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  • By Linda Arnold

     

    A friend said to me recently, “On the outside it looks like I’m living the dream. Yet, I have this hollow feeling inside, a nagging that keeps tugging at me. And then I feel guilty for not being more grateful.”

    If you feel like you’re drifting or “stuck,” you’re in good company. Lots of folks are in this boat  and beating themselves up because they just don’t feel “jazzed.”

  • It’s a sacred day to remember those who died in defense of our country.

    Memorial Day tributes to America’s soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice will once again be paid throughout Brunswick County and on the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington on the traditional fourth Monday in May observance as well as one ceremony on the “actual Memorial Day” on Wednesday, May 30.

    Here’s a closer look at scheduled ceremonies.

    Memorial Day in Calabash

  • New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe is scheduled to be at Silver Coast Winery at 5 p.m. Friday, May 25, promoting her latest can’t-miss coastal read, “Beach House Reunion.”

    Monroe will be on hand to meet with the public and read and sign copies of her new hardcover book, which went on sale May 22, at this two-hour event presented by Pelican Bookstore of Sunset Beach.

    Admission is $7.50, which includes a glass of wine.

  • On Saturday, May 26, enjoy a good day of music, good food and good friends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 10th annual Hot Rods & Hamburgers Cruise In Food Social at Ocean City Chevrolet on U.S. 17 in Shallotte, hosted by the Tri-Beach Cruisers Car Club.

    Hot dogs and hamburgers are free to all classic car cruisers. Lunch will be served about 12:30 p.m.

    There will be a 50/50 drawing with proceeds going to 2018 Brunswick County Toy Run. Find more information about this effort at BrunswickToyRun.org.

  • The Tams have been entertaining and thrilling audiences for more than half a century.

    They’ll light up the stage of this season’s first Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St.

    They’re scheduled to be back for a Calabash Summer Concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, in Calabash Community Park and for a Holden Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, in the gazebo at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

  • “Somebody help me! My dog is dying!”

    My peaceful veterinary reception was shattered by the cries of a panicked pet owner cradling a limp white dog in her arms. My team sprang into action.

    “I don’t know what happened. She was outside in my garden when I heard her yelp. When I went to check on her, Sophie was like this.”

    As I quickly examined the unresponsive middle-aged Maltese on my table, I asked if her dog had any allergies or any medical conditions.

  • The Artisans of St. James have once again accepted a challenge to create works of art from the unusual.

    The results of their creativity will be showcased in “Artful Reflections,” a show and silent auction presented by the nonprofit Stepping Up for the Arts! (SUPA) from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

    This creative team has taken 30 mirrors and transformed them into 30 works of art.

  • The Shallotte Masonic Lodge at 5072 Main St. cooks up its annual chicken plate luncheon fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 18.

    Chicken plates are $8 each, consisting of fried chicken, green beans, yams and a roll.

    Plates can be picked up at the lodge.

    All proceeds from this event will be used to support Masonic charities. 

  • Crustacean lovers are celebrating once again as the Little River, S.C., Blue Crab Festival gets under way this weekend for the 37th year.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, along the fishing village’s historic waterfront at Mineola Avenue.

    More than 300 arts and crafts, food and business vendors are scheduled in addition to a scheduled roster of entertainment.

    Saturday’s lineup consists of Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot at 11:30 a.m. and Carolina Soul Band at 3 p.m.

  • The town of Carolina Shores' first free outdoor concert planned for Wednesday, May 23, on the town hall lawn at 200 Persimmon Road has been canceled.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said Tuesday the concert, which was to feature ScottFree band, will be rescheduled for a date and time to be announced in June.

  • The Brunswick County Literacy Council is having its 29th annual Adult Spelling Bee next Tuesday, May 22.

    The event takes place in the Virginia Williamson Event Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    An A-Z Silent Auction is scheduled 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the spelling bee at 7 p.m.

    Admission is free for spectators. The entry fee per two-person team is $250.

    For more information, call 754-7323 or go to bcliteracy.org.

  • By John Nelson

     

    But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad,

    Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastward hill.

                                    Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Sunday marked my ninth Mother’s Day without my mother.

    It’s always a time of reflection. Sometimes it seems longer than nine years, and sometimes it doesn’t seem that long.

    For many of you, this may be your first, and those “firsts” are tough — whether it’s Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary or that first holiday. These are powerful triggers that start building before the event and endure after it’s over. 

  • As a veterinarian, I’ve dedicated my life to serving animals. Most of you know me as a strong advocate for animal welfare, particularly my fight against puppy mills (sadly, it’s a battle we’re still fighting).

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s 2018 class of Musical Theatre Apprentices presents their annual revue, “That’s Entertainment IV,” with matinee performances at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, and Sunday, May 20 at the BLT Theatre at 8068 River Road in Southport.

  • It’s free summer concert and movies time again in Brunswick County.

    Chocolate Chip & Company dance band of Myrtle Beach, S.C., is slated for a show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Leland Municipal Park at 102 Town Hall Drive in Leland.

    Poor Piggy’s BBQ Food Truck will be on hand with food available for sale.

    Another upcoming concert is Carolina Line Bluegrass Band from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Franklin Square Park in Southport.

    On May 19, the movie “Coco” will be shown at sunset in Leland Town Park. 

  • Inlet View Bar and Grill at 1800 Village Point Road at Shallotte Point will host a benefit fundraiser for Shriners hospitals for Children from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 11.

    During that time, a portion of all proceeds at the restaurant will be donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Thirty children from Brunswick County are being treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children, according to a news release.

  • By John Nelson

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Let’s face it: growth and comfort do not coexist. 

    And the level of discomfort that needs to occur in order to make a change is different for each of us.

    As humans, we’re not necessarily “wired” for instant change. Whether it’s something that’s pushing you or pulling on you, it generally takes a big catalyst to get into major action for change.

  • As the days grow longer, Bo and Bear, two brawny brown Labs, don’t want to come inside after their sundown backyard romp. Sniffing down the fence line, pawing through pine straw and darting through any cracked gate or door, the two retrievers seem aware of something. Their owner doesn’t see, hear or even smell anything unusual, but apparently the dogs detect something she doesn’t.