LIMA — Nationally syndicated columnist Lori Borgman, whose column appears on Fridays in The Lima News, paid a visit to the Lima Public Library Tuesday night to share her wit and wisdom to a large group in the Memorial Book Room.
Borgman, who resides in Indianapolis, has been writing her column for the past 26 years, finding topics that resonate with her readers.
“Sometimes a story, things that happen, things that make you chuckle, things that turn your head, hearing other people beef about certain things, like the packages that the scissors come in that you can’t get the package open unless you first get to the scissors, those kinds of things. Things that annoy us all,” said Borgman.
Her program, Happy Holi-daze, recounted many of the funny things that happen around the holidays.
“How we all tend to drive ourselves crazy one more thing leads to one more thing and pretty soon you’re decorating the mailbox and you’ve put antlers on your vehicle and you have three albino deer in your front yard, you’re out of control,” she mentioned.
Borgman shared with the audience a very special holiday experience she had a few years ago.
“I have found, honestly, sometimes the best Christmas celebrations are unexpected. They happen quite by surprise. One, for me, was serving at Wheeler Mission in downtown Indianapolis and it was the last meeting before Christmas and the women who come all get a bag of groceries and something like maybe laundry soap. It was hot and crowded and there was the smell of perspiration, wet boots and wet clothes and you couldn’t even hear the speaker up front, but she introduced someone and this woman swooped down the middle aisle and she owned the room as she began singing ‘Oh Holy Night’ in a voice that could shatter crystal. It turned out she had just done a gig at the Metropolitan Opera, and on her way to the airport she came to the mission. That was a great celebration and a very unexpected, unplanned moment,” she said.
Borgman is the author of six books, her latest is “My Memory is shot, All I Retain Now is water.” Meeting with people who read her columns is something she really enjoys.
“I have just started doing this. My husband retired a couple of years ago so we’re a little freer to travel. I have done a few and it is great fun to connect with readers who have emailed for years and sent kind, encouraging words. There’s nothing like meeting someone face-to-face,” said Borgman.
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