• “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.

  • 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.