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...

N.C. mountains beckon us for more photos, but farther south

Roving There’s no doubt about it, Mavis and I love the N.C. mountains. Just after spending a week in the higher country mountains of the Boone to West Jefferson area, we returned two weeks later to visit the Black Mountain area as the calling for more photos of the fall coloring...
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A marvelous photographic week despite fall colors not at peak

Roving by Bob Allen (This is the last of five columns about my recent trip to the mountains of North Carolina’s high country around Boone.) Our plans for Friday were for the four of us to start out again with a hearty breakfast at the nearby Grandview Restaurant in Foscoe. We...

Journey to West Jefferson takes us on a curvy, entertaining road

by Bob Allen (This is the third in a series of columns about a recent trip to the mountains.) Our plans for Wednesday were made and we agreed this was the day all four of us would drive to West Jefferson — the place we all had heard much about, but where none of us had been. The...

Trip to mountains worth fighting downpour

by Bob Allen WAKE FOREST — We finally got around to doing something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time — take a week-long fall vacation in the mountains to try and capture photo images in all of its peak fall splendor. But as you may well know, sometimes it can be mighty...

Laughter is sometimes your best medicine, young or old

by Bob Allen I just couldn’t pass up these little rib tickler stories in my friend Jean Boney’s Jottings by Jean column in The Alamance News of Graham a few weeks ago, and sharing them with you: We don’t stop laughing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop laughing! The...

The seven dogs in my lifetime have brought much happiness

Roving by Bob Allen Sometimes I think how interesting it would be to know the population of dogs in Wake Forest, Rolesville, Youngsville, Franklinton and Louisburg — even Raleigh for comparison. If you’re like me, dogs are fascinating like no other household pet. I almost always...
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Feeding more than 1,000 with fish fry meals without a hitch

Roving by Bob Allen Having spent about three hours watching, delivering plates and eating at the Wake Forest United Methodist Church Fish Fry last Friday, I had a first-hand experience in most all aspects of this marvelous event and could see the many people it takes to make it...