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  • By Linda Arnold

     

    It sounds so simple. Say what you mean — and mean what you say. 

    Then why is it so hard?

    It may well depend on how you’re wired. Some of you are quick to speak what’s on your mind. Others hold back.

    This may have to do with early childhood conditioning, or it might have to do with learned behaviors over the years.

  • “Idiot what?”

    Based on the current situation, I could understand the pet owner’s frustration and worry and overlook the slight. On my exam table lay his nearly lifeless dog, Chloe. Chloe had recently celebrated her sixth birthday and 48 hours ago was a perfectly healthy cocker spaniel. When I saw her, she could barely raise her head and was pale as my lab coat.

  • ‘Tis the season to celebrate in your finest shamrock green or perhaps raise a glass of emerald-hued beer.

    An abundance of St. Patrick’s Day festivities are happily just around the River Shannon bend.

    The celebratory day paying tribute to the patron saint of Ireland kicks off with the 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade starting at 9 a.m. just across the state line in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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    Founders

    Stan and Tess Barwikowski

    Meetings

    3 p.m. third Sundays except July and November at Silver Coast Winery

    Information

    oibaws.org

    Stan Barwikowski (910) 579-5235

    e-mail oceanisleaws@gmail.com

  • By John Nelson

    Recent bad storms and rough weather has caused tragic loss of life as well as tremendous property damage here in the East, and considering the uncertainty of the weather, there is likely to be more of the same in the coming several weeks. I am fortunate no storms have affected my neighborhood here in Columbia, S.C. — yet. But a couple years ago, we did have a scary storm. Here’s some evidence.

  • By Linda Arnold

    There you are, starting off your day. Grabbing a cup of coffee and thinking about your “to do” list.

    And then you get the brushoff from a coworker. What’s up with that?

    You likely start to question whether you did something to offend them. It’s only human nature.  Be careful not to dwell on this for too long, though.

  • 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.