“You taught me everything. Everything you’ve given me I’ll always keep it inside.

You’re the driving force in my life, yeah. There isn’t anything or anyone that I could be and it just wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t have you by my side. You were there for me to love and care for me when skies were gray. Whenever I was down you were always there to comfort me and no one else can be what you have been to me you will always be. You will always be the girl in my life for all times. Mama, Mama you know I love you. Mama, Mama you’re the queen of my heart. Your love is like tears from the stars, yes it is. Mama I just want you to know lovin’ you is like food to my soul. You’re always there for me. Have always been around for me even when I was bad. You showed me right from my wrong. Yes you did and you took up for me when everyone was downin’ me. You always did understand. You gave me strength to go on. There were so many times looking back when I was so afraid and then you’d come to me and say to me I can face anything. And no one else can do what you have done for me. Mama, Mama you know I love you.” Boyz II Men

“If you want to hear God laugh tell him your plans” Woody Allen

Thursday morning I planned to leave for my annual trip to the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival at noon allowing me time to visit my mother at Upper Chesapeake Hospital in Belair, Maryland and take Route One to Rehoboth. God had other plans. I didn’t leave home until a quarter to three, although I was ready at noon. There was something delaying my departure that I couldn’t explain.

“Can’t sleep at night and you wonder why. Maybe God is trying to tell you something. Crying all night long, something’s gone wrong. Maybe God is trying to tell you something.” Mississippi Mass Choir

I arrived at the hospital around 3:30 p.m. At 5:41 p.m. my sister Cheryl and I were with our mother when she transitioned peacefully to her new home where the streets are paved with gold and she can walk around Heaven all day and not become tired or weary. God knew what his plan was an included me in his plan.

“When peace like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well, with my soul.” Horatio Spafford

The next time your plans don’t work the way you planned, or things are happening that you can’t explain maybe God’s trying to tell you something.

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” Earl Nightingale

The Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, hosted its 29th annual Torchbearers awards breakfast at Martin’s West honoring women in the community who have made a difference. Nykidra Robinson, founder of Black Girls Vote was among those honored. Michele Emery is president of the 100 Black Women Baltimore Chapter.

Black Excellence’s annual homecoming party at the Garage with more than two hundred people in attendance was a huge success. The event hosted by Rodney, George Ray, and Nicole Nicholson and presented a sellout event with all colleges represented. Guests dancing sampling creative cocktails, renewing old acquaintances, and making new friends.

You are, at this moment, standing, right in the middle of your own ‘acres of diamonds.’ Earl Nightingale

Like the Phoenix rising Crystal, daughter of Tanya Pajardo and granddaughter of Mildred Long Harper, has turned an abusive relationship into the Crystal Clear Foundation “Let’s be Crystal Clear about Domestic Violence. For more information on how to support Crystal Clear Foundation, call 410-501-3929 or www.crystalclear.org

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” Coretta Scott King

This is the perfect opportunity to put your vote where your mouth is and help save an historic landmark. American Express Main Street America has joined with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and National Geographic Partners in Preservation.

Your votes will decide whether Baltimore’s Arch Social Club<http://archsocialclub.com/ will be awarded a portion of the $2 million in grants. Go to: https:// www.nationalgeographic.com/voteyourmainstreet/ select Arch Social Club. You can vote five times per day for the Arch Social Club, through October 26. Results will be announced on October 29.

Check out Manie’s BBQ and Seafood food truck at 7028 Liberty Road, or call: 443-977-5970. Manie’s is serving good food at reasonable prices. Ask for Deneen. I’m going back for the delicious homemade cod fish cakes. Everything is prepared fresh while you wait.

Singing happy birthday to Shawn Carter Petersen, Barbara Moore Pettit, Rorye Jordan and Kay Fisher.

“Are the stars out tonight? I don’t know if it’s cloudy or bright. ‘Cause I only have eyes for you, dear. My love must be some kind of blind love I don’t see anybody but you. The moon may be high, but I can’t see a thing in the sky ‘cause I only have eyes for you.” The Flamingos

Happy anniversary to Bishop Josephine and Tommy Ridgley, as well as Ernestine and Russell Jolivet; wishing love peace and happiness.

What’s happening?

November 10, the “I Can’t Breathe” comedy show tour at The Chesapeake Arts Center for tickets contact Keith at: 410-925-6796.

I’ll be seeing you, Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch