Let life be an adventure. Live your life to the fullest, unfettered by fear of the ghosts and goblins of what might occur. Calamity and death happen as well to those who hide from life as to those who squeeze every drop of zest from it.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What a great opportunity to meet and have a selfie taken with Senator Cory Booker at the Democratic party’s salute to Senator Barbara Mikulski at the American Visionary Museum. His captivating manner kept more than 600 people quiet as he shared stories about the Senator, which had us laughing out loud (LOL). Guests enjoying the delightful evening were Delegate Cheryl Glen, Joyce Smith, Karenthia Barber, Michele Brown, Anthony Jones, Sheila Dixon, Mildred Harper, Betty Clark, Yvonne Frye, Delegate Adrienne Jones, Salima Marriott, Crystal Bell, Councilman Nick Mosby, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Vernon Simms.

“Playing bridge reflects intelligence. It’s one of the really great pleasures of life. I think anybody who’s missing bridge is missing so much in life. Don’t make the mistake of missing out on the fun of bridge.” – Malcolm Forbes

Bernice McDaniel, a resident of Roland Park’s Keswick Multi-Care Center had the staff and residents excited as she prepared to host a festive Halloween Day bridge luncheon in Keswick’s beautiful, autumnal themed library. Bridge players Carolyn Chissell, Anne Davis, Edi Green, Christine Moore, Juanita Morton, Barbara Owings, Joan Phillips, Dorothy Roche, Minnie Smoot, Shirley Stewart, Rita Turner, Marguerite Walker, Frankie Wilson and Goldie Wood wined and dined on a catered luncheon of sandwiches, salads and desserts provided by the host. Bernice who will celebrate her 95th birthday Nov. 18, showed her bridge skills by ending the afternoon with one of the highest recorded scores. The event, coordinated by Mildred Harris, Blanche Beckham and Mildred Taylor was a huge success.

The wedding of nationally renowned comedian Pamela “Ms. Maybelle” Leak and Lamont Hill was a joyous occasion uniting family and friends. Give that lady a standing ovation. During the wedding processional her 92 year old aunt took advantage of the young man escorting her “down the aisle” twirling and twisting on his arm with the quickness and grace of a teenager to the delight of the guests. All eyes were on the beautiful bride as she made her entrance like a scene “straight outta Hollywood” gliding gracefully toward the altar to greet her groom. Griot Kay Merrill gave the history of “jumping the broom.” Guests in attendance were longtime friend Senator Larry Young, Chyna Allen, Carlton and Darlene Douglass, Rosa and William Trusty, Dr. Elaine Simon, Travis Winkey, Pamela Mintz, Jean Alston, Denise Simon-Matter and Doresa Harvey the evening’s emcee.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis

Five generations of Mary McClennon’s family celebrated her 100th birthday with her friends and church family at the Gala Center. A member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church for 75 years she has served as president of the usher board for over 40 years.

Happy birthday to Delegate Nathaniel Oaks, Christy Sykes, Beryl Johnson, Myra Owens Queen, Albert Queen, Randy Abrams, Mike Rodo, Napoleon Sykes Jr.,Sandy Matthews, Phil Bass, Aileen Taylor, Tahlea McNeil, Michele Noel, Denise London, Sheila Ford, Yvonne Coates, Nick Abrams, Carolyn Jones, Russell Jolivet, Dr. David Wilson and to the greatest son a mother could hope for Keith Anthony Lee on his 50th birthday.

What a pleasure to see so many musicians supporting Rosa Pryor at her 24th musical scholarship gala. A special hello to honoree Brenda Alford and her husband Jomills Braddock and to Justin Thomas, a former scholarship winner living in California performed for the gala with his band.

It’s your anniversary. Happy anniversary to these loving couples: Tony and Gloria Pack, Terry and Deborah Owens and Tony and Rosalind Jones.

“Sweet Holy spirit, sweet heavenly Dove, stay right here with us, filling us with your love.”

Condolences to Carolyn Allen and family on the death of Aunt Rosa Thompson at the age of 103. Aunt Rosa lived through Jim Crow, the Women’s Rights Movement and the election of our first Black President. She enjoyed sharing the oral history of her life and was excited when on her 100th birthday she received a citation from President Barack Obama. I met Aunt Rosa at her 100th birthday party hosted by her nieces Carolyn and Melvina Turlington. Aunt Rosa looked at me and said, “Call me Aunt Rosa.” Immediately I was captivated by the well-dressed gracious woman whose spirit was graced with the wisdom of age without any afflictions.

“I flew 169 combat missions when most pilots were flying 50, when I came back to the U.S. and down that gangplank, there was a sign at the bottom: “Colored Troops to the right, White Troops to the left.”Lee Archer, Tuskegee Airman

The first administrator I met at Coppin State College in 1970 was Dean Cyril Byron who introduced me to Dean Roundtree and Carl Adair. They became my mentors and friends introducing me to a world of politics and education. The knowledge they shared with the students prepared us for life after Coppin. In the winter of his years, Dean Byron delighted in being recognized for his service as a Tuskegee Airman; receiving well-deserved honor praise and distinction. I asked Dean Byron why he never shared his contribution as a Tuskegee Airman and he said, “Val, at that time no one would have understood.” Earlier this year I saw Dean Byron driving on the beltway exiting off of Reisterstown and I broke into a smile and thought, “Well, I’ll be. Dean Byron is still driving.” Rest in peace mighty warrior, your wings are waiting.

“What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”-Buddha