“They held their hard-boiled eggs in one hand and a piece of bread and butter in the other, munching happily. There was a dish of salt for everyone to dip their eggs into; I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors…”Enid Blyton

The 3 No Trump card party out trumped themselves at their annual party in Patapsco State Park where guests dined on barbeque, fried fish, burgers and more prepared by Chef Stanley Dukes. Each host provides the libations of choice for their invited guests. The tranquility of the park and the sound of music enhanced the exquisite table designs arranged by the hosts adorned with crystal, china, napkins and floral arrangements. The 3 No Trump members are Brenda Sykes, Sara Smalley, Dr. Charlene Cooper-Boston, Rosemary Atkinson, Shirley Richmond, Denise Dobson-McDonald, Aldonna Wylie, Joan Brown, Jean Powell, Pat Roselle, Evon Haskins Jackson and Steve Wainwright.

“We challenge them to ignore those who challenge their father’s citizenship or faith. How we insist that the hateful language from public figures on television does not represent the true nature of this country. How we explain when someone is cruel or act like a bully, you don’t stoop to that level,” No, our motto is: When they go low, we go high.” -First Lady Michelle Obama

Just Cousins hosted their annual summer picnic at the home of Jerrelle Francois on a balmy Saturday afternoon. The weather didn’t deter the family and friends who enjoyed a bevy of activities while eating tons of barbeque food hot off the grill. Just Cousins host a yearly scholarship brunch to sponsor the college education for family members. It was great seeing my longtime friend Selena Redd, a member of Just Cousins.

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days; an old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful; a meaningful friend or a meaningful day.” -Dalai Lama

A special shout out to Nancy Snead and the crew for coordinating the D ’Joint reunion at Tea Spot on Duncan Street in East Baltimore. It was great seeing former D ‘Joint owner Butch Anderson and barmaids, Marla McKinney, Barbara Anderson, Kim Mason and partygoers, Gladys Savage, Toni Boone- Green, Juanita Rollins, Ernestine Scroggins, Carol Rose and Sheila Weems. Special thanks to Tea Spot owner Rodney for his hospitality, good food and awesome drink prices.

Join Big Shirley and Yolonda and Company for Happy Hour Aug. 5 at Karma’s Dance Factory, 5808C Johnnycake Road, Woodlawn, Md. from 4 p.m-8 p.m. food fun and dancing.

Poncho n Pepe’s Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar on Route 3 in Crofton is the ideal location to enjoy the fishbowl margarita for two with grand Marnier floating on the top. They also have a huge selection of beer and frozen margaritas.

“…the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.”  -First Lady Michelle Obama

Congratulations to Glen Middleton on winning his international vice president executive board seat representing the Capital District with AFSCME by acclamation.

“Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.”Shonda Rhimes

The glass ceiling was smashed with the nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton for president of the United States. The appointment of past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge to be the Permanent Chair of the 2016 DNC, Donna Brazille ,the chair of the Democratic National Committee and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings- Blake opening the Democratic National Convention in due form, created moments that were previously denied to women, especially women of color. Oh and how proud we were to see our favorite Senator, Barbara Mikulski,  a history maker in her own right nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“It’s been a longtime coming but I know a change is gonna come”-Sam Cooke

Nine-year-old Amber Swift-Rose is on her way to become the next Michael Phelps, after winning 2nd place in the 200 Free Style swim at the 14th annual Black Heritage National Swim Meet in Cary, N.C. Amber is a member of Marvin Thorpe’s swim team in Randallstown, Md. Many of you remember daddy Thorpe. Angela Alexander said Amber is an inspiration to the young people at Morning Star Baptist Church.

“The joy that a newborn brings cannot be equaled.”-Byron Pulsifer

Welcome to the world Xander Dwight Moore-Brown. The proud grandparents are Ralph and Dana Moore and exuberant parents are Zahra and Dwight Brown.

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”-Marcus Tullius Cicero

Praying for Wendle Billips and family on the death of his granddaughter Kailah Gross; to the family of Darnell Faison on his death; to Carolyn Fugett and family on the death of her husband, Jean Fugett; and to Rod Armstrong and family on the death of his mother, Margaret Armstrong.

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

Happy birthday to  Joy Owens, Ronald Hayes, Patricia Jessamy, Judson Wood, Marvin “ Doc” Cheatham, Tracee Strum Gilliam, Deleanor Boone, Wesley Wood, Richard Tabuteau, Valarie Smith, Mark Butler, Anderson Ward, AFRO photographer, Thurman Pinder, Richard McClearn, Bronzella Rochelle, Sharon Pinder, Granville Templeton lll  and a special happy 95th birthday to Dr. Ruth Pratt.

Sending get well wishes to Stella Fullwood and Sherry Jackson as they continue to recuperate.

Aleuta continua (the struggle continues).

Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch