Marvin Borgmeyer starts our new year with this story:

"I was ringing bells for the Salvation Army at the College Drive Wal-Mart. A very nice gentleman came by and put a five-dollar bill in the kettle.

"When he came out of the store with his purchase, he told me he had been four dollars short.

"I thought he was asking if he could get his five dollars back, but he said he was so moved that the next person in line was nice enough to cover his shortage.

"So his kind donation was followed very quickly by someone else helping him!"

New year haiku

From Karen Poirrier, of Lutcher:

Welcome a new year

Peace on earth, good will to all

Embrace fellowship

Happy birthdays

Joel d'Aquin Thibodeaux, of Baton Rouge, says, "My friend was born on Dec. 25 in 1950. When she was at a Christmas gathering on Christmas day, she was talking to a cute 4-year-old, and told him that it was her birthday, and that she and Jesus had the same birthday.

"He replied, in amazement, 'Oh. So you and Jesus are the same age?'"

Inked out

Faye Hoffman Talbot, of Jackson, says she can top our recent story about a sailor who had lines drawn through tattoos of ex girlfriends:

"While I was still teaching, a woman came to pick up her child. She had on a low-cut blouse, and across her chest in very large letters was a man's name.

"Diagonally across the name was tattooed 'VOID.'"

Season for giving

Marsha R. says this happened after a breakfast at Frank's Restaurant in Baton Rouge:

"The lady behind the cash register was wearing a pair of beautiful beaded earrings, and I told her they were gorgeous.

"She said the most amazing thing had happened. A woman came in wearing earrings so beautiful that she simply had to tell her how much she admired them.

"The woman left and then came back and handed the earrings to her — a spectacular, unexpected gift."

"So I said, 'Wow, that means it’s my turn!' 

"She said, 'No.'”

Young and hungry days

That's what Vallan Corbett calls this story:

"Back in the '70s, when my husband was only a few years out of dental school and his friend, Joe Moreland, was a beginning news anchorman for a local TV station, we invited Joe and his wife to dinner.

"Our car had a rusted area around the back window. When it rained, rain collected on the floor of the car. I solved this problem by drilling a hole through the floor — and by mistake hitting the muffler. Now we had to drive with the windows down because of the fumes.

"The night the Morelands came to dinner, their car broke down and they asked if we could come get them. It was 40 degrees and raining. Joe asked if we could put the windows up, I said no because of the fumes. But at least my car was running."

Special People Dept.

  • Phillip Sharp, of the Lee Road community in St. Tammany Parish outside Covington, celebrated his 108th birthday on Dec. 21.
  • Mattie Jarrell, of Baton Rouge, celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 25. She has ushered at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Norwood for 81 years.
  • Carroll Gromer, of Amber Terrace Assisted Living in Baton Rouge, celebrated her 97th birthday on Dec. 25.
  • Joy Soileau, of Garden View Assisted Living on Jones Creek Road in Baton Rouge, celebrated her 95th birthday on Dec. 24.
  • Dale Ducote, of Baton Rouge, celebrated his 93rd birthday on Dec. 24. A native of the Bay Hills community in Avoyelles Parish, he is a World War II Navy veteran.
  • Numa Loupe, of New Roads, celebrated his 92nd birthday on Monday, Jan. 1.
  • Arthur B. Bellum, of Baton Rouge, celebrated his 91st birthday on Thursday, Dec. 28.
  • Camille Laborde, of Morganza, celebrated his 90th birthday on Dec. 18.
  • Betsy and Ben Alsip celebrated their 71st anniversary on Dec. 22 at Middendorf's.
  • Billy and Jessie Judge, of Central, celebrated their 65th anniversary on Thursday, Dec. 28.

Louisiana Haiku

Planning for new year

But old year habits persist

What resolutions?

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