“I know the beds are rumpled still and dishes fill the sink, but for this moment, they’ll remain…for now I must just think. This quiet time of solitude, I need it now and then, or else, as busy days fly by, the true life…it will end. T’was only for a moment that I took the time to see a very tiny part of what our days can really be. Take my advice, oh my dear friend, as through this life you tread; one small moment of solitude is truly daily bread” J. A. Heitmueller.

“Oh yes it’s ladies’ night and the feeling’s right, oh yes its ladies night, oh what a night.” Kool and the gang

“We’re having a party” The Sykes’ girls, Brenda, Kendra and Tanika did it again at their happy hour at the Woodstock home of Brenda and Napoleon Sykes. “Members only” This ladies’ night was warm and cozy as close friends gathered, sipping their favorite beverages and munching on salmon, pasta, chicken, and my favorite oriental chicken salad prepared by our host Brenda. No happy hour at the Sykes is complete without the man of the house Napoleon checking to make sure everything is “copasetic.”

“That we arrived at fifty years together is due as much to luck as to love, and a talent for knowing, when we stumble, where to fall, and how to get up again.” Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis

Food and more food loaded the tables at the 50th anniversary celebration for Carolyn and Jack Allen at their Lochearn home. More than 90 guests dined on a menu of seafood, spareribs, pig feet, chicken, salads and desserts. Guests filled every room with laughter as they toasted the couple on their special day. The radiance of the colorfully lit shrubbery and the super moon cast a mystic glow over the beautiful scene around the pool.  Guests in attendance included longtime friends Lawrence Banks, Melvina Turlington, Delores Duffy, William and Marlene Gee, Nelson and Vanessa Taylor, Sandy Fallin, and Ronald Henry. The grandchildren’s tributes received applause as they expressed their love for their grandparents. Next day family and friends returned to swim and join in an old- fashioned BBQ. Happy birthday to Jack and daughter Kim celebrating their birthday.

“You are my pride and joy and I just love you, little darlin’ like a baby boy loves his toy. You’ve got kisses sweeter than honey and I work seven days a week to give you all my money, and that’s why you are my pride and joy.” Marvin Gaye

Happy anniversary to City Council President Bernard and Darlene Young, Yvonne and Vernard Wynn, Dante and Candes Daniels, Ken “Stromie” and Linda James and my daughter and son-in- law Lisa and Gregory Packer celebrating 22 years of marriage.

“One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.”  The word is out that Taco Fiesta on Exeter Street has the best margaritas in town. Sunday night’s 2 for 1 Fiesta- Rita is a full-bodied blend of tequila and lime. Nick the bartender kept us laughing while skillfully mixing our margaritas. “I’m living my life like its golden.” Every now and then, we ordered Grand Marnier to make it a golden margarita. I found out the authentic Mexican food is good but spicy when I bit into my shrimp taco. If you like people watching, outdoor seating is available.

If 3NT is a viable option – then bid it. Paul Soloway

“There’s no other love like the love for a brother. There’s no other love like the love from a brother.” Terri GuillemetsThe 3 No Trump Bridge Club hosted their annual Sunday Party in the Park at Patapsco State Park. Club members Rosemary “Duchess” Atkinson, Charlene Cooper-Boston, Jean Powell, Shirley Richmond, Pat Roselle, Sara “Sadie” Smalley, Aldonna Wylie Brenda Sykes, Denise Dobson-McDonald and Steven Wainwright delighted their guests with a catered picnic prepared by Robert Wood of North Carolina which included fried fish to order.

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity welcomed the Chosen 11 to the brotherhood of their illustrious fraternity. Welcome to Greekdom, Nathan Mumford, Jude Egbe, Stacey Wilson, Purcell Wylie, Emmanuel Lewis, Richard Smothers, Roman Montague, Donald Rainey, Chris Dean, Reginald Haysbert and Lester Rainey. “Eee-o-Eleven Eee-o-Eleven it’s all a state of mind.” Sammy Davis Jr.

“Said I know that it’s somebody’s birthday tonight somewhere and I know somebody’s gonna celebrate tonight, somewhere I know one thing’s for sure, I’m gonna put on my dancing shoes then I’m gonna hit the door and go out and step the whole night through” R. Kelley

Happy birthday to you!  Diana Smith, Frances Tilghman, Ernestine Jolivet, Tina Jolivet, Sara Smalley, Joe Gustavo, Rita Cooper, Rosa Barber, twins Russell and Robin Neverdon and to the ultimate twins Vivian and Doris who will be 90 years -old August 22. Many of you remember the twins Doris and Vivian from the Forum or you’ve seen them take over the dance floor dancing together.   When you see one you see the other identically dressed from head to toe.

Get well wishes to Rosemary “Duchess” Atkinson recovering from successful knee surgery and to Rosalie Griffin as she continues to recuperate.

“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy” Psalm 126:5

Sending our condolences to Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley, Faith Thomas on the death of their brother and father Dr. Richard Thomas and to Susan Conway-Ellison on the death of her sister April Engram-Malloy.

“Reach out and touch somebody’s hand” Word on the street is that everyone’s favorite DJ Anthony Ervin (DJ Tony) suffered a loss in a house fire; thankfully no one was injured. Call DJ Tony at 443 740 4610 if you want to assist.