Around Town – November 21

• Thought for the Day

• “Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.”

• — Robert Benchley

• American humorist

• 1889-1945

Orchids to …

• the Hope Elementary and Hauser cafeteria staff for all your extra hard work this week on the great Thanksgiving meal, from Lisa.

• the woman in front of me at Marsh for your kindness and paying for the birthday treats for our classroom, from a thankful teacher and class.

• the Hauser staff for the mugs and goodies, from the cafeteria staff.

• Kim, the social director at Miller’s Merry Manor, for all she does, and also to Raye, Jan and Rose, the activities staff who try to keep us busy, from Brent.

• paramedics, police and fire departments who assisted me at the accident scene on Rocky Ford Road on Nov. 17. Also to Janet who prayed for me and stayed with me until an ambulance arrived and to the other woman who helped gather my belongings, from Deborah Seeley.

• the new manager and staff at Columbus East High School cafeteria for the awesome Thanksgiving dinner.

• the Chipotle crew for their upbeat attitudes even when they are busy.

• Global Restoration for the great service they provided for my daughter, from Michelle.

• the woman with the Jennings County license plates who paid for our order at McDonald’s on Third Street last Saturday morning.

• the staff member at the Reeves Center for the hot cup of coffee on a cold morning, from a local law enforcement officer.

• Cassandra and Faye King for my Charlie Brown toys, from Linda.

• Denny and Bonnie Ayers for the Thanksgiving card, and to Columbus Transit for keeping buses clean and neat, from John Tinkey.

• the couple who helped me out at the accident at the State Street bridge Thursday afternoon, from Judy Smith.

• Columbus city employee driving leaf collection truck No. 13 who helped us rake up our yard.

• John Tinkey for buying my lunch and being such a nice person.

• Nancy Franke for her well-stated opposition to ISTEP testing.

• Monte Mauller for having the courage to speak the truth of the scriptures.

• the generous young lady in line at Walmart on Thursday who paid a good portion of my grocery bill.

• the UPS driver who made a delivery Tuesday evening on Homestead Drive and got back out of his truck to hand me the box off my porch when he saw I was using a walker.

• Kroger Pharmacy for being so helpful with our prescriptions, from the Taylors.

Onions to …

• the east side Republic carrier who thinks the middle of my yard and top of the house are better than putting the paper on a covered porch.

• the post office for delivering mail to a downtown business between 4 and 5 p.m. when we are literally five minutes away.

• those who can’t seem to get over their candidate’s election loss and move on to more constructive issues.

• people in town complaining about chickens. Stop ruffling feathers.

• the law enforcement agency for not coming clean on the missing dope and who took it.

• people who judge victims of domestic violence and do not understand the relationship dynamics of abuser and victim, from a domestic violence survivor.

• people who blame the city for their inattention, leading to misfortune.

• the nosy person who dwells on other people.

• the fellow from the replacement window company who didn’t show up to replace windows and didn’t call.

• people who call in Orchids to themselves.

• the newspaper carrier on Caldwell Place who threw an unwrapped newspaper onto a wet sidewalk while rain was still falling.

• the man who exaggerated his illness to get attention from others.

• whoever is doing all the shooting after dark in the County Road 500W area.

• the new neighbor in the Ogilville area who burns formaldehyde in a bonfire every evening, sending toxic fumes into the atmosphere.

• nurses who tell older women to shut up when they’re sick.

• supporters who blame the defeat of the current administration on The Republic and Columbus City Council while it was voters in the primary election who voted for change.

Happy Birthday to …

• Brian J. Blair

• Judy Andrews, from Donna.

• my mom, Laura Barbieri, from Grace Barbieri.

• Sam McInteer, from Bethel Baptist Church.

• Russ Cline, from Bethel Baptist Church.

• Eleanor Deaton, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Diana Hilycord, from friends at the Moravian Church.

• Merry Trotter.

• James Toole.

• Linda Hubbard.

• Azlyn Whittington.

• Kendrick Crowder.

• LuAnn Harlow, from Jack and Sandra.

• Hayley Marie Hand, from Grandma and Grandpa.

• Linda Beavers, from your sister, Norma Gentry.

• Diana Hilycord from Grandma and Grandpa Deaton.

Belated Wishes to …

• Alyssa Kinworthy on Nov. 20, from Dove Ministries.

Happy Anniversary to …

• Linda and Sherdon Rhoades, from Jim and Suzee.

ANOTHER beautiful morning