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Thankful Thursday – Justin Wallace

On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the gifts of Justin Wallace to my life. Justin is a remarkable young man and he will have a birthday tomorrow. He weighed in at one pound and 14 ounces at birth and has grown into an outgoing, caring, responsible, helpful person with a great network of friends. He graduated from West Lincolnton High School and attended Gaston College. He has a new job of being in charge of heating and cooling for the Lincolnton County Schools. Justin loves NASCAR and all things racing and works many of the races. He is my great nephew since he is the son of Darrell Wallace, my nephew. Darrell works a lot of the races in Charlotte and Justin’s late Uncle Danny painted the signage on many of the cars. All this because they live near the race track and know many of the drivers. I, on the other hand know less than nothing about NASCAR; however, it has been good for and to that part of my family. Justin and his brother Seth make a great team. On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Justin Wallace brings to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives. Let her or him know of your gratitude. Say Something Nice: Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Carol Carnell

On this Thankful Thursday and every day, I am thankful for my wonderful wife, Carol. Most of you think that this is St. Patrick’s Day, but it is much more important than that. It is Carol’s birthday. Carol grew up in Huntington, West Virginia and attended Marshall University before moving to Charleston, SC. She graduated from what is now Charleston Southern and then obtained a Master’s degree from USC. She then went back to USC for thirty more. She taught at Brookland Cayce High School for many years before I came onto the scene. We were introduced by Germaine and John Carney. She bakes an out-of-this-world almond pound cake, which is off limits for us now and her macaroni and cheese is fantastic. She is the proud mother of Tawnya who is married to Chris Pike.

Mitch and Carol

                                                              Carol and Tawyna at Magnolia’s

After coming back to Charleston, she taught at Morningside Middle School and West Ashley High School. In nine years in Charleston she had three brand new computer labs. She is the only person I have ever known who received a larger grant amount than she requested. She sings in the choir at First Baptist Church and loves it. A few years back, she was invited back to the annual Brookland Cayce Foundation’s annual banquet as a guest speaker. That school’s foundation is a fantastic idea. Carol didn’t like traveling until she met me. Our Alaskan cruise solved that problem. Since then we have made many wonderful trips all over the world. Carol gave me my life back. She is my reason for getting up every morning. On this Thankful Thursday, I know that God brought Carol into my life and she is a blessing beyond belief.

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

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Thankful Thursday – Christopher Smith

            On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my grandson, Christopher Smith. Christopher, son of Suzanne, is working toward a Master’s Degree in Spanish at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He completed his undergraduate degree at UT Knoxville a couple of years ago and spent a summer in Mexico. He is an artist, Renaissance reenactor, and he fences. He has established himself as an outstanding employee at the Panera Bread Company.  His goal is to become a teacher. He carried on the tradition of the Carnells, skipping me, Fries and Gossetts by becoming a Mason. My dad would be so proud of that and so would Liz’s dad. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my grandson, Christopher.

            Thankful Thursday is a day to recognize the contributions of someone to your life. Let him or her know how important she or he is to you. Develop an attitude of gratitude. You will be so glad that you did.

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Happy Birthday, Jimmy Carter

Today former president Jimmy Carter is 86 years young. I resisted the urge to call him Mr. President because he insists that we have only one president at a time. He is a remarkable man by any measure. There are those who think that he was not a very good president. I think time will prove them wrong. What I celebrate is the man himself – his great sense of personal and national values and his relentless search for a lasting peace. He is the kind of compasionate Christian I would like to be. When I think of Jimmy Carter, I think of a man who has been true to his beliefs for his entire life. In addition to that he is one heck of a Sunday school teacher. In March of this year, Carol and I had the great pleasure of hearing him teach at the Plains Baptist Church.

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