Merry Christmas from Joplin
Normalcy is precious, especially after the May 22 tornado that hit this Missouri town. The ponds and tortured trees along Schifferdecker ave. at about where 28th st. would be, are in one of the more tragic areas as the body of Will Norton was found in one of them.
Though some rebuilding has taken place, former resident Lou Molinar has not yet returned. But he has brought back these pole tree lights, adhering to a tradition over two decades old. One of his neighbors told us Molinar did this because he felt residents of the city needed a bit of normalcy this Christmas.
Merry Christmas, Mr. Molinar, and Merry Christmas to you, too.