Sunday’s sermon on togetherness brings back great memories

Roving I was intrigued by Wake Forest United Methodist Church pastor Donald Warren’s sermon Sunday morning titled “Together,” and I want to pass some of it along for you to enjoy. “When you look at your life and where you are right now, are there some things that you miss?”...
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Why are so many reluctant to fly American flags on holidays?

Roving Although I’m a week late, I think it’s important to clear up some confusion between two nationwide observances. We just observed Memorial Day. Did you know Memorial Day, always observed on the last Monday of May, is for remembering the men and women who died while serving...

Marvelous Middleschool concert a relaxing finale to a bustling day

Isn’t it strange how often our day’s plans can go completely astray from what our intentions were? Last Thursday started out as expected and seven of us who regularly attend our breakfast group every Thursday at The Border Restaurant had a great time exchanging stories and...

‘Who’s firing this damn rifle’ defused many family feuds

Roving Some things are remembered so well, they become a part of our lives. I will never forget the time my close friend, Bryant Cash, and I were sergeants in Youngsville’s National Guard unit and we were on the firing range to qualify with our rifles at Fort Bragg during our...

Bobby’s first song published, fearful storm Friday, memorable 17th birthday

Roving For the benefit of those who didn’t read this column last week, my oldest of four sons, Bobby, passed away suddenly April 16 from ischemic heart disease at age 59. The number of cards, messages, flowers and meals have been a humbling tribute to his Christian life. He was...
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Bobby loved his church, family, guitar, writing songs, football and Camaros

Roving I never thought I would be writing this column. I guess I always imagined my son Bobby, at 59, would outlive me. Bobby took it hard when his mother Peggy passed away suddenly 8 1/2 years ago. Tears would often fill his eyes when he talked about her. It was a family concern...

Raising four sons challenging while attending to growing newspaper

Roving Around Raising a family was exciting in the early fifties, although my wife Peggy and I often wondered if our four sons were a bit much for us. Well, I really think it was mostly me. We were in the middle of growing pains with our newspaper which required constant...

Obsession for garaging vehicles started with early bicycle days

Roving I don’t know what possesses me to always want a garage for my car (or cars) ever since I had my first car. It goes way back to even my bicycle days, when I wouldn’t ever leave my bike outside all night instead of in our garage. This was quite a contrast from some of my...
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Sapped of all energy for three days; getting used to humbling flattery

Roving First off, I want to apologize for a brief column this week. Something took hold of me late Friday night and really squeezed all my juices. I won’t go into detail about this, but it really sapped all my energy and I was one miserable soul. Mavis and I had attended and...

Recovery progresses nicely; many favored sayings

Roving My close friend Mavis is recuperating nicely after breaking her right shoulder and right wrist from a stairway fall on January 4. In fact, she now wants to get more exercise and we walked the 5-mile Greenway System Trail from Burlington Mill Road to the long bridge over...

Comedy night draws big crowd; A yesteryear trip with funnies

Roving Thanks to my close friend Bill Brown, Mavis and I attended the fourth annual Night of Comedy in the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Saturday. He gave us two tickets courtesy of Michael Minotti of Edward Jones in the Renaissance Center who had reserved a half table. It was...

Few things can compare to thrill of winning top N.C. press awards

Roving The suspense waiting through the long ceremony was enormous as individual press awards were announced for numerous newspapers before the long-awaited, coveted general excellence winners were named last Thursday evening. Our Wake Weekly group of seven attending the 2014...