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With Memorial Day Weekend approaching I couldn’t help but think of my son who sent me a picture last week standing in front of a government building in Chile where a massacre had occurred during a … more
Sometimes I wonder if other people’s habits are different from mine and if they differ, how do they differ. My thoughts this week are about comics or funnies found in daily newspapers. Using the … more
Thinking back, surely I wasn’t really gullible enough to believe that I could dig a hole all the way through the earth to China, but I was a little girl full of fantasies and lots of spare time in … more
“When He (Jesus) said above, ‘You (God) have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings’ (these are offered according to the law), then … more
North Carolina appropriates less taxpayer money to state colleges and universities in real terms than it did before the onset of the Great Recession. Tuition has risen markedly and now accounts for a … more
I’ve been watching the emerging election for North Carolina’s Senate seat and wonder if we are seeing symptoms of a larger trend. Our traditional tribalism – Republicans and Democrats — has … more
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
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