Saturday, January 1, 2022

Bright Spots by Liz Flaherty

In Indianapolis Monthly, Phil Gulley wrote about five people who have made or are making a positive difference. Like many of us, Mr. Gulley is often discouraged by the maze of misanthropy we've found ourselves in, but he found some beacons of hope to talk about. Since imitation is a form of flattery, I'm going to flatter him here. As we end 2021, here are five "bright spots" in our community. I'd love to hear any names, places, or organizations you might have, too. 

Joe DeRozier is a dusty donut guy on Broadway in Peru. He writes books, makes donuts, and brightens the days of everyone who ventures through the back door at Aroma. He had hard acts to follow when he bought the bakery, but he has done it well, not only succeeding as DeRozier's, but paying homage to the ones who occupied that spot before him. He supports his adopted city and the surrounding area in every way imaginable. He also makes good donuts.

Susan Musselman Morris and others operate C. C.'s Closet. It's a big closet, filling several rooms in the old South Peru School building. "C.C.'s is a Miami County closet to serve the needs of Miami County foster children plus other Miami County adults, families, and children in need who are NOT in the foster care system.

The person and the rock. At an area church, the service often begins with money already in the offering plate, because it's found under a rock near the entrance to the church. It's generous and anonymous.

People who volunteer. No explanation needed.

Health care workers. I truly cannot imagine working in health care during this pandemic. Thank you for all you do.

I wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope we all go forth with tolerance, kindness, and forgiveness. 

Have a great week. Be nice to somebody. 



  1. Nice list, my friend. Happy New Year!

  2. Couldn't agree more - I think I might add Sara Musselman to the list. Sara worked tirelessly to try to save the trees in Denver IN. Even though it didn't happen, her effort and drive were worth an honorable mention.