“A fire-mist and a planet, a crystal and a cell, a jelly-fish and a saurian, and caves where the cave-men dwell; then a sense of law and beauty and a face turned from the clod, some call it evolution, and others call it God. A haze on the far horizon, the infinite, tender sky, the ripe, rich tint of the cornfields, and the wild geese sailing high; and all over upland and lowland the charm of the golden-rod, some of us call it Autumn, and others call it God. Like tides on a crescent sea-beach when the moon is new and thin into our hearts high yearnings come welling and surging in, come from the mystic ocean whose rim no foot has trod, some of us call it longing, and others call it God. A picket frozen on duty, a mother starved for her brood, Socrates drinking the hemlock, and Jesus on the rood; and millions who humble and nameless, the straight, hard pathways plod, some call it consecration and others call it God”. William Herbert Carruth

“No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions.” Patrick J. Kennedy

I’ve been “Addicted” to author  Zane since I was introduced to her books and after meeting her at the premiere of her movie “Addicted” in Washington DC  with my friend Marsha Jews I’m totally hooked on the Queen of Erotica. The unassuming person is a stark contrast to her books, adding to the mystique of Zane. After the premiere, we joined Zane at her red carpet reception at Carolina Kitchen on Rhode Island Avenue where we saw our longtime friend, radio personality Frank Ski, Shelonda Stokes and Sharon Paige.

Zane’s choice of actors Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckham and William Levy will have the women oohing and the men eyeing Sharon Leal and Tasha Smith a perfect recipe for box office success.  Addicted opens Oct. 10 definitely a must see movie.

“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining they just shine.” Dwight L. Moody

The honorees for Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship & Awards banquet are lighthouses in their contribution to society and the entertainment industry. Dante Daniels, owner of Maceo’s Lounge and Colin’s Restaurant and Grill has kept jazz alive in Baltimore City since he became the owner of this popular jazz spot, one of the few jazz venues  offering live jazz. Lady Rebecca has performed throughout the country including travelling with O’ Donel Levy in Singapore and for years headlined jazz at the Sportsman Lounge. If  you want an evening of music showcasing the young musicians performing from Bach to Beethoven, Sarah to Dizzy and Coltrane join  honorees Dante, Rebecca, Dennis Chambers, James Moody, Jacob Saulsbury, Lucille Brooks, Ronald Scott, Steve Scribner, Kendra Holt, Gaynell Colburn  and hosts Carlos Hutchins and Darlene Douglass, Oct. 26, at the Forum. Call Rosa at 410-833-9474 for tickets.

 “Guess who’s coming to dinner” 9:24 a.m., Oct. 16 on Fox 45 Dante Daniels Chef/owner of Colin’s Seafood and Grill will prepare Colin’s specialty dishes on the air in celebration of the one-year anniversary of Colin’s, 7 p.m., Oct. 13, Dante and his wife attorney Candes Daniel we be on WEAA’s  Keep it Moving with host Marsha Jews  talking about Colin’ one year anniversary weeklong celebration.

“Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our company M-I-C, see you real soon K-E-Y, Why? Because we like you! M-O-U-S-E…”

The pleasing voice that answered the telephone for mayors in city hall for 28 years during the administrations of Mayors Schmoke, O’Malley, Dixon and Rawlings-Blake is saying goodbye.  Longtime receptionist Glenda McKinney an avid AFRO reader and a friend of this columnist started her successful career in the states attorney’s office in 1986 and in 1987 began working for Mayor Schmoke. The dedicated employee said, “It has been a pleasure to have worked for them all.”

Carolyn Jones is saying goodbye to Baltimore City Public Schools after 35 years of devoted and committed service and Mamie Murray my Annapolis Raven Roost friend said goodbye to the federal government after 30 years.

Our future leaders, University Innovation Fellows Morgan State University student Jaime Arribas Starkey –El and Virginia State University student Ulysses Knight addressed 60 leaders of HBCU at the White House concerning the importance of establishing a  Maker Space program at Historically Black Colleges and Universities to keep them in the forefront of the space arena.

“I paint a slice of life, whatever it is that day. Geoffrey Holder RIP my friend

Happy birthday Geraldine Thompson, Tobi Pulley, Raven’s OJ Brigance, Colin Daniels, Lonnie Spruill, Sandra Spencer, Jean Powell, Vernard Wynn, Berice Bogan, Natalie Frazier, Wendell Rawlings  and Del. Nathaniel Oaks.

Happy Anniversary to Michael and Anita Graham and congratulations to Marco Merrick on the third anniversary of the Open Church.

Sending bushels of get-well wishes to Donald Abrams and Katherine Harris as they continue to recuperate.

Our prayers of condolences to Joanne Mack and Robin Mack on the death of their mother Inez Mack, Carole Hilton on the death of her brother and to Damon Hughes on the death of his father Ernest Hughes.

Cheers to Sarah “Sadie” Smalley and Landa McLaren recipients of the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of The Coalition of 100 Black Woman Jewel Award.

“I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.” Robin Williams