“Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see but few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are; and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.” -Prince Machiavelli

Happy Mother’s Day. Remember, “Memories make you smell a rose in December.”

We honor and remember the beautiful women who represent motherhood; whether you birthed or raised a child, you have joined the ranks of motherhood. There are so many wonderful mothers including my daughter, Lisa Lee Packer, and my mother, retired United Methodist Pastor Pauline Wilkins, that we could name but we want to recognize four women who give unselfishly of their time and unconditional love by living the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a family.”

Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise and call her blessed…

Gloria “Tuttie” Bogans, wife and mother of 5 children, has opened her home for fifty plus years mentoring neighborhood children throughout her community. She is always ready to share love, and a meal. Although no longer living in the neighborhood, they still return to visit Ms. Tuttie and Mr. Peck bringing their children and grandchildren to experience the warmth of unconditional love.

The moment the AFRO’s Diane Hocker introduced her mother, “Native New Yorker” Dorothy Williams, to me I was impressed with her stately demeanor, contagious smile and motherly wit. The Queen commands the attention of the young and old, who linger on the pearls of wisdom she shares.

“Motherhood is about nurturing, and many women who have never been mothers physically nevertheless brim with the ability and passion to nurture others.”-Vinita Hampton Wright

Sara Smalley, a petite woman with a big heart who is lovingly called Aunt Sadie, never hesitates to give of her time and finances when needed to support young people who seek her guidance and advice concerning academic or career choices. Her niece, nephews, children of friends and her sorority sisters adore her. Her knowledge as a certified public accountant has encouraged others to follow her career path.

Dr. Thelma Thomas Daly, the 16th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, has nourished and provided guidance to hundreds of thousands of men and women who have been fortunate to hear Thelma’s illustrious voice whether at a convention, church or an intimate gathering; like E.F Hutton, when she speaks people listens. Nationally and locally, she has counselled political leaders, dignitaries, service members and countless people in the Greek fraternies and sororities. An impressive woman, my grandsons never forgot her after meeting her when they lived in Germany and she was in Germany as the founders’ day speaker for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them.” -Machiavelli

20-year-old Destiny Watford a Curtis Bay resident is the recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for leading her community in the fight against Energy Answers International’s plan to build energy-producing power plant in the heavily polluted Curtis Bay community. She is the youngest of the six winners who live in Slovakia, Cambodia, Tanzania, Puerto Rico and Peru.

Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles in announcing the award said, “Destiny is a talented, resourceful and passionate young advocate, with great potential to make a difference in the lives of those around her.”

“Tell me a secret I don’t just wanna know about any secret of yours, I wanna know about one special secret; because tonight I want to learn all about the secrets in your garden.”-Barry White

DJ Tanz and Zubar Entertainment present The Secret Garden Caribbean Music Arts and Wine Festival May 15 featuring Eclipse International Band, Strykers Posse Band, DJ Smalley, The Golden Touch and DJ Mr. Muzik for tickets call 410 967-1740 or 443 -622-2340.

Happy 90th birthday to Verna Dorsey celebrating her birthday at Colin’s Restaurant with her brother Matthew Wright and other family members. Many remember her as the ticket woman at the Bridge and Regent Movie theaters and later as a cashier at Mondawmin Mall.

Sending happy birthday greetings to Jeanette Bynum, Corintha Boston, Donald “Duck” Welling, Victor Green, Marcus Towns, and Robert “Bobby” Chambliss.

Greg Hatza Organization with Brian Kooken, Robert Shahid, and Sam King will be performing Saturday May 7, at Caton Castle for tickets call 443-413-3523. “I’ll be there.”

“This will be the day that you will hear me say that I will never run away I am here for you.
Love is meant for two, now tell me what you’re gonna do if I gave you diamonds and pearls.” -Prince 

“Wedding bells will be ringing”-Billy Stewart

Victor Harvey said to Kelly Virata, the beautiful bartender at Colin’s Restaurant, “Hey girl, I think I want to marry you.”-Bruno Mars.

“Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life, electric word life.
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time. But I’m here to tell you there’s something else,
the after world, a world of never ending happiness you can always see the sun, day or night.”

 Rest in Peace Prince Roger Nelson.  

 Aleuta Continua