Friends of the Houston Public LibraryIt’s time for the Annual Children’s Book Sale! Two Days Only, Friday, September 16 from 11am - 6pm and Saturday, September, 17 from 10am - 5pm. Families and teachers are invited to have fun finding great children’s books at bargain prices at the Friends of the Houston Public Library’s 11th Annual Children’s Book Sale. This event is free and open to the public. The 11th Annual Children’s Book Sale will take place at the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 West 11th Street, 77008 at the intersection of T. C. Jester and W. 11th Street. For more information, visit, or call the Friends of the Houston Public Library at 832-393-1387.

Elise Wims - Hell's KichenShe’s brash. She’s bold. And Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant Elise Wims, 27, is shaking up Hell’s Kitchen in Season Nine.

And with Fox television trumpeting, “Can anyone stop the diva chef from Hell?” (not so subtly referring to Wims), the next few episodes of “Hell’s Kitchen,” whose ratings have been shooting through the roof, will definitely prove to be “must see” television.

Tracy Richaredson


There was plenty of good eating, drinking and laughing recently, as the Afro American Police Officer’s Association (AAPOL), held their annual picnic. This event gives officers a chance to fellowship with others, see what they look like outside of the uniforms, let their spouses, children, parents and friends mingle with each other, as well as dance, show off their prized toys (motorcycles) and joke and laugh.  My good friend Gary Hicks, Sr., was nice enough to invite me to this event as well as share his magnificent pictures with me.  A good time was had by all, despite the soaring temperatures.  Spotted were Tracy Richardson, President, Gary Hicks, Sr., Vice President, Tangela Nichols, Treasurer, Rhonda Williams, Board Member, Police Chief Charles McClelland, Executive Asst. Chief Michael Dirden, Lt. Mattie Provost, Hubert Watson served as the jammin DJ for the day. 


Diedra Fontaine, Gala Dinner Chair, set the evening off when she walked into the Houston Intercontinental Hotel ballroom attending The Ensemble Theatre’s 35th Anniversary, 2011 Annual Black Tie Gala, “The Stars Come Home to Celebrate”, this past Saturday. She absolutely flowed in a gorgeous cranberry fitted Tadashi gown with sheer ruffles accenting the lower train of the gown.


Chef CarolynChef Carolyn’s Corner

Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your own life. You know, I feel so grateful right now and hope this recipes finds you in the same frame of mind...Enjoying friends and family over good meal is what it is all about.

The Neely's Food ChanelIngredients 

Jerk marinade:

1 bunch scallions, chopped

3 large garlic cloves, chopped

1 habanero chile, chopped

1 lime, juiced

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing grill grates


Definition – A person’s conviction that he or she has a serious or fatal disease, despite evidence to the contrary from medical examinations and tests.


SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED – Both sexes; all ages.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS –Anxiety and persistant reports of symptoms involving any body part. Concern about heart disease or cancer is common. Symptoms may change, but the person’s belief that a serious condition exists does not. Frequently reported symptoms include insomnia, sexual dysfunction and gastrointestinal discomfort, such as bloating, belching and cramps.


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