“I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom for me and you and I think to myself what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue and clouds of white the bright-blessed day, the dark sacred night. And, I think to myself what a wonderful world. The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky are also on the faces of people going by. I see friends shaking hands, saying “How do you do? They’re really saying I love you. I hear babies crying, I watch them grow. They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know” Louis Armstrong

Sometimes when we watch the news or read the newspaper, it is hard to imagine “what a wonderful world” we live in. If Louis Armstrong envisioned a wonderful world growing up in his era so should we. With spring in full bloom, let us look at the things that make this a wonderful world, not a perfect world, but a world where we can make a difference one day at a time. Give someone your smile. You won’t lose anything when you pass someone and say hello, even if they don’t respond.

“Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you if you’re young at heart. For it’s hard, you will find, to be narrow of mind if you’re young at heart. You can go to extremes with impossible schemes. You can laugh when your dreams fall apart at the seams, and life gets more exciting with each passing day. And love is either in your heart, or on its way. Don’t you know that it’s worth every treasure on earth to be young at heart. For as rich as you are, it’s much better by far to be young at heart.” Frank Sinatra

How many of you remember dreaming about marrying Prince Charming and living in a beautiful castle with a golden coach and six white horses? On May 19, the world will witness Megan Markle’s fairytale come true when she marries Prince Harry to become a real life princess. As we witness this historic fairytale wedding unfold, Baltimoreans will be watching former St. James Episcopal priest Bishop Michael Curry become a part of history as he delivers the homily.

Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others exists in you. Remember, life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness.” Chinese proverb

It was a pleasure attending the Baltimore Maryland Chapter of the Links, new members induction and dinner celebration at The Center Club. Link E. Francine Stokes McElveen, Esq. was the mistress of ceremonies for this auspicious occasion with Link President Lynn Selby welcoming the guests to the induction ceremony. Vice President Link Darlene Wade Moss, introduced the new Link members, Dana Henson, Sheelagh M. Allston, Tracey M. Barbour Gillett, Kimberly Dawn Hewitt, Lisa Hodges-Hiken, Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton, Jill E Owens, Alicia N. Ritchie and April Ryan. Link Paulette Burgess provided the blessing as guests enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner followed by a champagne toast by immediate past President Nikita Haysbert. There was also a presentation of chapter gifts by Link Faith Thomas, Esq.

Guests attending the impressive induction were Dell and Dan Henson, Darren Henson, Glenn Middleton, Links Dr. Charlene Cooper- Boston, Judge Yvonne Holt-Stone, Betty Williams, Margaret Turner, Billie Gardner Brown, Sylvia Laws, Karenthia Barbour, Lydia McCargo Redd and Joy Owens.

“Ain’t no party like an old school party, cause an old school party don’t stop.” Eniquity

Victor Green and Pat Crisps’ annual old school birthday party was without a doubt the hottest party this spring. The party at Diamonz Event Center was a standing room only event with guests shaking the tambourines, blowing whistles, wearing twinkling jewelry and eyeglasses, as they danced to the music of Slagz Band and deejay Sugar Chris. Victor, the original party animal did not disappoint the more than two hundred guests as he performed his signature “stand up in it” dance. Wishing Pat and Victor, many more years of partying like its 1999.

Happy birthday to Carol Turner, Ann Vicks, Clarissa Pritchett, Barbara Blount Armstrong, Karen Brookins and Dr. Marie Washington.

Sending get-well wishes to our friend Congressman Anthony Brown.

We continue to keep the families of Kevin Kamenetz and Rick Larry, as well as Sandi Matthews on the death of her husband Jerome “Jai” Matthews, in our prayers.