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Lifestyle changes reduce our virus risk

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I’ve watched what has seemed to be unending reports on television news about the coronavirus. Like most, if not all, of you, I’m concerned about the impact of this virus on our home communities and throughout the world. My condolences to those who are grieving the death of a loved one as well as those who are sick.

We all have a part in curtailing this virus’ effect.

I hope you all are keeping 6 feet apart from one another and washing hands regularly for the full 20 seconds. Some are counting as you wash. Some are singing a short song, like the Doxology or “Happy Birthday,” as a way to focus on the proper amount of time to clean.

Government leaders are taking actions, including Gov. Roy Cooper’s decision to close dine-in restaurants. Many of the actions of leaders, though, are guidelines we are being asked to follow. The hope is that if we all follow these guidelines, we can slow the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals from being overloaded.

As one of those who is highly vulnerable due to my age and congestive heart failure, I want to thank all of you who are taking precautions to stop the spread. You are making a difference!

She likes Westerns, too

For a change of pace, I’ll switch the topic. I received an interesting email last week in response to my column on Westerns, and I want to share it with you.

“Just got through reading your column in The Wake Weekly and had to laugh and comment! Like you I watch ‘Gunsmoke’ almost every afternoon, and ‘Bonanza.’ Years ago, I even visited the Ponderosa site! Because I guess you are as tired of the ‘media news’ as I.

“I see you sometimes around town and have been a fan of you — and Peggy in her day. God Bless you and keep you! Stay healthy and you will see 91 soon!” – Donna Walsh

Wow! I would like to see the Ponderosa. And, thank you, Donna, for the blessing. May God bless you, too, and all of us in this strange time.

Fun with phrases, sayings

For some reason, I enjoy sayings that have developed over the decades. Here are some that I’ve heard and used over the years:

I’ll be ready in a jiffy — Watch out and don’t shout! — Straighten up and fly right! — What’cha know, Joe? — I don’t know nothin‘ — Oh, I’m just foolin’ around! — This is Johnnie on the spot.

And more: He’s just feelin’ his oats! — She’s as sweet as apple pie! — He’s the apple of my eye! — Too heavy to handle! — Honestly, you say the craziest things! — I feel like I’m fallin’ apart! — She’s No. 1 in my book — Beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot!

And more: Somethin’ funny’s goin’ on here! — I ain’t got none! — He’s just horse’n ‘round! — Too hot to handle — It’s hottern‘ a cat on a hot tin roof — Cool as a cucumber — That’s the way cookies crumble — I have a lot to learn.

Maybe you have some sayings you would like to share with our readers. Don’t be bashful, please share them by sending to It’s that easy!

BOB ALLEN, publisher emeritus of The Wake Weekly, invites comments at 984-235-7294 or