into a brief acceptance speech.

    What came up for me was extreme gratitude for all the people in my life — and the events along the way that seemed like random loose threads, yet were woven into a rich tapestry.

  • That annoying buzzing in your ear? I hate it. It’s the sound of the deadliest animal on the planet: the mosquito. I hate them, too.

    To most Americans, it’s merely a nuisance; to about two million people worldwide and untold millions of dogs, cats and other animals, that sound can be a harbinger of disease and death. We’re not talking about the death of a few 1800s Amazonian explorers; we’re talking nearly 440 million deaths worldwide each year. All by a critter not much bigger than a grain of rice.

  • Grand Strand Chapter 3 SC

    President: Walt Koren

    P.O. Box 370

    North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597

    (843) 503-6590

    Meets at 2:30 p.m. alternating third Sundays at American Legion Post 186, 4285 Pine Drive in Little River, S.C., and VFW Post 10420, 4359 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, S.C.


    Chapter 3 NC

    President: Jacqueline Braun

    P.O. Box 3726

    Wilmington, NC 28406

    (910) 520-9269

  • Next Tuesday, Sept. 11, marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on United States landmarks.

    Local ceremonies and events will once again pay tribute, including in Brunswick County.

    Bob Gustavson, longtime 9/11 coordinator for the FDNY-Carolinas Retirees Association, said the group as it does annually is hosting or participating in 9/11 events to remember the tragic events that befell the country on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Bottom. ”Thisby, the flowers of odious savours sweet, — “

    Quince. “Odours, odours.”

    Bottom. “— odours savours sweet …”

    — A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 3, Scene 1

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Do you often find yourself bending over backwards for others in your life?

    You try your best to accommodate family members, coworkers, friends, etc. Yet, it never seems to be your turn.

    You think you’re taking “the high road,” although it doesn’t get you where you need to go. Maybe it’s time to recalculate your internal GPS.

    I don’t like going against my core instincts. None of us do.

  • I didn’t know if I was looking at a cocker spaniel or miniature Cujo. Gracie, a 3-year-old sweetie I’d known since puppyhood, was a hot mess of mangled fur, dripping drool and wild eyes. At that moment, she was about as sweet as a jalapeño pepper.

    “I turned my back for a second and she swiped my allergy medication off the counter. I didn’t think it would hurt her. Then she started acting like this a couple hours later. Can you help her?”

  • Labor Day weekend means arts and crafts on Oak Island.

    The Oak Island Art Guild’s 29thAnnual Arts & Crafts Festival is scheduled 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, on the Middleton Park soccer field at SE 46thStreet and Dolphin Drive on Oak Island. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 2.

    Featured will be 136 artists, crafters and other vendors displaying and selling handmade wares and selling assorted food.

    This year’s creative offerings are divided into 10 categories, vendor manager Penny Prettyman said.

  • Do you remember what it was like to talk with friends and loved ones? Do you remember what that feels like? Hold on to that feeling when you audition for “Almost Maine” by John Cariani, published by Dramatist Play Service.

    Auditions are 6-9 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 in Room 1B at Brunswick Little Theatre, 8068 River SE in Southport.

  • By Martha Koletar

    Guest Columnist

    There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s back-to-school time, and that means school buses on the highways while we drive to our next field trip destination. The end of summer is a good time to look for the season’s “late bloomers.” This in one of them, and it can really make a “point.”

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Why don’t you put things back where they belong? Do you have to have every light on? Why is the TV so loud?

    Sound familiar? If resentment is hijacking your relationship, it could be a wakeup call.

    Maybe you’re frustrated and feel like your partner has changed his or her personality. Can you ever regain the magic?

    Where’s the spark?

  • Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash presents “Skies of Coastal Carolina,” works by Rachel Rourke Sunnell, from Sept. 5 through Oct. 6. Viewers will have an opportunity to meet the artist at the gallery’s Saturday open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8.

  • Chloe was at it again: ceaseless slurping and licking of her tummy, paws and legs. She would press her face against one end of the living room rug and skate across to the other side. She had removed several patches of fur from her legs and stomach and now her face was red and scabby.

  • Southport’s ninth annual Wooden Boat Show is the focus of the First Friday Reception on Sept. 7 at Franklin Square Gallery. The Associated Artists of Southport invite all to meet Tony Alderman and see his acrylic painting, “She Stood the Test,” this year’s winner of the Wooden Boat Show poster contest.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    There’s no question you play lots of roles throughout your life — daughter, son, mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife, co-worker, boss, friend, sports team member and volunteer — just to name a few.

    It can be exhausting to juggle all these roles, especially if they conflict with one another. So much energy is spent, particularly if you’re trying to live up to someone else’s vision.

  • By Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    Guest Columnist

    Let us all journey to Southeast Asia through the sands of time. Learn a little bit of the history that identifies some of our neighbor’s culture.

  • Arts enthusiasts are invited to see what’s happening at the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) at its fourth annual open house Saturday, Aug. 25, at 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

    The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. It will feature tours of the facility, hands-on activities, and a chance to meet the instructors, who number more than 20 now since the center’s opening in 2015.