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This time of the year, money can be tight with all of the added expenses, like gifts, food, travel and parties. I am constantly trying to come up with gift ideas that are meaningful but … more
Wow! What a wonderful 72nd annual Wake Forest Community Dinner on Monday night at The Forks Cafeteria in Wake Forest. The dinner is always a high point for Wake Forest-area folks. Much of the fun … more
Our recycling bin is filling up fast, and it’s heavier than usual because of all the thick, shiny ad inserts in the newspapers. The Thanksgiving Day paper, filled with Black Friday opportunities, … more
Acts 2:37-38; 41-42 (ESV) “When they heard this, they came under deep conviction and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: ‘Brothers, what must we do?’ ‘Repent,’ Peter said to … more
Oh, boy, did I screw up my first attempt at covering a town council meeting. It was 1986, and I was spending the summer interning at a weekly newspaper in Nash County called the Spring Hope … more
As attorney general, protecting North Carolinians is my top priority. My dedicated colleagues at the North Carolina Department of Justice and I have been hard at work in 2019 to protect the people in … more
Look closely, I have some sayings to catch your attention or to match your wit. “Come on, try to be a good, seasoned politician — instead of a half-wit.” “Sometimes, we just turn our … more
When you think about it, Thanksgiving is a rather peculiar holiday. The celebration in this country seems to date back to the Pilgrims and Indians in 1621 when they gathered for a harvest … more
I grew up being bashful, and I hated it. I just didn’t know how to avoid being that way, but I guess many people are that way, but not finding a way to get out of it. I never did, until the … more
After sitting through large chunks of the proceedings after the Mueller report was released and the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings with my fists clenched, grinding my teeth and talking back to the … more
A recipe for lamb stew reads, “Meat is used. You prepare water. You add fine-grained salt, dried barley cakes, onion, Persian shallot, and milk. You crush and add leek and garlic.” And … more
Just in case I haven’t told you earlier, I have gained a share of the care-taking of two animals to keep me company for the last four months. There are pluses and minuses when it all comes down … more
Monday was a fairly nice day, sunny and with a mild temperature. If you didn’t have government business, it was easy to miss that Monday was also Veterans Day. The celebration was, let’s just … more
Psalm 23:4 (ESV) “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Fear has a scary way of … more
My family’s trip to Disney World last month was filled with fun rides and attractions, relaxing time by the pool, lots of walking and plenty of food. In the months leading up to our trip, we did … more
I am astounded to see what is happening to our young generation referred to as millennials. To see polls indicating that 70 percent support socialism, and are willing to vote for socialism in America … more
Until I was nearly 12 years old, I always hated when the clock struck 6 p.m. because that meant every single channel on television would be showing the exact same thing — the news. My sixth-grade … more
I feel like somebody gave a big party and I didn’t get invited. Even though I’m almost surrounded by the town of Wake Forest, I’m not inside the town limits and can’t vote in municipal … more
This column is about my late wife, Peggy, who passed away 14 years ago on Nov. 1, 2005. Instead of a memorial ad like we have been running each year in this newspaper, son Jimmy suggested I write … more
Psalm 22:26 (ESV) “The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let Your heart live forever!” Psalm 22 is an example of people talking about Jesus before He … more
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