Unforgettable Shirley Temple and Ralph Waite leave their marks

Before Michael Jackson there was Shirley Temple. Not only was she a renowned singer, she was also a talented actress and dancer who began her career at the unusual age of three. With her infectious charm and her age near mine, she had me “falling in love with her.” Her blue eyes...

Koinonia auction, grits, salt, ice and singing are week’s highlights

Roving It’s always a thrilling experience to attend and participate in the annual Koinonia Cares Charity Auction held at The Forks Cafeteria. Saturday night was no exception as the 20th gathering had a record attendance of 200. Another exciting experience is looking over and...

Publisher makes wise decision; Super Bowl score a big surprise

We had plenty of warnings about the impending snowfall predicted for our area late Tuesday afternoon of last week and our publisher, Todd Allen, put on his thinking cap Sunday and decided we would move everything up one day to be on the safe side. It meant that Monday turned into...
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Standing, sleeping ‘baby’ in chair attracts attention

Roving With my close friend Mavis in Wake Med Hospital since Jan. 4 recuperating from a fall down her stairway at home, my son Bobby and I are eating out together more, and we saw something last Thursday night that took us completely by surprise. At a nearby table at Ci-Ci’s, I...

She was badly injured, but her beloved Pomeranian escaped

Roving It’s awfully tough to change our ways, even if it involves a big risk. My close friend Mavis Dew has always been one of those individuals to “do it now,” even if she knows she should wait until help arrives. This was the case Saturday, Jan. 4 when Mavis decided s...

Living without power for 19 hours puts us to the test

Roving W-H-O-O-O-S-H-! B-A-A-A-A-N-G-! That was the sound of the speeding wind reaching an estimated 86 miles per hour  and a falling tree in our Cardinal Hills back yard early Saturday afternoon in Wake Forest. We were warned about the fast moving storm through alerts running...

Like being a firing range target at my first Guard drills in 1952

Roving The new year started me thinking, as usual, about so many things which are now different from those of many bygone years. When I came to Wake Forest in 1952 as a transplanted Yankee from New Jersey, I never thought about the differences between the northern and southern...

Christmas: a wonderful time of year leaving us with fond memories

Roving Ah! Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. There are the exciting Christmas eve church services to celebrate the birth of our Christ child Jesus with joyous singing and inspirational preaching. And this year there were about 400 people attending the Wake Forest United...

Ah, Christmas, such a wondrous time of the year — enjoy it!

Roving Oh, wow! I can’t believe this pre-Christmas rush. It all started when I learned we (The Wake Weekly writers) had to turn the time-tables off schedule for this week’s newspaper edition to be printed on Monday, Dec. 23 — three days ahead of regular press time. This meant I...

I’m beginning to think I’m related to Rip Van Winkle

Roving Sixteen years ago, I thought if there was one pleasure I anticipated in retirement years, it was having the time to take a daily nap — something that just doesn’t work in full-time working schedules. And believe me, I now take advantage of a nap, almost daily, without...

79-degree day allows put-off job; Christmas cantata Sunday

Roving It seems like no matter how hard I try, I just can’t get around to washing my home’s windows in a timely fashion. Each night when I drive toward home and start making the right angle turn from Mockingbird Lane to enter the short stretch of Robin Avenue, and look at the...
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2 bountiful Thanksgiving meals; incredibly loud cannon firings

Roving You would think the pace would be slowing down since Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over, but now (Thursday) it is just 20 days before Christmas and we are being bombarded with all kinds of advertising from merchants who must make it or break it during this time. Most...