Can I wake up ever again to an average day, where the world is normal and the weather seasonable?

I guess not, judging by what seems to be the international crisis of the day and what seems to be a never-ending summer.

This time it’s a drone strike in a Middle Eastern oil field, with everyone foaming at the mouth to do this and do that.

I do hope cooler heads prevail, but don’t count on it, what with the finger-pointing world we live in and with everyone finding a scapegoat of one kind or another.

Can you say, baaaa?

As always, with any crisis in that part of the world, gas prices will rise as well as fuel oil prices for the coming winter, so prepare yourselves.

I’ve learned to be positive whatever the situation, because it never pays to be negative, and with a bunch of elections on the horizon, I certainly hope that’s the case.

Something I certainly can’t do anything about is the weather, nothing but look forward to anything below 90 degrees and humidity.

It’s gotten to the point where anything below 85 degrees feels comfortable, so I guess when cooler weather does prevail, it’ll feel even better.

One thing we all can count on in Southern Virginia is our compassion, judging by two fundraisers this weekend.

Halifax County Cancer Association raised approximately $65,000 in its annual Walk For Hope, and Clover Volunteer Fire Department raised more than $22,000 at its annual Fall Festival.

Halifax County and Southern Virginia are not experiencing the type of economic growth I saw in my trip to Richmond over the weekend, so the type of financial support we give one another and to those in need is remarkable in my mind.

Big cities have much to offer in terms of places to go and things to do, but the price of living and traffic are drawbacks – try bumper-to-bumper on Route 360 coming into Richmond on Saturday morning, when the world seems to be going to town.

I could never live in Richmond now on the salary I was making before I left in the year 2000, not even close.

I’m lucky and fortunate in so many ways to live in the home I grew up in, and I’m also lucky to have friends and family around to help point me in the right direction.

The world around us can provide a lot of distractions, but we all do the best we can, just as I find out when I visit Richmond, my hometown for over 20 years.

Sometimes we think the world may crumble down around us, but in the long run, we can just keep the faith and move forward.

We’re all here to help.

Doug Ford reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Doug Ford covers news and sports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at