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Thankful Thursday – Clarence Glover

On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Clarence Glover brings to my life. Clarence grew up on Johns Island, graduated from Clemson, and went into the army. He spent his career at the Charleston Navy Shipyard as an engineer. He and his long suffering wife Sarah are pillars at First Baptist Church of Charleston. Clarence has a real sense of humor and is a genuine cut-up. In fact my wife, Carol, says that we can no longer sit together at meetings because we feed off each other and disrupt everything. What I admire most about Clarence other than the fact that what you see is what you get, is that he is able to get to the heart of the matter. He can and does ask the difficult questions that no one else will ask. He served as clerk during part of my term as church moderator. I could count on Clarence to get the minutes both concise and accurate. It is not an easy task. Clarence enjoys flying his own airplane and tried his best to kill me when I was reckless enough to fly with him. When that didn’t work, he flew over the waters surrounding Folly Beach and showed me all of the sharks out there. He clearly indicated that they would enjoy a good Mitch meal. He is devoted to Sarah, his children and grandchildren. Clarence brings a real gift to my life. He is the rare individual who can disagree without being disagreeable. He is a booster of Say Something Nice Sunday. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the presence of Clarence Glover in 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 appreciation. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – The Rev. Marshall Blalock

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that The Rev. R. Marshall Blalock brings to my life. Marshall is the senior pastor of Charleston’s historic First Baptist Church. He is a staunch supporter of the Hamrick Lectureship and Say Something Nice Sunday. Both events have brought him some undeserved criticism. I like his response, “The members of First Baptist are sophisticated enough to decide for themselves.” When I first presented the idea of Say Something Nice Sunday to him, he was immediately enthusiastic. Without his blessing, the idea would have died on the spot. Marshall is a good cook, especially of Frogmore stew and red rice. These are great skills for a Baptist preacher to have. Marshall has a good sense of humor. He has a vision for missions that is contagious. We are a little bit worried about him since his only daughter will go away to college in the fall. First Baptist Charleston is an usually complex place with almost every viewpoint of Baptist identity represented and yet the overwhelming spirit of love for one another engulfs the congregation. To his great credit, he has managed to keep national politics out of the pulpit. The church honors the contributions of women having elected women as deacons since the late 1960s. There are dozens of activities taking place at all times. Marshall is required to perform a constant juggling act. In spite of the recession the church is doing well and Marshall remains enthusiastic about the future of the 329 year old church. On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the gifts that Marshall Blalock brings to my life.  The photograph is by Mervyn Gibson and  is used by permission.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the contributions of someone special to our lives and to tell her or him 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 – 60 – 61 – 62

60. Develop a sense of humor.

Cultivate funny people.

Read humorous books.

Listen to humorous speakers.

Keep a journal of funny stories. 

 61. Develop your vocabulary.

Read widely.

Search for new words.

Use new words until they become yours. 

62. Disagree without becoming disagreeable.

Smile while disagreeing.

Don’t allow disagreements to become personal.

Look for areas of agreement.

Focus on the problem.

 

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168 Ways To Communicate Better – 60 – 61 – 62

60. Develop a sense of humor.

Cultivate funny people.

Read humorous books.

Listen to humorous speakers.

Keep a journal of funny stories. 

 61. Develop your vocabulary.

Read widely.

Search for new words.

Use new words until they become yours. 

62. Disagree without becoming disagreeable.

Smile while disagreeing.

Don’t allow disagreements to become personal.

Look for areas of agreement.

Focus on the problem.

 

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