As we all are aware, whether we liked the results or not, the election is over, but not the mess left by candidates or those who worked in the campaigns. The mess I am referring to are the posters on utility poles and in other places. 

As I have written before, I am a member of the Thomasville Beautification Committee. My personal interest on that committee is in the removal and prevention of litter that is being strewn through Thomasville. I will leave the planting of the shrubs and flowers for the Beautification Committee's green thumbs and place my focus on eradication of the litter bugs. I hope you will join me!

I wish our city council, county and state governments all law enforcement and other entities would get serious about litter. Serious enough to have those who litter face the court and pay a hefty fine or a sentence that would require the perpetrator to pick up litter for a lengthy period. The litter law is already there. Apparently, it is not being enforced.

One positive note is that none of the candidates who had left their signs tacked on utility poles and on the roadside was elected.


Only 10 days until Christmas. Men, you better get busy. She will appreciate that gift!


The power of punctuation.

An English professor wrote the words:  "A woman without her man is nothing" on the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.

All of the men wrote: "A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

All the women wrote: "A woman: without her, man is nothing."

Punctuation changes everything!


Gayle and I went to Finch Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 1, to hear "Christmas with Elvis," starring Thomasville's own Stephen Freeman. The only words to describe the concert was a big Ed Sullivan  "G-R-E-A-T" !

The auditorium was packed with Elvis fans. I'm sure most of you from the Thomasville area are familiar with Steve.

While he was perfecting his Elvis, he was employed as a patrol officer with the Thomasville Police Department. That's where I met Steve and learned of his love for "Elvis." Steve is a natural when it comes to impersonating the big "E". If  Elvis er...Steve, I should say, has another concert in the Thomasville area, make it a point to be there. It was great.


Thanks to the Times for the article on Warren King recognizing him as Mr. Thomasville. Warren is truly Mr. Thomasville. He is probably better known by more people than anyone else in town. He is always smiling and happy.


We received a Christmas card with the following message: "The older I get" ....

The simpler my holiday preparations become.

The more I cherish old ornaments.

The closer I feel to old friends.

The more fondly I remember Christmases past.

The more I realize that Christmas is a matter of the heart.

The tighter my throat gets when I sing "Silent Night."

The more I enjoy giving than receiving.

The longer I sit at night in the glow of the Christmas tree.

The more wondrously beautiful the Christmas Story is.

The deeper my awe at God's infinite love.

The more I love Christmas!


Christmas is a time of colorful lights, candles in the windows and wreaths on the doors. There is still time to ride through our neighborhood,Kenn-Myer and look at the beautiful Christmas light display in the yard of Mary Ann and Donnell Moody. Each year Donnell adds a little something to the display. We see many cars drive slowly through Kenn-Myer as they add a little joy to their Christmas season.


Since this is the last This-N-That before Christmas I would like to end with a little poem by Rita S. Beer, "Just a Little Donkey."

"Just a little Donkey, but on my back I bore the one and only Savior the world was waiting for.

"Just a little Donkey, but I was strong and proud, I gladly carried Mary through the chaos of the crowd. I brought her to a stable where she made a tiny bed, a place for Baby Jesus to lay his little head. I pray the world remembers that special Christmas night, when just a little donkey

carried heaven’s precious light.”


Gayle and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas. We hope you have gatherings with your family, a quiet moment in your heart on Christmas morning and have peace, love and hope during this Christmas season and throughout the New Year.

Larry Murdock writes This-n-That for the Thomasville Times.