LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND

by: Valerie Fraling Special to the AFRO
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Always choose to heal, not to hurt, to forgive not to despise, to persevere not to quit, to smile not to frown, and to love not to hate! At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought, but what we built, not what we got, but what we shared, not our competence but our character, and not our success but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life that cares…” Ritu Ghatourey

No matter how many of your wishes remain unfulfilled, if you have someone who loves you for being you, your life is worth living. Ritu Ghatourey

What a ride from Indiana to Harlem and now Baltimore during her journey, Marsha Reeves Jews has learned how to “keep it moving.” After her last show on WEAA 88.9, Marsha announced the launch of her own network WKIM (We Keep It Moving) debuting October 30, 2017.   The after party was at SNAC by Nancy, where premiere restaurateur Kevin Brown, assisted by Wanda Watts prepared a late night supper of penne pasta with vodka sauce, macerated figs and goat cheese on baguette, arugula and field greens salad with assorted sweet grapes drizzled with Vidalia onion vinaigrette and ice cream for dessert. Among the guests celebrating and toasting Marsha were States Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Knicole Mosby-Taylor, Pat Tunstall, Lillian Smith, Victor Holiday, Tom Maze, Carolyn Wainwright, Pat Roselle, Catalina Byrd, Tamm E. Hunt, Doni Glover, Kim Chase, Aaron Maybin, Rick McClearn and publisher of World Bride magazine Myrdith Leon-McCormack. See you on the radio Marsha.

Congratulations to our hometown international actor Shawn Carter Peterson, on his stellar performance as Bassanio in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, at Villa Foscari La Malcontenta in Venice, Italy.  After his performance in Italy, Shawn flew to Baltimore to celebrate his dad Harold Peterson’s retirement from the Social Security Administration after 41 years and 11 months of exemplary service. Harold was so elated that Shawn, a celebrated producer, pianist, stage, TV and movie actor took time from his busy schedule to escort his dad on his last day at SSA.

“You’ve only just begun” SSA lost years of experience with the retirement of Harold, Delle Lewis, Barbara Hook and Marilyn Young.  In the words of Don Cornelius, wishing you, “love, peace and soul!”

“How would you feel if I told you I loved you? It’s just something that I want to do. I’ll be taking my time, spending my life, falling deeper in love with you. So tell me that you love me too.” Ed Sheeran

“People are talking” about the fairytale wedding of Southern Blues owner Anthony Leonard, son of Shelly Leonard and grandson of Miss Shirley Ball,  longtime owner of Starlight Lounge to Meghan Mason.

Singing happy anniversary to Pam “Miss Maybelle” and Lamont Hill on their second wedding anniversary. Congratulations to Servant Purcell Wylie and the Carpenter House as you celebrate your third anniversary. May you continue to grow in the name of the Lord.

Welcome to the champagne life. Where trouble is a bubble in the champagne glass. Dreams and reality are one and the same… Got an addiction for life and this living, like everyday’s my birthday… Let’s toast it up.” Ne-Yo

The legendary Tiger Lil knows how to celebrate her birthday with family and friends gathering throughout the day at Pat Chase‘s to wish this spirited star maid a happy birthday. Tiger Lil and I have been friends for close to five decades as she announced to the partygoers, I had not missed her birthday celebrations in 47 years. Lil let’s “toast it up” to another 47 years.  For those of you counting I started attending her parties in grade school.

Influential developer, Pless Jones hosted a sit- down dinner at Colin’s Restaurant for family and friends in celebration of his birthday. Great seeing former Mayor Sheila Dixon among the invited guests.

Joyce Gillard’s 70th poolside birthday party was such a big hit that friends want her to host another party soon. The delicious food catered by Cleatus Parker and associates was both eye pleasing and delicious. Among the special guests helping Joyce celebrate were longtime classmates, family and friends ranging in age from two to eighty. Joyce wowed the crowd in a party dress designed by Gerri Salley.

Happy birthday Herb Brown, Tim Watts, Karen Chase,  Milton “Skip” Hamiel, Jean Powell, Dyra Johnson, Stacy Queen, Anita Stanford-Curry,  Lynette Harris, Dwight Pettit , Karen Hill, my grandson Gregory Packer Jr., IOTA founders Frank Coakley and Lonnie Spruill and a happy 75th birthday Eugene Smalley.

“For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?” Khalil Gibran

Sending our prayers of comfort to Australia Harris on the death of her mother Beatrice Perry; to Edward “Petey” Anthony on the death of his mother Annie Clark; to Antoinette Ford on the death of her father Frederick Harrid and to Reginald Haysbert on the death of his wife Mary Haysbert.

“Somebody prayed for me, had me on their mind, they took the time and prayed for me” Dorothy Norwood

Recently I’m reminded of the old Negro spiritual “somebody prayed for me”; in recent weeks with the devastation left behind in the wake of the hurricanes and the shocking senseless shooting in Las Vegas, we all have been praying and kneeling. We cannot give up hope and like our ancestors who relied on spirituals and prayers to survive maybe it’s not too late to go back to the old time religion that gave our ancestors hope in the darkest of hours.

A luta continua…(The struggle continues)

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