I was very sorry to miss the lunch today.  I am still having burning pain in my head, face, and neck on the right side from shingles.  Nevertheless, we have had a good year in all ways.  We experience the losses that are normal in our age group: the deaths of good friends; the visible decline of others dear to us; and a gradual lessening of our own energy.  All in all, we have so much to be grateful for, and hope that is true for all of you.  Our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are thriving, and in a large extended family that gives us great joy.


I received an E-mail from Fritzie.  She was hoping someone took pictures today and said Christmas sweaters are very in!  If anyone did take pictures, please send to Tom Hale.  His E-mail is



One of my elves, Martha Pettry, shared with me there were about 35 at the lunch today, and they all had a grand time!   


There was no Santa this year, but Dick and Carolyn Waite were at the lunch enjoying themselves.  Instead of gifts for each other, everyone brought food to be donated for a worthy cause.  Thank you, Kinsey, for loading the food in your truck and delivering it!  


Cornelia led the group in singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and everyone joined in.


The food was very good.  My elf was surprised when Chuck Pettry bought a cake that said "Happy 77th Birthday, Martha."  He snuck it in the house yesterday, and snuck it in at Bryan's Place.  It was a fun time for all!


Gwen read a nice Christmas story that was very touching!


Thank you, Elf Martha, for the party news.


Cornelia and Bill Ferguson were at the lunch.  Bill was having a bad day Monday, maybe because that is when he has his chemo, but today he was feeling better.  His first chemo quit working for him, so they started on a new chemo.  This is his second week on the new.  We are praying that this one works well for him. 


I talked with Carolyn Lanning and she was unable to come for the lunch today.  She is having esophagitis problems, and her epiglottis is not allowing her to swallow her food correctly.  Her doctors believe this is caused from shingles.  For over two years she has had post herpetic neuralgia from shingles.  Both these problems are very painful.


Nancy Fawcett had to cancel today as she is having a total knee replacement. 


Please keep Nancy, Carolyn and Bill in your prayers as well as Marty Tanner.


I heard from Tom Hale that he and Mary Ellen spent two weeks in the Tucson, Arizona area for Thanksgiving visiting family.  Tom put beautiful pictures of Sabino Recreational Area and Saguaro National Park on FB. 


We owe Donna Iden, Sondra Philip, Gwen Downing, and Maryanna Fenton a big "Thank You" for planning the Christmas Lunch today.  We also want to thank Chuck Pettry for the cake honoring Martha's 77th birthday.  Everyone enjoyed it.


It seems that every year as I compose the lunch notes in December, I note that our world continues to be fractured and broken, in need of our continuing involvement and persistence.  As we lament the condition of the world in which we live, it is a reminder of the importance of hope for peace, justice, and equality for all.




I will see you all on Tuesday, January 13, at the Golden Corral at 11:30.  And now that we have had our 2014 Christmas Party, let it snow!  But remember, if the Zanesville City Schools are closed due to bad weather, we will not have a lunch.


I am hoping this Christmas finds you surrounded by those you love, and those who love you.


Peace and joy to all of you in the New Year.


Martha K. Cannon