“I am standing by the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, ‘There she goes! Gone where? Gone from my sight – that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull, as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the places of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, ‘There she goes! there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout ‘Here she comes!’ Henry Van Dyke


“Sitting in the park waiting for you” Billy Stewart 

If you missed Collective Minds’ annual day in the park, you missed a great day. We were “grooving on a Sunday afternoon” to Baltimore’s hottest DJs including DJ Dre, Paradox owner Wayne Davis and former Odell and Gatsby deejays playing house music all day. Druid Hill Park was overflowing with tents, grills, picnic baskets and vendors as families with children and friends frolicked throughout the park as the music drifted through the trees. Didn’t know about it? There was no media coverage at this incident free event. 

“As one who has produced high level events, tradeshows and major fundraisers, upscale weddings , and love for travel, this new venture is exciting and utilizes all my corporate, writing and marketing skills,” Marsha Jews 

My friend talk show host and executive producer Marsha Jews of KEEP IT MOVING has joined World Bride Magazine as their new events, travel and lifestyleeditor.This week Marsha is representing the publication at “Tendencias 2014” Cartagena Bridal Week in Cartagena, Colombia in South America.

“There’s a boat dat’s leavin’ soon for New York. Come wid me, dat’s where we belong, sister.” Gershwin

Marsha’s assignments will be dividing her timebetween Baltimore, New York and abroad. Note to Marsha: I travel light, have passport will travel. “I’m so proud of you.” Valerie

“Fish don’t fry in the kitchen; beans don’t burn on the grill.” Jeff Barry and Ja’net Dubois

All aboard the “night train” Hail hail the gang’s all here travelled from California, Illinois, Massachusetts,  New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin for the annual cookout hosted by Rick Larry, Lonnie, Ronnie and Clarence.

The old fashioned cookout with mounds of fried fish and guests coming from far and wide to be a part of this annual jam session had guests “dancing in the street” to Panama Band and a DJ.

Join Backyard Adventures at a Star Spangled Soiree on September 13 at Silo Point for an evening of celebration and fireworks. Contact Denise Dobson-McDonald 443-801-3707, Bonita Hubbard 410-926-5292 or Mildred Harper 410-978-7074 or www.starspangled200.com

“Virgos aren’t clingy, they’re protective. If a Virgo is close to you, just know they got your back regardless.” Anonymous

Happy birthday Virgos, Claudia McKee, Eric Stewart, Steve Wainwright, Miguel Stokes, Eunice Robinson, Carol Hilton, promoters Carlos Hutchins and Tanya Harris, Cassandra Burnett, Gwen Trader, Phil Strambler, Clarissa “Aunt Sis” Johnson, Barrington Branch, Walter Carr, Susan Parker, Billie Garner, Judge J
acques Leeds, Delores Chambers, Vera Newton, Miss Shirley Ball and Happy 100th Birthday to Bernice Smith.

 “You can always tell a Virgo but you can’t tell them much.” Virgo Maxine Gaskins

“We’re having a party” Wednesday September 17 at 7:05 PM as I celebrate my birthday with all Virgos at Colin’s Seafood and Grill in Randallstown partying Virgo style “ain’t no party like a Virgo party because Virgo parties don’t stop.

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31: 28-30

Rosa Williams was jubilant surrounded by her children celebrating her birthday at a family cookout in her honor with her son Gary Williams of Atlanta, who shares the same birthday. What a great way to honor a virtuous woman.

“Do you know what today is; it’s our anniversary made for you and me” TONY! TONI! TONE

Happy anniversary to Vaughn and Bridgette Greene, Jerome and Paula Stephens, Sandi and Jai Matthews, Austin and Trina Baker and to Debbie and Errol Taylor.

Sending bunches of violets to Carol Turner, Ora Reed, Bernice McDaniels and Mozella Ritter as they continue on the road to optimum health.

 “Soon I will be done with the troubles of the world goin’ home to live with my God” Mahalia Jackson

Sending our prayers and condolences to our Captain Gerald Brown on the death of his First Mate Lynn Brown, to Carolyn Blakeney on the death of her nephew Morgan State University freshman Marquese Meadow, Helen McDonald on the death of her brother Richard Lunn, to Marcia Thomas on the death of her aunt Gloria Thrweatt and to Eugene Freeman on the death of his wife Pearlie Freeman.

The Cultural Arts Ministry of Union Baptist Church will present a Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, highlighting Mahalia’s life from the docks of Louisiana to singing gospel and her rise to stardom performing Thomas Dorsey’s “Precious Lord” on October 12 performed by the Lavenia Nesmith Ensemble, Contact the church at 410-523-6880 for details.

Whoopee, it’s my birthday! Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch