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ENJOY GREAT GUT HEALTH! Step two: Restore for proper digestive function by Lindy Ford, RD, LDN, LOL contributor

Do you ever wonder if you possess a compromised microbiome (gut)? To help you discover this, think about Jeff Foxworthy who is known to say, “If you ______, you may be a redneck (someone who has a glorious absence of sophistication).” Remember. “If your retirement plan is playing the lottery,” or “if you have upholstered […]

SAVING LIVES, CHANGING LIVES: Monty’s Home Expo goes into year 10 of funding pet education and rescue services by Chris Wirszyla, LOL contributor

  In 2005 Mike and Barb Raab were enjoying life with their quite famous therapy and show dog, Monty (real name Vermont’s Golden Boy). They had established Monty’s Mondays, where they would visit hospitals and nursing homes to provide sunshine, therapy and encouragement to those in need. Monty had a costume for every occasion. He […]

THE WAR by Henderson Cole

LOL contributing writer, Henderson Cole, passed away in December 2016 at age 95. Though I never met Henderson, I feel like I knew him through his writing. One of our writers, Carol Ann Ross, introduced us to Mr. Cole through an article she wrote about him last spring. Mr. Cole, we discovered, was a writer […]

AN UNFORGETTABLE TASTE: Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival returns with sips, bites, laughs and more by Joyce Edwards, LOL contributor

  VOCAL is proud to be part of a city that reaches out every year to support their own. Wilmingtonians are extraordinary! There is no better way to celebrate such generosity than with an exceptional glass of wine, great music, delectable hors d’oeuvre, decadent chocolates and impressive artwork. 2017 rings in the 13th annual Wilmington […]

PHILANTHROPIC CHEER! Cape Fear Literacy Council presents fourth annual 12 Tastes of Christmas by JS Carver, LOL contributing editor

  The annual 12 Tastes of Christmas has raised $30,000 for the Cape Fear Literacy Council, with profits helping benefit adult literacy and English as a second language (ESL) programs. New Hanover County residents especially benefit from the cause, as 60,000 local citizens have low literacy skills. “We serve over 500 adult learners each year,” […]