“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” Leo Buscaglia

“Don't forget, a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Dante and Candes Daniels, owners of Randallstown’s popular new family restaurant Colin’s Seafood and Grill and Maceo’s Lounge, chose the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. to honor their staff at an appreciation party. The staff of over 100 employees gathered at Colin’s for a night of fellowshipping and dancing. Dante thanked his staff for the love and support they have shown him and Candes during the construction of Colin’s.

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” Oscar Wilde

Special thanks were given to the staff at Maceo’s for their hard work and diligence during the opening of Colin’s. “The joint is jumping” Randy Dennis and his wife Tanya had everybody on the dance floor learning the latest line dances as {AFRO} photographer Anderson Ward captured the evening.

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love then make that day count!” Steve Maraboli

Two of my dear friends celebrated their birthdays in grand style; Dorothy Williams who I lovingly call “The Queen” celebrated her birthday at Fleming’s Harbor East with her daughters Diane Hocker, Denise DeLeaver, son in-law Frank Hocker and other family members. I was unable to join the family celebration at Fleming’s so after dinner, I met the fashionable Queen, Frank and Diane at Colin’s for dessert.

“You must be a special lady 'Cause you got me sittin' on top of the world”

The “jazzy lady” of the hour Murnell Cooper regaled us with stories that had us laughing to the point of tears when we gathered in her elegant Lexington Street home for her birthday party hosted by her daughter Dr. Charlene Cooper-Boston. Guests arrived throughout the day with flowers, candy, gifts and well wishes as she celebrated her 92nd birthday. Among the well-wishers braving the winter chill were Flora and Richard Johnson, Carolyn Wainwright, Sara Smalley and Rosemary Atkinson. The catered supper of ham, baked chicken, potato salad, string beans, imported meats, cheese and champagne was perfect.

“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.” George William Curtis

“It’s your birthday make some noise” Happy birthday Pierre Stewart, Ann Branch, Herman and Vivian Jones, Vernon Stephens, Teresa Bogans, Root’s Lounge John Shaft, Marcia Wagner, Reginald Haysbert, Deborah Peakes Coleman and my step-mom Jean Johnson.

Gustavo King and Joe Zammarella parties are legendary at their lovely Wineberry Terrace home nestled among the courtyards. You feel like you’re climbing to the top of the mountain. There are courtyards on each level before you get to their home with plenty of steps so by the time you arrive at their door you are ready to party. I tell Joe and Gustavo they should set up a bar on each level for guests to sip and rest. The party themes throughout the house are eclectic, every room highlighting the party. The party’s menu features a variety of dishes from Gustavo’s native Panama personally prepared by Gustavo. The festive atmosphere is enhanced with the flow of Spanish and English intermingling throughout the party as we salsa and dance the night away greeting old and new friends.

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” Sarah Caldwell

Retired Gen. William “Kip” Ward is now president and COO of Sentel Corporation. An IT intelligence, integrated logistics and engineering services company. Congratulations Kip.

Organizing for Action’s Baltimore City and Baltimore County representatives are hosting a discussion on the Affordable Care Act and the benefits of the new Health Care Law on February 6 at the Liberty Senior Center in Randallstown. Contact Mildred Owens, at 410-521-4082 for details.

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.” Orison Marden

Sending get-well wishes to James Robinson, Denise DeLeaver, Napoleon Sykes, Berice Bogans and Marie Alston continue to recover as we pray for your strength.

“Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not; rather find strength in what remains behind.” William Wordsworth

Condolences to Valerie and Myron Bundy on the death of Ada Thomas; to Denise and Kenneth Abrams on the death of David Reid Jr.; to Darron Green, Myra and Albert Queen on the death of Sheila Green; to Terry and Debbie Owens on the death of his brother Dwayne Owens; to Ted Fickling, Joanne Pulley, Damien and Tobi Pulley on the death of your mother and grandmother; to Patsie Williams on the death of her husband Willie Williams, and to the families of Barbara Bentley and Helen Baskersfield on their death.

In loving memory of my daddy Benjamin Scott Johnson April 1 1928- January 24, 2014.