“Never said there wouldn’t be trials, never said I wouldn’t fall, never said that everything would go the way I want it to go; but when my back is against the wall and I feel all hope is gone, I’ll just lift my head up to the sky and say help me to be strong. I just can’t give up now; come too far from where I started. Nobody told me the road would be easy and I don’t believe he brought me this far to leave me.” Mary Mary

“… I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you.” 2 Kings 20:5

Your endless prayers, face book messages, phone calls, texts messages, cards, visits and inquiries were overwhelming and lifted my spirits to unimaginable heights. My wonderful inner circle of friends rallied together to support my family and me showed what true friendship means.

“How can I say thanks for the things you’ve done for me? Things so undeserved yet you gave to prove your love for me. The voices of a million angels could not express my gratitude… To God be the glory.” André Crouch

I’m eternally grateful for their acts of love and support in driving Miss Daisy as they would lovingly call me, preparing meals, taking me to doctor’s appointments or bringing me out for special events and taking turns staying overnight in the hospital and my home to relieve my family.

“I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.” Psalm 73:23 What can I say about my longtime friend Dr. James “Jimmy” Wood who doing the darkest moment kept the faith therefore, instilling faith in us.

“Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” Marian Garrety

The love and admiration I have for my mother, Rev. Pauline Wilkins can’t be put into words. She drove daily from her home in Reisterstown to Harbor Hospital during my stay and my subsequent rehabilitation at Kernan. Her smile of encouragement as I took my first step was priceless. I’m never too old to want and need my mother’s unconditional love.

In the words of T.I., “I’m back” and “on the road again, “so let’s get this party started right.”

Sunday, more than 200 women gathered at the Frederick Douglass/Isaacs Myers Museum for a “getting to know you” reception honoring Karman Brown and Jaki Ulman; the wives of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. I served as a committee host with Jean Hitchcock, Marsha Jews, Alice Pinderhughes, Ernestine Jolivet, Senator Jones-Rodwell, Diane Bell-McKoy, Felicia Farrar, Hope Williams, Dr. Thelma Daly, Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Roslyn Smith, Zenith Hurley and others for an informative evening. Women throughout the state enjoyed champagne cocktails and delicious passed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Rouge Caterers.

…The two of you shine and are great examples of what a marriage should be.” Anonymous

The Frederick Douglass/ Isaacs Myers Museum was the perfect backdrop for the black tie evening celebration of Danny and Delle Henson’s 50th anniversary celebration. As the sunset, the stunning couple, Danny in white dinner jacket and Delle in a cascading evening gown entered the elegantly decorated ballroom to a standing ovation. Guests enjoyed the sit-down dinner of crabcakes and filet mignon deliciously prepared by Jimmy Britton of Class Act Caterers.

“There’s a time of the day when the sun is going down; that’s the golden time of day. It’s a time that the sun turns a gold all around; that’s the golden time of day.” Frankie Beverly

Barcocina, Fells Point’s newest restaurant located at the foot of Broadway on the water has outdoor seating boasting a wraparound scenic view of the harbor. The Mexican themed restaurant’s atmosphere is warm and friendly. The menu offers a variety of Mexican dishes and specialty drinks. I recommend the house margaritas by the pitcher or the glass. Outdoor seating is plentiful so you can daydream while enjoying the view and watching the ships sail by as you dream of paradise.

“They travel lightly whom God’s grace carries.” Thomas Kempis

Our prayers of condolences to Afro editor Dorothy Boulware on the death of her mother Magruder Cockrell; to Leroy Jackson Jr. on the death of his father Leroy Jackson Sr.; to the family of our Delta sister and CBB Social group member Lousonia Jefferson; to the family of our Delta sister Anne West Clark; to Delegate Melvin Stukes on the death of his brother Rev. Floyd Stukes of Goose Creek SC.; to Beryl and Russell Johnson on the death of Leno Grant owner of Grant’s Two Spot; to the family of Raymond H. Boone, founder and publisher of The Richmond Free Press; to Pam Neverdon and family on the death of her husband Andre Neverdon and to Dr. Larry Martin on the death of his wife Rita Martin.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imaged.” Henry David Thoreau

Congratulations to Robin Wood on receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law; to Michelle Greer on receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School Of Law and to AJ Miles on receiving his degree from the Baltimore City Community College.

Good news sending get-well wishes to George Taylor and Jean Powell both recuperating nicely.

Happy 13th birthday to Sasha Obama, Norma Fields and Denise Dobson MacDonald.

“If I could get another chance, another walk, another dance with him; I’d play a song that would never ever end. How I’d love to dance with my father again.” Luther Vandross

Happy Father’s Day! Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch