“As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT.” Charlie Chaplin

“Sitting in the park waiting for you” at the 26th annual “picnic in the park” (the winter picnic in Patapsco) hosted by 5 Women & 2 Guys; Blandette Lynch, Maxine Turnipseed, Everlon Moulton, Yvonne West, Libby Massey, Willard Wright and Victor Green.

“Surry down to a stoned soul picnic, surry down to a stoned soul picnic. There’ll be lots of time and wine. Red, yellow, honey sassafras and moonshine.” Laura Nyro

Among the 100 plus people in attendance were Rhoda Fassett, Mack McGowan, Sara Smalley, Wanetah Wilkins, Doug and Linda Hollis, Jean and Wallace Dennis, Eunice Robinson, Freddi Vaughn, Yolanda Crawley, Walt and Queen Carr, Jackie Brock, Harold Darden, Salima Marriott, Mattie and Jerry Burton, Curtis McMeekin, Maxwell Anderson and Charles Alexander. The weather was perfect as we sipped champagne and dined on assorted salads, salmon and grilled foods from the beautifully decorated tables.

“You can’t sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You’ve got to throw the ball over the @#*&#! plate and give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.” Earl Weaver

Calvert Hall student Darrien Henson’s 16th birthday party at Oriole Park Camden Yard was a fantasy party for his friends, classmates and family.

Give me some peanuts and cracker jacks…The popcorn, peanuts and cracker jacks whetted the hearty appetites of the forty teenagers sitting outside on the balcony.

“A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” Humphrey Bogart

After the second inning, mounds of hot dogs, turkey, Boog’s pit beef, Caesar salad, wings and cookies arrived to the delight of the young baseball fans. Guests young and old were delighted when the Oriole bird visited the suite for a photo op.

“un bel di (one beautiful day)” Madam Butterfly

Enjoying the afternoon were Darrien’s dad Darren Henson, grandparents Del and Dan Henson, Chantel and Landy Fernandez with children Kyla, Kiersten, Kennedy, Kristian Boone, Tiffany Boone, Eric Henson, Bryanna Henson, Daniel Henson, Lonnie Spruill, Cheryl Hitchcock, Reginald Thomas, Jaylen Fuller, Kerin Moses, Zack Novak, Jacob Schneider, Jacob Boch, Anthony Rorrick, Quinton, Rutherford, The McManus’ family Maddie, Wilson, Connor, Jay, Gabby and Grayson and Rick. The look on Darrien’s face when Aunt Dana Henson presented him with a pair of blue boxing gloves worn by Floyd Mayweather doing his training sessions with a personal greeting and a picture of Floyd wearing the prized gloves.

“A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.” Earl Wilson

“… Go to war, Miss Agnes…” Chuck Thompson The Orioles won in the 10th inning and as we slowly headed to our cars, Darriens’ crew bounded past us heading to their party bus for the ride back to Calvert Hall, full of teenage energy.

“Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves.” Adrienne Clarkson

Ben Lewis, president of the National Iota Foundation, Iota Phi Theta founders Lonnie Spruill, Frank Coakley, John Slade and first line members Willie Barber, Richard Johnson and Jeff Johnson joined International Grand Polaris-Elect Robert Clark and hundreds of guests at the unveiling of a monument erected in the exact location the fraternity was founded in 1963 on the campus of Morgan State. The monument’s conception originated from the late Brother Ron G. Jones. Iota brothers Joe Shelton Hall and Thomas “Tex” Dean were the moderators for this momentous occasion.

“It’s a beautiful night, We’re looking for something dumb to do; Hey baby I think I wanna marry you…” Bruno Mars

“Wedding bells are ringing” for Wynter Towns, daughter of Stephanie Covington and Marcus Towns as she prepares to walk “down the aisle” to marry her soulmate Charles Eddington.

“To return home at eventide with gratitude; and then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.” Khalil Gibran on love

Congratulations to Wayne Nichols and his bride Chrystal Smith as they start their life together “always and forever.”

“The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.” Oscar Wilde

Happy birthday! Eric Stewart, Dr. Charles Griffin, Marshall Bell, Herb Brown, my grandson Damien Lee and my sister Karen Johnson Chase.

“Fo’ Gawd, Miss Scarlett! We’s got ter have a doctah. Ah- Ah- Miss Scarlett, Ah doan know nuthin’ ’bout bringin’ babies.” Prissy, Gone with the Wind

Brenda and Donald Abrams are ecstatic over the arrival of their second grandson, born to elated parents Nicholas and Leah Abrams.

“And baby makes three…” Dahlia Rose

Jubilant grandparents Libby and John Massey welcomed the arrival of granddaughter Madison Helen Massey to proud new parents Erin Simms and John Chandler Massey.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health; food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first, I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF.” Charlie Chaplin

American Diabetes Ambassador Tyrone Qualls and Enoch Pratt Free Library is presenting the Live Empowered Workshop Series to educate people on living a healthier lifestyle. Call 410- 396-0942 for information.

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