Living for the Weekend


“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But, I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” Nelson Mandela

When strangers start acting like neighbors… communities are reinvigorated." Ralph Nader

James 5:16 reminds us that the “prayers of the righteous availeth much.” Continue to pray for the mighty warrior Nelson Mandela and in the midst of your prayers, pray for our city and our youth. Too often, “it’s crying time again,” I moan each time I hear another youth has died a senseless death. I moan not because I know the individual but for the life lost before it had the chance to experience the joys of life. For those who say it’s not in my neighborhood look around you. “No man is an island.”

Pastors John Lunn, James Gray, Cleveland Mason and Erich March have banded the communities together to “buy food for life” in support of the Apples and Oranges Fresh Produce Market located at 1900 N. Broadway for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables for your daily dietary needs. Your support can help sustain this neighborhood business and keep it in the community.

When Dr. David and Bea Ashford told me about Hull Street Blues Café, they did not exaggerate. This Locust Point landmark nestled between brick row houses, serving the best tomato gravy and fresh ham, deserves a repeat visit.

“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” Bill Bradley

The view from the 23rd floor of attorney Billy Murphy’s South Street offices provided an impressive background for the book signing reception hosted by Billy Murphy for legendary basketball player Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. More than two hundred people gathered to meet and greet the renowned player. Guests were transfixed as Earl talked about his career and his days in Baltimore including his friendship with Billy Murphy and Lenny Clay. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors-d-oeuvres while waiting for an autographed copy of the self-titled book. Guests included Patrick Ranson, Veronica Shannon, Zach McDaniels, Charles Shannon, NBA player Dean Meminger, sports writer Ali Danois, Marty Glaze, Lenny Clay, Dr. Jamal Simmons, George Ray, Darnell Moses, Stephanie Farmer, Debbie Allen, Marsha Jews, Wanda Watts and John Lee.

“…no matter what race or people you represent, the pedigree of your spirit can be written on a single line. You are a child of God!” Boyd K. Packer

Rev. James Gray, president of the United Baptist Missionary Convention, Pastor Heber Brown III, Ruby Cofield, Rev. Renee Johnson and the Baptist Auxiliaries recognized outstanding youth at the Youth Awards’ “Becoming Achievers for Christ Gala.”

“We are soldiers in the army.” The honorees nominated by their church for their outstanding contributions to the church were, Ameena Kukoyi, Alicia Stith, Cedric Witherspoon, Kayla Gorham, John Weems Jr., Matthew Baylor, Michael Baylor III, Aaliyah Montgomery, Dorian Walker, Brittany Crudup, Damontae Scott, Candace Santiful, Crystal Santiful, Leron Ebron, Tykera Pratt, Dairesse Dunaway, De’Jah Herndon-Johnson, Corey Taylor, Nicole Wilson, Alexandria Brown, Arthur Turner, Cleveland Epps, JanTesshah Talley, Everette Jackson, Nya Rogers, Jabreal Harris, Angelique Dudley, Kendra Brown, Shanaira Hall, Isaiah Graves, Danae Henry and Nicolas Lievers. Their brief bios listing their hobbies, volunteer work and favorite scripture was very impressive.

Happy birthday to the Honorable Nelson Mandela, my grandson Matthew Packer, Helen Dale, Betty Greene, J. Wyndal Gordon, Rev. Frank Reid, Nathaniel “Buzzy” Thomas, my man William “Bill” Massey, Club Climax owner Ann Butler, June Brown, City Council President Bernard Young, Rebecca Green, David Placher, Wanda Watts, Doni Glover and Marco Merrick.

“You know love makes the world go round” Happy First Anniversary to Christy and Napoleon Sykes and to Pat and Ray Bowen on their 28th anniversary.

“Give me my flowers while I can still smell them.” James Cleveland

Sending orchids to Olivia Fearon who is adjusting to her new home at New Life Healthy Living facility in Windsor Mill. You remember Miss Olivia when you attended Sunday school at Sharp Street Memorial Church. Her Niece Stephanie Lee said Miss Olivia would appreciate cards and well wishes. Send cards to 7600 Clay Street,Windsor Mills, Md. 21244

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them…” Ephesians 2:10

Sending prayers of condolences to Reggie, Nikita, Raymond and Brian Haysbert and the Forum family on the death of matriarch Evelyn Haysbert, a grand woman, with immaculate taste in dress and manner, who always exuded character and class. To Wanda Horace, Russell and Ernestine Jolivet, Arnold and Joanne Jolivet and family on the death of your mother and sister Myrtle Jolivette of Houston, Texas. Continue to keep Coach Carmie “Pete” Pompey and family in your prayers on the death of his wife, Barbara Grooms Pompey, and condolences to Alvin Watson, Barry Watson, Dickie and Mildred Harris and Elise Harris Clarke on the death of your wife, mother and sister Anita Harris Watson. Send love and support to Dan and Delle Henson and the Grove Park community on the death of their faithful neighbor, Katherine Carter, who died at the age of 101.

Happy Fourth of July. “I’ll be seeing you,” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch

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Living for the Weekend

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