“As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.” Charlie Chaplin

“If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer’s crop, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain?” Tom Barrett

“Let’s do it again…” The forecast called for rain but the day was perfect for Three No Trumps Bridge Club’s annual picnic at Patapsco Park on a lazy Sunday afternoon. People drank champagne, enjoyed good food and danced the latest line dances. Guests Victor Hamilton, Pat Thomas, Claudia McKee, Yvonne West, Robert Smith, Pat Roselle, Waneta Wilkins, Jackie Brock, Dr. Charlene Cooper-Boston, Tyrone Qualls, Sadie and Eugene Smalley, Mildred Harper, Flora and Richard Johnson, Tobi and Damien Pulley, Laura Byrd, Cimmon Burris, Brenda and Napoleon Sykes, Duchess Atkinson, Dr. J Laws Nickens, Jean Powell, Peggy Washington, Carolyn and Steve Wainwright and more than 100 other guests kept the party flowing until dusk.

“I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” Ron White

People are talking” about the lavish birthday party Reginald Pinder hosted for his wife Sharon at their lovely home. “It must be magic” outside the tapestry draping the cabanas flowed gently in the “summer breeze” giving the illusion of a magical Arabian night. Inside the home, guests Greg Williams, Debbie and Errol Taylor, Tim Betts, Michele Chittams, Wesley and Lynnette Roberson, Shelonda and Phil Stokes, Kevin and Judy Johnson, David and Shavela Mosley, Joyce Jackson, Laverne and Erthman Naesea, Robert Wallace, Stan and Rosalind Lawrence, Linda Cornish-Rhodes, Peggy and Darryl Geigher, Germaine and Doug Leftridge, Sheila Lewis, Biah and Jaffary Nkanda, Reginald Mack, Leah Waters, Walter Hill, Charles and Marsha Owens and Marsha Jews were entertained at the casino tables and a magic show performed by Rudy Jackson. Throughout the cocktail hour, a jazz ensemble provided music as we enjoyed the catered buffet by Charm City Caterers. The guest of honor, looking stunning, was toasted with her own signature drink Shargarita. “Around midnight” after dancing to the hottest sounds the exhausted guests received personalized crystal stemware as a keepsake memento as they headed home.

“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you, Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me…” The King and I

Brenda Baker, Jackie Brown, Laverne Naesea, Deborah Hawkins and I joined States Attorney Gregg Bernstein at Alice located in the Colonnade for dinner and conversation. It was a great opportunity to talk and share the visions of a city that we all love. It is the sign of a great dining experience when everyone marveled at the deliciousness of their selection. I opted for meatloaf that was excellent. The veal chops, crab cakes and a fish dish all met with satisfaction, too.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” J. Lubbock

Myra and Albert Queen was glowing at the cocktail reception they hosted at their Windsor Hills home for Carolyn Owens Lumpkins’ retirement, after 39 years, from Duke University Medical Center.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. Then go and do that. Because what the world needs, is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

On Aug. 28, is the unveiling of the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial, dedicated to those who answered the clarion call for social and racial justice by attending the historic 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Contact Carl Snowden for information on this historic event at carlsnowden@hotmail.com

“Don’t give up on the people you love. Your patient love and faithfulness may be exactly what they need to make a complete turnaround.” Joyce Meyers

The Greater Baltimore Chapter of JUGS International is hosting a crab feast in the park, Sept. 7. For tickets, call Rosemary Atkinson at 410-598-0780. JUGS International is a service organization providing assistance to persons in need, Shontel Douglass is the president.

“As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT”. Charlie Chaplin

Our prayers and condolences to the families of Dr. Charles Bowie and Bea Morton on their deaths; Judd Watkins on the death of his wife Naomi Watkins; Russell and Arnold Jolivet on the death of their sister Loys Jolivet Hawkins of Baldwin, La.; Joette Bynum on the death of her brother Karlos Bynum; Cleve and Nancy Brister on the death of Otis Brister and Rose Moulton on the death of her husband Howard Moulton.

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

Happy birthday Joseph Zammarella, Janice Carney Fox, Kit Adams, Nicole Gatewood, Stephanie Farmer and my nephew Kevin Johnson.

“So tell me I may always dance ‘The Anniversary Waltz’ with you.” Happy 27th anniversary to Monie and Deaneen Miles of the New Five Mile House.

“Don’t get around much anymore…” Hines Early, at Relax Limousine Service, said “I’ll take you there.” call 410-952-3538.

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