“We pray for blessings, we pray for peace, comfort for family, protection while we sleep, we pray for healing, for prosperity, we pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering. All the while, You hear each spoken need yet love is way too much to give us lesser things ’cause what if your blessings come through raindrops, what if Your healing comes through tears, what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near, what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise…” Laura Story’ song “Blessings”

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome.”-Maya Angelou 

Once the official ballots are certified, we must work together to support and congratulate our leaders as they move to bring our city forward. Everyone who stepped out of their comfort zone and decided to run for an elected office should feel proud that instead of complaining about what’s wrong decided to make a difference. There are no losers when people join in support of our beloved Baltimore.

“Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” -Matthew 12:25 

“We are one” not too long ago we were one, our leaders stood together for the good of the city. African- American women were in the top five most powerful positions in the city and recognized throughout the nation because they worked together not divided. We must pledge our allegiance and support our new Mayor, Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, the newly elected and reelected members of the Baltimore City Council.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”Charles Dickens

Each of us has the responsibility to ensure that we are not “a tale of two cities” that we stand behind our elected officials in the season of light and the season of darkness but most importantly during the spring of hope. In order for Baltimore to be successful, we must do our part to bridge the difference that unites us, our love for the beautiful city on the Chesapeake Bay, the land of pleasant living.

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”-Nelson Henderson

The enthusiasm shown by the young men at Deer Park Middle School at the forum hosted by Delray Wylie and friends with Deer Park Middle School during the 2016, Brother to Brother “Guy Talk” was a huge success. Over 40 boys participated in discussions on topics including continuing education, character building and respect. Among the speakers were Tony Baysmore, Special Assistant to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Subramonianpillia Teal, Co-Founder Clinical Director of Leading by Example, Curtis Black, Founder, Angels Helping Angels, Rodney Nesbit, Under Amour Community Engagement Coordinator, Officer Gary Bennett, Baltimore City Police Special Development and Training and Randallstown High School students Iras Anderson and Niles Bennett. The forum also included a basketball clinic with the students and the speakers.

“You’re gonna fly away, glad you’re goin’ my way I love it when we’re cruisin’ together.
The music is played for love, cruisin’ is made for love. I love it when we’re cruisin’ together”-Smokey Robinson 

“We’re having a party” contact Tarsha Fitzgerald, Corporate Sales Account Manager for Spirit Cruises for the picture-perfect venue for your graduation, corporate, birthday celebration, employee outings, meetings or dockside events at TFitzgerald@EntertainmentCruises.com

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.”-Ausonius

Happy birthday to Carolyn Wainwright, Gary Ellerbe, Kevin Briscoe, Gail Kromah, Joyce Smith, Denise DeLeaver, William Jessup, Gwendolyn Grimes, Councilman William “Pete” Welch, Coyea Thomas Kizzie, Barbara Blount Armstrong, Patricia Gittings, Wes Hairston and Dr. Anne Emery.

“All aboard” The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will discontinue the Baltimore Metro Subway service from Milford Mill to Mondawmin stations effective July 23 to August 12, 2016 for repairs. MTA Deputy Administrator Suhair Al Khatib said, “This necessary and critical rail work will further enhance service safety and reliability… For information go to www.mta.maryland.gov or call 410-539-5000.

“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”-Khalil Gibran

Condolences to Carolyn Allen on the death of her sister Gloria Smith, to Ann Dyett Morton and family on the death of her husband James Morton, to Angela and Cassandra Burnett on the death of their mother Faye Burnett and to Charles Campbell on the death of his wife Ella White-Campbell.

Sending bushels of flowers to Melvine Turlington as she continues to recuperate and keeping Brian Smoot in our prayers. 

“To be able to look back upon one’s life in satisfaction is to live twice.”-Khalil Gibran

Coppin State University Alumni Association is hosting the Arena Players production of Luther and a jazz performance by the legendary Carlos Johnson & Zone One Band Saturday June 4. For tickets, contact Winky Camphor 443-850-4582 or Bunny Collier 410-566-8151.

“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”-George Herbert

Forum Caterers is hosting a Father’s Day jazz brunch featuring the Craig Alston Project Sunday June 19 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Buffet will include the Forum’s famous fried chicken. Call 410-358-1101 to reserve your seat.

Remember our Veterans.

Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch