Living For the Weekend


 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” Marianne Williamson

“When we assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen." George Washington

This month three Marylanders paid the ultimate sacrifice, dying in the line of duty while protecting our country. They were committed soldiers who loved the path they had chosen and realized their dreams.

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Nathan Hale

“Strangers in the night” Marine Lance Corporal William Taylor Wild IV, Army Capt. Sara Knutson-Cullen, and Navy Lt. j.g. Valerie Cappelaere-Delaney were strangers to us but their sacrifice bound us together.  Rest in peace soldiers, job well done!

“This joint is jumping.” For 39 years the Gladiators Association has hosted a bull and oyster roast on Palm Sunday at Martin’s West. The pit beef was tender, the oysters sweet and the dance floor you could hardly move. There were so many people, cars were parked on Dogwood Road and the overflow lot leading up to Rolling Road or as we call it the back forty. This event draws people from the Eastside to the Westside, and from as far away as Philadelphia.  The local clubs 5 Mile House, The Poets, Maceo’s, Roots, Corinthians, Melba’s and Windsor Inn were represented.

 “That’s what friends are for”  “Every day will be like a holiday” going from place to place when Ora Reed is in town. I felt like a tourist “grooving on a Saturday afternoon” with my longtime friend Ora, visiting from Tokyo, Japan where she performs at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa.

We stopped at the Four Seasons for cocktails in Wit and Wisdom to enjoy the breathtaking view of the waterfront. People were strolling the promenade or sitting on the patio sipping drinks enjoying the gorgeous weather. “Ain’t no stopping us now we on the move.” Next we headed to Duda’s Tavern on Thames Street for a Raven burger with the works, including chili and jalapeño peppers. As the sun set, we left Duda’s  and ventured across the cobblestone street to Bond Street Social, and sat outside by the fireplace, people watching and enjoying the magnificent Baltimore skyline. Bond Street Social is a high-end restaurant and club with a D.C. atmosphere.

Somewhere between here and there, I promised I would worship with her Sunday morning, forgetting the change in time.  “…Come Sunday…”  A little late but true to my word I met her at New Psalmist for the 7 a.m. service. After breakfast we went to New Shiloh were Pastor Harold Carter Sr. gave a rousing sermon titled, “Getting Dressed Up for Easter.”  I was surprised when I arrived to see Ty Tribbett performing at the morning service. He definitely “set it off.” Pastor Carter, in praising Ty Tribbett’s performance, said, “I saw people shouting that’s never shouted before.”

“…In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, you'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade….”

The Missionary Society of Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ’s annual luncheon on Easter Monday at LaFontaine Bleue will honor Reverend Clarence and Betty Fowler and John and Rose Bruce. The theme of the event, chaired by the Ministers Wives and Ministers Widows’, is celebrating marriage.

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” Ernest H. Shephard

What God has joined together… and happy anniversary to John and Rose Bruce, celebrating your 46th wedding anniversary Easter Monday.

“It's Friday night and the weekend’s here. I need to unwind with the party Mr DJ.” Zhane

“Last night a DJ saved my life.” Join DJ Tanz, DJ Mike Crosby and DJ Kenny K as they rock the house in celebration of DJ Tanz’s birthday April 6 at Westin BWI Hotel. For information, call 410-967-1740.

It’s your birthday! Make some noise! Rosemary Atkinson, Danny Henson, Ora Washington, Debby Taylor, Vella Joy,  Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Margaret Lee, Clayton Tucker, Mildred Winder, Roscoe Heigh, Winfield Kelly, Rita Horsley-Johnson and my daddy, Benjamin Scott Johnson. Thirty candles for Crystal Ramsey’s birthday cake.

“I love shopping. There is a little bit of magic found in buying something new. It is instant gratification, a quick fix.”  Rebecca Bloom

“…On the avenue, Fifth Avenue…” Bethel AME Church’s stewardess board is hosting a shopping trip to New York’s Woodbury Commons on Mother’s Day weekend. This is the perfect opportunity to “shop til you drop” with mom. Contact Sheila Dixon at sheila.dixon@mmca-inc.net  or 410-235-8305 for information.

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”  Paulo Coelho

Darryl Smith, former baseball player and author of “Dreams Do Exist,” has hit a home run now that the Baltimore County Public libraries will have his books in the library. Darryl is the affable salesperson at Len Stoler Lexus.

“We live and die; Christ died and lived!” John Stott

Prayers to Lonnie Spruill and family on the death of his mother Hazel Spruill and to Juanita Gates and family on the death of her husband Alexander Gates.

“…And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him.  For He departed, and behold, He is here.”  St Augustine

Happy Easter! Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch

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