Carol GilsonOn this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Carol Gilson brings to my life. Carol grew up in Charleston after the death of her father, atomic energy scientist, Dr. Kay Ezell. This has always interested me because her father grew up in Woodruff, my home town. Carol’s mother is Jane Hamrick. Carol graduated from First Baptist High School and studied painting in Philadelphia and New York City. She is married to Tom, retired librarian at the College of Charleston and an avid hiker. Carol is an artist, teacher, tour guide, historian and an excellent writer. She spearheaded the First Baptist display for Congregations in the Civil War Project imitated by the National Park Service. It is an outstanding display. She writes excellent, “Moments in History” notes for the church’s anniversary celebrations. Carol is always upbeat and willing to help. She was instrumental in getting Josephine Humphreys as a speaker for the Hamrick Lectureship. Carol’s Japanese paintings are huge, colorful and striking. She sings in the FBC choir. I have not found anything yet that Carol will not tackle. I applaud her spirit of go for it. She will have an exhibition of her paintings at Rick Rhodes Photography Gallery at 1842 Belgrade Avenue from October 3 – 30.Belgrade is in West Ashley off Sam Rittenberg. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Carol Gilson brings to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a special day set aside to honor the presence of someone special to your life and to let her or him know of your gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.