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This column is next to the final one about backpacking with our new friend, Leon Stenzel, who took me and my two oldest sons, Bobby and Greg, on two backpacking trips many years ago. After several … more
As I sit and look at the blank page on my computer screen, there are many random fragments of thoughts running through my head as I wonder how to fill the page. The past week’s Democratic … more
Psalm 17:15 (ESV) “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” We live in a world where people get bored very easily. Our … more
“In God We Trust,” our official motto, had an anniversary this week. Tuesday marked the anniversary date in 1956 when a joint resolution by the 84th Congress was approved and signed by President … more
Gov. Roy Cooper said the budget passed by both chambers of the General Assembly was an “astonishing failure of common sense and common decency.” I beg to differ. When I look at this budget, I … more
This column is about special friends and how they played an important part in my family and life. This week I am happy to tell you about another special friend, Leon Stenzel, who lived with his … more
The August issue of Our State magazine sent me on a walk down nostalgia lane. The editor grabbed me immediately when she wrote, “These days, I’m cold all the time — at work, in movie theaters, … more
Proverbs 28:5 (ESV) “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all.” What makes Christianity different from all other religions is that we don’t have to … more
I would like to state, before this column starts, that I love writing the column. It’s been a pleasure for the last few years to bring to you a little insight, a little opinion and a lot of words. … more
Humans are a funny lot. We say we’re open-minded, but most of us are only open to ideas that we agree with. Being open to ideas we disagree with is hard work. Cognitive dissonance is uncomfortable, … more
I find it very disturbing when people elected to take care of our country spend their time hurling insults at each other. I also find it disturbing to hear my neighbors, and possibly even my … more
Psalm 8:4 (ESV) “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit him?” Most of us have felt underappreciated at some point in our lives. Whether it’s at work, … more
There are milestones in a child’s life that every parent looks forward to. Things like taking those first steps, the first day of school, watching them head out on that first date, graduation and … more
My wife and I just got back from the supermarket a little while ago and for most of the way home, we could not stop talking about a woman we met at the bakery counter. She was an elderly woman … more
In North Carolina, there doesn’t seem to be a season that is not good for playing outside, except, maybe, in extreme temperatures of summer and winter. Along with that outside fun come falls, … more
The young man is running across the rugged, desert terrain with urgency. He hears the bleating of a lone lamb and sees it in the distance. It is trapped against the dry rocky wall of the mountain by … more
This column is more about close friends and how they played an important part in and my families’ lives. This week I want to tell you about one of the highlights of my wife, Peggy, and my … more
With the extreme far-left philosophy being pushed by the disarrayed Democrat Party, average good citizens are facing the most challenging times in the history of our nation. Adversity abounds. … more
This week’s column is a continuation from last week. When my mother remarried another William S. Allen in Pitman, New Jersey, about 5 miles south of Wenonah, I had to get new friends. I was 12 … more
I abhor violence. I don’t go to movies that promise blood, gore and severed body parts whether on city streets or battlefields and, while I don’t have as much of a problem as Doc Martin, I close … more
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