Come closer, my children. Tonight I’ll tell you a story that will fire your imagination and chill your blood.

Back in the fifties, when I was just a lad, my family lived on Highway 74 west of Rockingham. Back then 74 was just a winding two lane road with a lot of hills to go over before you reached the Pee Dee River.

To begin with, I understand that I am assuredly going to be the recipient of light-hearted yet sarcastic comments about me not understanding that I am not a kid anymore. And I am okay with that. So email away, all of you armchair satirists; I can take it.

Direction is important in life. Where you are going does matter. In fact, it matters a great deal. The greatest danger in life is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it. Your life cannot go as planned if you have no plan.

Mark Midford, left, immediate past president, was named Rotarian of the Year by Tommy Rosser, immediate past governor for District 7690.

President Elect Laura Powers won the Golden Cobb Award.

Shannon Suggs Welch pins Grant Welch, 2023-24 president nominee.

Tommy Rosser, left, immediate past governor for District 7690, speaks about President Melissa Richardson and Amber Cameron, who won the Program of the Year award for Operation Footprint.

At the corner of 2nd and Church streets in the small town of Ellerbe is the Rankin Museum. Opened in 1987, this museum houses and displays much of the past history and cultures of many areas of the world.

To the best of my recollection, in all of my 51 years of life thus far, the only places I have ever actually been kicked out of are a funeral and a Bible college cafeteria.

Q: Who wrote and who first sang the song with the line “Please release me, let me go”?

Although we are still in the heat of summer, a new school year will be here before you know it. That means now is a great time to take a minute and catch your breath before what assuredly will be a busy fall full of sports, plays, recitals, clubs and other school and extracurricular activities.

“I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart, for I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh…” — Romans 9:2-3