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SCSLHA Adopts Say Something Nice Day

The South Carolina Speech Language and Hearing Association has adopted the celebration of Say Something Nice Day on June first as one of its special projects. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of the immediate past president, Dr. Jackie Jones-Brown, CCC-SLP. The association has more than 1,000 members and touches every corner of South Carolina. Their support will go a long way toward our goal of more respectful speech and of creating a healthier workplace.

I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting with old friends and making new ones at the Past President’s Luncheon last Thursday in North Charleston. These folks have dedicated their careers to helping everyone young and old develop more effective communication skills. It is an organization in which I am proud to claim membership. The growth and accomplishments of the association are simply phenomenal.

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Our Father; Discovering Family – Review by Dr. Robert M. Knight

DR.MONTY KnightIf you prefer feeling sorry for yourself, don’t read Dr. Carnell’s book. You won’t like it. Mitch’s T-shirt is meant to read: “Job was a wuss!” If you’re a privileged, totalitarian liberal, you won’t appreciate the book. Mitch’s open mind comes from growing up in the most humble and provincial of circumstances. Go figure. If you can’t find a fight you don’t want to go to, Dr. Carnell is no help in that regard either. He figured out long before most of the rest of us what a trap that is. If you prefer your side of whatever the truth wherever, Mitch Carnell’s book will provoke you by seeing another side of that same truth–there or somewhere else. It’s harder for Mitch, than for his friends, to not love his enemies, even when he doesn’t necessarily like ’em. If the guy just weren’t a Christian, his book might be more useful, at least in the real world. Dr. Carnell doesn’t even confuse institutional church life with the integrity of authentic Christian faith and service . So if you’re looking for an easy excuse to spend your Sundays at Starbucks or the beach, you won’t find “Our Father” particularly supportive.

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Say Something Nice Day/Sunday

The cities of Charleston, North Charleston and Cayce, South Carolina all proclaimed Say Something Nice Day.

Baptists, Catholics, Church of God, Disciples, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians across the USA and the UK celebrated Say Something Nice Sunday.

Our words are powerful. With our words we can bring about great healing or inflict deep wounds. Think about the most uplifting words ever spoken to you and how they made you feel. The Bible tells us how powerful our words are. God spoke our world into being. With our words we can join the creative process when we use our words to build others up. Start every day by giving a cheerful greeting to everyone you meet.

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Thankful Thursday – Northside Baptist Church – Woodruff, SC

Northside Baptist ChurchOn this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the people at Northside Baptist Church in Woodruff, South Carolina. My earliest memories are of the church and the wonderful people and pastors who nurtured me there. My first real work experience was helping/hindering Mr. Stacey Hughes as he carried out his custodial duties. I lined up the chairs and stacked the books in the large downstairs social hall. I mostly remember creating a make believe train out of the chairs. I really wanted to stoke the big furnace, but Mr. Hughes would not allow me anywhere close to it. Our next door neighbor, Mr. Andy McGill, was Sunday school superintendant. Mrs. Elma, his wife, was leader of the RAs and taught the ladies’ Sunday school class. The Rev. Roy Gowan was our minister and friend. I owe more to him than I could ever repay.\

I was introduced to public speaking in the now defunct Baptist Training Union. These wonderful people encouraged me and every other young person in every way possible. We had a Christmas tree in the sanctuary. Santa Claus came and everyone got a present. No one confused Jesus and Santa. Elizabeth McGill played the electric organ and I loved the bells. The congregation enjoyed singing the old hymns and I  still remember most of them. We had Vacation Bible School and church picnics. Rev. Guy Stoner came as pastor and he had a pony for his young girls. My sister and I kept the pony when they went to Canada on vacations. Rev. J.L. McCluney came later as our pastor and he was a giant of a man and a heart as big as his body. He visited me at Mars Hill College.

There is much more that I need to write about this wonderful church. I received such a strong foundation there that has allowed me to continue to grow and develop my ever expanding personal theology. I still get goose bumps when I hear, “Just As I am.” It is as true for me today as it was in that childhood church so many years ago. On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the wonderful people who were the church when I was growing up.

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

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