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Mother Teresa once said: One of the greatest diseases in life is being nobody to anybody. In a new book by Hattiesburg native, Dr. Anthony J. Harris, the author enhances that quote and promotes the notion that, although there is ample evidence to support Mother Teresa’s quote, by contrast one of the greatest joys in life is being somebody to somebody. In his book, Gifts of Moments: Being Somebody to Somebody, Dr. Anthony J. Harris, presents compelling and poignant stories that demonstrate his own efforts to be somebody to somebody. The stories are from his childhood, young adulthood, and older adulthood. There is also a quote from Maya Angelou, who said: There is nothing more agonizing than having an untold story inside of us. So, at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book, the author encourages the reader to recall their own stories and to share them with others about how they have been somebody to somebody and have used their gifts of moments wisely. By doing so, he believes, the hearer or reader of those stories will very likely have an uplifting and positive reaction. Dr. Harris graduated from Hattiesburg’s Rowan High School in 1971 and attended .USM, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree. In 1982, he received his doctorate at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce). He was a W.K. Kellogg Fellow (Group 9), a finalist for the White House Fellows Program, and a founding member of the National African American Male Collaboration. email@example.com
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