Today on this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Ellen Dressler Moryl brings to my life. Major Joe Riley hit a home run when he persuaded Ellen to leave Montgomery, Alabama and move to Charleston as the director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. It’s hard to know when my friendship with Ellen began. She lectured to my graduate classes on the importance of the not-for-profit sector of our economy. She was a supporter when I sought grants to provide interpreters for the hearing impaired so that they could enjoy the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. She is a master musician and often plays cello in performances at First Baptist Church, Mepken Abby and other great venues. She is also the mother of, Michelle, one of our former distinguished audiologists at the Charleston Speech and Hearing Center. Michelle is now in private practice. Ellen simply thrills me with her creative and organizational genus. She puts this city on the radar of every creative person anywhere. They want to work here. She is a walking Chamber of Commerce for Charleston and its arts community. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Ellen Moryl 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 that you did.