“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt

“The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.” D.L. Moody

Easter Sunday, Ora Reed was visiting from Japan and wanted to attend a Baptist church. I suggested we go to New Shiloh to hear Dr. Carter. Ora, had spoken to a family member who said that Dr. Carter was sick and would probably not attend on Sunday.

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16

I arrived late and stood in the lobby waiting to enter the sanctuary when someone said, “Good morning, Valerie it’s been a long time.” Standing next to me was Dr. Harold Carter Sr. I overcame my surprise at seeing “the son of a preacher man” dapper as ever, the picture of health. I told him how glad I was to see him and that I had prayed that he would be in church.

“Give me that old time religion…” Dr. Carter, an old school preacher walked the walk, talked the talk, preached and lived like a believer. No armor bearers and security surrounding him, making him unapproachable. He approached you; he embraced you with his heart and his spirit. When he died May 30 of cancer at the age of 76, everyone had the same comment, “Today is a sad day.” Everyone had a story that started “You don’t know how he helped me”, stopping mid-sentence as their mind drifted to a place when the only savior they had was Dr. Carter. Who knew that “the sermon” he preached Easter Sunday would be his last?

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” Khalil Gibran

The DuBois Circle’s 107th closing meeting at Martin’s West included the musical selections of Rachel Ohale and a message from The Rev. Canon Dr. Sandye Wilson. The group’s mission is dedicated to issues that affect African-Americans.

Guests joined the members for cocktails and dinner of crab cakes, barbecue chicken and strawberry shortcake. Patricia Jessamy recapped their theme, “Thinking Critically-Living Creatively,” highlighting the organization’s activities. Enjoying the evening were my host Beverly and John Carter, Charlene Monts, Nancy Dennis, Roslyn Wood, Wesley and Cheryl Wood, Jean Thompson, Rev. Alvin and Kathleen Hathaway, Sam and Lydia Redd, Dr. Charlene Cooper-Boston, Tyrone Quarles, Howard Jessamy, Diana and Larry Gibson, Ackneil and Ruth Muldrow and Jeanette and Walter Hairston.

The Rho Tau Lambda Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha’s barn dance theme was throughout the affair with bales of hay as centerpieces on tables. Deejay Tiffany kept the party going. Gaines Lansey was a perfect host, providing refreshments for his guests Sandra Estes, Richard Tubman, Errol and Debby Taylor, Brenda Baker, Jackie Robinson, Betty Greene and Phil Strambler.

“When you get to the top don’t forget to send the elevator down for the next person.” Stan Getz

Karen and Ronald Brown hosted family and friends in celebration of the graduation from City College of their daughter, Maya, an International Baccalaureate scholar, who was accepted at North Carolina A&T University.

Among the guests enjoying the festive celebration were Madison Murray, Ken and Linda James, Christopher James, Kay Curry, Kendyl Curry, Marc Curry, Sheila Tidline, Lois Moore, Barbara Phillips, Yolanda Phillips, Erin Phillips, Robin Howard, Barry Williams, and Denise Crute.

“In my proper character, I am an officer of the United States Army.” Zebulon Pike

Among the 1,067 cadet seniors, commissioned as U.S. Army second lieutenants at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s graduation was Geoffrey Easterling, son of Michael and Barbara Easterling. A member of Omega Psi Phi, this soldier’s duty station is Fort Hood, Texas. Also commissioned at the prestigious graduation was Geoffrey’s Atholton High School friend Timothy Berry, West Point’s class president for four years and Kelechi Odocha, a member of West Point’s football team.

Grandmother Shirley Belton and parents Sherry Scipio and Jay Hudson are proud of Shirley Jada Hudson graduating magna cum laude from Morgan State University with a degree in public relations.

Baltimore Scholar, Morgan Glaze, daughter of Marty and Tracey Glaze received a degree in engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Abdullah Alayed is returning home to Saudi Arabia after graduating from Towson University with a B.A. degree,

“It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday…”

Congratulations to Norita Easley, Joan Wilson, Lois Davidson and Margaret Taylor, retiring from the Social Security Administration with almost 160 years of combined service.

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Condolences to Betty Starkey-El on the death of her mother Minnie Carter, to Ray Lucas on the death of his mother Frances Lucas, Diane Tunstall on the death of her mother Joann Tunstall and the family of Anthony “Marty” Williams on his death.

June 15th Ruth’s Closet’s Fashion Splash fashions by Ulla Popkea will donate proceeds to the House of Ruth for victims of domestic violence. Contact Cheri at cparlaman@hruthmd.org about donating.

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” Robert Frost Happy 39th wedding anniversary to Dr. Miles and Wanda Harrison

Call Rebecca Johnson at 410-363-2633 for tickets to the Church of St. Mary the Virgin’s jazz concert on June15.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy birthday Gustavo King, Dr. Marian Davis-Foster, Margaret Grady, Elizabeth Goins, Frank Tate and a Happy 75th birthday, Helen Jones

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