Oh, boy! The holidays are in full swing! Chestnuts may not be roasting on an open fire just yet, but Jack Frost sure is nipping at our noses. The new issue of the The Contributor, Dec. 4-18, 2013, celebrates many glad tidings we’d be remiss to overlook. First and foremost, we give thanks to the vendors who worked so hard to generate the funds to get us through the end of the year. On Page 1 you will find a photo of the vendors (and a fluffy white dog!) who generated the most donations. Of course, we thank the donors as well.
- Our editorial intern, Michael Woods, reports that Second Harvest is operating food banks within several Metro schools, and more are on the way. Page 1
- A multifaceted art installation at Vanderbilt provides shelter in more ways than one. Page 1
- Speaking of a white fluffy dog … Mario Martinez and his lovable canine called “Bear” are profiled in this issue’s “Vendor Spotlight.” Page 3
- Food stamps are under fire in Congress, which could cost recipients $40 billion over 10 years. Page 6
- As always, please take time to enjoy our “Poetry” page. Michael Graham’s “My Father’s Trunk” serves as a nice counterbalance to Ed Galing’s prose about the horrors of the Third Reich. And Jasper Day—we haven’t heard from him in a while—returns with art and words working in tandem. Welcome back, Jasper! Page 8
- Gary Ellison (his friends call him “Moose”) takes us Home for the Holidays. Page 10
- You won’t believe Donny O’s amazing story of abandonment, blind luck-turned-distastrous, and faith. Page 11
- The stalwart John Henry reminds us to keep the faith, while Cindy Nichols (she’s also on our “Poetry” page) professes that “God is my everything.” And don’t flip the page too quickly, as we have another colorful, original Clinecasso. Page 12
- The talented Jennifer Alexander is back with another wonderful fictitious tale of a nurse and an off-the-books patient. Both would agree, “You da man” Page 13
- I’m horrible at chess. Horrible. But I managed to find the check-mate move this go-around. And no, Linda, I couldn’t have cheated … The coded solution is gibberish to me! Page 14
- Who among us could possibly relate particle physics to a Christmas tree? Mr. Mysterio, that’s who. When you’re done reading his forecast for your sign, check out Libra. And for all you Libras out there, take the rest of the night off … you will have earned it. Page 15
If you enjoy our Nov. 21-Dec. 4, 2013, issue, please consider purchasing an extra copy or two to share with friends and family who aren’t yet readers of The Contributor. Nothing brings on the holiday cheer like helping a neighbor truly in need.
My mantra between now and New Year’s Day: “Traffic isn’t personal. Traffic isn’t personal. Traffic isn’t …”
Peace, love, and understanding,
Editor, The Contributor