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Southern Eyes

There's nothing like removing the seal on a brand new jar of coffee and inhaling the aroma. We used to buy really big containers of coffee here at The Mirror, because we drink so much of it. But these days, we've been drinking a specialized kind that only is available in small containers. So, every week, I get the pleasure of removing a coffee seal. (You can tell who drinks the most coffee here). I think I'm getting addicted to it (I mean the aroma -- I already was addicted to drinking it).

From my sons' early childhoods, I remember opening the lid of a new peanut butter jar had the same effect. But, they don't eat as much PB&J these days, so I don't get that pleasure. They're more into Funyuns and Doritos, and "pleasant" and "aroma" don't fit into the same sentence as those. And my Kevin loves purple onions on everything. I don't have to tell you how that smells. He's forgiven, however, when he makes homemade waffles with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips in them. They're so good, no syrup is needed. Coffee goes great with them, however.

It goes without saying that coffee also is great while enjoying the newspaper in the morning (or in the evening, if you're like me). I recently wrote an article about recycling, and since then, have learned another way to recycle your newspaper. And you get to help others in the process. First Baptist Church has donation boxes to drop in your McDuffie Mirror and Augusta Chronicle after you've read them.

These boxes are for the current week's editions only, so you don't have to worry about stacks of papers in the garage. Volunteers at the church take the newspapers to Thomson Health and Rehabilitation Center (formerly known as Thomson Manor) where residents enjoy reading them. Mrs. Edna Brune goes to the alternate living facility several times a week and takes not only newspapers, but anything else the residents have asked her for. She said they really enjoy reading the newspaper. I know I go over there quite a bit to cover events, and those residents really enjoy a lot of things.

They stay so busy within the walls of that facility, and always are helping others through their fundraising projects for various charities. So, consider this 19-inch space my "fundraiser" for the residents of Thomson Health and Rehab. You can read the paper yourself, then drop it in the box at First Baptist so someone else can read it. Then it can be taken to the recyclers where it will be transformed into something else. It's sort of like tripling your money. You can splurge on another cup of coffee, maybe even a latte'.

Web posted on Thursday, April 01, 2010

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