Advice from the files of DEAR PAULA

Posted by - June 28, 2016

Dear Lady Paula, My husband and I and another retired couple rent a house together every year at the beach. We have been doing this for several years and look forward to our shared two-week vacation each time. Last year our vacation mates, after checking with us, invited one of their friends (I’ll call her

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Why Buy a Camera? Do You Need More than a Phone?

Posted by - June 27, 2016

By Edward Taylor | Since we all have cameras in our phones, is there any reason that we should buy a dedicated camera? I am often asked, “Why buy a camera?” It depends. Phone cameras can pretty much replace the smaller “point and shoot” type cameras that used to be the most popular digital cameras

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Live Music at Gravity Records

Posted by - June 22, 2016

By Travis Harrington | For well over ten years, Gravity Records has built and maintained a reputation as an essential part of Wilmington’s cultural milieu. Chances are, if you consider yourself to be music-savvy to any degree, you have probably already spent some time combing through the extensive collection of vinyl, CD’s, and tapes in

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Page’s Perspective: What do Habits Do for Us?

Posted by - June 21, 2016

By Page Rutledge | Why do we have habits? And are they necessarily bad? Let’s explore some answers to, “What do habits do for us?” So what if you had to get up every day and consciously note the steps it takes to get ready for work? Your steps may be different from these, but

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Tar Heel Photographer: Carlyle Chambers

Posted by - June 19, 2016

Story and photos courtesy of Lisa Chambers McCall | Local photographer Lisa Chambers follows in her father’s footsteps through her passion for photography. Her version is land-bound, though, as she doesn’t share his penchant for jumping out of planes, camera in hand. Dubbed “Tar Heel Photographer” by local newspapers, PFC. F. Carlyle Chambers was a

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Farmers Market Fresh

Posted by - June 18, 2016

By Evonne Varady | Hey y’all. It’s my favorite time of year! Farmers market fresh produce stands are in full swing and what’s the best way to eat healthy? Fresh fruits and veggies! I love the options, I love wandering through the different vendors to see which delicious items are available, I love seeing foods

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European Travel Tips – The World Awaits!

Posted by - June 17, 2016

By Risa E. Patterson | Europe can be intimidating if one is traveling there for the first time. There are language barriers to overcome, cultural differences to navigate, public transit systems to conquer, pickpockets to thwart, and of course the dreaded undertow of jet lag. Do not fear—there is so much to be gained by

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Controlled Burn: Smoke on the Road

Posted by - June 15, 2016

By Paige Brown | White ash fell like snow and smoke filled the air as flames licked at the trunks of the trees. The sound was thunderous as the fire roared through the woodland at a frightening pace. As the blaze grew in intensity, it became a living, breathing presence that devoured all the undergrowth

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Dog Friendly Cape Fear Fun

Posted by - June 14, 2016

By Asia Butler | Finding dog friendly Cape Fear venues is a challenge, but not a daunting one. There are a number of dog-friendly restaurants, dog parks, and nature trails for you to enjoy with your best friend. So put a leash on your dog, grab some poop bags, and head out to any of

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