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Thankful Thursday – Dr. Don Gilliland

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Don Gilliland brings to my life. Don is my nephew. He is the son of Joe and the late Joan Gilliland. Joan and my late wife, Liz, were sisters. Don completed his Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Alabama. He is an extremely creative poet and a gifted flutist. He is a member of the Red River Boys and often plays solos in church. He has published a great many of his poems in various poetry reviews. When Don and my son, Michael, were young they spent many of their summers together either in Tullahoma, Tennessee or Charleston. The two families exchanged prisoners many weekends in Commerce, Georgia. Those were fun days for everyone. Don graduated from Maryville College and the Emory University Law School. He spent several years as a lawyer for the Internal Revenue Service. Don is also a NASCAR fan. How that works in, I don’t really know. Don is a wonderful father to daughter, Charlotte. Charlotte will be off to college in the fall. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Don Gilliland brings to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set apart to recognize the gifts that someone brings 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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Thankful Thursday – Anne Gilliland

Anne GillilandOn this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that my niece/Goddaughter, Anne Gilliland, brings to my life. Anne was born at Ft. Jackson while her father, Joe, was stationed there. She grew up in Arkansas and Tennessee. She graduated from Maryville College and received her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Tennessee. She very wisely acquired a background in technology at the same time. Anne spent several years in the Theology Library at the University of the South. She and her family enjoyed a wonderful sabbatical at the University of Edinburgh.  How lucky can you get?  She worked with OhioLINK for several years and earned a law degree from the Capital School of Law. She became the head copyright attorney for the Ohio State University Medical Center. Anne is a gifted scholar and has made numerous presentations at academic conferences. She came to Charleston as a consultant to the College of Charleston Library. She is a wonderful storyteller. Her son Patrick is a staunch environmentalist. I always thought that Anne would become a distinguished theologian. I haven’t given up on that idea. Whatever she tackles, she does it with gusto. Anne’s husband Eric is a math professor who shares her love for travel. On this Thankful Thursday, I am very thankful for Anne Gilliland.

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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