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Choose Civility in Howard County

From the Baltimore Sun--
People have taken more than 35,000 of the green magnetic reminders to "Choose Civility," and displayed them throughout the county on automobiles, refrigerators and file cabinets.

Now campaign leaders are planning to expand the effort with a free public symposium that will focus on the need for civility in all aspects of life.

"It is the notion that we are a human family...
The quality of our lives is determined to a great extent by the quality of our relationships,"
said Valerie Gross, executive director of the Howard County Library, which is the lead partner for the campaign.

The symposium has four sessions
Promoting Civility in Your Neighborhood
Why Looking Out for No. 1 Doesn't Work
Being Safe and Sensible in Cyberspace
Civility in the Workplace

Symposium organizers plan to highlight a message, as outlined in the book Seasons of Life by author Jeffrey Marx: "At the end of our life, we ought to be able to look back and know that somehow the world was a better place because we lived, we loved, we were other-centered, other-focused."

May 9, 2008 Baltimore Sun
Civility: More than a bumper sticker

April 22, 2008 Washington Post
Civil Obedience: Local Book Inspires Seminars, Classes (background on the Choose Civility campaign)


I really liked the statement that "the quality of our lives is determined to a great extent by the quality of our relationships." Oh, how true that is. When a person takes the time to develop loving, caring relationships with family, friends,& co-workers, their outlook on life will usually be positive and not negative. Someone who truly cares about others instead of being self-centered, will have a life of smiles, thank-yous and respect for each other. Civility will come easy to those who foster good-will and friendship to others.