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INTERVIEW WITH AN AUTHOR: Emily Colin talks about her love of the South and craft of being a writer by Janet Oliver, LOL contributor

  “The Dream Keeper’s Daughter” by Emily Colin debuted in July and has received nothing but accolades and praises since hitting the shelves. Ms. Colin was kind enough to answer a few questions for LOL readers about her novel and craft as a writer. Livin Out Loud (LOL): Tell us how you came from Brooklyn […]

PORTFOLIO BUILDING: Just keep it simple by Ron Copley, Ph.D, CFA, LOL contributing writer

Constructing a portfolio can be as simple or as complicated as one wants to make it. Having built portfolios for hundreds of investors over the past several decades, I believe the simple approach is much better. A well-constructed portfolio need not involve exotic securities, derivatives, or a complicated tax strategy. A basic plain vanilla portfolio […]

PACK THE ‘YAK: Chris Farley makes kayaking a breeze by Chris Wirszyla, LOL contributor

“Environmentally friendly” and “inexpensive” (after the initial investment) are a few words Christine “Chris” Farley uses to describe kayaking around some of the roughly 7,000 square miles of inland waters in North Carolina. Farley grew up in Astoria, New York, and relocated to Wilmington after a career in pharmaceutical marketing in Manhattan. The second oldest […]

7 FOODS FOR HAPPY PEOPLE: Gut health and serotonin increase by Lindy Ford, RD, LDN, LOL contributor

  It’s important to understand how the brain regulates mood. It uses neurotransmitters like nor-epinephrine, GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid), dopamine, and serotonin to communicate signals that keep THE mood stable. These mood-affecting chemicals don’t magically appear. They are created by compounds found in food, and some are better at neurotransmitter production than others. I guess […]

RUNNING ON ENERGY: Former student coach takes on new life goals by Chris Wirszyla, LOL contributor

I remember years ago, as an assistant coach for our school’s Girls on the Run and STRIDE (for boys) programs, jogging past head coach Mary Alice Hudson and telling her, “C’mon and join us!” She responded, “No way—never have, never will. I’m just here volunteering for the students.” Soon after, while looking at a picture […]

LIVING A QUALITY LIFE: Lower Cape Fear Hospice eases hard decisions on patients, family by Teresa McLamb, LOL contributor

According to the Center for Disease Control’s website, one in four Americans has multiple chronic conditions, such as heart failure, diabetes, COPD, cancer, dementia, renal failure, among others. For ages 65 and older, the statistic jumps to three out of four. In essence, out of approximately 550,836 residents of Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and […]