It's been a few weeks since I've speculated on the Reflections page. So, allow me to cover a lot of ground in this 2-inch by 14-inch space. I'll begin with the bad.
Recently, I read in the Police Beat that several donation containers for hurricane victims have been stolen from area businesses. I have never had a high opinion of thieves, and I am continually amazed at how low they will go.
I was disappointed to read the incident in Police Beat. Thinking about it, I reckon I'm disappointed in everything I read in Police Beat. (It's part of my job, proof-reading.) But through my job, I do get to meet the best people of Thomson, talk with them and take their photos. I like to imagine that everyone is that way, but the Police Beat gives me a shot of reality.
Still, I've grown to love the people of Thomson.
Allow me to share my newly-found nice-to-know personalities, even though they may be old friends to you. Debbie Jones, public relations, and Douglas Keir, CEO of McDuffie Regional Hospital, whom I met at the new lobby dedication, are both wonderfully helpful and kind. Just the type of people you'd like to associate with a hospital.
Damon Davis, who recently lost his job when Thomson Oak Flooring closed, has a heart bigger than the worst of circumstances. Mr. Davis has been rounding up donations, then personally delivering them to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Also in the charity bracket, is Alan Shapiro, who parked his motor home in the parking lot of The Depot last Thursday, and collected food and money for MANNA. Mr. Shapiro enjoyed himself, laughing and talking with every donor.
Another big-hearted person is Dr. Mary Ann Kotras, the executive director of Partners for Success. I finally discovered why I haven't previously discovered much about Dr. Kotras-she likes to stay "behind the scenes," and give the credit to everyone else.
Larry Weiss, the general manager of 1810 Country Inn and Winery, had the great sense of humor and talent to re-write one of my articles in a comical form, bringing laughs to my cohorts at The Mirror.
I'm on a roll, now, the list keeps growing, but my allotted 14 inches is filling fast. So, I'll close with those I haven't met yet. The Thomson Middle School horticulture class has the most beautiful green plants in the front office of the school that I have ever seen. While waiting in the office, I wished I could hire the class to turn my own home into a tropical paradise.
Last but not least, yesterday I found myself grinning broadly at my computer as I browsed the festivaloffmain.org Web site. The site has millions of photos of last year's festival. Everyone obviously had a good time. If you're in need of a smile, I encourage you to go to that site and click on "history." You'll be glad you did.