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Great Reception at Charleston Baptist Church Forever Young Seniors

There is one thing all Baptists have in common. We like to eat and fellowship. You can never go wrong by attending a Baptist Pot Luck meal and the Forever Young Seniors at Charleston Baptist Church are no exception to the rule. These folk have a great time together.

If the truth be told, they do not need a guest speaker. Their fellowship is enough to carry them through. Today they were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. My friend Randy Moody took a fair amount of grief over his green Dollar Tree hat.

I was flattered to be their quest speaker for the meeting. They were extremely receptive and polite while I talked about what I learned while writing, Our Father: Discovering Family. They even bought copies of that one and, Christian Civility in an Uncivil World. We had a good exchange of ideas. I always have more fun around church people. My friend Phyllis Haynes from First Baptist was also there.

Randy Moody introduced me. Randy, Sarah, his wife, and I have been friends for more than thirty years. They are marvelous Christians who make life better for all who know them.

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Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter at Work 2nd. Edition Is on Amazon

David Moulton has put my book, Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter at Work 2nd. Edition, on Amazon. You can also read the first ten pages at www.livinoak.com. Dave has his own publishing company. In addition to being a world renowned bike builder, he is also a writer and song writer. He heads up our West Ashley Writer’s Group that meets at Barnes and Noble on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Dave designed the cover of my book. He has talent running out his ears. Mary Ogden Fersner helped with the proof reading. She is a terrific writer and reviewer of rock music. William Kelly Welch is another talented writer in the group. He has a wry sense of humor. Check out his book, Pink Cigarette. Faith Stanley writers delightful children’s books about her dog, Riley.

Everyone needs encouragement from time to time. If you are a writer or even a want to be writer, check us out. Maybe you will be lucky enough to be there when Dave plays and sings one of his songs.

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Is Your Workplace Verbally Toxic?

Is your workplace verbally toxic? Are you bullied at work? You are not alone. Help is available. Today’s workplace is more verbally toxic than ever before. The daily news is filled with stories of adult bullying. To combat today’s verbally toxic workplace, interpersonal and organizational communications expert, Dr. Mitch Carnell, has released the second edition of, Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter at Work. The book greatly expands the first edition.

“The ruckus nature of the recent presidential campaign gives rise to a need to combat the effects of bullying tactics,” Carnell said. “Some people feel that they now have a license to verbally abuse others.”

The small book gives directions on how to give and receive compliments. It lays down a brain map for those not accustomed to giving or getting compliments. There are examples that are ready to use and there are concrete suggestions for creating your own.

Carnell says that there is no work environment that cannot profit from being a more accepting, healthier place to work. On the other hand, compliments must be honest and timely.

Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter at Work is available from the author at 2444 Birkenhead Dr. Charleston, SC 29414 for $6.00 each plus postage . It will also be available on line at www.amazon.com or www.Barnes&noble.com.

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Tragedy in Dallas – A Family Story

“We were in a staff meeting at the Cerebral Palsy Center on November 22, 1963, when we were interrupted with the news that President Kennedy had been shot. Paula Eagle, our director, Sally Coperthwaitte and I were scheduled to leave the next day for the convention of the Cerebral Palsy Association in Dallas. At first the convention was cancelled but then it was held as a memorial to the fallen president. What a terrible mistake. There were blaring television sets everywhere and tons of police and secret service agents. Paula was a Kennedy disciple and she was devastated.  We were there in the hotel lobby watching the television when Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald.  What a nightmare. The place went wild. Paula was in tears most of the time and she consumed far too much alcohol. It was a traumatic experience for everyone.  Not much was accomplished in the scientific sessions. I did have an opportunity to meet many of the important professionals at the meeting including Dr. Martin Palmer founder of the Institute of Logopedics in Wichita, Kansas.  I could not know then that years later I would be a finalist in a nationwide search for his successor after his death.”

The death of Fidel Castro and what our relationship will be with Cuba with Donald Trump as our president have caused me to ponder this episode in my life again. It is from my book, Our Father: Discovering Family, published last year by www.wipfandstock.com.

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