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Thankful Thursday – Ellen Dressler Moryl

            Today on this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Ellen Dressler Moryl brings to my life. Major Joe Riley hit a home run when he persuaded Ellen to leave Montgomery, Alabama and move to Charleston as the director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. It’s hard to know when my friendship with Ellen began. She lectured to my graduate classes on the importance of the not-for-profit sector of our economy. She was a supporter when I sought grants to provide interpreters for the hearing impaired so that they could enjoy the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. She is a master musician and often plays cello in performances at First Baptist Church, Mepken Abby and other great venues. She is also the mother of, Michelle, one of our former distinguished audiologists at the Charleston Speech and Hearing Center. Michelle is now in private practice. Ellen simply thrills me with her creative and organizational genus. She puts this city on the radar of every creative person anywhere. They want to work here. She is a walking Chamber of Commerce for Charleston and its arts community. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Ellen Moryl brings to my life.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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168 Ways To Communicate Better Now – 164 – 165 – 166

164. Don’t sulk.

You’re too old. 

It’s not cute.

It’s really irritating.  

165. Don’t threaten.

Follow through is the pits.

You undermine your credibility.

You might lose.

There’s no place left to go. 

166. Don’t use profanity.

It’s never in good taste.

It brands you as a low brow.

You get left off important guest lists.

It demonstrates your limited vocabulary.

 

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Thankful Thursday – Rabbi Anthony D. Holz, DD

            On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the blessings that Rabbi Tony Holz has brought to my life. He is now the retired Rabbi Emeritus of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. I first met Rabbi Holz when I took my graduate classes studying the not-for-profit sector of our economy on tours there. Synogogs, churches, and religious institutions are a large part of that sector. Rabi Holz graciously spoke to those groups. I admired his ability to field a question that offered him an opportunity to take a swipe at other religious groups and turn it into a teaching opportunity.  He handled every situation with kindness and tact.  He also displayed a great sense of humor. As is often the case I usually learned more than my students. Of course, the synagogue itself is such a beautiful treasure for the city. I encourage all the tourists who come to First Baptist Church to tour there as well. Rabbi Holz grew up and was educated n Cape Town, South Africa. He was ordained in 1970 and came to Charleston in 1992. He was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree in 1995. He has helped me grow in my understanding and appreciation of other religious traditions and I am very grateful. The more I learn and understand other traditions, the more I am able to understand my own. On this Thankful Thursday, I am very grateful for the gifts that Rabbi Anthony Holz brings to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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168 Ways To Communicate Better Now -161 – 162 – 163

161. Don’t shout.

It lessens your prestige.

People will simply talk louder.        

It injuries your voice.  

162. Don’t squirm.

It makes others uncomfortable.

It isn’t appealing.

It destroys your message.  

163. Don’t stay too long.

You’ll wear out your welcome.

Leave them wanting more.

You will get more invitations.

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