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Thankful Thursday – Allison Wallace

On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for my grand niece, Allison Wallace. Allison is a graduate of Appalachian State University in history and secondary education. She has been teaching in Lincolnton County Schools, but has just landed a teaching position in the Challenger Early College High School in Hickory, North Carolina. Challenger is a prestigious academic school. Those students are extremely fortunate. Allison is a real go getter. She has worked at Fatz Restaurant and is an assistant manager at a new restaurant. As if that were not enough, she has enrolled in a graduate program at Gardner Webb University. Whoever said that the current crop of young adults are lazy sure missed the boat with Allison. Allison is the daughter of my nephew, Dwayne. She is a terrific cook and looks after everyone around her. On this Thankful Thursday, I am very thankful for the contributions of Allison Wallace 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 that you did.

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Fifty-two Keys for Living, Loving and Working

Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

Others have sacrificed for you. Many have gone out on a limb for you. You are the recipient of the efforts of others.  Appreciation on your part is always an appropriate attitude.  Let others know how grateful you are for what they have done for you. None of us get there on our own. We have all had a helping hand. Think about the last good thing that happened to you. Who was involved? How did you meet him or her? Who introduced you? Why were they there? My wife is a teacher because her third grade teacher saw the potential in her that no one else had seen or encouraged. One person made the difference. One person fanned the flame that resulted in a lifetime of helping countless others reach their potential. Appreciation doesn’t cost a cent, but the dividends keep growing and growing. Adopt an attitude of appreciation. In twenty eight years of teaching imagine how many lives Carol influenced and how many lives her students will influence. Never under estimate the good that one person can do.

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Thankful Thursday – Dr. Gus (August) Marjenhoff

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Dr. Gus Marjenhoff brings to my life. Gus teaches at Webster University and I look forward to our Tuesday night conversations. He has sung in the choir at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church for fifty years. In fact, this year they had a service in his honor. Gus was in the US Navy and served on the USS Chaffee. It was torpedoed in the Lingayen Harbor on January 23, 1945. He is the chaplain of the SC Department of the Retired Officers Association. He enjoyed a distinguished teaching career at the Citadel. Gus holds degrees from Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and Indiana University. He is a walking history of St. Michael’s Church and of Charleston genealogy. He is an active member of his church’s Sociable Seniors. He loves the stock market and is constantly striving to find ways to get ahead of the game. He keeps his students involved with charts, graphs, and current events. He is a Charlestonian through and through, a devoted husband, father and gardener. He sends a nightly concert to a friend who is homebound. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Dr. Gus Marjenhoff 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 – Mary Ann and Pete Martin

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Mary Ann and Pete Martin bring to my life. Mary Ann grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Columbia College. She moved to Colorado and then California to teach. Pete grew up in Detroit and migrated to San Diego where he and Mary Ann met. Pete served in the Navy. He and Mary Ann moved to Charleston in the late 60s. Pete managed the Adios Warehouse. We met when Mary Ann and my late wife, Liz, worked part-time with Bill Daniels at Tidelands Realty. Pete later worked with the carillon bell company on Johns Island.  Pete is a master cabinet maker and has built several pieces of furniture for me. His workmanship is amazing. Mary Ann is a teacher, but has volunteered for several years now in the office at Blessed Sacrament School. They are active members at St. Joseph Catholic Church where Pete has contributed much of the cabinetry. Pete went with me to see Bishop Guglielmone when I was seeking the Bishop’s support for Say Something Nice Sunday.  Mary Ann and Pete were rocks of support when Liz died. I will be forever grateful to them. They are remarkable thoughtful and generous friends. They are two of the original members of the Wednesday Night Dinner Group. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Mary Ann and Pete Martin bring 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 that you did.

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