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Wilmington High School Class of ’74 White Party

Last Saturday night, hubby and I attended the Wilmington High School Class of ‘74 White Party held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.  My husband actually graduated in 1975, but it was a 1974 Scholarship Fundraiser attended by many of the graduates including those from the classes of 1974 and beyond.

Wilmington High School Class of 1974

Needless to say, we had a great time and because it was an all white party I was able to purchase a new dress, which most of you would have seen if you follow me on Instagram.  Hubby and I had gone shopping a few weeks prior where I found this cute dress at Boscov’s

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The shoes are closet staples but the purse was also a recent purchase from Steinmart, a store that I hadn’t shopped before.   However, it won’t be the last time I shop there, because I also purchased a white lace dress for another #whiteparty which we will be attending in August.

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Hubby custom designed his white suit from the World of Alfa, which is an online designer of men’s clothing created by the actor Boris Kudjoe.

Hubby in his custom made suit friends and football players from high school

 The World of Alfa offers high styles at low cost and I must admit that we looked GOOD! 

  hubby and I at all white party

Not only did we look good but everyone in attendance was also looking good and feeling fabulous especially out there on the dance floor where we jammed to “blasts from the past”.  The songs were spun by DJ Touch Tone and hyped by Lady B of Old School 100.3. 

Please check out my Facebook page to see a few short videos.

  DJ Touch Tone and Lady B from 100.3

We had a great time and had almost made it to the bewitching hour of 2:00 am which was the time the party was to end, but we left around 1:00 am, which was still a late night for us both. 

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There was a cash bar and finger foods, also a few vendors and photo booths but I found the “charging station” to be an added bonus so that I could keep my phone’s battery from dying and losing out on some great pics.

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Driving home hubby and I talked and laughed about the good time we had and we are looking forward to next month’s event in Townsend, Delaware which is being sponsored by hubby’s fraternity, Omega Psi Phi. 

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So how was your weekend?


Social Media Savvy for Students

Social Media Savvy for Students

Thanks to a referral by my “partner in crime” Mike Fox from Splash DesignWorks, I had the privilege of presenting a Social Media Savvy for Students workshop at Dover High School.  The workshop was part of Youth Leadership Day which was created by Dr. Lane Carter.  The program was geared toward the DHS rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.

 Youth Leadership Day was a fun filled day of education and training which also included a mid-day lunch buffet and the presentation of Certificates of Accomplishment.  There were actually 3 workshops so in addition to mine, the students also attended “Leadership without Apology” presented by Pastor Mark Harmon, and Trust Your Team”, presented by Mr. Maurice Tooles.   

Youth Leadership Day at DHS   Dr. Lane Carter presenting at Youth Leadership Day

Each session was approximately 45 minutes in length and there were about 17 students in each group.  Most of you know that I have been conducting workshops for The Money School of Delaware since 2013, however, this was the first time presenting social media to high school students.  our future leaders at Dover High School

In meeting with Dr. Carter and then having subsequent conversations with her, I decided to create a Social Media Savvy for Students presentation with emphasis on the “10-Do Be’s” or what they should be doing online.  We all know that most students are well aware of what they should not be doing on social media.

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We talked about branding and their digital footprint.  I had them go online and Google themselves so that they could see what others saw.  Posts, Pics, Snaps and Tweets which are positive, creative and honest are the types that they need to promote and share online.  

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They needed to understand that future employers and college administrators will be checking them out, and most likely will have already seen their social media profiles even before they walk through the door.  

“Think Before You Tweet”

“If you tweet it – you own it”  

“Stop before you Snap”  

“Pause before you Post”

Youth Leadership Day at DHS

Needless to say, I was very excited and do believe the students were receptive to my presentation and to be honest I had a great time!  Here are just a few pictures from the day and I wished I had videotaped at least one of the sessions.

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Having a BS Degree from Delaware State College in Elementary Education was definitely a plus even though I hadn’t been in a classroom since 1983! 

I felt quite a home at the high school and hopefully there will be other opportunities in which to do so again.

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Johnnie Lonon – Millennial Making Black History

As we continue celebrating Black History Month, I wanted to feature a young man who graduated from my alma mater, Delaware State University, although it was Delaware State College when I attended in the 80s.  

Johnnie Lonon is a millennial making history.

This young man may have gotten his start at an HBCU in Dover, Delaware but I have no doubt that it truly began with a firm foundation from his family.  Unfortunately our young men today are not celebrated as much as they should which is why I wanted to dedicate this post to him.

 

J. Lonon Johnnie Lonon is a goal oriented, self-motivated young professional. Beginning his journey in Sayreville, New Jersey he has effectively navigated America’s education system as he attended Sayreville War Memorial High School and went off to Delaware State University where he graduated with a degree in Sports Management with a minor in Recreation Management.

DSU logo While at DSU, Johnnie was heavily involved on campus. He was the President of the Sports Management Organization, President of the Men of Color Alliance, Senior Resident Assistant in Medgar Evers Hall, Mr. Senior of the Royal Court, and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity He graduated May 11, 2014 and landed a job with the Philadelphia 76ers just a month after!

Johnnie has been working with the Philadelphia 76ers for 19 months and absolutely loves it! He uses the NBA as a platform for businesses to reach their goals and create incredible memories for their employees and clients. He has been promoted twice and has closed over $250,000 in new business in the short time he has been there.

On December 1st he was promoted to the Account Executive position.

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Johnnie is a well rounded individual who truly has the ambition to succeed with the strength to overcome failure. His mission is to be a positive influence on his friends, family, colleagues, and the community he lives in.

If you are interested in bringing out your business, school, church, family or friends out for a game this year, do not hesitate to reach out to him via email JohnnieLonon@Sixers.com 

 

Please share this post with your family and friends!

 

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Meet Elaine S. Brown, Literary Author

Elaine S. Brown is a respected and enriching literary author. She has been requested by several book clubs and organizations to perform excerpts from her books with actors performing scenes from her novel and has done book signings at different book stores.

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Elaine “Cissy” Brown grew up on the east side of Wilmington, Delaware, during a time of national integration and peaceful demonstrations. She is an original Wilmington native and graduated from Howard High School in the late fifties. This is where she began to cultivate her artistic passion for the theater, singing, and writing. As a teenager in the fifties, she wrote songs and performed with a local musical group and the only female singing do-wop group called the Marquettes. They recorded a demo in Philly, but declined an offer to go to Oakland California to expand on their musical career and became a local celebrity.

Deciding not to go to Delaware State College, Elaine moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey to pursue her singing career. She performed with local jazz musicians. Elaine also became a commercial photographer and was very successful capturing cameo shots of great musician such as Cannonball Adderly, James Moody, Archie Shepp, Cecil McBee and Alice Coltrane, to name a few.

When her only child was born, she put her singing career on hold and concentrated on writing poetry and novels in earnest… Secret Songs of Sara, her first attempt, is still available in print and online. Who Took the G Out of Glademore, is the writers’ second published work of fiction, and Love, Sex and Lies in the Hi-Rise, and is her current novel.

Mixing music, theater, poetry, and a resurgent interest in ‘African-American history’ has garnered Ms. Brown a keen insight into a bygone era reminiscent of simpler times. Ms. Brown has captured an eclectic repertoire of experiences that transcend into her characters and a literary genius that can be felt in her novels. She is prepared to continue sharing her wealth of experiences with future generations.

Elaine said “writing her books was a literary journal and her followers were there with her as she continues to create with her forthcoming books.” 

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Love Sex & Lies in the Hi-Rise

 “The warning on the pamphlet states, “If you experience an erection for more than four hours, contact your doctor.” Many old men have died with smiles on their faces.

Love, Sex, Lies in the High-Rise is a gusty, explicit, sexual story of seniors and the lifestyles they carried over to their late sixties, seventies, and some eighties. Most of the seniors in Franklin Mews chose not to sit back and live a life of self pity and loneliness but to embrace the opportunity to have another chance at love, lust, eroticism, and passion in their final years.

In Franklin Mews, a senior high-rise apartment building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two tenants—Duke Wilson, seventy-eight, who has an extensive collection of jazz vinyls from Satchmo to Brownie, and Cebee Walker, seventy-three—find romance and love after some forty-odd years.

“Kill it, kill it, kill it, Duke,” Cebee cried, making reference to his strokes as he thrust harder and harder, bringing her to an exhausting climax.

In the community room, some of Duke’s friends and other men sit and fabricate stories of days gone by. They were pimps, preachers, and alcoholics. Some never change; one of his friends still lives the thug life, and the other has an obsession for porno movies and freaky sex.

We find a bit of amusement when Cebee’s best friend, Sug, asks her for the second time to accompany her to the emergency room at the hospital for them to remove the vibrator that got stuck in her vagina.

There are many stories in Franklin Mews about the tenants that would shock you. Maybe not. But Love, Sex, Lies in the High-Rise adds a new meaning to “growing old gracefully.

Baby boomers, now the real spice of life begins. No inhibitions, no rules, no guilt, just a whirlwind of erotic pleasure waiting for you.”

 

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Go To Bed Angry – You Need The Rest

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday

If you’re married, I’m sure you’ve heard, “never go to bed angry”, but I disagree, sometimes I think you should go to bed angry – you need the rest. Don't go to bed angry

Yes, communication is important in a marriage but there are times when you don’t want to talk you just want to go to sleep. Who really wants to stay up late talking, arguing or trying to compromise, go to sleep, you need your rest, unless of course, it’s a life and death situation.

I met my husband at the age of 28, he was 32, we had both graduated from Delaware State College and each had our share of relationships.  We’d disagree on certain things because we were not raised by the same people in the same house, city or state, so having different upbringings made us think differently. Getting married and combining two lifestyles can be rough but that doesn’t mean we don’t love each other and can’t work together.

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In the beginning our biggest arguments occurred after the death of my sister; giving birth to our oldest, a 3 month preemie who weighed 2 1/2 lbs and then moving my grandmother into the home, all of this was before our 2nd Wedding Anniversary.

We would argue, or he would get moody, I call it male PMS, (MMS) and we wouldn’t talk to each other for days. We’d go to bed angry and I’d sleep like a baby because I needed the rest and having him stay on his side of the bed and me on mine made for uninterrupted sleep.

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plot his death There were many times that I wanted to kill him and I’d lay in bed thinking of ways to do it and how to hide the body without getting caught.  The fear of going to prison always stopped me, I knew my sons would rat me out once they found out that their daddy was buried in the backyard under the tomato plants!

Once hubby finishes his MMS cycle, after a couple of days of complete silence, I’ll walk by him and he’ll grab me for a kiss.  Later on that night it’s on and popping and I’m fine with that because am thankful for having those few nights of rejuvenating rest. on and poppin

Going to bed angry isn’t the end all, if you can’t agree or compromise just go to bed angry, you need the rest and hopefully in the morning you’ll feel better.

This works for us, but it may not for you, so if you rather stay up all night to talk and argue that’s fine, but for me, I go to bed angry because I need the rest!

BTW, we have been married for 23 years and for that I am thankful!

Have you ever gone to bed angry at your significant other?

I am also thankful for my family, you my bloggy friends and of course my faith, how about you, what are you thankful for this week?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Family and Football

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I hope you all had a great weekend, the last one before the official start of the Holiday Season, even though the Christmas commercials, parades and decorations are already in full effect.  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Winter does not officially begin until December 21st, but the temperatures definitely stated otherwise…it was freezing cold yesterday!  

On Saturday I drove down to Dover to meet up with my cousins from Jersey, we met at DelState for the DSU -vs- Morgan State football game.

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Unbeknownst to me, I had a 2nd cousin who is on the Morgan State Football team, Marcolm Banks is a freshman and a Fullback for the Morgan State Bears.

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Family is all that really matters and during this joyful time of the year it’s especially important to share the love and have good times.  I’m asking if you have an estranged family member or friend, please let it go and make up now because life is too short!

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Fam and Football As a DelState Alum – Class of ’83, it was the first time that I had sat on the opposing team’s side in the stadium, it was definitely a different view from the stands.

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 Fam in the stands!

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Although DelState lost the game it was fun and the fans, family, and students enjoyed themselves despite the cold wintry winds!

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I told my cousin if DelState lost, I would wear his Morgan State cap in front of a Hornet’s backdrop.

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I love my cousins, thanks for inviting me to the game!

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 Have a wonderful day – Smooches!

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Delaware State University College Tour

Hello Friends and Happy Saturday

By the time you read this hubby and I will be in Dover on the campus of our Alma Mater, Delaware State (College) University with our youngest son.

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You can only imagine all the emotions that I might be experiencing right now…whoa…just the thought of hubby and I walking “The Yard” 30 years ago…and now today walking it with our “baby boy” ….break out the tissues!  

I’ll take plenty of pictures and try to stay focused in order to document the day, and not reminiscence of my past days at DSC – Class of ’83!

But in the meantime, I hope you are having a Super Saturday – Smooches! 

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Blogging 101 Class

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday.

Remember when I told you about the opportunity that was presented to me by The Money School of Delaware to teach a Blogging 101 class? Well, it happened…I did it, I taught a class last Wednesday at the Bear Public Library.

In 1983, I received my BS Degree in Elementary Education from Delaware State (College), but only taught 1 year of 3rd grade before leaving to work in Corporate America.  This was the first time since then of being back in a classroom…teaching…doing something that I’ve always loved to do.

I was on pins and needles for months in anticipation, reading everything I could online and from fellow bloggers as well as from the “Blogging for Dummies” book.  I was super excited to share what I had learned and prayed that all would go well.

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The class was full with 20 people registered, however, there were several no-shows but the walk-ins took their place making it a total of 18 participants.  “Not a bad turn out for a new class” stated the Library’s scheduler, which made me feel good.

I was a little nervous only because of the traffic delays that I had encountered trying to get there before the start time and upon arrival there were already 3 people seated.  After setting up the laptop with my PowerPoint presentation, I downloaded some Smooth Jazz from Pandora and waited until the start time of 6:30 pm. to begin.

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Do you know that saying, “I hit it out of the park”?  Well I did…it was an awesome evening, a lively and engaging group of woman ranging in ages from 15 to 60, mothers with daughters and small business owners all eager to learn the basics of blogging.  They asked great questions, participated by sharing stories and overall made this a memorable experience for which I’ll forever be grateful.

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It was my grandmother’s wish that I would someday return to teaching, so I know she was looking down on me with a smile.  Next month I’ll be presenting “Blogging for Small Businesses”, so it’s off to read and learn more, create a new presentation, download more Smooth Jazz and prepare to meet some new students.

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Have you ever had an opportunity to go back and do something that you truly loved to do?

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Farmer’s Famous Fish

Hello Friends, I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday!

Saturday, I had the BEST fish sandwich that I’ve ever eaten in my life and “that’s the truth Ruth!”  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of good fried fish sandwiches; my cousin in New Rochelle can throw down; my church sells some mean fried fish dinners on Fridays; last year I waited almost an hour for a piece of fried fish at Del State’s homecoming; and I always buy fish sandwiches from Dale United Methodist Church at The Middletown Peach FestivalBUT The Farmer Family, owners of Farmers Famous Fish, can throw down, their fish sandwiches are by far the best I’ve ever tasted!

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This ‘old school famous fish fry is located in the corner of the BP parking lot on Routes 896/40 in Glasgow, DE.  They will be celebrating their 1st Year Anniversary at this location in August and their seasonal opening was last weekend – they sold out on both days!  Farmers Famous Fish is a home-based catering business, and their family and friends have tried to convince them to open a restaurant, but for now they want to be out and about in the community so these Weekend Warriors also set up at other events including Community Day in Newark.

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Farmer’s Famous Fish is a family friendly operation headed by David and Troy Farmer that also includes their sons David, Jr. (21), Tyelor (18) and Daniel (13).  Only quality fish including Swai, Cod and Pollock is used because it’s great for deep frying and also has a light, flaky texture with a hint of sweetness.  Hand cut, fresh potatoes sprinkled with a Cajun seasoning are placed alongside two pieces of golden fried fish on a soft, fresh baked roll.  The fish is then topped with their (secret recipe) Chipolte coleslaw, a few thin slices of red onion and lemon wedges (my mouth waters just thinking about it).

My suggestion is while waiting for your sandwich and fries try a piece of Troy’s World Famous Sweet Potato Cornbread, it’s delicious, not overly sweet and your taste buds will thank you.  You may want to buy another piece to save for dessert later, ask to have a little confectioners sugar sprinkled on top.

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It would be great to see Farmers Famous Fish featured on an episode of The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives because this is not grease laden fish slapped between two pieces of Wonder Bread soaked in hot sauce, not sayin those aren’t good but – these are “Slap ‘Yo Mama – It’s So Good” fish sandwiches and I will definitely be going back for more (diet is officially over!)

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Farmers Famous Fish is a cash-only stand that is open every Saturday and Sunday until November and soon they will be adding Fish Tacos and Meat loaf to the menu.

Like them on Facebook to keep up with the specials.

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Farmer's Famous Fish

Hello Friends, I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday!

Saturday, I had the BEST fish sandwich that I’ve ever eaten in my life and “that’s the truth Ruth!”  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of good fried fish sandwiches; my cousin in New Rochelle can throw down; my church sells some mean fried fish dinners on Fridays; last year I waited almost an hour for a piece of fried fish at Del State’s homecoming; and I always buy fish sandwiches from Dale United Methodist Church at The Middletown Peach FestivalBUT The Farmer Family, owners of Farmers Famous Fish, can throw down, their fish sandwiches are by far the best I’ve ever tasted!

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This ‘old school famous fish fry is located in the corner of the BP parking lot on Routes 896/40 in Glasgow, DE.  They will be celebrating their 1st Year Anniversary at this location in August and their seasonal opening was last weekend – they sold out on both days!  Farmers Famous Fish is a home-based catering business, and their family and friends have tried to convince them to open a restaurant, but for now they want to be out and about in the community so these Weekend Warriors also set up at other events including Community Day in Newark.

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Farmer’s Famous Fish is a family friendly operation headed by David and Troy Farmer that also includes their sons David, Jr. (21), Tyelor (18) and Daniel (13).  Only quality fish including Swai, Cod and Pollock is used because it’s great for deep frying and also has a light, flaky texture with a hint of sweetness.  Hand cut, fresh potatoes sprinkled with a Cajun seasoning are placed alongside two pieces of golden fried fish on a soft, fresh baked roll.  The fish is then topped with their (secret recipe) Chipolte coleslaw, a few thin slices of red onion and lemon wedges (my mouth waters just thinking about it).

My suggestion is while waiting for your sandwich and fries try a piece of Troy’s World Famous Sweet Potato Cornbread, it’s delicious, not overly sweet and your taste buds will thank you.  You may want to buy another piece to save for dessert later, ask to have a little confectioners sugar sprinkled on top.

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It would be great to see Farmers Famous Fish featured on an episode of The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives because this is not grease laden fish slapped between two pieces of Wonder Bread soaked in hot sauce, not sayin those aren’t good but – these are “Slap ‘Yo Mama – It’s So Good” fish sandwiches and I will definitely be going back for more (diet is officially over!)

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Farmers Famous Fish is a cash-only stand that is open every Saturday and Sunday until November and soon they will be adding Fish Tacos and Meat loaf to the menu.

Like them on Facebook to keep up with the specials.

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