By Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO

“I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places. That this heart of mine embraces all day through. In that small café, the park across the way, the children’s carousel, the chestnut trees, the wishin’ well. I’ll be seeing you in every lovely summer’s day; in everything that’s light and gay. I’ll always think of you that way. I’ll find you in the morning sun and when the night is new. I’ll be looking at the moon, but I’ll be seeing you. I’ll be seeing you in every lovely summer’s day; in everything that’s light and gay. I’ll always think of you that way. I’ll find you in the morning sun and when the night is new. I’ll be looking at the moon, but I’ll be seeing you.” Billie Holiday

“I think, in real life, when we’re facing death, that is, when we come out on the other side of it, whether it’s death of a friend or a family member; you come out on the other side of the mourning cherishing your life that much more.” Tony DiTerlizzi

October 2018, will be to me the cruelest month in my life with the death of my mother Rev. Pauline Wilkins, first woman director of the Morgan Christian Center. In the midst of mourning my mother each day, I received a message that a friend, or the parent of a friend had died.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2;To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born and a time to die…”

“We now find ourselves in the midst of this season and we continue to lean on the everlasting arm; as the song tells us, We’ve come this far by faith leaning on the Lord, trusting in His Holy Word.” He never failed me yet.” Carlton Pearson

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

Several friends and acquaintances also moved on to their heavenly home. We will keep the families of Angela Alexander, Ackneil Muldrow, Marilyn McDonald, Beatrice Riley, Leon Richardson, Shirley Swafford, Ernie Kromah, Margaret Conway, Tracey Barrett and Ruth Gillespie in our prayers.

“All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travelers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.” Thomas Wolfe

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” John Wooden

On Friday, November 16 from 1:30 to 2:30pm, Principal Joshua Bailey of Windsor Hills Elementary Middle School #87  is seeking volunteers to help size and distribute coats to the students. If you can assist Principal Bailey, please call the school at 410-396-0595. Thanks Wes Hairston and Myra Queen for sharing this information.

“You know what the great thing about babies is. They are like little bundles of hope. Like the future in a basket.” Lish McBride

More than 100 family members and friends celebrated Takiea Hinton, editorial assistant for the AFRO American Newspaper at her fairytale baby shower to celebrate the arrival of her little princess. Guests enjoyed pink and white décor that included a ballerina, Cinderella coach and decorated gold and pink candy apples. The highlight was the beautiful pink ruffle cake and the candy station with assorted pink and white treats.

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.Albert Schweitzer

Congratulations to Baltimorean Jean Ross on her retirement after 40 years in the radio industry.

AFRO Managing Editor Dorothy Boulware is bursting with pride now that daughter Dr. Toni Allayne Boulware Stackhouse has received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. She is the senior director of Homeless Services at St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore and is married to retired veteran Samuel Andrew Stackhouse III.

In spite of unseasonable wind, snow and unexpected weather of all sorts, a gardener still plants. And tends what they have planted … believing that Spring will come.  Mary Anne Radmacher

The 2018 Partners in Preservation Main Street campaign highlighted 20 historic establishments throughout the country that celebrate diversity and the struggle for equality. Baltimore’s Arch Social Club was one of the establishments selected to participate in the month-long public voting campaign.

The 11 winning historic sites will receive a total of $1.6 million in grants to fund their respective preservation projects and the Arch Social Club, at the corner of Penn and North was among the winners!

“May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself. May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being. May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity. May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.” Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happy birthday  to Stacey Queen, Myra Owens Queen Libby Massey, my son Keith Anthony Lee, Mildred Long Harper,  Tonya Tucker, Bennie Thomas III, Coach Napoleon Sykes, Christy Sykes, twins Joyce Nance-Frierson and Janet Nance- Richardson, Phil Bass, Jerome Stephens and Barbara Bell.

Tonya Tucker celebrated her birthday in style at her fashionable townhouse in Randallstown at our monthly round robin happy hour. The round robin happy hour was the brainchild of George Ray and Darnell Moses. Each month one of the members Kim Small, Nicole Nicholson, Shane Allen, Sheryl Hamlet, Stephanie Farmer, Darnell Moses, George Ray, Irvin Creighton and Lamont Doobie hosted happy hour at their home.