• 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.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Guest Columnist

    Do you have too much on your plate?

    If you’re like a lot of folks, you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed these days. Too much to do and too little time.

    Perhaps never before in human history have there been more possibilities. That’s the good news. The flipside is you may be drowning in options.

    So, how can you get a handle on this?

    The best productivity habit you can ever get into is very simple: Do your worst task first thing in the morning.

  • By John Nelson

    Guest Columnist

    The Bard was obviously fond of flowers. One of his favorite plant families was the mint family … I think it’s my favorite family, too.

    The four plants mentioned by Perdita in Shakespeare’s story are aromatic herbs, which we classify as members of the mint family, or Lamiaceae. There are many additional members.

  • “Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” — Hippocrates

    Last week we discussed strategies for administering pet medications at home. In addition to medical care, restorative rest is essential for healing. The trouble is convincing your pet to take it easy.

    If your dog or cat has undergone surgery, injured a leg or spine, or has a lung or heart condition, chances are strict bed rest is needed.

  • Letters From Home, a military tribute duo launched in North Carolina, will perform a special show at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    In 2010, Erinn Diaz founded Letters From Home in Winston-Salem with a mission to tour the country honoring our nation’s veterans, active military heroes and their families, by reviving patriotism through music.

  • In keeping with the seasonal spirit of fun coupled with a little competition, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce initiates the first Brunsco Spring Fling and Brunsco Battlefield from Friday, May 4, until Sunday, May 6, on a vacant field in front of Planet Fun at 349 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    Festivities begin 5 to 10 p.m. Friday with Family Night, featuring fair rides, games and a food, beer and wine garden.

  • It’s all about the headwear, the bourbon and the music.

    For the fifth year, the South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club serves up Juleps & Jazz, a Kentucky Derby-style “fund racer” from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Brunswick Center at Supply at 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    With presenting sponsor Novant Health, highlights include Most Glamorous and Most Outrageous hat contests for the ladies and “most dashing derbster” for the men, prizes included.

  • Colorful dancing and foods once again highlight Fiesta Mexicana, which falls on Cinco de Mayo this Saturday, May 5, on the grounds of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 5101 Ocean Highway in Shallotte.

    Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and admission and parking are free.

    This year’s fifth annual event features fancy footwork (baile folklorico, salsa and Zumba), food and fun, said Sister Mary Teresa, coordinator of St. Brendan’s Hispanic ministry.

  • Belville celebrates its 41st anniversary and Founders Day with music, food and craft vendors and children’s activities 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park.

    Three bands are providing entertainment this year, including Soul-R-Fusion at noon, Jenny and The Hatch Brothers at 1:30 p.m. and Soul on the Beach.

    Soul-R-Fusion is an original acoustic duo consisting of Alex Goodell on fretless bass and Tim Koehler on acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica.

  • “Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients …” — Hippocrates


    “I can’t remember if I gave her all the pills; she certainly didn’t like them. I’m pretty sure she got most of them. I don’t understand why she’s still sick?”

    At least she was honest. Caring for a sick pet can be a challenge.

  • By Linda Arnold


    We’ve all been there: Waiting impatiently at a red light. Counting the seconds until your meal arrives at a restaurant. Checking and rechecking email for a response.

    “Just have a little patience,” you’re told by friends. “All good things come to those who wait.” Good advice, to be sure. Not always so easy to put into practice, though.

  • By John Nelson


    Ah, the Blue Ridge Parkway: truly one of our national treasures. An incredible amount of scenery and natural history abounds all along its length, and all year long. Although there is no “wrong” time to be on the Parkway — unless it’s snowing heavily — many people say mid- to late spring is the best, mostly because of the amazing variety of blooming plants to see. This shrub is one of those plants.