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Mirth & Matter with Angye Morrison


December 07, 2016

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Christmas. What wonderful images that paints for me in my mind and in my heart. I get a bit reflective during the holidays. I suppose we all do.
 
The difference with me is that there’s music – the opening music for the Charlie Brown special – that plays while images of my childhood in Lincoln County flash through my mind like they’re on a View-Master.
 
If you didn’t grow up in the 1970s, you might not know what a View-Master is. Of course, it’s still a popular toy today. For decades, kids of all ages have enjoyed popping in a disk of tiny little slides that enables them to see images of people and places all over the world. For me, in my small hometown, it gave me a glimpse of places I figured I’d never see in person.
 
I loved that thing. It was one of my favorite Christmas gifts. 
 
Another one of my favorite gifts was a doll. The doll was associated with the television show, “Family Affair,” which featured a little girl named Buffy who had red hair, freckles and pigtails. She could have been my twin – or at the very least a distant cousin. Buffy’s favorite doll, Mrs. Beasley, wore glasses, a blonde coiffure, and a fierce blue skirt with white polka dots. She knew all of Buffy’s secrets, and smiled sweetly as she held them tightly to herself. 
 
What’s told to Mrs. Beasley, stays with Mrs. Beasley.
 
My mother says she thought that since I resembled Buffy, I should have the doll, so I received my Mrs. Beasley on a Christmas when I was so young, I can’t even remember it. But I have never forgotten the doll. In fact, I still have her. And I still get a little defensive when others look at her and think her large eyes are a bit, well, creepy. 
 
They’re not creepy. Sure, they follow you around the room, but creepy? Nah.
 
This Christmas season, I received an early gift. I was given the opportunity to become editor of Connect Statesboro. And it is just that – a gift.
 
I’ve been asked about my plan. “What’s your vision?” I’ve heard. “What will your thumbprint on Connect Statesboro be?”
 
My plan is simple: Enable you to use your View-Master. With each issue, I plan to create lots of “disks” that you can view that will enable you to experience events and people in Statesboro like you never have before. 
 
And although I do share Mrs. Beasley’s blue eyes, I like to think mine aren’t creepy. They do, however, take it all in. That’s what I’m doing right now. I’m getting to know my new community, its people and its charms. 
 
But don’t worry. My eyes are the only thing I have in common with that doll. I have to admit, though, what is told to me doesn’t always stay with me. In fact, it very often flows out of my fingertips onto the keyboard. Telling your stories will be the best part of my job.
 
Those View-Masters will need commentary, after all.

Merry Christmas to you and yours. 


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