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Discussion of Our Father; Discovering Family at Senior Center


On Friday, May 6 at 11:30 a.m. I will discuss what I learned in the process of writing, Our Father; Discovering Family, at the Senior Citizen’s Center on James Island. I wrote the book over several years. Many events took place during those years and thus the finished product rarely ends up at the place you first intended. Come and join the discussion. I am not a theologian. I am an ordinary lay person trying to deal with life as it unfolds. This is a look at my spiritual journey thus far. Copies of Our Father will be available for sale.

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Our Father: Discovering Family, Discussion at Presbyterian Village

On July 30, I had the opportunity to discuss my new book, Our Father: Discovering Family, at Presbyterian Village. Afterwards there was an excellent give and take question and answer period. Several longtime friends are residents at the Village and Rose and Bob Boston came just for the event.

One of the questions raised dealt with how considering my viewpoint on race relations had I managed to survive in a culture that did not always support my views. The answer is that it hasn’t always been easy, but that you just have to remain true to yourself. I gave several examples from the book.

A second much harder question was, “Do you think the murders at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston would help to soften people’s attitudes toward race on a long term basis?” My answer is that I have serious doubts about a real change of heart. It is easy to say and do the right thing when the cameras are on, but much harder as time moves forward. I doubt that the white religious leaders will now campaign for expanded Medicaid, an increased minimum wage or more reasonable gun laws. In so many cases the congregations are ahead of the clergy. I discovered that condition when I was a student volunteer at Furman University.

It was encouraging when several of these attendees were still talking about our Say Something Nice campaign. That is part of the second portion of the book in which I discuss discovering the purpose for the remainder of my life: helping Christians communicate in a more Christ-like manner.

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Thankful Thursday – Dwayne Wallace

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that my nephew, Dwayne Wallace, brings to my life. Dwayne (known as Nasy) and my son, Michael, were terrors at St. Andrews Elementary School until their teacher discovered that they were cousins and separated them.  Dwayne graduated from Lincolnton, NC High School and then joined the Air Force. He was stationed in Charleston at first. My father was so proud of him. He returned to Lincolnton to be lead supervisor at Clariant Corporation. He is the father of three wonderful daughters. Allison, Kelsey, and Megan, who give him as much hassle as any father could tolerate, but he is up to the task. He recently married Donna and added her son Nick to his life. Dwayne is an outstanding father and is idolized by his daughters. They have been his top priority and his devotion shows. Daughter Allison graduated from Appalachian State University and is perusing a teaching career in history. Kelsey is a student there and Megan is at Lenoir Rhyan. On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the gifts that Dwayne Wallace 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 you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Michael Carnell

            Today and every day I am thankful for my son, Michael. Saturday July 24, is his birthday. He and I have been through the usual father/son struggles. He is descended from a long line of control freaks and has inherited his share of the genes. On the other hand, he had a mother who was the most non-judgmental most accepting person I have ever known. Michael inherited a fair share of those genes as well. He is intelligent, a quick learner, creative and compassionate. He is a wonderful father to two of my grandchildren. He knows anything you need to know about computers and lots you don’t need to know about computers. He is an active member of his church, a founder of the British Car Club and the Parrott Head Club. In short he is a son I am very proud of and I am not biased at all. Happy birthday son.

     Every Thursday choose someone that you are thankful for and let him or her know how you feel. Telephone, E-mail or send a card to him or her. You will be glad that you did. It only takes a minute.

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