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  • Will robot pets replace real dogs and cats? Will advances in artificial intelligence and robotics lead to a decrease in pet ownership? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of AI or robotic pets? I recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to find out. 

  • Get ready to be inspired.

    Saturday night, March 10, five famous artists are scheduled to grace the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College for “The Heart Behind the Music” Songwriters’ Showcase.

    The Brunswick County stop on this touring show features Teddy Gentry of hit country group Alabama, singer-songwriter John Berry, vocalist Linda Davis, musician/songwriter Lenny LeBlanc and comedienne Nadine, the “sassy church lady” of RFD-TV’s “Larry’s Country Diner.”

  •  By John Nelson

     

    I’ve had a long friendship with this tree species.

    My first recollection of it was while still a small boy, seated outside on a summer morning on the porch and crushing its bright green leaves in my hand, and then enjoying a remarkably pleasant, somewhat medicinal fragrance. Once you’ve taken the scent, so to speak, you’ll never forget it.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    There you are again … parked in front of that home shopping channel with a pint of ice cream in one hand and your credit card in the other. Or maybe you’re recuperating from drinking too much last night — again.

    Why can’t you ever be on time? Or slay that procrastination dragon once and for all?

  • I’ve got a beef with evolutionary anatomy: knees and shoulders. To my biomechanical eye, those joints joint seem awkwardly oriented, hastily designed and assembled from spare parts. Whatever the reason, I diagnose a lot of pets with knee and shoulder conditions. Which brings me to Molly’s trick knee.

  • The Willis Richardson Players present “All the World’s A Stage, A Musical Revue,” in two performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Thalian Hall Studio Theatre, 310 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    Admission is $20.

    The Willis Richardson Players, Wilmington’s historically African American theater company, is a nonprofit organization organized in 1974. The troupe only presents a couple of shows annually.

  • Founder

    Kathy Kimbrough

    Director

    Trish Kelley

    Address

    6622 Beach Drive

    Ocean Isle Beach

    Facility hours

    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays

    11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

    Phone

    253-1375

    Website

    Cattails.org

    Email

    cattails@atmc.net

    Go ahead — call the team of dedicated volunteers at Cat Tails crazy cat ladies and gents.

    They don’t mind one kibble-bit.

  • The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation’s seventh annual Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball unfolds 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) in St. James.

    This year’s proceeds will go to help Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity, American Legion Post 543 in St. James and Southport-based Samara’s Village Inc. aiding pregnant and parenting teens and their families.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s first Open Mic Poetry Reading in January was so successful the troupe has scheduled another one for 7 p.m. this Friday, March 2.

    All are invited to bring their original poetry to read to other poets and poetry lovers.  Sign-up begins at 7, followed by the readings at 7:30 in BLT’s main building at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    Attendance is welcome for those who just want to come and listen. The session will end when all the poets have had a turn.

  • By John Nelson

    If I’d a cow that gave such milk, I'd dress her in the finest silk;

    Feed her lots of sweet, sweet hay, and milk her twenty times a day.

                                                    — Joseph Winner, “Little Brown Jug”

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    You know the feeling. You’re driving along, and a favorite tune comes on the radio.  Immediately, it causes a warm feeling to wash over you. What’s up with that? 

    Listening to favorite music causes your brain to release dopamine, the “feel good” chemical that’s released when you experience pleasure and reward.

  • On New Year’s Eve 2016, Nicole and Guy Mael decided to celebrate with their five pugs by offering a special meal of Evanger’s “Hunk of Beef Au Jus” canned dog food.

    Within minutes after sharing the can of Evanger’s, all of the dogs were staggering and convulsing, and rushed to a nearby veterinary emergency clinic. Sadly, one of the pugs, Talula, died a few hours later

    The owners sent the remainder of the food for analysis at Michigan State University Diagnostic Center and had a necropsy conducted on Talula.

  • Just in time for celebrating George Washington’s 286th birthday, Brunswick County author and Washington descendant Mary Shawn Russell has unveiled her comprehensive reference, “Washington’s Bloodline.”

    The book is described as a documentation of 380 years of American history as revealed through the long-lost branch of Washington’s family tree and contains little-known facts providing a glimpse into the life of America’s premier first family.

  • Saturday will be the perfect day to get focused on health as The Brunswick Beacon’s 12th annual Beacon Health Expo takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Admission is free, and free childcare will be available.

    Featured are 52 vendors bringing a variety of free screenings and demonstrations, a seminar and information on an array of health-oriented topics.

    Participants include hospitals, dental offices, wellness centers and hearing and eye care specialists.

  • If you are a cocker spaniel, you may not want to look at this photo!

    Here’s a plant species with a kind of brutal winter beauty, even when dry and dead, the stems topped with a constellation of brown, spiny burs. You might have a feeling this is a plant that wants to spread itself around, if it can. And it wants you to help.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    You may be feeling “out of sorts.” Or maybe nothing is jazzing you. 

    You can’t quite put your finger on it, although there’s a cloud hanging over you. And it doesn’t seem to be lifting anytime soon.

    This time of year there’s a lack of sunlight in some areas. And that can definitely impact those of you with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

  • Baxter couldn’t stand, much less walk.

    As I looked down at the shaking German shepherd puppy, it was hard to imagine this was the same dog that only a week ago had nearly knocked me over as he bounded into my veterinary clinic. What was going on?

  • As one of the old guys in the gardening world, I’ve seen lots of changes in the last 35 years as conventional wisdom evolves and changes our recommendations. Pruning flush cuts, tree wraps and planting holes filled with Black Cow have all gone the way of the mammoth and the dodo bird. It seems our long-standing recommendation to wait until mid- to late April to fertilize warm-season grasses may be next on the scrap heap of horticultural history.

  • By John Nelson

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Flash bulletin:  Did you know your ability to love someone else is directly related to your ability to love yourself?

    And I don’t mean in a conceited narcissistic type of way.  At your core level it’s essential that you have or develop a healthy sense of self-respect.