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In last week’s column, I shared the first part of the message given at the funeral for Ian Frazier Lewis, whose mother, Missy, was like a member of our family when she was growing up. The message … more
I’m not a hockey fan. The only game I have ever watched all the way through was when my great-granddaughter played, briefly, for a Boys and Girls Club team. It was actually an interesting game and, … more
The following words were given by my son, the Rev. Jimmy Allen, and the pastor of Heritage Baptist Church of Wake Forest, at the funeral for Ian Frazier Lewis on Sunday, April 28, at Binkley Chapel … more
May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and I ask all North Carolinians to join me in thanking our hardworking educators. We are fortunate to have them. As state superintendent of North … more
I once read something about the famous sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior that said at the time of the event, people believed that storm systems only blew through every seven … more
When governing bodies are in session to work on legislative proposals, many times there are important waiting periods to assess the potential vote of the members. Never has there been a more … more
It’s been a busy week in Wonderland! As you read in last week’s paper, the Wake Forest Garden Club’s annual Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Garden/Art Tour is coming up tomorrow from 10 a.m.-4 … more
The Hebrew word “peace” (shalom), refers to the ideals of contentment, completion and soundness. It means that no matter what we do, no matter what happens in our lives or the world around us, we … more
When are the 20-plus Democratic presidential candidates going to come to North Carolina? We are suffering from their absence as they concentrate on the early primary and caucus states. … more
North Carolina’s economy is doing well. With a headline unemployment rate of 4 percent and a healthy 2.8 percent jump in inflation-adjusted median household income last year, North Carolinians are … more
Romans 14:19 “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Women usually discuss how they hope their professional careers would pan out. Some … more
Sun, sea, sand and summer. It’s like a barbershop quartet of sirens beckoning us to a concert at the beach with their haunting song. You heed the call, and now you’re sitting on the beach … more
Can you remember what the commencement speaker said at your graduation? We are in commencement “season” and platitudes aplenty will be spoken to graduates across our state. Most will be forgotten … more
Heads up dads: Mother’s Day is coming up quickly. It’s May 12 this year guys. You have been warned, so there should be no scrambling at the last minute, right? Let’s face it, mothers are … more
Psalm 119:18 (ESV) “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.” The wickedness of sin has blinded us from the blessings and love of God. We should value the word of … more
One advantage of living in a good neighborhood is having people offering to help neighbors in need. My next door neighbor, Kenneth Jackson, who lives on Cardinal Drive, moved from Jamaica to New … more
When I picked up Time magazine and looked at their list of this year’s 100 most influential people, my reaction was “Who are these people?” Just out of curiosity I counted the ones I knew … more
When my wife, Peggy, was living, we used to drive over to her Asheville hometown six or seven times a year after work on Fridays, and we always enjoyed the visits, including with our four sons soon … more
Isaiah 44:2 (ESV) “Thus, says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen.” This is a very … more
Finally, we can see the lush spring green of the budding trees without a yellow haze. We can get in our cars without humming “Yellow Submarine” as we run the windshield wipers to clear the pollen … more
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