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  • When scary things happen, be prepared

    This week one of my dear friends had a direct encounter with someone unsavory. While home with her grandchildren and getting ready for work, she looked out the front door and found a young man, shirtless and his pants hanging low, standing at the door. He was a stranger and not from the area. When she asked him what he wanted he held up a slip of paper and said he needed a ride to a local pharmacy to get his Oxycodone. READ MORE

  • Culinary herb gardening a tasty money-saver

    The struggling economy has many people looking for ways to save money. One way to cut corners is to grow your own food. Growing your own will also ensure you know where your food was grown, what type of fertilizers were used in its production, and if any pesticides or fungicides were applied. READ MORE

  • Cook in advance to enjoy the Easter holiday

    Happy Easter! Here are a few recipes to help make the day special. Some of the recipes may be made in advance. READ MORE

  • Our place in the food chain needs to be handled with care

    The phrase “Butterfly Effect” was coined by Dr. Edward Norton Lorenz (a mathematician and expert in chaos theory) and refers to the idea that a butterfly’s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in another location through a chain reaction. This is an interesting theory and one I agree with. It means that any action one takes affects everything. We may think we are small and insignificant creatures in this huge universe, but we must remember that everything we do has cause and effect. This, in turn, means that our place in the food chain needs to be handled with great care. We are on the top of the food chain (usually), and with great powers come great responsibility. READ MORE

  • Food chain can serve as a lesson to us all

    What does fishing mean to me? Fishing is not a sport to me, it is not a pastime, it is not a hobby, it is not a choice. To me, fishing is communing with nature and connecting myself to this big round ball we call Earth and the universe in general. Fishing makes me calm. Fishing makes me more aware of nature. Fishing makes me stop and think about how everything is connected to everything else. Time stops and is irrelevant when I am fishing (just ask my wife). This “connection” I feel isn’t solely restricted to fishing. When I am parenting, gardening and hunting I have these same thoughts. The “Butterfly Effect” in my opinion is real and destiny is not. READ MORE

  • Pay attention to what’s important and read the signs

    This weekend I watched as two men on motorcycles decided to ride on the wrong side of the road to get to the Surf City McDonalds. Though the entrances are poorly marked for visitors, this was a dangerous choice they made. They ignored the signs. READ MORE

  • Celebrate Easter season with a special brunch

    Happy Easter! Here are a few recipes to help make the day special. Brunch can be a special occasion for both Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. READ MORE

  • Mother Nature needs to make up her mind

    I think Mother Nature is a Gemini (my wife is one too)and has been quite the tease here lately. You know what they say, “If ya don’t like the weather in North Carolina just blink.” My poor garden is freaking out and the fish don’t know if they are coming or going. Hopefully, she will settle down and figure out which way she wants to go. READ MORE

  • Please don’t squeeze the produce

    When you go to Walmart, do you ask to take apart the DVD players before you buy one? When you go to the auto dealership do they offer you a set of tools to take the motor apart? No, of course not. So why do people who look at guns think they are entitled to take them apart before buying them? I certainly wouldn’t want a product someone else had messed with. It’s common sense. READ MORE

  • Our society gets more and more confusing every day

    If you are going to sell beach property, don’t use a photo of a Kentucky horse farm on your website; and if you want to sell me skin care for wrinkles, don’t use Asian people as examples or 14-year-old models to talk about cellulite. Good grief. Let’s get a grip, shall we? READ MORE