Civility: "It's Easier to Get Along!"
by Louis J. Peerless

About Us / Our Story

How We Got Started

Civility Shines' founder, Louis Peerless, made a decision in 2012 that he could and should create a plan of action, a program for the greater good. Having nearly lost his life to a bacterial infection and sepsis, with a second chance at life and a positive spirit, Peerless authored his book, 

Civility: "It's Easier to Get Along!" and created a program, "Civility Shines", using the book as a reference tool.


Peerless wrote his handbook on Civility and Civil Behavior over the course of three years, from 2013 through mid-2015.  Then the nightmare of getting the book published began. The publisher with whom Peerless contracted vanished - gone. 


As that Publisher kept control of the ISBN number for the book, originally titled "Civility Shines". Peerless edited the book, mandated for issuance of a new ISBN number, ultimately publishing the book as Peerless Authors in June 2018, working 

in conjunction with Ingram Press as 

Printer and Distributor. 


The foundation of "Civility Shines", the Organization includes the book and Civility Clubs, with a mission of choosing civility as a way of life and highlighting community involvement and random kindness. 

 

Our Book and Program

Civility: "It's Easier to Get Along!" is a handbook on civility and civil behavior. The premise of the book is that it is easier to get along and that life with a cooperative reality is a better, more pleasant way to spend our daily lives.


Civility: "It's Easier to Get Along!" was written for students, not as part of a curriculum, but as an adjunct thereto, distributed  to students to supplement their formal education.


We hope that the book is read with its messages absorbed by Junior High School students. In a best case scenario, with the School's encouragement, the book goes home, providing numerous topics for family discussion and as an addition to the family library.


We strongly advocate that a poster, shown elsewhere on the website, be placed in as many libraries, school offices and other selected venues across the United States and beyond. Check out the Library Poster and be in touch if there is a library in your community.

How Can You Get Involved?

We are raising funds at

GoFundMe.com/Civility Shines 


We are also looking for volunteers. Funds will be used to purchase additional books for distribution to schools, Clergy and other selected recipients. These books will be purchased from the Publisher at cost (Peerless will receive no royalties).


Presently our subscribers are mostly in and around Greater Cincinnati, Ohio. Generally, our subscribers are people who embrace civility and random kindness as a way of life. If our work and the activities we suggest are of interest, we'll increase our ranks.  


Ultimately, we will get subscribers by word of mouth as the word gets out that there is an organization that promotes civility and civil behavior. 


As you are reading this, we'll assume your interest and suggest a contribution. Your gift  will allow us to expand our reach substantially. Increased subscribership will allow us to continue to produce educational materials for students, through schools and congregations.

Our Mission

Civility Shines has a single purpose:  We will disseminate commentary on civility and civil behavior to the general public through Civility Shines!: “It’s Easier to Get Along!” (the book, authored by Louis Peerless, published in March 2017 Available on Amazon). This is a handbook that covers general issues of civility, including 46 vignettes, situations in which we find ourselves. Think thinking and acting. 


Additional topics and promotional materials for discussion are forthcoming. Peerless is available for speaking engagements (initially) in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. 

Newsletters will be added to this website quarterly. 


Originally, this was intended to be a 501(c)3, a not-for-profit organization. That remains the plan for the future. It was determined that it could take up to two years to put the 501(c)3 into place. With all of the necessary forms and general bureaucracy we would have had to delay getting the program started. We will work at this diligently. 


Please visit our funding site at: GoFundMe Civility Shines. 


So, Civility Shines is now a for-profit company that will donate 18% of gross profits to bona fide not-for-profit organizations that deal with issues of civility and related topics. Civility Shines will also raise funds from the sale of merchandise (t-shirts, hats, carry bags, mugs and more) that will sport the Civility Shines inclusionary pinwheel logo with the words Civility: “It’s Easier to Get Along!” on every product. 

The tag line is in the final stages of approval to be trademarked. 


   Civility Shines: “It’s Easier to Get Along!” is a handbook on civility and civil behavior. The book discusses general issues of civility and random kindness and includes a series of 46 scenarios in which we might find ourselves along with suggestions for appropriate behavior with which to respond or interact in each scenario. 


 In addition, we propose Civility Clubs, ideally based in Congregations and Schools, where Youth Group members involve themselves in discussions of timely topics. In the book, there are suggested projects that promote civility in our day-to-day lives. 


Finally, we advocate a poster to be placed in libraries, school nurses’ offices and in school hallways or in other offices and classrooms, prominently displayed. The plan is to charge for the customizable 13” x 19 posters at par.  We are asking for contributions for additional seed money  giving us a running start towards teaching civility for the greater good. 


As part of our Mission Statement, Peerless, as Founder and CEO, will receive maximum compensation of $0,000 for 2017, $0,000 for 2018 and $18,000 for the next three years. All revenue received through GoFundMe Civility Shines 

will be used to acquire copies of “Civility Shines!”: “It’s Easier to Get Along!” for distribution to Educators, Clergy, Agency Administrators, Superintendents and Municipal Administrators in and around the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio metropolis. These funds will also allow us to introduce the Library Poster (for lack of a better name) to libraries from coast to coast.   This funding campaign will be used to purchase additional books to be distributed. Books will be purchased at Author's cost. The Author will receive no royalties. 


This is a bold venture with some indications of success already. 

We cannot guarantee that we will succeed

 but we shall work diligently to increase our ranks

and our reach so that we can spread the word.


Please consider a contribution to Civility Shines! at 

GoFundMe Civility Shines.
You will be participating in a worthwhile venture and performing an act of random  kindness, a key component of civil behavior. Thank you for visiting Civility Shines.
  

Library Poster

Library Posters can go into Public Libraries and School Libraries. They also deserve a home in Nurse's offices and elsewhere in schools. The verbiage to the right is that contained in the Library Poster. Copies of alternative posters will be in this space soon.

This is the text used on a

highly styled presentation


The Blue Ash Branch of the Cincinnati Public Library supports

 ”Civility Shines!”   


`Be Kind - Be Generous

Be Thoughtful - Be Smart!

 
Respect Your Elders

Think Diversity - Think Equality

PRACTICE RANDOM KINDNESS EVERY DAY

(You’ll be Glad You Did!!)

 
Civility is Not Just About Behavior; 

Civility is about Attitude.

 
“It’s Easier to Get Along!”



CIVILITY SHINES  P. O. BOX 429279 CINCINNATI, OHIO 45242   email: ljpeerless@civilityshines.com  (513-706-6363) 


Civility Shine's Quarterly Newsletter/Blog - Spring 2018



Slow Computers  


Quite regularly, I hear the phrase ‘slow computer’. I'm perplexed as it takes maybe 20 seconds or even 60 seconds for an Internet page to come up on the screen.  The search engine has gone through thousands (millions?)  of mini-communications in order to bring the user a wide variety of subjects from which to choose.


The other day, I was looking up vacation information and entered the phrase Seattle highlights. Using Google as the search engine, in 0.33seconds, I was presented with 15,700,000 results. As with any information search, the top 3–5 websites are probably all that I needed in order to make plans. There was a time not long ago that in order to plan a vacation, there were calls to travel agents asking for help or calls to the airlines to learn about flight possibilities. Now what we do is get on to the information highway through our computers. In many cases there is no longer a need to be in contact with a travel agency and the airlines make it very clear that if their personnel have to do any work on scheduling flights,

there are additional charges. 

Taking the human contact out of daily tasks is not in the best interests of civility.


Our computers make this possible.   Were we to do a study of how long it currently takes to obtain information and schedule a vacation, as against the same need 30 years ago, there is no question as to what is fast and what is slow. My first computer was an Apple II+. There was no RAM; there was no hard drive; there were thin floppy disks that were both fragile and sensitive. I recall entering data on an investment analysis and switching floppy disks back and forth so that the computer could do its calculations. At that time an investment analysis took between 3 and 4 hours to complete and print out on our dot matrix printers. Making changes was tedious.


There are now programs that can perform investment analyses in less than a minute of computation time. We have come a long way since Fortran IV and lining up punch cards to be read by a computer that has its own room. I remain convinced that the speed with which computers can provide information has given us expectations that information is at our fingertips. Therefore we only need wait for a precious few seconds in order to be quickly gratified. Once again, “urgency where there is none.” 

Our expectations for immediacy have created that problem. 

Me, me, me and now, now, now! 


Today's computers work at lightning speed to provide information almost instantaneously. While expensive, in the scheme of things, computers are generally a worthwhile investment.  For those of you who feel the need to complain about your slow computers, two words come to mind: “carbon paper”.   

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Civility Shines

P.O. Box 429279 Blue Ash, Ohio 45242

(513) 706-6363