I wish you flowers sunshine and smiles. I wish you children that grow to make you proud. I wish you pretty things to wear, sweet things to smell. I wish you well. I wish you good friends that always treat you fair. Wanna wish you ribbons to tie around your hair. I wish you truckloads of cheer and many happy years. Wanna wish you freedom to do the things you love, wanna wish you blessings and kindness from above. Wanna wish you sunlight through the clouds, hope you laugh out loud. I wish you well”   Bill Withers

As we approach mother’s day 2018 I am reminded of how grateful and blessed I am to still have the joy of my mother Rev. Pauline Wilkins. I am grateful that I was blessed with three amazingly wonderful children, who have been a blessing to me from the day they were born. This mother’s day embrace your motherhood as a gift from God. Many of you are mothers through being a mentor, stepmom or adopted mom; embrace it because it is a gift. Finally, to my friends who will spend mother’s day for the first time without their mom, embrace the day with thanksgiving and share the memory of your mother with others.

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeves

People are praising the historic act of heroism displayed by off duty firefighter DeVonte G. Weaver and the action he took when he saw a car turned over on its side lodged into a tree burning out of control as bystanders stood by helpless. Suddenly DeVonte, running at top speed across four lanes of traffic with a fire extinguisher he had taken from a nearby restaurant appeared out of nowhere extinguished the flames and remained with the driver assuring the driver that help was on the way. Thanks Krishna Miller for sharing this on Facebook and a special thanks to DeVonte who humbly stated he simply used his training as a firefighter. DeVonte you are a hero you did not hesitate to risk your life to save another life. Proud grandmother Linda Weaver is bursting with pride when she saw this on Facebook.

Someday, when I’m awfully low when the world is cold I will feel a glow just thinking of you and the way you look tonight. Yes, you’re lovely, with your smile so warm and your cheeks so soft there is nothing for me but to love you and the way you look tonight.  Frank Sinatra

More than 120 well-wishers, including members of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and Omega Psi Phi fraternity gathered at Colin’s restaurant for a champagne reception celebrating the 60th wedding anniversary of Helen and Adolph McDonald. Guests munched on an assortment of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Dante, as they reminisced about their relationship with Helen and Adolph on a social and professional level. Longtime friend attorney John Wood gave the champagne toast followed by a scrumptious cake from the french bakery Patisserie Poupon.

Wishing “endless love” to Dr. Vallen and Michele Emery, Pastor Ron and Linda Hankins, and Odyssey and Myra White-Gray, as they celebrate their wedding anniversaries.

“We’re having a party dancing to the music played by the DJ on the radio the cokes are in the icebox the popcorn’s on the table me and my baby, we’re out here on the floor.”   Sam Cooke

James Cassell, political guru and owner of East Baltimore’s Sign of the Times bar, hosted a birthday celebration for Sheriff John Anderson and Teddy Black. It was an opportunity for guests to meet and greet East Baltimore’s elected officials and meet political hopefuls. Guests out enjoying a fun evening included: Sabrina Tapp-Harper, Tyrone Harper, Josephine and Tommy Ridgley, Senator Nathaniel McFadden, Delegates Cheryl Glenn and Talmadge Branch, City Councilmembers Sharon Green Middleton and Robert Stokes, candidate for court of the clerk Lenora Dawson, Glen Middleton, Kurt Kennedy 45th District State Central committee candidate, Warren Redding, deputy sheriff Fairfax VA, Doni Mason, Sean, Henry Hank Martin, Marques Dent and Marilyn Mosby.

Happy birthday Shirley Richmond, Veronica Ronny Jackson, Yvonne West, Yvonne Crawley, Larry Smith, Dr. Jackie Williams, Billy Cool, Ellen Perry, Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton, Donald “Duck” Welling, Senator Delores Kelly, Lee Stokes, Ret.Colonel JoAnn Jolivet, attorney William “Billy” Murphy and Dr. Anne Emery.

Congratulations to producers Mario and Nicole Armstrong on winning the Emmy Award, New York chapter for the Best Interactive Show, “The Never Settle Show” on Facebook Live. The show is sponsored by Nasdaq and FedEx.

Sending bunches of flowers and well wishes to Artaraus Jenkins, Bernard James, Mildred and James Dickie Harris, Milton “Knees” Smith, Tanya Pajardo and Almie McIntire.

“Take me to the King I don’t have much to bring.”  Tamela Mann

Keeping Nancy Barrick and family in prayer as she mourns the death of her husband George Barrick and Denise Chavis and Rodney Orange as they mourn the death of her mom and his longtime companion Shirley Chavis. Shirley’s viewing is Friday at Howell funeral Home 4600 Liberty Heights. Contact the funeral home for more information.

What’s happening!

May 5 is the 6th annual African American Children’s Book Fair, at the Reginald Lewis Museum with celebrity reader Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X. She is the author of Betty before X.

May 20, join the Baltimore Drifters at their May Fabulous IV spring dance scholarship fundraiser at Bleues on the water in Glen Burnie.

May 20, the Florence S. Bush Angel Foundation is hosting a family and friend day at Patapsco State Park. Purchase your tickets at www.FlorenceSBushAngelFdn. org or call Patricia Stokes 443-326-7833.

July 16, City College and Poly Alumni are hosting a golf tournament at Country Club of Maryland in Towson. Contact an alumnus for details.

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. Rudyard Kipling