• By Linda Arnold

    Yes, you read that right. You know all about procrastination. But did you know it has a polar opposite?

    Procrastination’s evil twin is pre-crastination. The term was coined by psychology professor David Rosenbaum in a study he published in 2014, according to author Nick Wignall. While the procrastinator delays important tasks too long, the pre-crastinator doesn’t delay unimportant tasks long enough. Huh? What’s wrong with diving right into your to-do list?

  • Last week we covered flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) in dogs. Naturally, many of you asked about cats. Let’s spring into the season of feline allergies! (See what I did there?)

    What are allergies and how do they affect cats?

  • June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month and a great time to look for local produce.

    Many farmers’ markets have started here in Brunswick County where we can purchase local fruits and veggies and other locally produced items. What’s great about this is that the local produce is fresh…probably just picked right before the market opened and not shipped and stored for days.

  • "Skinny-dipping is like Paris. It’s always a good idea.”

    Rebecca Paula

  • By Linda Arnold

    There you are — drifting along in life. No matter how hard you try to focus, you keep getting sidetracked.

    With everything on your platter, it may seem like it’s all you can do to get to the bottom of your “to do” list. And then it feels like you’re just existing, rather than really living, your life.

    Is there an app for that?

    What are you doing — and why?

  • Sunset Vision’s third art show and sale, “Coast Visions,” launches with artist awards and a preview 4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Triple D’s Hemi Haven Chrysler and DeSoto Classic Car Private Showroom at 7011 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

    Monetary prizes will be awarded for best in show in each category as well as a People’s Choice award.

    A ticketed fundraising reception follows from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 21.

  • Thalian Association Community Theatre presents the North Carolina premiere of “Little Miss Sunshine the Musical” opening night Thursday, June 20, in the Brown Family Theatre in the Erin E. McNeill Fine Arts Center at Cape Fear Academy, 3900 S. College Road in Wilmington.

    Shows run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through June 30.

  • Their groove is undeniable, the beat infectious, the rhythm unmistakable.

    It’s true — Myrtle Beach-based Chocolate Chip & Company Band brings funky heat and cadent cool wherever it performs.

    Most immediately, that will be at the next Shallotte summer concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St.

  • I recently received this question:My dog’s skin has always been itchy and every summer he has to be treated. After a recent series of tests and I was told he has flea allergy dermatitis. The problem is that I have never seen a flea on him. Is this diagnosis correct?Spoiler alert: Yes. 

  • Food is a necessary expense, but there are ways to save money. Here are a few tips from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension that you might want to try.

    Use a grocery list

    We’ve heard this one before, but do you do it? Always shop with a list and then stick to the list. But also stay flexible if you find a sale. Gas for an extra trip to the store can add to your grocery bill. And, the fewer times you’re in the store, the less likely you’ll buy something on impulse.

    Garbage check

  • Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash has been chosen to host the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 2019 Travel Exhibition.

    The show runs from June 14 through Aug. 14 with a public reception Friday evening, June 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

    The exhibition consists of 33 paintings chosen from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual show.

  • They’re a merry musical band of 12 who got their start less than five years ago.

    Sea & Sand Band members met up in November 2014 through mutual location (Sea Trail) and love of music. They’ve been going and growing ever since.

    Composed mostly of retirees with a variety of musical talents, the band began via a query published in the Sea Trail newsletter seeking “any neighbors wanting to get together for a little jam session,” according to the group website at seaandsandband.com.

  • Classic cars are once again revving up for the Cruisin’ Calabash Car Show set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at 940 Carter Drive in Calabash.

    Event organizer Wendy Wowk, owner of Jewelry By Wendy and president of the Calabash Merchants Association, anticipates more than 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. This year organizers have also added a craft show on car show grounds.

  • Senior citizens Samuel Jonas and Laura Curtis, a widower and a widow, strike up a love affair in Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production.

    When they announce plans to live together without marrying so they can keep Social Security benefits that they’d otherwise lose, their children hit the ceiling, even though they were never close to their deceased parents and their own marriages leave a lot to be desired. 

  • It’s always gratifying when one of your former students comes back and lets you know how things have been going. Such was the case, actually several years ago by now, when my former pupil, Sanders McMillan, phoned me up to shoot the botanical breeze.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Happy Father’s Day!

    This may seem like an innocent greeting today, although it can trigger all kinds of feelings.

    A family affair

    If you happen to fall into the idyllic Norman Rockwell definition of a healthy family, this is likely a pleasant day for you. Be sure to celebrate these special connections.

    If, on the other hand, you’re struggling with family issues, you’re not alone.

  • I admit I don’t know much about ice hockey and I didn’t watch the recent National Hockey League finals, but I did get interested in it when I saw a news release and YouTube video about it from North Carolina State University Extension.

    Dr. Ben Chapman is originally from Canada, a great hockey fan and coach. He is also is our state Extension specialist in food safety. Chapman says he’s been waiting many years for his two areas of interest — food safety and hockey — to collide. And finally it did with the Stanley Cup.

  • Brunswick County Health Services “Splash into Summer” scheduled this Saturday, June 15, at the county government complex in Bolivia has been cancelled due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled sometime in the fall, with a date to be determined.

    For more information call 253-2250.

  • Now that school’s out and summer’s almost here, local libraries are celebrating the season with children’s summer reading programs.

    This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories” at both Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte and the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library in Carolina Shores.

    Rourk Branch Library

    Registration for Rourk Branch Library’s Summer Reading Program began this week, starting Monday, June 3.

  •  By John Nelson

    “And this our life exempt from public haunt

    Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

    Sermons in stones and good in every thing.”

    Shakespeare, “As You Like It”

    This is the vine that the Girl Scouts tell us to recognize by its compound trifoliolate leaves (that is, with three leaflets) and that we are obliged to leave alone because it is poisonous.