It’s so warm and comfy even on a cold week. Open your minds because this will be deep. Celebrate and go be praised. Your joy can be raised. Who doesn’t deserve a good hug? One filled with love and snug. The texture is that of a rug. This won’t be long but you get the gist. Open your arms and raise your fist. The energy in the room can power the town. Good vibes are how we get down. It starts at home but you may have to go out. There are worlds with very little doubt. It’s not always sweaty and mean. It can be pure and clean. Be at peace within. The walls are thin. Make each word and action count. Be the change you want to see. Give that hug, make life lovely. You will then have a better time. You will see you’re in your own prime



I’m going going. Not to New York or Cali. I am behind and fighting to rally. Time is running short. The operation is about to abort. I have to stay in the game and finish. Calmer times are definitely my wish. The storm did touch down. It did during the season when the leaves are orange, yellow and brown. I’ve got my gear and I’m ready to battle. Adjustments are made, I’ve taken a breath and not ready to skedaddle. The intensity is nonstop. You go into you drop. It’s my marathon training times three. I simply want to be free. Free from overwhelm, anguish and despair. I enjoy my fresh air. I can see the light and I’m catching up. You cannot pour from an empty cup. I lick my wounds and heal. I know this is all God’s will. It will not last. I have a future and not a past. I will find my pace, earn my place and win this race!

Diner En Blanc Review

I attended my very first Diner En Blanc party this past Saturday. It was for the Charlotte division and was held in the Gastonia Honeyhogs park since greater Charlotte had other activities taking place. I also was invited to the one in Greenville last month. I was a volunteer at the event, working in the Food and Vine area and then Cart Valet.

I will definitely say that all of the pictures and videos don’t do it justice.  Yes there are some great all white parties and annual events. Diner En Blanc is without doubt a bucket list item far as events, who’s-who and potentially a tradition. I had so much fun, the food and drinks were great, the venue was beautiful, everyone came out in their best attire and it was simply a whole vibe.

Many of you know by now these are the types of events and energy that embody the #imjustdrew brand. I was definitely interested in going/volunteering when I saw the videos and pictures from last year’s events in Greenville, Charlotte and Columbia. I will say you will have to be there to truly understand but I will summarize. Great food and drink, many options, first class accommodations, 360 photo booth (Pose360CLT to be exact), a live band, the park jumbotron and even fireworks. So much planning, months of it, goes into making this event a success and it shows! Many are doing it for free also because they enjoy the event and organization.

Also as a part of #imjustdrew, I like to say it’s who you know and who knows you. Special thanks to Vanencia “V” Carr and Ashli Hale Johnson for selecting me for the volunteer committee and for both Diner En Blanc committees in Charlotte and Greenville for extending me invites in the Phase 3 portion.

I wholeheartedly recommend attending at least once as a volunteer and/or getting a spot with a guest and bringing a table. I do plan on returning at the moment and would eventually like to get a VIP spot. Until then, I’ll continue to enjoy the enthusiasm and energy from this year’s successful event.

#imjustdrew #fromdarktosunshine


Wrapped up in your blanket like Linus. It is warmth and happiness minus. Any negativity and drama. Cast all thee outside and they mama. You really want to be where they know your name. And of course are glad you came. Feeling second class isn’t cool or fun. I feel some type of way and I’m done. I want everyday to be a funday. It doesn’t have to be Sunday. I make the best of Monday, Saturday, someday and everyday. I hold all of you I love close and deep. I am so elated I can barely sleep. When the Sandman does call it’s when I’m tired from the socializing. It’s powerful and I’m just realizing. It makes life easy and comforting. There is not always pain and suffering. Those that say the world is bad simply don’t know comfort and love. They’re too used to the push and the shove. Leave behind the bad vibes and news. Find your Cheers so you have a healthy light sans ruse. Allow the good energy to flow. Tell anything that comes negatively no and they have to go


This isn’t the electric slide. Doesn’t have to be Clyde. I love being around you. This goes for your crew. I know this is starting off basic. The feeling is so impapable you can taste it. The feeling in my heart and soul is great when we link. I like to turn off my brain and not have to think. The electricity and vibe is organic and real. True connections are always a great deal. It always feels like a big hug. We don’t even have to touch: you’re so magnetic and snug. I want to be around others like you all the time. This description makes every verse flow and easy to rhyme. Similar to our history and bond. These are the connections of which I am most fond. Good vibes and energy only allowed. Forget the extra noise and being loud. I like where we are right here. Just me and you my dear. The rest of the family and crew as well. I wish this is where we could forever dwell

Glass House

Why try to dish out what you can’t take? Cause drama and then playing victim takes the cake. Morale is at a low because of you. Can’t you see that you’re the problem boo? You are throwing a lot of stones for someone in a glass house. Your home just got shattered and scattered like Waffle House hashbrowns. Now you’re bitter sad and full of frowns. All because you thought I would be quiet as a mouse. WRONG! I’m not going to back down. Ask someone: I won’t be the the clown. Please admit your faults now. You won’t get far being foul. You complain and snitch yet you got it started. The false accusations will cause you be departed. Don’t drag me into your personal drama. Can’t take the heat, don’t go in the sauna. Playing the blame game isn’t cool. It’s adult time, we’re not playing the fool. Put away the rocks and stones. Your emotions hurt more than your bones. Thinn about what you’ve did before you make call outs. This will end quickly like boxing bouts. Don’t forget who you’re talking to. Act accordingly, mind your manners, and be cool

Chocolate Dream

Everything is beautiful about you ebony queen. From your soft forehead to your perfect feet, you’re the best they’ve seen. Your cheekbones and eyes are pictureesque. Your shoulders are glistening, broad and blessed. I love to rub and massage that muscle. Your energy and vibe shows your hustle. You possess arms and abs like a goddess. I know you from royalty and I wouldn’t expect less. Your waist and sculpted back makes me want to hug from behind. I like how you’re always so kind. Your backside and thighs are picture perfection. The mirror magnifies your reflection. You possess legs and calves like a dream. My queen is always 1st team. Can I hold you and not let go? You feel warm and cuddly, just let me know. I admire you my chocolate boo. You noticed me first when everyone said who. If you’re the birthplace of the world, it’s a more lovely place. My heart jumps at the sight of your face. You are indeed my chocolate dream. I cannot help that when I see you, my face starts to beam.

Late Post

You’re once again late. You missed out on all of the cake. I heard you said you don’t like anything sweet. That must apply to humans since you look beat. Physically and emotionally you are drained. Not with the BS and like a car not maintained. I can’t force this rhythm and rhyme. Please refrain from the inneudos. Go back and read those memos. Pac said you’re appreciated and you are. The love must start with you. You are alone by choice and virtue. Open your heart and stop playing the victim. If you’re not depressed you have a strong symptom. I want you to have good health. You’re so late to everything, even your inner wealth. That’s how folks end up broke. It’s time to get woke. See and evaluate who really wants you and is worth your time. Use the minutes wisely as they are worth every dime. I am available for you to vent and cry. No questions asked, it’s not too late, just don’t lie

First Of All

I thought we were catching a vibe. We are both loving and alive. I guess it just wasn’t the time. We seem to match and sync like a rhyme. Your messages are distorted and mixed. How can we get this fixed? First of all! First of all, FIRST OF ALL!!! How about we talk? You come to me and want to balk. We all have our moods and days. I know this is but a phase. Please don’t allow a flaw or excuse to deter what we are. I still like you from afar. We aren’t together because second of all, you push me away. I don’t know what to say day to day. I’m digging on you and we know each other, present and past. Our bond will last. There’s no hard feelings or hate. Look here I know you don’t like being late. Therefore I do want date. So third of all, if you’re gonna act like you care. Let’s go out if you dare. We both like coffee so let’s get a cup. We’ll chat and drink up. I’m getting that hug and will be all clean. We both know you ain’t mean. You are sarcastic and witty. We are both frugal and thrifty. I hope I don’t get another back pat. I want a good hug where I smell all of you. We would both enjoy that. That would lead to last of all,…

Shalonda Palmer: an awesome friend, better human being

Last week, the Lord called home one of my long time friends, Shalonda “Shally” Palmer. She kept her circle tight but if you were blessed to know her, it was quite the positive experience. I along with others are still in grief over losing this special, kind person.

Shalonda was a woman of few words (unless she was correcting mine, insider) and stoic. She was very brilliant, hard working, organized, honest, witty and determined. She has an awesome story: coming from a single parent home to graduate from Converse College. She later landed a position with Milliken in chemistry, was married and had 3 beautiful young queens. She was close with her mother, daughters, brother, her circle of long time school friends and select others. Shalonda would flash that infectious smile when she was cool with you or when it involved family, wellness, or her beloved Green Bay Packers.

Shalonda was very caring also, never forgetting a birthday or milestone, understanding of your struggle and simply determined and hardworking. She was very humble about any accomplishments and would put God, her mom, children and others first. She loved to laugh, think positively and was awesome to talk to. Shalonda always knew what to say and how to say it, even if you didn’t agree. However, if she was wrong or felt she wronged you, she was very apologetic. She also ensured I wasn’t excluded from anything and although we joked about it, she accepted that I didn’t like exclusion.

I won’t speak much on her struggle/illness out of respect for her and her loved ones. Her and I spoke at length about it and she never stopped fighting. Being the woman she was, she wasn’t going to let it take her out easily. 4 years later, she earned her wings and told us all that we would see her later.

Rest in Power to a real woman, mother, daughter, friend and human being. I will always celebrate you, your life, legacy and of course watch my grammar. I will miss you my dear friend, from your smile to your words.

#imjustdrew #fromdarktosunshine #stillcountry #scaredeyes