“Love one another, but make not a bond of love; Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf; sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone; even as the strings of a lute are alone, though they quiver with the same music.” Kahlil Gibran

The breathtaking view overlooking Turf Valley’s golf course was an idyllic setting for the bridal luncheon honoring Latrina Goosby. Latrina and Austin Baker, son of Brenda Baker will wed at the Palms in South Beach Florida this weekend.

The cocktail sandwiches, salads and mimosas were ideal for a summer afternoon. Among the guests attending the luncheon were Mildred Taylor, Aldonna Wylie, Debby Taylor, Deborah Hawkins, Rorye Jordan, Susan Parker and Cheryl Kelly.

“Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner.” Amy Bloom

“Love & happiness” was the quintessence of three weddings I recently attended. The garden wedding of Walter Hill III and Aja Page at St Paul’s School, the wedding of Keisha Carter and Raheen Wright at Waymans Memorial AME Church and the marriage ceremony at the Forum Caterers uniting Jai Matthews and Sandi Aldridge who found love in the autumn of their lives was a true testament to love and the sanctity of matrimony.

“Some day, 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.” Frank Sinatra

Each wedding was unique to the individuals, but the bond of devotion intertwined with the “look of love” shining brilliantly.

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pike

Baltimore and the state of Maryland were well represented at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Special thanks to my niece Nykidra and Anthony Jones. That was me and Gwen Wright you saw behind Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews at the MSNBC broadcast after we couldn’t get in the arena due to overcrowding. We were going inside when the Secret Service stopped us at the entrance. I felt like the person at the racetrack who is shut out at the window and the horse wins.

Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin and Mozella Perry Ademiluyi hosted “Conversations, a summer afternoon tea” at The Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase. The tea attended by women from Montgomery County, Prince Georges County and the District represented, education, private sector, state and municipal government.

The delicious menu catered by Rockville, Md.’s Tropical Fusion Caterers was mouthwatering. Imagine my delight when I won the grand prize for a home delivered Tropical Caribbean Dinner for four.

I sat with Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard, Nicole Cyrus of Cyrus Consulting, Anne Arundel Assistant State’s Attorney Bernice North, and Zara Roberts Gerald, assistant general counsel to Gemalto. Other guests included Montgomery Councilwoman Valerie Ervin and U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards. Jeffrey’s philanthropic endeavors and his support for the African-American community are legendary.

“Fly free and happy beyond birthdays and across forever, and we’ll meet now and then when we wish, in the midst of the one celebration that never can end.” Richard Bach

Happy birthday to Rotunda Jenkins, Beta Dotson, Carlos Hutchins, Claudia McKee, Jeffrey Dotson, Barrington Branch, Delores Chambers, Judge Jacques Leeds, Rick Larry and Yvonne Frye.

“May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.” Frank Sinatra

Thelma Evans is still elated after her 90th birthday party at the Forum hosted by her family. Baltimore native Ruth Brown, now residing in Lawrenceville, Va. with her daughter Gloria Johnston, celebrated her 104th birthday.

Join Carlos Hutchins at the Black and White Virgo Birthday celebration at Pikesville’s Armory Sunday Sept. 16 with live performance by Slagz call 443-963-5711

The “stormy weather” did not stop friends from gathering at the well-appointed home of Walter and Queen Carr in celebration of Walt’s 80th birthday. Guests dined on fried fish prepared to order by Rick Larry and more. Among the guests attending were Rhoda Fassett, Blannette Lynch, Reggie Thomas, Janette Little, Yvonne West, Maxine Turnipseed, Cheryl Hitchcock, Johnice, Jean and Wallace Dennis and Manny Moore. The collage showcasing Walt’s life was most impressive however, the picture captioned “dance with my father” with him and his dad Nitelifer publisher Walt Carr brought back memories of the old Sphinx Club days.

We have classmates from all over the country who come back for our reunion.” Michael Caputo

Jean Powell is still aglow after celebrating Douglass High School homeroom class 12-A3’s 60th anniversary with classmates travelling from New York, Annapolis and California for a luncheon in Baltimore. Jean said the attendance was small but the spirit and camaraderie was awesome.

His eye is on the sparrow and I know he’s watching me”

Sending bunches of flowers to Jimmy and Beulah Browne, Margaret Lee, Michael Graham, Anita Hunter and Gerald Smith.

The memorial service for retired educator and administrator Gladys Augusta, the aunt of McNair Mickey Taylor and Wade Taylor, is Saturday, Sept. 22 at Macedonia Baptist Church at 10:30

The Lake Sisters Cheryl Lake Weatherford, Dr. Mable Lake Murray, Dr. Iantha Lake Tucker and Dr. Jannette Lake Dates will receive the Gordon Johnson Sibling of the year award Sept. 26 For tickets contact Donna McCarter at 410-496-8151 or donna.mccarter@ntf.org.

“I’ll be seeing you” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch