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...

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...

Close friend passing away is always a shock

When a close friend passes away, no matter how much you expected it, you always experience a shock. This was the case with me last Thursday when I had a call from my son, Todd, telling me this bad news about Robert Lance (Bob) O’Neal. I have only known Bob for about 15 years, but...

You may be surprised by the versatility of your preacher

It was Jimmy to the rescue! When baking some squash in our kitchen oven last week, I noticed some flames coming from the red-hot bottom cooking unit and I quickly turned off the oven. The small flames stopped, but then I noticed the unit had burned completely into two pieces....

John Wayne brawled his way through more than 200 movies

My column two weeks ago about Bobby Copeland’s B-Western Boot Hill book prompted a response from one of my friends in Warrenton, Wild Bill Brown, who not only has a copy of the treasured book, he also visits The Border Restaurant and gets his hair clipped by Larry at the nearby...

Mountains, Camera Clinic give irresistible calling — Roving, Aug. 22, 2013

There are some things in life we like so much, we want to return to them time and time again. It seems no matter whatever comes along, I have an irresistible compulsion to return to the now 61-year-old annual Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic near Linville and Boone, about 230...

Boot Hill western book offers final tribute to cowboy movie stars

WAKE FOREST — If you want to see Jerry Ammon’s face light up, just ask him about cowboys of yesteryear like I did last Thursday at breakfast. Noticing the numerous cowboy pictures displayed on the walls at his Border Restaurant, I asked him who was his favorite cowboy. Without...

Colonoscopy ends stomach pains and doctors’ searching

by Bob Allen Most of us have good reasons for putting off certain unpleasant chores, and I have to admit I am guilty. When the word colonoscopy came up from my primary care doctor several months ago, I shuddered as memories from my first one about 10 years ago, came to mind. As...

Favorite sayings always bring a chuckle

Roving by Bob Allen Following my request for favorite sayings, Connie Nourse responded with, “Well, the one my mother used if she thought I was getting upset over something unimportant, was ‘Fret not thy gizzard.’ Of course there’s a story to tell about that. “Mom’s mother went...

Exciting visit from my son

My son Greg, who lives in Wilmington, called Monday asking if he could sleep on our couch Saturday night and I told him of course it was available. It had been several months since he paid us a visit and his coming was the catalyst we needed to straighten and clean-up our home —...