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International Woman’s Day

Today is International Woman’s Day. As far as I am concerned every day is Woman’s Day. My mother worked long hard hours in a cotton mill and then came home and took care of her family. She and my dad did everything together. In later years she had her own lawn mower. His was gas operated. Hers was electric. My maternal grandmother worked as dis most of my aunts. My sister has worked outside the home from as soon as she could and for as long as she could. She helped raise three wonderful sons. Mt late wife taught kindergarten, art classes, and painted. Carol, my current wife, taught in South Carolina Schools for twenty-eight years.

My daughter, Suzanne, has worked in the hotel industry since late high school. She got her degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and has never looked back. She raised a terrific son. My granddaughter , Christina, teaches in child care after graduating from the College of Charleston. Her other grandmother also had a distinguished teaching career.

As an administrator I had many wonderful female employees who were paid on the same level as their male counterparts. It has been my great joy to work with many brilliant, talented, dedicated, hardworking women.

In religious circles, there are brilliant examples of women who lead the way: Dr. Molly Marshall, Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, and Dr. Linda Bridges to name only a few. My own congregation could not function without Lori Lethco, Emory Hiott, Beverly Bradley, Pat Ezell, Jane Hamrick, Ann Cheek, Susanne Jeter, Linda Lentz, Brandy Brown, Donna Parrish, Debbie Mack, Sue Murner and a host of others.

I have learned the hard way all of the things that my two wives, daughter and sister have done for me that I took for granted. No matter how hard I work, I can never repay their efforts great and small on my behalf. All I can do now is work for and vote for justice for all women everywhere..

*The picture is of my parents taken by my son, Michael.

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Happy Birthday – Jean – June 15

DSC00510I have written about my sister, Jean Wallace, before. She is my only sister and believe me she is sister enough. I don’t know what my life would be without her. She is mother to our entire clan. She is married to John. She had three wonderful boys. Danny, the oldest died long before his time. Denise, his wife, and Wesley their son are never far away. Darrel and Dwain with their wives and children live close by. I hope you have a wonderful birthday. God gave us a wonderful gift when he put you in our lives.

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Thankful Thursday – Jean Wallace

            Today on this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my sister, Jean Wallace. Tomorrow is a very special birthday for her. She is a modest but significant influence on so many lives. She is one of my heroes. Her home is a magnet for her children, grandchildren and all their many friends. She and husband, John, have created an environment that exudes love, friendship and respect. She is generous to a fault. The 4th of July celebration at their home is a textbook example of the real America that is still out there. Jean has faced more than her share of challenges and has weathered them all with her faith and integrity stronger than ever. She is the mother of three terrific boys – Danny, Darrell and Dwain. Unfortunately Danny went to meet God long before we were ready. She and John have lived all over the country while he was in the Navy and later in the nuclear program of Duke Energy. I am blessed in so many ways and my sister is one of the most important of those blessings. I salute you, Jean, on this Thankful Thursday and on your birthday.

            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 – Jean Wallace

            Today on this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my sister. She is a modest but significant influence on so many lives. Her home is a magnet for her children, grandchildren and all their many friends. She and husband, John, have created an environment that exudes love, friendship and respect. She is generous to a fault. The 4th of July celebration at their home is a textbook example of the real America that is still out there. I have been blessed in so many ways and my sister is one of those blessings. I salute you, Jean, on this Thankful Thursday.

            Thankful Thursday is my response to Thirsty Thursday promoted by the Charleston, SC Riverdogs baseball team as a way to increase attendance at the games. Go to the games, but use the money you would spend on beer to send a nice card to someone you are thankful for.

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