Ralph Keith helped many motorists

Roving Around by Bob Allen I was saddened to read an obituary for Ralph Keith last week. He was one of the happiest-go-lucky guys I ever knew, always enjoying a conversation as he skillfully made repairs to your car or light truck. Ralph loved plying his craft of careful auto...

Police support helps image when all appears one-sided

Roving Around by Bob Allen I was extremely glad to see in last week’s edition of The Wake Weekly the positive action supporting our local police and Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies. With all the national news about people against the police, it gets one thinking there must be...

A wonderful time of year; each has Christmas story

Roving Around by Bob Allen Christmas for 2014 is all over, but I hope we all benefit from its existence. I just can’t imagine what this world would be like without the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. I know each one of us has a story to tell, whether it’s about the beautiful...

Patience and friendliness go a long way

Roving Around by Bob Allen I’m going to give you readers a treat this week — partly because I’m just about played out of something good to write during this busy Christmas season, and another because of an early deadline and instead of writing this column on Monday morning, I’m...

Fond memories of our favorite Christmas mornings

Roving Around by Bob Allen I was surprised when I saw the headline, “What I don’t want for Christmas!” Instead of the better known, “What I want for Christmas.” As long as I can remember, Mother, Dad and my beloved Uncle Harold always wanted to know what my sister Jeanne and I...

Ending 45 years in choir; Christmas Cantata Sunday

Roving Around by Bob Allen We all know that time changes things, whether we like it or not. My latest change, resigning from the Wake Forest United Methodist chancel choir after 45 years, was an extremely difficult one to make, but there comes a time for everything, and I needed...

Thanksgiving Day feast and exciting weekend

Roving Around by Bob Allen Thanksgiving has always been one of my most favorite holidays, and this year’s was extra special. I was invited to join son, Jimmy, his wife Ginger, along with their four girls, Olivia, Ruthie, Maggie and Mary Nancy for Thanksgiving dinner with Ginger’s...

Stew sale, bazaar raise thousands

Bill Klose, in charge of the Brunswick stew sales at Wake Forest United Methodist Church for as long as there has been a bazaar, recently gave me some of the facts about the stew. The church sold barbecued chicken for decades, until they noticed that nobody was making Brunswick...

Son Greg turns casual Saturday visit into a dog-barbering affair

I really enjoyed my son Greg’s visit from Wilmington on Saturday a week ago. Some of you will remember him well and may even recall his soccer abilities while at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. Greg played soccer when the program was just getting started at the school —...

Truth proves stranger than fiction when it comes to my printer

Roving Around by Bob Allen Strange things do happen and one of them just happened to me. The trusty 6-year-old Epsom R-380 printer connected to my iMac computer at home decided to take a rest (or at least that’s what it appeared to me). After not operating it for a week during my...

It’s always tempting to cheat when opportunities are right in front of you

Roving Around by Bob Allen I was given answers to one of our math workbooks accidentally when enrolled in a different school at mid-term during seventh grade. It was more than I could do to keep from peeking at the answers from time to time. After several weeks, when I talked...

Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak puzzles me; outstanding concerts abound

Roving Around by Bob Allen I’ve been thinking about how quickly Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune can rattle off the called letters by a contestant. Not only does he know if the letter is used once, but how many times. Does he memorize the puzzles earlier? Does he have a small...