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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Dear Family and Friends,

As you know our lives have changed over the last few years. I thought that our traveling days were over; however, we weren’t ready to give in so easily. In 2016 and 17, we went to the grand celebration on the 4th. Of July to be with my sister’s family in Lincolnton, NC. For years I have wanted to attend the Christian Writer’s Conference at Green Lake, Wisconsin. Thanks to the help of our helper and friend Jan we took the plunge. We flew to Milwaukee and rented a car. The center is on the lake. We had a wonderful time, learned a lot, and made new friends.

This year we ventured out west to North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monuments were all that I expected. Devil’s Tower and The Badlands added to our excitement. Jan again did all the driving. Thanks to daughter, Suzanne, we had a wonderful hotel in Spearfish. Spearfish Canyon is spectacular. This trip and the trip to Green Lake were simply great gifts of joy.

Each Friday Ann Cheek comes to play the piano and sing with Carol. On the last two Mondays in each month, we go to hear the Joy Singers from First Baptist Church sing at one of the long term care facilities. I continue with my Monday lunches with the preacher boys. I continue at First Baptist. Jan and Carol often attend Stono Baptist were they have made good friends. The service is far more informal which works out well for them.

Say Something Nice Day and Say Something Nice Sunday continue to gain momentum. They are more needed now than when we started. Ethicsdaily.com and day1.org have been very supportive. I continue to eat with the Wednesday night gang. We have been doing this for over thirty years.

We are grateful when Suzanne makes it down from Nashville. Her son Christopher has been on a ship in Bahrain to fulfill his Navy Reserve obligation. Christina, Nancy and Michael’s daughter, continues at the day care center and their son, Colin, continues at Publix. Our friends Marvin and Kathy Cann come down from Spartanburg once or twice a year. Marvin was my roommate at Furman. We are unhappy about losing the wonderful help from Brandy Brown, but she is needed at home. Cassie Shokes, daughter of our friend Clyde has stepped into the post. Carol’s doctors are pleased with where she is with her Alzheimer’s disease and I am grateful to them. Our friend, Gene Plyler, is a great source of help. Will Wilcox, Liz’s cousin, came from Seattle for a visit. Unfortunately Kay, his wife, could not make the trip. My good friend, Gayland Poole an Episcopal priest in Texas, died this year. Joe Gilliland moved to Birmingham to be closer to his son. My sister, Jean, and Bunky spent Christmas with us. What fun! My boyhood friend, Ansel McGill, and wife Susie called Christmas night. Ansel suffered a severe stroke, but he still has that wonderful deep voice. The call made my Christmas. We are thankful for all of you. We know how blessed we are to have each of you in our lives. We are concerned with the turn our nation has taken away from a, “Kinder gentler society,” but we can each do our part to help restore decency to our national life. May God bless you and your family in the New Year!

Carol and Mitch

 

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Thankful Thursday – Carl Tolbert

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Carl Tolbert brings to my life. Carl is a retired U. S. Army colonel and chaplain. He grew up in Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served all over the United States, Europe and Asia. He and wife, Pat, are active members at the United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ Church in West Ashley. Carl is a member of the Monday Lunch Bunch at the S&S Cafeteria. He and Pat are great travelers and have been everywhere including many fabulous cruises. They have a camper which sees lots of use. Carl has enjoyed a teaching career both before going into the Army and during. He has great stories about his experiences, but the stories he tells about his father, one of the first Texas highway patrolmen, are even better.  Carl has a deep and seasoned faith that combines his deep Texas roots and his worldwide experiences. I always come away from our discussions with some spiritual nuggets as well as some good stories. Pat, a librarian, is a whiz with the computer and with numbers. On this Thankful Thursday I am happy that Carl Tolbert is a part of 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 – 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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Thankful Thursday – Nancy Hamrick

On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Nancy Hamrick brings to my life. Nancy is married to Fitzhugh. They are a wonderful couple who bring sunshine into the lives of all who know them. Both are wonderful conversationalists and both enjoy traveling. Nancy is a founding member of the John A. Hamrick Lectureship Committee and has brought many potential speakers to our attention. Nancy wrote Sunday school materials for teenagers for many years. She and Fitzhugh are members at Grace Episcopal Church. Nancy grew up in Greenville and is a Furman graduate and a former trustee. She and Fitzhugh commissioned a duplicate of the lectern at First Baptist Church for the Furman Chapel. Carol Ezell Gilson painted the seal on the lectern. The lectern at FBC is made from wood from the original pulpit destroyed by a cannon ball during the Civil War.  I think Nancy has read everything that is worth reading. Along with everything else, Nancy is one of the most gracious people I know. She was the first one to tell me that in Charleston you can say anything about anyone you want to as long as you add, “Bless her heart.” She has a delightful sense of humor. She is one of those rare individuals that make you feel good just to be around her. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful that Nancy Hamrick is a part of my life.

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

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