After completing the Endurance Day portion of their Black Belt Test, the candidates traveled to downtown Annapolis to support efforts to in suicide prevention.  The Annapolis Out of the Darkness Walk took place on Saturday September 12 and even in the rain – hundreds were there to support survivors and education on this subject.… Read More

Each month we will discuss one gift of character with all of our students. This month the word is Courage. This life skill will be defined in the following ways for our students. Young students: Courage means: I am brave! Older students: Courage is the willingness to face fears and challenges with determination. Children only… Read More

Have you noticed how individuals tone and inflections of voice change when they are in the presence of a person that they respect or are in awe of for reason of their power or position?  Yet those same individuals who can be so deferential , can also be harsh and discourteous to those that they… Read More

Recently I saw a question raised that asked, when we meet new people if we are able to show courtesy and understanding or are those virtues compromised due to prejudice and biases?  Are we able to keep an open mind and see people for who they are? For many the quick answer is an emphatic… Read More

Polite words, good manners – yes courtesy – are both appreciated and remembered by others.  Recently I was told a story of a young man, whom at the age of 18 was asked to provide a skill for another person who was older than them.  The skill and the completed job was appreciated, but it… Read More

There are many people who believe that common courtesy is on the decline and they point to the use of technology and the decrease in face to face interactions among young people as the cause.  Courtesy is about being respectful and considerate of others feelings, needs and rights. In family life when we get up… Read More