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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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Aunt Norma, Uncle Jim and Their Great Surprise – A Family Story

Aunt Norma was married to my Uncle Jim, mother’s brother. She grew up in the area around Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and was very country in her ways. She was fun loving, cheerful and always willing to lend a helping hand. She usually dressed a little too young for her age. Their children, my cousins, went to different schools because we lived in different areas of town.

When I received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Lander University and delivered the commencement address in 1988, my dad had died the year before and my mother was deep in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease. When I walked out on stage I was shocked to see Aunt Norma and Uncle Jim seated on my right near the stage. I had no way of knowing that they would be there. They had never attended any event that involved me in the past. I am thankful that I spotted them and was able to acknowledge them along with other members of my family.

Mrs. Jackson, wife of the president of the university, took them under her wing and guided them through the dinner and the reception. Aunt Norma looked great. Uncle Jim had taken her shopping and to the hairdresser. Uncle Jim was always a sharp dresser. They were truly out of their element, but no one would have guessed. They had never attended anything like this. They did it for me and I know also for my mother and dad. It made the event even more special for me. The Gossetts with their French heritage were always more fun loving than the stuffed shirt English Carnells and this was definitely a stuffed shirt event.

The reception was given by Marvin and Kathy Cann. Marvin and I were roommates at Furman University. My cousin Marion Carnell was there. The library on campus was later named for him. My sister, Jean, and my brother-in-law, John, were there. My speech was well received. It was truly a night to remember. My fondest memory of this special time in my life was walking out and seeing Aunt Norma and Uncle Jim in the audience. It is one of those moments that lives forever.

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Thanks to Pat Eager and the Charleston County Library

We had a wonderful discussion based on my book, Our Father: Discovering Family, Thursday night. It was a small but involved group. I am grateful to Pat Eager and the Friends of the Charleston County Library for making this possible.

There is so much going on at the library and the staff keeps things moving. It is a beautiful building in a wonderful location. My thanks to those who were there. Of course the book is still available at Barnes and Noble, www.amazon.com, or from me.

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